Detroit Pistons

The Detroit Pistons are a National Basketball Association team based in the Detroit, Michigan metropolitan area.

Founded: 1941 as Ft. Wayne Zollner Pistons in National Basketball League; joined Basketball Association of America (forerunner of the NBA) in 1948; relocated to Detroit in 1957.
Formerly known as: Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons (1941-48), Fort Wayne Pistons (1948-57)
Home Arena: The Palace of Auburn Hills
Owner: Bill Davidson
Uniform colors: Red, white and blue
Logo design: A basketball with "PISTONS" superimposed upon it.
Mascot: Hooper
NBL Championships: 1944, 1945 (in Fort Wayne)
NBA Eastern Division Championships: 1954, 1955 (in Fort Wayne)
NBA Central Division Championships: 1988, 1989, 1990, 2002, 2003, 2005
NBA Eastern Conference Championships: 1988, 1989, 1990, 2004, 2005
NBA Championships: 1989, 1990, 2004
2004-2005 Record: 54-28


Franchise history

The franchise was founded in 1941 in Fort Wayne, Indiana by Fred Zollner, owner of a General Motors subsidiary that manufactored pistons. It is the oldest existing franchise in the NBA. Led by star forward George Yardley, the Fort Wayne Pistons were a popular franchise and appeared in the NBA Finals in 1954 and 1955, losing both times. In 1957, Zollner moved the team to Detroit, a much larger city that did not have an NBA franchise; the Detroit Gems had folded after one season of existence. The new Detroit Pistons played in Olympia Stadium for their first four seasons, then moved to Cobo Arena. The franchise was a consistent disappointment, struggling on both the court and the box office. In 1974, Zollner sold the team to Bill Davidson, who remains the team's owner. Displeased with the team's location in downtown Detroit, Davidson moved it to the suburb of Pontiac in 1978, where it played in the mammoth Silverdome, a structure built for professional football. (The Silverdome was the home of the NFL's Detroit Lions at the time.)

The franchise's fortunes finally began to turn in 1981, when it drafted point guard Isiah Thomas out of Indiana University. In early 1982, it acquired center Bill Laimbeer and guard Vinnie Johnson. The three, along with later aquisitions Joe Dumars, Rick Mahorn, and Dennis Rodman, formed the core of a team that would rise to the top of the league. With their physical style of play, and intensity with opponents, the Pistons gained the nickname "Bad Boys." Coach Chuck Daly took the team to the NBA Finals three consecutive years (1988-90) and won NBA championships in 1989 and 1990. The team moved into the lavish Palace of Auburn Hills in 1988 and remains there today.

The franchise went through a lengthy transitional period as its key players either retired or left. Though Grant Hill emerged as a gifted player, the team was unable to win a playoff series, losing to the Orlando Magic in 1996, the Atlanta Hawks in 1997 and 1999, and the Miami Heat in 2000. In the summer of 2000, Hill indicated his intentions to leave to Orlando, and Dumars – appointed the franchise's president of basketball operations that year – dealt Hill to the Magic in return for a pair of largely unheralded players. One of them, Ben Wallace, would prove to be a cornerstone for the franchise's revamped roster. Under Dumars's leadership, the Pistons have since surrounded Wallace with rising stars Chauncey Billups, Richard "Rip" Hamilton, Rasheed Wallace and Tayshaun Prince. Coached by Hall of Fame inductee Larry Brown, the Pistons returned to prominence, winning the 2004 NBA championship.

Current season

On November 19, 2004, the Detroit Pistons were involved in a massive brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills during a losing home game against the Indiana Pacers. After fouling Pistons' Ben Wallace, Pacer Ron Artest was hit by a cup while lying down on the scorer's table. This caused Artest to rush into the stands and attack some fans. Other Pacers such as Jermaine O'Neal fought with fans who had walked onto the court. A month later, five Pacers and seven fans were charged after being involved in the "basketbrawl."

See also: The Malice at The Palace.

