With the World Series this month, I thought it might be well to compare three icons… to give Duke his due, so to speak
The Yankees have held a ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Roger Maris’ 61-homer season, a total that the families of Maris and Mickey Mantle still believe is the legitimate record.
Bartolo Colon matched the Orioles’ Zach Britton but the Yankees’ offense failed to back Colon’s superb effort as they lost 2-0 in the first game of today’s doubleheader.
Derek Jeter has tied Babe Ruth as the greatest Yankee of all time among New York City baseball fans. For that, No. 2 can thank the female fan for voting for him in droves.
For some time now, various lists have been compiled ranking or rating the greatest of Yankees. In light of Jeter’s landmark accomplishment, we would like to look into where he ranks among the Yankee immortals.
He’s on the verge of making history, but what is it, really, that makes Derek Jeter one of the all-time Yankee greats? Is it a number like 3,000? Or is it something more?
As Derek Jeter approaches 3,000 hits, the landmark has little bearing on his baseball legacy as possibly the most dominant winner in the game’s history.
It is a day when multi millionaires prance around the baseball field like European royalty on a polo field. To keep perspective on a game that America continues to love, it is important to look back on the better experiences of watching major league baseball.
Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira’s home run pace could allow them to become the first teammates to reach the mark of 50 since Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle in 1961. It would only be fitting if two present day Yankees match the accomplishments of the immortal ‘M&M Boys,’ and usher back memories of a bygone era in baseball.
Sometime in the next week or so, Derek Jeter will hold up his right hand to ask the plate umpire for time, give his bat one more ritualistic twirl and then, perhaps take an iconic inside-out swing and send another liner to right field to become the 28th player – and first in four years – to reach the magic number.
Consistency and longevity have been hallmarks Derek Jeter’s career. As he marches closer to the 3,000th hit mark, Jeter is again reminding his critics just how special of a career he’s maintained for 17 seasons.
Carlos Beltran became the first player in the majors this season and the eighth Met to hit three home runs in a game last week in Colorado. So what does Beltran have in common with Todd Hundley, Dave Kingman and Mark Teixeira?
In more than 50 years covering sports, the longtime New York Times columnist Robert Lipsyte prided himself on being a sportswriter who was not a fan. A fat, brainy kid who got beat up in grammar school, Lipsyte wanted to be a novelist.
As a minor league pitcher, Dennis Minogue hardly had Hall of Fame talent. Once he changed his tune — and name — and forever linked Willie, Mickey and the Duke, he earned his spot in Cooperstown.
Move over, Babe Ruth. Derek Jeter is New York’s all-time favorite athlete, according to a Siena College poll released on Tuesday.