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Comparing The Dynasties

To be considered, teams had to win three World Series in a row or be dominant for at least a five-year span. The Yankee teams from 1956-64 are broken into two groups because of the different personnel on each set of teams.

October 27, 2000

1927-32

YANKEES

Three titles

three appearances

MAIN LINEUP

C: Bill Dickey

1B: Lou Gehrig

2B: Tony Lazzeri

3B: Joe Dugan/Joe Sewell

SS: Mark Koenig/Lyn Lary

OF: Babe Ruth

OF: Earle Combs

OF: Bob Meusel/Ben Chapman

Rotation: George Pipgras, Waite Hoyt, Red Ruffing, Herb Pennock, Lefty Gomez

Main reliever: Wilcy Moore

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THE BIG PICTURE

Record in World Series games: 12-0

1927--d. Pittsburgh, 4-0

1928--d. St. Louis 4-0

1932--d. Chicago, 4-0

Regular season record: 586-337, .635

Average season record: 98-56, .636

Best season record: 1927, 110-44, .714

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YEAR BY YEAR

1927--110-44, .714: won AL by 19 games. Led league in 13 team categories. Individuals led league in 15 categories.

1928--101-53, .656: won AL by 2 1/2 games. Led league in eight team categories. Individuals led league in 12 categories.

1929--88-66, .571: second place, trailed Philadelphia A's by 18 games.

1930--86-68, .558: third place, trailed Philadelphia A's by 16 games.

1931--94-59, .614: second place, trailed Philadelphia A's by 13 1/2 games.

1932--107-47, .695: won AL by 13 games. Led league in seven team categories. Individuals led league in six categories.

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ETC.

In 1927, Ruth and Gehrig combined for 107 homers, the same number that Detroit and Philadelphia hit--combined. Discussions about baseball dynasties usually start, and end, here.

1936-39

YANKEES

Four titles, four appearances

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MAIN LINEUP

C: Bill Dickey

1B: Lou Gehrig

2B: Tony Lazzeri/Joe Gordon

3B: Red Rolfe

SS: Frank Crosetti

OF: George Selkirk

OF: Joe DiMaggio

OF: Jake Powell/Tommy Henrich/Charlie Keller

Rotation: Red Ruffing, Lefty Gomez, Monte Pearson, Bump Hadley

Main reliever: Johnny Murphy

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THE BIG PICTURE

Record in World Series games: 16-3

1936--d. New York Giants, 4-2

1937--d. New York Giants, 4-1

1938--d. Chicago, 4-0

1939--d. Cincinnati, 4-0

Regular season record: 409-201, .670

Average season record: 102-50, .671

Best season record: 1939, 106-45, .702

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YEAR BY YEAR

1936--102-51, .667: won AL by 19 1/2 games. Led league in 10 team categories. Individuals led league in nine categories.

1937--102-52, .662: won AL by 13 games. Led league in 11 team categories. Individuals led league in eight categories.

1938--99-53, .651: won AL by 9 1/2 games. Led league in 10 team category. Individuals led league in five categories.

1939--106-45, .702: won AL by 17 games. Led league in 11 team categories. Individuals led league in six categories.

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ETC.

The success of Murphy (10 saves in 1938, 11 in 1938, 19 in 1939) led to other teams developing a better bullpen. This also began the transition from the Gehrig Yankees to the DiMaggio Yankees, and this team probably would have won more titles, if not for World War II.

1949-53

YANKEES

Five titles,

five appearances

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MAIN LINEUP

C: Yogi Berra

1B: Joe Collins

2B: Jerry Coleman/Billy Martin/Gil McDougald

3B: Bobby Brown/Gil McDougald

SS: Phil Rizzuto

OF: Hank Bauer

OF: Gene Woodling

OF: Joe DiMaggio/Mickey Mantle

Rotation: Vic Raschi, Ed Lopat, Allie Reynolds, Tommy Byrne, Johnny Sain

Main reliever: Joe Page

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THE BIG PICTURE

Record in World Series games: 20-8

1949--d. Brooklyn, 4-1

1950--d. Philadelphia, 4-0

1951--d. New York Giants, 4-2

1952--d. Brooklyn, 4-3

1953--d. Brooklyn, 4-2

Regular season record: 487-280, .635

Average season record: 97-56, .634

Best season record: 1953, 99-52, .656

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YEAR BY YEAR

1949--97-57, .630: won AL by one game.

1950--98-56, .636: won AL by three games.

1951--98-56, .636: won AL by five games. Led league in four team category. Individuals led league in three categories.

1952--95-59, .617: won AL by two games. Led league in seven team categories. Individuals led league in three categories.

1953--99-52, .656: won AL by 8 1/2 games. Led league in 10 team categories. Individuals led league in four categories.

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ETC.

The transition from DiMaggio to Mantle, also included the transition to Casey Stengel, who became the first manager to seriously platoon his players.

1956-60

YANKEES

Two titles, four appearances

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MAIN LINEUP

C: Yogi Berra

1B: Bill Skowron

2B: Bobby Richardson

3B: Andy Carey

SS: Gil McDougald/Tony Kubek

OF: Hank Bauer

OF: Elston Howard/Norm Siebern

OF: Mickey Mantle

Rotation: Whitey Ford, Bob Turley, Don Larsen, Johnny Kucks, Art Ditmar

Main reliever: Ryne Duren/Bobby Shantz

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THE BIG PICTURE

Record in World Series games: 14-14

1956--d. Brooklyn, 4-3

1957--lost to Milwaukee, 4-3

1958--d. Milwaukee, 4-3

1960--lost to Pittsburgh, 4-3

Regular season record: 463-307, .601

Average season record: 93-61, .604

Best season record: 1957, 98-56, .636

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YEAR BY YEAR

1956--95-57, .630: won AL by nine games. Led league in four team categories. Individuals led league in eight categories.

1957--98-56, .636: won AL by eight games. Led league in 10 team categories. Individuals led league in six categories

1958--92-62, .597: won AL by 10 games. Led league in nine team category. Individuals led league in 10 categories.

1959--79-75, .513: third place, trailed Chicago White Sox by 15 games.

1960--97-57, .630: won AL by eight games. Led league in seven team categories. Individuals led league in six categories.

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ETC.

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