Presently, the Pistons are considered a strong contender to win a second consecutive title in 2005. Seeded second in the Eastern Conference in the playoffs, they defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 4-1 and then rallied from a 2-1 deficit to finish off the Indiana Pacers 4-2. In the conference finals, the Pistons again fell behind, three games to two, but then won the final two games to defeat the Miami Heat and become Eastern Conference Champions. In the process, the Pistons became the first team to win a game 7 on the road since the L.A. Lakers did so at the Sacramento Kings in 2002.

The Pistons are currently facing the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals, the first two games of which were played at the SBC Center in San Antonio. Games 3 and 4 and 5 will be played at The Palace of Auburn Hills, and games 6 and (if necessary) 7 will be in San Antonio. The Spurs have won the first two games, and Detroit the second to, all by margins of 15 to 31 points. Game 5 is scheduled for Sunday, June 19th at The Palace of Auburn Hills at 9 P.M. Eastern on ABC.

Current Roster

Starters

  • SF - #22 Tayshaun Prince (Kentucky)
  • PF - #36 Rasheed Wallace (North Carolina)
  • C - #3 Ben Wallace (Virginia Union)
  • SG - #32 Richard "Rip" Hamilton (UConn)
  • PG - #1 Chauncey Billups (Colorado)

Reserves

  • G - #30 Carlos Arroyo (Florida Int'l)
  • C - #41 Elden Campbell (Clemson) - free agent
  • G-F - #20 Carlos Delfino (Argentina)
  • F - #12 Ronald Dupree (LSU)
  • F - #8 Darvin Ham (Texas Tech) - free agent
  • G - #10 Lindsey Hunter (Jackson State)
  • G - #5 Horace Jenkins (William Paterson) - restricted free agent
  • F-C - #24 Antonio McDyess (Alabama)
  • C - #31 Darko Miličić (Serbia)

Players of note

Basketball Hall of Fame Members:

  • Dave Bing
  • Bob Lanier
  • Earl Lloyd (inducted as a contributor, not as a player or coach)
  • Isiah Thomas
  • Chuck Daly (Inducted as Coach)

Not to be forgotten:

  • Adrian Dantley
  • Grant Hill
  • Rick Mahorn
  • Dennis Rodman
  • John Salley
  • Jerry Stackhouse

Retired numbers:

  • 2 Chuck Daly (never played in the NBA; represents the two NBA championship teams he coached)
  • 4 Joe Dumars
  • 11 Isiah Thomas
  • 15 Vinnie Johnson
  • 16 Bob Lanier
  • 21 Dave Bing
  • 40 Bill Laimbeer

Coaches and others

Basketball Hall of Fame Members:

  • Larry Brown
  • Chuck Daly
  • Earl Lloyd (inducted as a contributor, not as a player or coach)
  • Gregory Johnson

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Game 5 is scheduled for Sunday, June 19th at The Palace of Auburn Hills at 9 P.M. Related article: New York Yankees - Award Winners. The Spurs have won the first two games, and Detroit the second to, all by margins of 15 to 31 points. See also: List of New York Yankees people. Games 3 and 4 and 5 will be played at The Palace of Auburn Hills, and games 6 and (if necessary) 7 will be in San Antonio. In 2003, the Office of Foreign Assets Control reported that the Yankees engaged in illegal trade with Cuba and had to settle with the United States government for US$75,000 [1] (http://www.cnn.com/2003/LAW/04/14/enemy.trading/index.html). The Pistons are currently facing the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals, the first two games of which were played at the SBC Center in San Antonio. George Steinbrenner has ignored the increasing penalty of a Luxury Tax.

Lakers did so at the Sacramento Kings in 2002. It may be argued that the most recent splurge in spending corresponds neatly with the bargained rules governing MLB ownership that entitled other teams to begin revenue sharing with the Yankees. In the process, the Pistons became the first team to win a game 7 on the road since the L.A. Against:. In the conference finals, the Pistons again fell behind, three games to two, but then won the final two games to defeat the Miami Heat and become Eastern Conference Champions. For:. Seeded second in the Eastern Conference in the playoffs, they defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 4-1 and then rallied from a 2-1 deficit to finish off the Indiana Pacers 4-2. The following are arguments for and against these spending practices:.

