This year’s American League roster for the MLB All-Star game may be one of the more historic lineups in All-Star game history. With outfielders Mookie Betts, Aaron Judge and Mike Trout sure to be locked in the lineup, it’s certainly not crazy to say this will be one of the more exciting mid-summer classics in recent memory.
Speaking of a historic lineup, the New York Yankees are one of the most notable franchises in sports history. If you could create the most historic, all-time lineup of Yankee greats, what would it look like?
In fact, there are so many choices that it’s quite the task to nail down a solid line-up. Fortunately for everyone else, I took this challenge head-on and put together what I believe to be the Yankees All-Star lineup.
1. Earle Combs, LF, 1924-1935
A very underrated and forgotten Bronx Bomber, Combs was a key part of the historic 1927 Yankees. He led the team in hits (231) and triples (23) that year. Batting leadoff, Combs would set the table for members of “Murderers Row” which included greats like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig (you’ll be hearing more about them soon). Combs was voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1970 by the Veterans Committee. Over the course of his career, he hit .325 with a .397 OBP and won three Worlds Series.
- Derek Jeter, SS, 1995-2014
The Captain. Not much more needs to be said here, but I’ll entertain it anyway. Jeter batted second in the lineup for the majority of his career while playing for a number of great Yankee teams. He won five World Series titles during his tenure. Jeter retired in 2014 at number six on the all-time hits list with 3,465. The most popular Yankee of his generation also leads in a number of all-time postseason categories including, hits (200), total bases (302) and runs scored (111).
- Babe Ruth, DH, 1920-1934
As is the case with most of the players on the list, their spots speak for themselves. During most of his time with the Yankees, Ruth batted third which lead to him wearing number three on the back of his jersey. During his tenure with the Yankees, Ruth led the American League in homers 10 times and RBI four times as well as being apart of four World Series championship teams. He retired as the all-time home run leader with 714 which is still good enough for third in MLB history.
- Lou Gehrig, 1B, 1923-1939
Cleaning things up is the Iron Horse. He and Ruth are often recognized as the greatest duo in sports history, and for good reason. The first basemen drove in over 150 runs in seven seasons, leading the league five times. Gehrig earned his aforementioned nickname by playing in 2,130 straight games, a record that was eventually broken by Cal Ripken Jr. in 1995. Gehrig stepped away from the game in 1939 after coming down with what now known as ALS or “Lou Gehrig Disease” He ended his career with eight World Series wins, a .340 batting average, and 1,995 RBI.
- Joe DiMaggio, CF, 1936-1951
“The Yankee Clipper” DiMaggio came to the Yankees at just the right time as the team won the World Series in each of his first four seasons. Like Ruth, DiMaggio also shared the field with Lou Gehrig. Despite missing three seasons during his prime while serving our great country, DiMaggio still batted over .300 in 11 of his 13 seasons and won three MVP awards. His standout season came in 1941 when setting a record that still stands to this day by putting together a 56-game hitting streak. He retired with a solid .325 batting average and a total of nine World Series rings.
- Mickey Mantle, RF, 1951-1968
The undisputed greatest switch hitter of time. As a 19-year-old in 1951, Mantle shared the outfield with DiMaggio and was hailed as “the next Yankee legend” right from the get-go. Despite dealing with an excessive amount of injuries throughout his career, Mantle put together a legendary career. He exited the game with 536 home runs, three MVPs, and seven World Series titles.
- Alex Rodriguez, 3B, 2004-2016
Prior to coming to the Yankees, Rodriguez was a shortstop. With Derek Jeter already in the lineup, he made the switch to third base. Despite winning just one World Series in 2009, Rodriguez made it count by batting .365 in the postseason with six home runs and 16 RBI. A-Rod won two MVPs during his tenure in the Bronx and picked up his 500th and 600th home runs as well as his 3,000th hit (also a home run).
- Yogi Berra, C, 1947-1963
As was the case with DiMaggio, Berra began his career at just the right time. Berra was a 15-time all-star, won three MVPs and a record 10 World Series victories. Despite never leading the league in any offensive category, Berra still put together a Hall of Fame career.
- Robinson Cano, 2B, 2005-2013
Even though he left for Seattle to chase the money, Cano still left his mark in pinstripes. As with A-Rod, Cano was only able to be apart of one World Series championship team. Cano demonstrated his ability to hit for both average and power by batting over .300 seven times and hitting at least 25 dingers five times.