Best Yankees of all time: Who is the greatest Yankee player ever?

Best Yankees of all time: Who is the greatest Yankee player ever?

Sospeter Itolondo
updated at May 22, 2023 at 11:21 AM

The New York Yankees are one of the most successful sports franchises in the world and the MLB. It is also one of the most famous teams in the MLB due to its massive success in the past. Who are the best Yankees of all time? Let's find out shortly.

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Babe Ruth(L), Mickey Mantle(C), and Lou Gehrig(R) pose for a potrait. Photo: Bettman(Babe), William Jacobellis(Mickey) and Mark Rucker(Lou)(Modified by author)
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The team has had some of the best talents in the MLB in players such as Babe Ruth, Derek Jeter, and Lou Gehrig. They have also won multiple World Series Championships, making them a force in the sport. Who is the best Yankees player of all time?

Best Yankees of all time

As one of the biggest franchises in the sport, the team has seen some of the biggest talents in the game. Their elite players were crucial in their World Series Championship wins. Here is the best Yankees of all time ranker:

10. Bill Dickey

Although his career was widely overshadowed by legends like Babe Ruth, Gehrig, and DiMaggio, the catcher found a way to be included among the greatest catchers in the game. Dickey was active for the Yankees from 1928 to 1943, and in 1946 as he was in the Navy for World War II in 1944 and 1945.

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First-base coach Bill Dickey of the New York Yankees looks towards the dugout during a game in 1956 at Yankee Stadium in New York. Photo: Diamond Images
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During his stay with the team, he won eight World Series Championships and appeared in the all-star 11 times. The star had a .313 batting average in his career, 202 home runs, 1209 RBI, and a 55.8 WAR.

9. Alex Rodriguez

Despite his suspension for using performance-enhancing substances, "A-Rod" showed his quality on the pitch. The star's instant success at the Yankees, despite spending most of his best years at the Texas Rangers, puts him on this list. Derek Jeter was already the undisputed SS, so Alex had to move to third base to get a position.

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Alex Rodriguez rounds the bases after hitting a home run for his 3000th career hit in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers during their game at Yankee Stadium on Friday, June 19, 2015, in the Bronx borough of New York City. Photo: New York Yankees
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In his career at the Yankees from 2004 to 2013, then from 2015-2016, the star had a 54 WAR, a .283 batting average, 351 home runs, and 1096 RBI.

8. Whitey Ford

Yet another Yanke who missed two seasons serving in the army from 1951 to 1952 and returning boss the league. He was active for the Pinstripes in 1950 and from 1953 to 1967. During his stint, he helped the team win six World Series titles. He had 3170.1 innings pitched, 1956 strikeouts, 236 wins, and a 2,75 ERA in his career.

Who is the best Yankees player of all time?
Whitey Ford delivers a pitch during the Annual Old Timers Day game at Yankee Stadium on July 11, 1988, in New York, United States. Photo: Steve Crandall
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The star had a 53.5 WAR. He was an 8-time all-star and a Cy Young Winner.

7. Mariano Rivera

The star was a relief pitcher for the Pinstripes between 1995 and 2013. With his 56.3 WAR, he is considered one of the greatest closers in the game's history. Some of his achievements include an appearance in the all-star 13 times, five World Series rings, ALCS MVP, and a five-time Rolaids Reliever of the Year.

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Mariano Rivera speaks during the 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame press conference announcing this year's induction class on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City. Photo: Alex Trautwig
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He retired as the all-time saves leader with 652 saves. Rivera had 1283.2 innings pitched, 1173 strikeouts, 652 saves, and a 2.21 ERA. He comes on top of the best Yankees closers of all time.

6. Yogi Berra

Yogi's iconic banter and witty quotes helped him put opposing batters off their game. His fast bat always made him a feared force to opponents, making it difficult to counter him. Berra is considered the greatest catcher the sport has ever seen.

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Yogi Bera swinging the bat during a game for the New York Yankees in 1955. Photo: Getty Images
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He was an apprentice of the great Dickey, a legend. He was active for the Yankees between 1946 and 1965, appearing in the all-star for a record 15 times and being a three-time MVP. Yogi also won the World Series a record ten times. During his stint in the team, he had a .285 average, 358 home runs, 1431 RBI, and 59.5 WAR.

5. Derek Jeter

His consistency was second to none, helping him stay above average for a long time. The shortstop won Rookie of the Year in 1996, was a 14-time all-star, and won the Golden Glove five times. Jeter won five World Series Championships, winning four in five years before winning the fifth after a decade-long drought.