Presently, the Pistons are considered a strong contender to win a second consecutive title in 2005. It is a heated debate whether the Yankees' free-spending is positive or negative for baseball, and whether a strict salary cap would make the sport fairer and increase parity among the large-market and small-market teams. See also: The Malice at The Palace. Frustrated after being outbid for pitcher Jose Contreras prior to the 2003 season, Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino even went so far as to dub the Yankees the "Evil Empire," a characterization that is primarily popular among Red Sox fans. A month later, five Pacers and seven fans were charged after being involved in the "basketbrawl.". As of 2004, the team payroll is more than $182 million, which is $51 million more than the second-highest team, the Red Sox, and more than the six lowest-payroll teams combined. Other Pacers such as Jermaine O'Neal fought with fans who had walked onto the court. The current ownership spends more on player salaries than any other franchise in baseball.

This caused Artest to rush into the stands and attack some fans. The Yankees are a notable team not only for their impressive history on the field, but also for their financial situation. On November 19, 2004, the Detroit Pistons were involved in a massive brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills during a losing home game against the Indiana Pacers. After fouling Pistons' Ben Wallace, Pacer Ron Artest was hit by a cup while lying down on the scorer's table. The Yankees continued to scuffle against the American Leauge's worst team, the Kansas City Royals, losing all three games in the series. Coached by Hall of Fame inductee Larry Brown, the Pistons returned to prominence, winning the 2004 NBA championship. The Boston Red Sox came to Yankee Stadium in the midst of a three game losing streak, however, they crushed the Yankees in the series winning the final two games 17-1 and 7-2. Under Dumars's leadership, the Pistons have since surrounded Wallace with rising stars Chauncey Billups, Richard "Rip" Hamilton, Rasheed Wallace and Tayshaun Prince. However, since the Subway Series win and a three game sweep against the Detroit Tigers, the Yankees have returned to their April inconsistencies.

One of them, Ben Wallace, would prove to be a cornerstone for the franchise's revamped roster. Although the win streak came against the weaker AL West teams, the Yankees continued to play well winning 2 out of 3 from the cross-town New York Mets. In the summer of 2000, Hill indicated his intentions to leave to Orlando, and Dumars – appointed the franchise's president of basketball operations that year – dealt Hill to the Magic in return for a pair of largely unheralded players. A torrid 10 game win streak against the Athletics and Mariners was highlighted by first baseman Tino Martinez who belted eight homeruns in eight days. Though Grant Hill emerged as a gifted player, the team was unable to win a playoff series, losing to the Orlando Magic in 1996, the Atlanta Hawks in 1997 and 1999, and the Miami Heat in 2000. After losing three out of four to the struggling Devil Rays and dropping an extra inning game to the Oakland Atheltics, the Yankees began to dominate. The franchise went through a lengthy transitional period as its key players either retired or left. The Yankees lacked consistency through much of the month, suffering from untimely hitting and inconsistent pitching.

The team moved into the lavish Palace of Auburn Hills in 1988 and remains there today. After winning the opening series against the rival Boston Red Sox, the Yankees proceeded into a mediocre April at best, losing more than they won. With their physical style of play, and intensity with opponents, the Pistons gained the nickname "Bad Boys." Coach Chuck Daly took the team to the NBA Finals three consecutive years (1988-90) and won NBA championships in 1989 and 1990. The 2005 season for the New York Yankees thus far has not ushered in any memories of the dynasty days. The three, along with later aquisitions Joe Dumars, Rick Mahorn, and Dennis Rodman, formed the core of a team that would rise to the top of the league. The tautology is part of the joke. In early 1982, it acquired center Bill Laimbeer and guard Vinnie Johnson. By analogy with the Curse of the Bambino, Mahnken points to the departure of utility player Clay Bellinger from the Yankee roster following the 2001 season and asserts that the Yankees will never again win the World Series until either they make amends to Bellinger or they win the championship anyway.

