“The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History” – By Robert W. Cohen: Guest MLB Blog

Thursday July 12th, 2012


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The New York Yankees are Major League Baseball’s most renowned and successful franchise. Baseball greats such as Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, and Derek Jeter have all worn the famous navy blue and white pinstripes. The Yankees have won 27 World Series championships, and 29 players who spent at least a year with the team have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. With so many Hall of Famers to choose from, selecting the best players in the history of the franchise might seem impossible; yet that is exactly what Robert W. Cohen has done in The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History.

This book carefully examines the careers of the players who made the greatest impact on the most successful franchise in the history of professional sports. The ranking was determined based on such factors as the extent to which each player added to the Yankees legacy, the degree to which he impacted the fortunes of his team, and the level of dominance he attained while wearing the Yankee uniform. Features of The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History include

  • Each player’s notable achievements
  • Recaps of the player’s most memorable performances
  • Summaries of each player’s best season
  • Quotes from opposing players and former teammates

Yankees fans and baseball fans in general will find The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History a fascinating collection of bios, stats, recaps, quotes, and more. And with such iconic figures as Yogi Berra, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Alex Rodriguez, and Andy Pettitte, this book is sure to inspire debate and controversy among true Yankees fans.

Robert Cohen:  Although I have been interviewed on numerous occasions to discuss my previously published works, I have never before been presented with an opportunity to speak directly to baseball fans – a group with which I closely identify. Therefore, I would first like to thank MLB Reports for giving me this chance to address those fans of the game that frequent their website.

Considering the fact that I first began writing professionally some 10 years ago, it probably came as a surprise to those people who know me best that it took me this long to write my latest book, The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History. A huge fan of the Yankees since my childhood days, my earliest memories of the sport center around the team’s fall from grace during the mid-1960s. While I have vague memories of watching the 1964 World Series on my family’s old black and white television, I recall far more vividly the dark period that followed, when the Yankees typically finished in the American League’s second division with a roster littered with mediocre players.

Nevertheless, even those Yankee teams featured a few standout performers, with players such as Mel Stottlemyre, Bobby Murcer, Roy White, and Thurman Munson helping to keep them respectable. And some of the great players from New York’s glory years still remained on the team at the beginning of that period, including Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Whitey Ford, and Elston Howard.

These are the players that helped inspire me to write The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History, which I think fans of the team will find to be a trip down memory lane. Younger Yankee fans will be able to relive the exploits of Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams, Paul O’Neill, and Mariano Rivera. Those from the previous generation will have an opportunity to reflect back on the accomplishments of Don Mattingly, Dave Winfield, Ron Guidry, and Rickey Henderson. Fans from my era will be able to recall the triumphs of Reggie Jackson, Graig Nettles, Goose Gossage, and Willie Randolph, as well as the earlier frustrations experienced by Stottlemyre, Murcer, White, and Munson. Those fortunate enough to witness Mickey Mantle in his prime will also have an opportunity to harken back to a day long ago when the greatest switch-hitter who ever lived ran like the wind and slugged 500-foot home runs from both sides of the plate. And fans of any age will undoubtedly marvel at the accomplishments of Yankee legends Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Joe DiMaggio.

But, with such an outstanding array of talent, just who was the greatest player in the history of the New York Yankees?  Was it Babe Ruth?  How about Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, or Joe DiMaggio?  What about more recent stars such as Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera?  And where does Jorge Posada rank in the pantheon of great Yankee catchers that also includes Yogi Berra, Bill Dickey, Thurman Munson, and Elston Howard?  The answers to all these questions can be found in The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History, which ranks from 1 to 50, the 50 best players ever to perform for the most successful franchise in the history of professional sports. The rankings are based on a number of factors, including the degree to which the players under consideration impacted the fortunes of the team, the extent to which they added to the Yankee legacy of greatness, and the level of statistical compilation and overall dominance they attained while wearing the Yankee pinstripes. The careers of all 50 players are closely examined, with statistics and quotes from opposing players and former teammates provided to support the rankings. Summaries of each player’s best individual season, most memorable moments, greatest performances, and most notable achievements are also included.  An additional feature is a listing of the 50 best players who failed to make the cut.

If you are a fan of the Yankees, you will absolutely love this book! If you root for another team, you are still likely to find The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History an interesting and entertaining read. I hope those of you who choose to read my work enjoy it. Thank you for your time.

            Best Wishes,

            Bob Cohen

MLB reports: Whether you love or hate the Yankees, there is always an underlying respect for the team by baseball fans everywhere. Respect for the team’s history, traditions and long line of superstar players. Given how many famous names have worn the famed pinstripes, coming up with the 50 greatest of all-time is no easy feat. But author Bob Cohen has done just that. It has been a pleasure getting to know Bob over the past few days in preparing this feature. He is a wonderful person with a deep love and passion for the game. He definitely threw himself into the aura of the New York Yankees and “The 50 Greatest Players” is a book that I cannot wait to read! Keep an eye out for our book review, coming soon on MLB reports. To purchase your copy of “The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History”, please visit your local bookstore or jump onto

About the Author:

Robert W. Cohen is a lifelong baseball fan and sports historian who has written several other books on the subject, including “A Team For The Ages: Baseball’s All-Time All-Star Team,” “The Lean Years of the Yankees: 1965-1975,” “Baseball’s Hall of Fame – Or Hall of Shame?” and “MVP.”  He also has produced a considerable amount of content for an internet website called Originally from the Bronx, New York, Robert now lives in northern New Jersey with his wife, Li, and daughter, Katie.

Previous Writing Credits:


A Team For The Ages: Baseball’s All-Time All-Star Team

Published by Lyons Press and released in April of 2004.

The Lean Years of the Yankees: 1965-1975

Published by McFarland & Co., Inc. and released in May of 2004.

My Life With Rusty

Published by Comfort Publishing and released in December of 2008.

Baseball’s Hall of Fame – Or Hall of Shame?

Published by Cardoza Publishing and released in June of 2009.


Published by Cardoza Publishing and released in September of 2010.


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