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Yankees By The Numbers (Part II)

They say that baseball is a game of numbers, crooked numbers, straight numbers. The New York Yankees in existence  now for more than a century have a stranglehold on stats, records . . . and numbers. For those of you who enjoyed "Yankees By The Numbers (Part I) - for your reading pleasure we present Part II.

53 Most doubles in one season, Don Mattingly, 1986

54 - Mickey Mantle hit 54 home runs in 1961, a career best and most ever for a switch-hitter.

56  - Joe DiMaggio's 56 game hitting streak included 56 singles and 56 runs scored.  It covered 53 day games 3 night games, 29 at Yankee Stadium, 27 road games. He had 223 official at bats, a batting average of .408, 91 hits, 16 doubles, 4 triples, 15 home runs and 55 RBIs. DiMag struck out 7 times, walked 21 times, was hit by a pitch twice.

63 -  Joe DiMaggio hit safely against 63 right-handed pitchers during his 56 game hitting streak in 1941.        

65- most home wins in a season, 1961.

71- Most career hits in World Series, Yogi Berra.

72  Babe Ruth homered twice in a game 72 times, a major league record

72 - Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig homered in the same game 72 times. Only 16 times did they homer back-to-back.

88 - Number of pitches David Cone threw in his perfect game, July 19, 1999

93 - Most stolen bases in a season,Rickey Henderson, 1988.

94-  Whitey Ford, World Series strikeout leader.

100 - Two Yankee teams have lost 100 games: 1912, 50-102 and 1908, 51-103

100 - Babe Ruth on September  24, 1920 hit his 100th home run of Washington's Jim Shaw.

110 - Most triples in a season, 1930.

112 -  The best base stealing combo in Yankee history was Fritz Maisel and Roger Peckinpaugh in 1914. Maisel stole 74 bases and Peckinpaugh added 38.

114 - Most wins in a season, American League, 1998, all time record until 2001 and Seattle  Mariners.

115 - Most combined home runs by teammates in a season, Mantle and Maris 1961

119 - Most extra base hits in a season,Babe Ruth, 1921: 44 doubles, 16 triples and 59 homers.

123 - Most complete games by a Yankee staff, 1904

126 -  Cal Ripken, most games played at Yankee Stadium by an opposing player  June 18, 1982 - September 30, 2001   

134 -  Number of home runs Yankees hit at Hilltop Park, 1903-1912.

156 - Most strikeouts in a season, Danny Tartabull, 1993.

163 - Career home runs Mickey Mantle hit from the right side.

163 - Most career triples, Lou Gehrig.    

170 - Most walks in a season,Babe Ruth,1923.

177 - Most runs scored in a season, Babe Ruth, 1921.   

179 - Most home runs allowed in a season by a Yankee pitching staff,1987

183 - Team batting average in 2001 World Series is the lowest for a team in a World Series that went seven or eight games. The previous lowest average was .185 by the

1985 St. Louis Cardinals.

184 - Most runs batted in, one season, Lou Gehrig,  American League record

185 - Number of working days it took for Yankee Stadium to be built

200 - Babe Ruth recorded his 200 home run on May 12, 1923 at Detroit off Tiger pitcher Herman Pillette.    

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