The franchise's fortunes finally began to turn in 1981, when it drafted point guard Isiah Thomas out of Indiana University. One particularly creative explanation jokingly proposed by blogger Larry Mahnken is the "Curse of Clay Bellinger". (The Silverdome was the home of the NFL's Detroit Lions at the time.). This argument is bolstered by the fact that the production of the Yankees' core players has decreased steadily since their 1996 World Series title. Displeased with the team's location in downtown Detroit, Davidson moved it to the suburb of Pontiac in 1978, where it played in the mammoth Silverdome, a structure built for professional football. Several sabermetricians have argued that success in the playoffs is mostly the result of luck. In 1974, Zollner sold the team to Bill Davidson, who remains the team's owner. Buster Olney, in his book The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty, argues that George Steinbrenner's management style resulted in the players burning out psychologically.

The franchise was a consistent disappointment, struggling on both the court and the box office. Many explanations have been given for the lack of Yankee World Series titles since 2000. These include depletion of the Yankee farm system because of trades and free agent acquisitions, the aging or departure of the players who had formed the core of the Yankees during the late 1990s, and allegedly poor coaching. The new Detroit Pistons played in Olympia Stadium for their first four seasons, then moved to Cobo Arena. The incident is sometimes deemed as "The Biggest Collapse in Sports History.". In 1957, Zollner moved the team to Detroit, a much larger city that did not have an NBA franchise; the Detroit Gems had folded after one season of existence. In the 2004 American League Championship Series against the Red Sox, the Yankees became the first team in professional baseball history, and only the third team in North American pro sports history (It happened with the NHL twice), to lose a best of 7 series after taking a 3-0 series lead. Led by star forward George Yardley, the Fort Wayne Pistons were a popular franchise and appeared in the NBA Finals in 1954 and 1955, losing both times. Other significant acquisitions during 2002 to 2004 included Jason Giambi, Hideki Matsui, Gary Sheffield, Kevin Brown, and Javier Vázquez.

It is the oldest existing franchise in the NBA. The trend continued after the 2003 World Series, culminating when the Yankees traded for the nominal "best player in baseball", Alex Rodriguez, in February 2004. The franchise was founded in 1941 in Fort Wayne, Indiana by Fred Zollner, owner of a General Motors subsidiary that manufactored pistons. The Yankees' quick ejection from the 2002 playoffs at the hands of the Anaheim Angels (now called the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) accelerated the changes, as ownership and management began to look increasingly on free agent acquisitions and major trades.
. The loss in the 2001 World Series effectively marked the end of the 1990s Yankee dynasty, as lynchpin players began to retire, not be re-signed, or traded. The Detroit Pistons are a National Basketball Association team based in the Detroit, Michigan metropolitan area. In October 2003, the Yankees defeated their long-time rival the Boston Red Sox in a tough seven-game ALCS, which featured a near brawl in Game 3 and a series-ending walk-off home run by Aaron Boone in the 11th inning of the final game, only to be defeated by the Florida Marlins - a team with a quarter of its payroll - in the World Series, 4 games to 2.

Gregory Johnson. But, the usually-unhittable Mariano Rivera shockingly blew the lead - and World Series - to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the bottom of the 9th inning of Game 7. Earl Lloyd (inducted as a contributor, not as a player or coach). In the emotional October 2001, following the September 11 attack on New York City's World Trade Center, the Yankees defeated the Oakland Athletics 3 games to 2 in the Divisional Series, and then the Seattle Mariners in the American League Championship Series, 4 games to 1. Chuck Daly. The Yankees are the last Major League Baseball team to date to have repeat World Series titles. Larry Brown. In these four World Series victories, the Yankees won fourteen straight games.

