The Yankees and Orioles are two of the most successful franchises in baseball history. Many great players have suited up for both teams, including some Hall of Famers. Here are some of the best.
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George Herman “Babe” Ruth Jr. (February 6, 1895 – August 16, 1948) was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball (MLB) spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935. Nicknamed “The Bambino” and “The Sultan of Swat”, he began his MLB career as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. Ruth established many MLB batting records, including career home runs (714), runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), slugging percentage (.679), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164); the latter two still stand as of 2019. Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. In 1936, Ruth was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its “first five” inaugural members.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Ruth signed with Boston in 1914 as a pitcher. He was successful early on and won Game 3 of the 1916 World Series, but he eventually developed a reputation as a wild pitcher who was difficult to control. In 1918, he was sold to the Yankees for $125,000—a then-record amount for a player—and became one of their star players. As part of baseball’s live-ball era in which hitters amassed prodigious totals of runs and home runs throughout the 1920s while pitcher win totals continued to rise despite rule changes meant to reduce scoring, Ruth led an offensive renaissance that has rarely been equaled in baseball history; he hit 54 home runs that year while also setting single-season records for slugging percentage (.772), extra base hits (103), times on base (379), OPS+ (206), bases on balls per 9 innings pitched rate 8.6 walks per nine innings pitched rate 232
In 1925 called him “the greatest drawcard yankee Stadium has ever had”, Yankee Stadium opened that year; it would later become known as “The House That Babe Built”. With Ruth unable to match his 1921–1923 totals over the following several seasons due largely to injuries from missing more than half of the 1924 season with a broken thumb suffered after being hit by a pitch from Detroit Tigers young flamethrower Carl Mays—and continuing weight issues which further worsened following his wife’s death during that same season—he slid down the batting order in an effort by manager Miller Huggins to protect him lower in the lineup where he would not face opposing pitchers’ best stuff while also hopefully getting more men on base ahead of him so that he could drive them home. It seemed to work; Ruth hit 49 home runs while driving in 153 runs—both second best totals in 1926 behind Detroit’s Hank Greenberg who hit 47 homers with 166 RBIs that season—while leading New York back to first place with a record of 91–63; it would be their fifth pennant in his six years there so far
Mickey Mantle is an American former professional baseball player. He played his entire Major League Baseball career with the New York Yankees as a center fielder and first baseman, spanning 18 seasons from 1951 to 1968. A seven-time World Series champion, Mantle was one of the most feared hitters of his generation and is widely considered one of the greatest players in baseball history. He won the Triple Crown in 1956, leading the major leagues in batting average (.353), home runs (52), and runs batted in (130), and was named the Most Valuable Player for that year.
Yogi Berra was an American professional baseball catcher, who later took on the roles of manager and coach. He played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), all but the last for the New York Yankees. He was an 18-time All-Star and won 10 World Series championships as a player—more than any other player in MLB history. Berra had a career batting average of .285, while hitting 358 home runs and 1,430 runs batted in. He is one of only six players to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award three times. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest catchers in baseball history, and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.
Reggie Jackson played for the Baltimore Orioles from 1977 to 1981. He was a member of the Yankees from 1977 to 1981, winning three World Series titles with the team. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993.
Derek Jeter is an American former professional baseball shortstop, who spent his entire 20-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career with the New York Yankees. A five-time World Series champion, Jeter is regarded as a central figure of the Yankees’ late 1990s-2000s dynasty that won five AL pennants and three World Series championships. He is the Yankees’ all-time leader in hits (3,465), games played (2,747), stolen bases (358), triples (173), and at bats (11,195). His 255 career home runs rank 20th on the Bronx Bombers’ all-time list. A 12-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove Award winner at shortstop, Jeter amassed more than 3,000 hits while compiling a .310 batting average over his 20 seasons.
Jeter was born in Pequannock Township, New Jersey, on June 26, 1974. He is of Irish and African-American descent on his father’s side, while his mother has German, English, and Scottish ancestry. Until age four he lived in the Detroit area with his parents and older sister Sharlee. The family then moved to Kalamazoo while his father served as a professor at Western Michigan University. When Jeter was eight years old they returned to Michigan but settled in Toledo so that their son could attend Maumee Valley Country Day School where he excelled at both academics as well as baseball. While growing up he patterned himself after Tigers shortstop Alan Trammell likely due to their similar socioeconomic backgrounds; both came from middle class families with fathers who taught at local universities and competed athletically themselves before moving into coaching positions during their children’s formative years. Jordan St mutual friends had promotional rights to him) following their change to an African American college; they had little idea what they were getting into with this unrecruited athlete who had not yet begun to grow into his 6 ft 3 inch frame nor did he have much playing experience outside of sandlot ball
Alex Rodriguez is one of the most accomplished baseball players of all time. He played for the Yankees from 2004-2016 and was a key member of their 2009 World Series team. He is a 14-time All-Star and 3-time MVP, and he currently ranks 4th all-time in home runs.