The New York Yankees

The New York Yankees are an American professional baseball team located in The Bronx of New York. The Yankees organization is considered one of the most elite franchises in the history of sports. The New York Yankees organization was founded in Baltimore Maryland in the year 1901. This team known as the Orioles was managed and owned by John McGraw. In 1903, owners and managers of the American League voted to move the team to New York City. They originally wanted to be based in New York, but because the New York Giants were already established, they were put in Baltimore. The team moved to New York City in 1903 and became the New York Highlanders.

Years at the Polo Grounds

The Polo Grounds burned down in 1911 and the Highlanders allowed the Giants to play in Hilltop Park during reconstruction. Relations between the two teams warmed, and the Highlanders would move into the newly rebuilt Polo Grounds in 1913. Now playing on the Harlem River, a far cry from their high-altitude home, the name "Highlanders" no longer applied, and fell into disuse among the press.

Team Nicknames

The "Yankees" name is often shortened to "The Yanks." Their most prominently used nickname is "the Bronx Bombers" or simply "the Bombers", a reference to their home and their prolific hitting. A less used nickname is "the Pinstripes", in reference to the iconic feature on their home uniforms. Critics often refer to the team and the organization as "the Evil Empire", a term applied to the Yankees by Boston Red Sox president Larry Lucchino in a 2002 interview with the New York Times. A term from the team's tumultuous late 70s, "the Bronx Zoo", is sometimes used by detractors, as well as the "Damn Yankees".


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