40 Bill Laimbeer. In 2000, the Yankees met up with cross-town New York Mets for the first Subway Series since 1956 and won four games to one. 21 Dave Bing. In 1998 and 1999, they swept the San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves, respectively. 16 Bob Lanier. The 1998-2000 Yankees were the first team to "three-peat" with World Series victories since the Oakland Athletics of the early 1970s. 15 Vinnie Johnson. Prominent members of the late 1990s championships teams acquired through trades included Paul O'Neill, David Cone, Tino Martinez, John Wetteland, Chuck Knoblauch, and Roger Clemens, while Jimmy Key, Wade Boggs, David Wells, Mike Stanton, and Orlando "El Duque" Hernández were signed as free agents.

11 Isiah Thomas. Torre and Cashman have, however, essentially won with the foundation laid by Michael, Watson, and Showalter before them, particularly the development of players like Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera and Bernie Williams. 4 Joe Dumars. General manager Bob Watson was dismissed when the Yankees failed to repeat in 1997 and was replaced by Brian Cashman. 2 Chuck Daly (never played in the NBA; represents the two NBA championship teams he coached). Initially derided as a retread choice ("Clueless Joe" ran the headline on one of the city's tabloid newspapers), Torre's smooth manner proved out as he led the Yankees to a World Series victory in 1996, defeating the Atlanta Braves in six games. Jerry Stackhouse. Showalter left after the 1995 season due to personality clashes with owner George Steinbrenner and his staff and was replaced by Joe Torre.

John Salley. A year later, the team gained the playoffs as the wild card and was eliminated only after a memorable series against the Seattle Mariners. Dennis Rodman. The first significant sign of success came in 1994, when the Yankees had the best record in the American League when the season was cut short by the players' strike. Rick Mahorn. Under general manager Gene Michael (later Bob Watson) and manager Buck Showalter, the club shifted its emphasis from buying talent to developing talent through its farm system and then holding onto it. Grant Hill. The bad judgment and bad luck of the '80s and early '90s started to change when, while owner George Steinbrenner was under suspension, management was able to implement a coherent program without interference from above.

Adrian Dantley. The 4-0 loss was the biggest margin of any no-hitter loss in the 20th century. Chuck Daly (Inducted as Coach). In the 1980's the Yankees had the most combined amount of wins out of any Major League team but failed to win a World Series (the first such decade since the 1910's). In 1990, Yankee pitcher Andy Hawkins became the first Yankees pitcher ever to lose a no-hitter, when he walked 3 men and the center fielder committed an error with bases loaded, scoring the 3 men on base plus the player who hit the ball to the center fielder. Isiah Thomas. The Yankees entered the 1990s as a last-place team, having spent well but not always wisely on free-agent players since their last appearance in the World Series in 1981. Earl Lloyd (inducted as a contributor, not as a player or coach). The Yankees won the day, driving a stake through the hearts of their rivals' fans when Bucky Dent drove a game-winning home run over the "Green Monster," one of several emotional moments in the team's history that had Red Sox fans wondering if their team was under some kind of a curse.

Bob Lanier. A sudden-death playoff game between the two teams was held to decide who would go on to the pennant, with the game being held at Boston's Fenway Park (because the Red Sox had won more head-to-head games between the two teams that season). Dave Bing. The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry came to a head in the 1978 season, when the two clubs finished the regular season in a tie for the American League East first place position. C - #31 Darko Miličić (Serbia). The race for the pennant often came to a close competition between the Yankees and the Red Sox, and for fans of both clubs, a game between the two teams (whether in the regular season or post-season championship games) was cause for a rivalry that was often bitter and ruthless, with brawls frequently erupting between both players and fans from the two clubs. F-C - #24 Antonio McDyess (Alabama). October") defined the period as much as Martin and Steinbrenner.

