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Yankees by the Numbers (Part II)
They say that baseball is a game of numbers, crooked numbers, straight numbers. The New York Yankees in existence now for more than a century have a stranglehold on stats, records . . . and numbers.
For those of you who enjoyed "Yankees By The Numbers (Part I) - for your reading pleasure we present Part II.
53 - Most doubles in one season, Don Mattingly, 1986
54 - Mickey Mantle hit 54 home runs in 1961, a career best and most ever for a switch-hitter.
56 - Joe DiMaggio's 56 game hitting streak included 56 singles and 56 runs scored. It covered 53 day games 3 night games, 29 at Yankee Stadium, 27 road games. He had 223 official at-bats, a batting average of .408, 91 hits, 16 doubles, 4 triples, 15 home runs and 55 RBIs. DiMag struck out 7 times, walked 21 times, was hit by a pitch twice.
63 - Joe DiMaggio hit safely against 63 right-handed pitchers during his 56 game hitting streak in 1941.
65 - most home wins in a season, 1961.
71 - Most career hits in World Series, Yogi Berra.
72 - Babe Ruth homered twice in a game 72 times, a major league record
72 - Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig homered in the same game 72 times. Only 16 times did they homer back-to-back.
88 - Number of pitches David Cone threw in his perfect game, July 19, 1999
93 - Most stolen bases in a season, Rickey Henderson, 1988.
94 - Whitey Ford, World Series strikeout leader.
100 - Two Yankee teams have lost 100 games: 1912, 50-102 and 1908, 51-103
100 - At Yankee Stadium, Babe Ruth on September 24, 1920 hit his 100th home run of Washington's Jim Shaw.
110 - Most triples in a season, 1930.
112 - The best base stealing combo in Yankee history was Fritz Maisel and Roger Peckinpaugh in 1914. Maisel stole 74 bases and Peckinpaugh added 38.
114 - Most wins in a season, American League, 1998, all time record until 2001 and Seattle Mariners.
115 - Most combined home runs by teammates in a season, Mantle and Maris 1961
119 - Most extra base hits in a season,Babe Ruth, 1921: 44 doubles, 16 triples and 59 homers.
123 - Most complete games by a Yankee staff, 1904
126 - Cal Ripken, most games played at Yankee Stadium by an opposing player June 18, 1982 - September 30, 2001.
134 - Number of home runs Yankees hit at Hilltop Park, 1903-1912.
156 - Most strikeouts in a season, Danny Tartabull, 1993.
163 - Career home runs Mickey Mantle hit from the right side.
163 - Most career triples, Lou Gehrig.
170 - Most walks in a season,Babe Ruth, 1923.
177 - Most runs scored in a season, Babe Ruth, 1921.
179 - Most home runs allowed in a season by a Yankee pitching staff, 1987.
183 - Team batting average in 2001 World Series is the lowest for a team in a World Series that went seven or eight games. The previous lowest average was .185 by the 1985 St. Louis Cardinals.
184 - Most runs batted in, one season, Lou Gehrig, American League record.
185 - Number of working days it took for Yankee Stadium to be built
200 - Babe Ruth recorded his 200 home run on May 12, 1923 at Detroit off Tiger pitcher Herman Pillette.
Harvey Frommer is now in his 32nd consecutive year of writing sports books. He is the author of 38 sports books, including the classics: "New York City Baseball," "Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball," "Rickey and Robinson," "A Yankee Century," and Red Sox Vs. Yankees: The Great Rivalry" (with Frederic J. Frommer). His newest efforts are OLD TIME BASEBALL and WHERE HAVE ALL THE RED SOX GONE?
He is now at work on the definitive book on the 1927 Yankees to be published in 2007.
Frommer sports books are available direct from the author - discounted and autographed.