He was active for the Yankees from 1995 to 2014. A WAR of 71.3 put the star way above the rest. He had a .310 average, 3465 hits, 1311 RBI, and 358 stolen bases. A surprising fact about Jeter is he has yet to win the MVP award despite appearing in the top 10 eight times. The star played for arguably the best Yankees team of all time.

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19-year-old Joe DiMaggio after hitting the all-time hitting record for the San Francisco Seals in San Francisco. Photo: Bettman
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4. Joe DiMaggio

World War II did not deter the star from attaining excellence despite being away for three years. Joe had a 79.2 WAR, one of the highest in the league, when he was present for the Bronx Zoos between 1936 and 1942 and between 1946 and 1952. The three-time MVP and 13-time all-star won nine World Series Championships at the Yankees. He played centre field and was one of the most feared hitters in the game. One of his records includes his 56-game hitting streak, which is considered unbreakable. In his time, he had a .325 average, 361 home runs, and 1537 RBI.

3. Mickey Mantle

The centre-fielder had a 110.2 WAR at the club from 1951 to 1968. The star had a .298 average, 536 home runs, and 1509 RBI, which helped him win the Golden Glove and three-time MVP Awards. Mickey won 7 World Series Championships and appeared in the all-star list 16 times.

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Mickey Mantle practices his batting before a game at Yankee Stadium circa 1958, in New York City, New York. Photo: Michael Ochs Archives
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As one of the greatest to ever play the game, Mickey led the league in home runs four times, walks five times, and OPS six times. His eight-year peak between 1955 to 1962 is considered one of the best peaks in the game.

2. Lou Gehrig

Considered the greatest player only behind Babe Ruth, Lou's rise to greatness was a unique story. He was a replacement for Wally Pipp, who was unavailable for a game in 1925 due to a headache and never saw the bench again until his retirement in 1939. The star set a record for consecutive games played for 2130 straight games played.

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Lou Gehrig during the farewell to the slugger at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939. Photo: Mark Rucker
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Gehrig led the league in home runs three times, in RBIs five times, on-base percentage five times, and batting average once. His dominance was hindered by a neuromuscular disease which is now referred to as "Lou Gehrig's disease." He had a .340 average in his career, 493 home runs, and 1995 RBI.

His WAR stood at 112.4. Gehrig won the MVP two times, appeared in the all-star seven times, and won the World Series Championship eight times.

1. Babe Ruth

Ruth is an unnoticeable name in the baseball world with many firsts to his name. The batter was the first to hit 50 home runs in a season, to hit 60 homers in a season, and the first to hit 500 home runs in his career. Babe Ruth won the MVP Award once, appeared in the all-star two times, and won seven World Series Championships.

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Babe Ruth during the Yankees' season opener at Yankees Stadium. Photo: Bettman
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The only reason he had fewer MVP Awards was due to the stringent rules back then. He had a 142.6 WAR in his career, a .349 average, 659 home runs, and 1978 RBI. Babe holds the mantle for the most feared hitter ever. The star also tops the list of the best Yankees pitchers of all time if they were ranked by position.

Best Yankees managers of all-time

A great manager is crucial for a team's success in any game. The Yankees' success can be attributed to the great managers they have had through the years. Here are some of their greatest managers ever:



Joe McCarthy


Casey Stengel


Miller Huggins


Ralph Houk

1961-1963, 1966-1973

Billy Martin

1975-1978, 1979, 1983, 1985, 1988

Bob Lemon

1978-1979, 1981-1982

Joe Torre


Buck Showalter


Why are the Yankees so famous?

The team is famous for its success across the sporting world. Their success is seen through their 27 World Series Championships and 40 American League pennants.

Who was the best Yankee not to win a World Series?

The 1954 team was the best team not to win a World Series. The team was led by Yogi Berra when they had the most runs in the game. They also won 103 games, just eight shy of the record-breaking 111 by the Cleveland Indians.

Who was the best Yankee duo?
Yogi Bera looks towards the shortstop during a game on September 26, 1954, at Yankee Stadium in New York. Photo: Diamond Images
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Which was the best Yankee duo?

Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig are the best Yankees duo in baseball history. They had an annual 16.8 WAR average, the best in the league. Their cumulative WAR is third on the list.

The Yankees are one of the best teams in the world of baseball, producing some of the greatest athletes of all time. They have all-time greats such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Micky Mantle, among others, in their franchise history.

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