G - #5 Horace Jenkins (William Paterson) - restricted free agent. Jackson's three home runs in the sixth and final game of the 1977 World Series against three different Dodger pitchers (earning him the nickname "Mr. G - #10 Lindsey Hunter (Jackson State). The 1970s, under Billy Martin, et al: George Steinbrenner purchased the club for $10 million on January 3, 1973 from the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), renovated Yankee Stadium, hired and fired Billy Martin a number of times, feuded with star outfielder Reggie Jackson, and presided over the resurgence of the Yankees in the late seventies. F - #8 Darvin Ham (Texas Tech) - free agent. After that the team's fortunes improved somewhat, but they would not become serious contenders again until the second half of the 1970s. F - #12 Ronald Dupree (LSU). By contrast, the CBS-owned teams never went to the World Series, and in the first year of the new ownership - 1965 - the Yankees finished in the second division for the first time in 40 years; then in 1966 the team finished last in the American League for the first time since 1912, and next-to-last the following year.

G-F - #20 Carlos Delfino (Argentina). Topping and Webb had owned the Yankees for 20 years, missing the World Series only 5 times, and going 10-5 in the World Series. C - #41 Elden Campbell (Clemson) - free agent. After the 1964 season, CBS purchased the Yankees from Dan Topping and Del Webb for $11.2 million. G - #30 Carlos Arroyo (Florida Int'l). They were led by catcher Yogi Berra, outfielder Mickey Mantle and pitcher Whitey Ford, but unlike the star-studded McCarthy teams, the Yankees of the 1950s owed much of their success to Stengel's use of platooning and his ability to get the most out of average and slightly-above-average personnel. PG - #1 Chauncey Billups (Colorado). In twelve years, Stengel won 10 pennants and seven World Series titles.

SG - #32 Richard "Rip" Hamilton (UConn). The 1950s, under Casey Stengel: bettering the McCarthy-era clubs, Stengel's squad won the World Series in his first five years as manager, 1949 through 1953. C - #3 Ben Wallace (Virginia Union). Ruth's home run total of 60 in 1927 set a single-season record which would stand for 34 years, and first baseman Lou Gehrig had his first big season with 47 round-trippers. PF - #36 Rasheed Wallace (North Carolina). The 1927 team was so potent that it became known as "Murderers' Row" and is sometimes considered to have been the best team in the history of baseball (though similar claims have been made for other Yankee squads, notably those of 1939, 1961 and 1998). SF - #22 Tayshaun Prince (Kentucky). In 1921 through 1923 they faced the Giants in the World Series, losing the first two match-ups but turning the tables in 1923.

From 1921 to 1928, the Yankees went through their first period of great success, winning six American League pennants and three World Series. It was truly "the House that Ruth Built",. The Stadium was the first triple-deck venue in baseball and seated an astounding 58,000. The site for the stadium was chosen because the IRT Jerome Avenue subway line, now the MTA's #4 train, went right there and goes on top of Yankee Stadium's right-field wall.

and River Avenue in the Bronx. In 1923 the Yankees moved into Yankee Stadium at 161st St. In 1921 the Yankees were told to move out of the Polo Grounds after the 1922 season. The home run hitting exploits of Ruth proved popular with the public, to the extent that the Yankees were soon outdrawing their landlords, the Giants.

He was especially noted for development of the Yankees' farm system. Barrow would act as general manager or president of the Yankees for the next 25 years and may deserve the bulk of the credit for the team's success during that period. Barrow came on board after the 1920 season, and like many of the new Yankee players had previously been a part of the Red Sox organization, having managed the team since 1918. Huggins was hired in 1919 by Ruppert while Huston was serving in Europe with the army (this would lead to a break between the two owners, with Ruppert eventually buying Huston out in 1923).

Other critical newcomers in this period were manager Miller Huggins and general manager Ed Barrow. The Red Sox did not win a World Series from 1919 until 2004 (see Curse of the Bambino), often finding themselves out of the World Series hunt as a result of the success of the Yankees. Two of the four Boston newspapers agreed at the time. Frazee traded Ruth in January of 1920, citing Ruth's demand for a raise after being paid the highest salary in baseball, and slumping bat as reasons for the trade.

