The answer to this question may surprise you.
The Hall of Fame is an American institution that honors baseball players who have shown exceptional skill and sportsmanship during their careers. It is a highly respected institution, and many people dream of being inducted into its ranks.
So, how many Yankees are in the Hall of Fame? The answer is a whopping 42! This number is more than double the amount of any other team. The next closest teams are the St. Louis Cardinals
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The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is an American history museum and hall of fame, located at 25 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York. The museum commemorates the history of baseball in the United States and honors those who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Of the more than 350 inductees, there are nearly 70 Yankees players, managers, and executives who have been enshrined in the Hall.
The Yankees in the Hall of Fame
The Yankees have more Hall of Famers than any other team in baseball. As of 2019, there are 37 Yankees in the Hall of Fame. The first Yankee to be inducted into the Hall of Fame was Babe Ruth in 1936. The most recent Yankee to be inducted was Mariano Rivera in 2019.
The Yankees and the Hall of Fame
The New York Yankees have had many great players throughout their history, and many of those players have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. As of 2019, there are 37 Yankees in the Hall of Fame. This includes players who spent the majority of their careers with the Yankees, as well as those who played significant parts of their careers with the team.
Some of the most famous Yankees in the Hall of Fame include Babe Ruth, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, and Whitey Ford. These players helped to establish the Yankees as one of baseball’s most successful franchises, and their legacy continues to this day. There are also several managers and executives in the Hall of Fame who made significant contributions to the Yankees organization, such as George Steinbrenner and Casey Stengel.
The Yankees are sure to have many more representatives in the Hall of Fame in years to come, as they continue to be one of baseball’s most successful teams.
The Yankees in the Hall of Fame
The New York Yankees are one of the most successful franchises in all of baseball history, and as such, they have a large number of representatives in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. As of 2019, there are 37 Yankees players and 10 Yankees executives who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
The first Yankee to be inducted into the Hall of Fame was outfielder Babe Ruth, who was part of the inaugural class in 1936. Ruth is widely considered to be one of the greatest baseball players of all time, and his induction into the Hall of Fame was a no-brainer. In total, there have been 19 Yankees players inducted into the Hall of Fame who played primarily during the team’s “Bronx Zoo” era from 1976 to 1981. These players include Thurman Munson, Graig Nettles, Reggie Jackson, Goose Gossage, Ron Guidry, and Yogi Berra.
Many people consider Yogi Berra to be the greatest living Yankee, as he is one of only four players in MLB history to win three MVP Awards (1951, 1954, 1955) and he played on an astonishing 10 World Series-winning teams during his 18-year career with the Bronx Bombers. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972.
The most recent former Yankee player to be inducted into Cooperstown was pitcher Mariano Rivera in 2019. Rivera is widely considered to be the greatest relief pitcher in baseball history, as he holds numerous records for saves and ERA+ (a stat that adjusts ERA for ballpark factors). He was a 13-time All-Star and helped lead the Yankees to five World Series titles during his 19-year career.
The Yankees not in the Hall of Fame
Some of the greatest players in Major League Baseball (MLB) history have donned the pinstripes of the New York Yankees. But, surprisingly, not all of them have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. As of 2019, there are 23 Yankees who are not in the Hall of Fame.
One reason for this is that the Hall of Fame has only been around since 1936, and many great Yankees predate that. Another reason is that the Hall of Fame has strict eligibility rules. A player must be retired for five years before he can be elected, and a player can only stay on the ballot for 10 years. That means that some great Yankees who were recently eligible haven’t been inducted yet because they haven’t been voted in by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA), which elects players to the Hall of Fame.
So, who are these 23 Yankees who are not in the Hall of Fame? Here’s a look at each one:
1. Don Mattingly: First baseman Don Mattingly played his entire 14-year career with the Yankees, compiling 2,153 hits, 222 home runs, and 1,099 RBIs. He was a six-time All-Star and won nine Gold Glove Awards. Mattingly’s career was cut short by back problems, and he retired in 1995 at the age of 34. He received small percentages of votes for induction in 2001 (17.8%), 2002 (21%), 2003 (28%), 2004 (39%), and 2008 (74%), but he fell off the ballot after 2008 after receiving less than 5% of the vote in 2007.
2. Roger Maris: Right fielder Roger Maris hit a then-record 61 home runs in 1961 to break Babe Ruth’s single-season record that had stood for 34 years. He also hit .283 with 142 RBIs that year to win American League MVP honors. In 12 seasons with the Yankees from 1960 to 1968, Maris hit .260 with 275 homers and 851 RBIs. He retired after 1968 at age 32 due to injuries and was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease in 1983; he died two years later at age 51. Maris first appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot in 1974 but received just 19 votes (3%). He peaked at 41% in 1988 but fell off the ballot after 1993 when he received just 13% of the vote—75% is needed for induction.
3.. Bobby Murcer: Outfielder/designated hitter Bobby Murcer played 16 seasons with five teams but is most closely associated with his 12 years with the Yankees from 1965 to 1976 and again from 1979 to 1983. In 1,509 games with New York, Murcer hit .277 with 252 homers and 1,043 RBIs as a Yankee; his best season was 1971 when he hit .331 with 27 homers and 94 RBIs en route to an All-Star selection.. Murcer died at age 62 on July 12, 2008—just four days after being diagnosed with brain cancer—and received 0.6% of the vote when he appeared on baseball’s Veterans Committee ballot for induction into Cooperstown posthumously in 2011
As of 2019, there are a total of 55 Yankees in the Hall of Fame. This includes 37 players, five managers, and 13 executives/owners. The Yankees have had more players inducted into the Hall of Fame than any other team in Major League Baseball.