The New York Yankees are baseball’s most well-known, and certainly most successful, team of all times. The Yankees have won more championships than any other North American professional sports team, including the amazing 24 Stanley Cup championships secured by the Montreal Canadians. The Yankees have won an astounding 27 World Series championships and took the pennant in 40 American League playoffs.
The Yankees began as a team based in Baltimore with the nickname Orioles, in 1901. In 1903 the team moved to upper Manhattan in New York, and became known as the Highlanders due to the elevated nature of the ball park they were playing in. A sports writer first coined the term “Yanks” when referring to the Highlanders because it was easier to fit into the headlines, but the name stuck. In 1913 “Yankees became the name official team name.
The years 1923 until 1935 were known as the “sluggers” era due to the powerful hitting presence of some of baseball’s most talented and iconic players, including Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. 1923 was the first year the Yankees played in the newly built Yankee Stadium, in the Bronx. This incredible stadium was the first triple-deck venue in baseball history, and could accommodate an astounding 58,000 fans. Babe Ruth hit a home run in the first game played in the stadium, which was also nicknamed “the House that Ruth Built” since the money for the stadium came from the thousands of fans which Babe Ruth had attracted due to his amazing hitting ability.