However, pitcher-turned-outfielder Babe Ruth was the biggest of them all. From 1919 to 1922, the Yankees acquired from the Red Sox the pitchers Waite Hoyt, Carl Mays and Herb Pennock; catcher Wally Schang; shortstop Everett Scott; and third baseman Joe Dugan. Many of the newly acquired players who would later contribute to their success came from the Boston Red Sox, whose owner, theater impresario Harry Frazee, had bought his team on credit and was hard-pressed to pay off his loans and also produce Broadway shows. Over the next few years the new owners would begin to enlarge the payroll.

Ruppert later said, "For $450,000 we got an orphan ball club, without a home of its own, without players of outstanding ability, without prestige.". Congressman for eight years. Ruppert was heir to the Ruppert brewery fortune and had also been tied to the Tammany Hall machine, serving as a U.S. At the start of 1915, they sold the team to Colonel Jacob Ruppert and Captain Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Huston.

By the mid 1910s, owners Farrell and Devery had become estranged and both were in need of money. From 1913 to 1922 the team would play in the Polo Grounds, a park owned by their National League rivals, the Giants. With the change of parks in 1913, the team also officially changed its name to New York Yankees, a name which had been in informal but increasing use for the prior few years. As the Highlanders the team enjoyed success only twice, finishing in second place in the American League in 1904 and 1910, but otherwise much of the next fifteen years was spent in the cellar. Consequently the field was known as Hilltop Park and the team became known as the New York Highlanders.

and Broadway in Manhattan, near the highest point on the island. The franchise's first park in New York was located at 165th St. Farrell owned a casino and several pool halls, while Devery had served as a blatantly corrupt chief of the New York City police and had only been forced out of the department at the start of 1902. Ferrell and Devery both had deep ties into city politics and gambling.

The American League's Baltimore franchise became the New York franchise when its new owners, Frank Farrell and William Devery, were able to find a ballpark location not blocked by the Giants. The National League also agreed that the "junior circuit" could establish a franchise in New York. In January 1903, the American League and National League held a "peace conference" to settle conflicts over player contract disputes and to agree on future cooperation. A week later the owner of the Giants also gained controlling interest of the Orioles and raided the team for players, after which the league declared the team forfeit and took control, still intending to move the franchise to New York when and if possible.

As a result of a feud with league president Ban Johnson, who rigidly enforced rules about rowdyism on the field of play, McGraw jumped leagues to manage the New York Giants in the middle of the 1902 season. When the team began play as the Baltimore Orioles in 1901, they were managed by John McGraw. The intention of Johnson and the American League had been to place a team in New York City, but their efforts had been stymied by the political connections that owners of the National League New York Giants had with Tammany Hall. Previously a minor league (known as the Western League until 1899), the American League carried over five of its previous locations and added three more on the East Coast, including one in Baltimore, Maryland, which had lost its National League team when that league contracted the year before.

At the end of the 1900 season, the American League re-organized and, with its president Ban Johnson as the driving force, decided to assert itself as a new major league.
. It is the only team that is represented at every position in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Louis Cardinals and the Oakland Athletics are tied for second with 9 World Series victories each, and the Los Angeles Dodgers are second with 18 World Series appearances. Among the North American major sports, their success is only approached by the 24 Stanley Cup championships of the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League.

The Yankees have won 26 World Series in 39 appearances; the St. They are in the Eastern Division of the American League and they have the distinction of being one of the most storied franchises in American sports over the course of their 100+ year history. The New York Yankees are a Major League baseball team based in The Bronx, New York City. Gulf Coast Yankees.

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Pitching strikeouts: Ron Guidry (248, 1978). Pitching wins: Jack Chesbro (41, 1904) [MLB record]. Hitting streak: Joe DiMaggio (56 games, 1941) [MLB record]. Walks: Babe Ruth (170, 1923).

