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Greatest Yankees Hitters of All-Time
The Yankees are hands-down the most storied franchise in professional sports. They have won almost 30 championships in their history, and naturally have put some great hitters on the field. Here is a list of the Yankees' all-time Top 10 in batting average, and this is a list of names that any other team would envy:
Babe Ruth (.349)-Everyone knows that Babe Ruth clubbed 714 home runs and is one of the most, if not the most, famous figure the game has ever had. But Ruth also could hit for average, and his mark of .349 with the Yankees leads the franchise all-time, and is probably not a record that will be broken any time soon. Ruth never hit less than .288 and his highest batting average with the Yankees was .393, in 1923. But perhaps Ruth's best season was 1921, when he hit .378 with 59 home runs, career best 171 runs batted in, 44 doubles, 16 triples, 17 stolen bases and a slugging percentage of .846.
Mickey Mantle (.340)-Mickey Mantle played his entire career for the Yanks, from 1951 to 1968, and his lifetime batting average of .340 ranks him second in team history. Mantle won the AL MVP three times and was close many other times. His highest season average was .365 in 1957, but Mantle's best season was 1956, when he won the AL MVP with 52 homers, 130 RBI, and a .353 batting average.
Lou Gehrig (.340)--Not sure how I missed him the first time, but here he is....one of the game's all-time greats along with being one of the greatest Yankees of all-time.
Earle Combs (.325)-Outfielder Earle Combs played his entire career in New York, from 1924 to 1935. Combs had a lifetime batting average of .325, which ranks him in very good company, tied with Joe DiMaggio for third on the Yanks' all-time list. Combs' best season was 1927, when he hit a career best .356 with six homers and 64 RBI.
Joe DiMaggio (.325)-Like Mantle, Joe DiMaggio also won three MVP awards. And he ranks tied for third in Yankees history with a .325 batting average. DiMaggio is also best known for his incredible 56-game hitting streak in 1941. He also hit a career best .381 in 1939, but DiMaggio's best overall season was 1937, when he hit .346 with career highs in home runs (46) and RBI (167).
Derek Jeter (.316)-I bet Derek Jeter is amazed that he is in company like this, but he has earned his place on this list, ranking fifth in team history with a .316 batting average. Jeter has played shortstop for the Yankees since breaking into the league in 1995, and his best season was 1999, when he helped the Yanks win a World Series. That season, Jeter had career highs in batting average (.349), home runs (24) and runs batted in (102).
Wade Boggs (.313)-Third baseman Wade Boggs played for the rival Red Sox for several years before signing with the Yankees and playing there from 1993 to 1997. Boggs hit .313 in his time in New York, and that ranks him sixth in franchise history.
His best season as a Yankee was the strike-shortened 1994 season, when Boggs hit .342 with 11 home runs and 55 RBI.
Bill Dickey (.313)-Catcher Bill Dickey played his entire career for the Yankees, from 1928 to 1946. His career batting average of .313 ranks him tied for sixth in Yankees history with Wade Boggs, and Dickey's best season was 1936, when he hit .362 (career best) with 22 homers and 107 RBI.
Bob Meusel (.311)-Outfielder Bob Meusel played most of his career with the Yanks, from 1920 to 1929, and his career batting average for them of .311 ranks eighth in team history. Meusel had a career high .337 average in 1927, but his best season overall was 1925, when he hit just .290 but hit 33 homers and drove in 138 runs (both career highs).
Don Mattingly (.307)-First baseman Don Mattingly never won a championship in New York, but was one of the team's all-time great hitters during his career, all with the Yankees (1982 to 1995). Mattingly ranks ninth in Yankees' history with a .307 batting average, and hit a career high .352 in 1986. But Mattingly's best overall season was 1985, when he won the AL MVP with a .324 batting average, and career highs in homers (35) and RBI (145).
Ben Chapman (.305)-Outfielder Ben Chapman played for several teams, but was with the Yankees to begin his career, and played in New York from 1930 to 1936. Chapman hit .305 with the Yanks, ranking him tenth in franchise history. His best season with the team was 1931, when Chapman hit .315 with career highs in home runs (17) and runs batted in (122).