Stolen bases: Rickey Henderson (87, 1986). Triples: Earle Combs (23, 1927). Doubles: Don Mattingly (53, 1986). Hits: Don Mattingly (238, 1986).

Runs: Babe Ruth (177, 1921) [MLB record]. Runs batted in: Lou Gehrig (184, 1931). Home runs: Roger Maris (61, 1961). Batting average: Babe Ruth (.393, 1923).

1973-present: George Steinbrenner et al. 1964-1973: Columbia Broadcasting System. 1947-1964: Dan Topping and Del Webb. 1945-1947: Larry MacPhail, Dan Topping and Del Webb.

1939-1945: Heirs of Jacob Ruppert. 1923-1939: Jacob Ruppert. 1915-1923: Jacob Ruppert and Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Huston. 1903-1915: Frank Farrell and William Devery.

1901-1902: Calvin Chan (Baltimore Orioles period). Derek Jeter, June 4, 2003 to present. Don Mattingly, February 28, 1991 to 1995. Willie Randolph, March 4, 1986 to October 2, 1989 * *.

Ron Guidry, March 4, 1986 to July 12, 1989 * *. Graig Nettles, January 29, 1982 to March 30, 1984. Thurman Munson, April 17, 1976 to August 2, 1979. Lou Gehrig, April 21, 1935 to June 2, 1941 *.

Everett Scott, 1922 to 1925. Babe Ruth, May 20 to May 25, 1922. Roger Peckinpaugh, 1914 to 1921. Hal Chase, 1912.

49 Ron Guidry. 44 Reggie Jackson. 42 Jackie Robinson (retired throughout baseball, worn by Mariano Rivera due to grandfather clause). 37 Casey Stengel.

32 Elston Howard. 23 Don Mattingly. 16 Whitey Ford. 15 Thurman Munson.

10 Phil Rizzuto.   9 Roger Maris.   8 Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey.   7 Mickey Mantle.

  5 Joe DiMaggio.   4 Lou Gehrig.   3 Babe Ruth.   1 Billy Martin.

50 Rich Monteleone (special pitching instructor). 99 Mike Borzello (bullpen catching). 57 Neil Allen (bullpen pitching). 52 Joe Girardi (bench).

53 Luis Sojo (third base). 54 Roy White (first base). 34 Mel Stottlemyre (pitching). 23 Don Mattingly (hitting).

  6 Joe Torre. They have been hounded for these actions in the past. This becomes increasingly annoying as Cable providers are too afraid to say no, while the consumers are being taken advantage of. The Yankees, being the powerhouse they are, force TV companies into either A) Showing the YES Network (Yankees Entertainment and Sports), and in doing so charging $2 extra a household, or B) not show the YES Network.

American Football's example of balanced salaries, correlated with its now-massive parity and mainstream impact, demonstrates that keeping athletic salaries fair is good for the sport and therefore everyone - TV outlets, owners, fans. Manny Ramirez, Pedro Martinez), who might otherwise freely use the potentiality as a bargaining chip. This phenomenon even causes the Yankees to announce their intentions not to pursue certain free agents (i.e. The willingness of the Yankees to pay premium prices for top talent encourages players and their agents to demand unreasonably high prices, further diluting talent throughout the rest of the league.

Allowing one team to bid highly for the best talent makes it more difficult for lower-spending teams to compete. In a free-market society, an owner who wishes to spend as much as he/she wants should not be restricted from doing so. The Yankees drive attendance, merchandise sales and TV revenues, helping to subsidize less-profitable teams. The New York Mets are similar in this regard, to a lesser extent and success.

New York, as the largest market with the highest revenues, should spend in accordance with their vast resources. Sports are always a more compelling diversion when there are underdogs and teams to root against. As "America's Team" the Yankees give other baseball fans a team to "hate" or root against, thereby further generating interest in baseball games involving the Yankees and baseball in general. The Yankees are "America's Team." They give the casual, or "bandwagon," baseball fan someone to root for when he/she does not have a local favorite.

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