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All 16 of the New York Yankees captains through the years

Aaron Judge has joined rarified air.

Upon formally saying Judge’s new nine-year, $360 million contract, Yankees proprietor Hal Steinbrenner introduced that Judge shall be the sixteenth captain in franchise historical past, the first since Derek Jeter retired.

The Yankees first named a captain in 1903, with pitcher Clark Griffith first having the honor. Here’s a take a look at all 16 captains in Yankees historical past:

Clark Griffith

Clark Griffith
Clark Griffith
Boston Public Library

Griffith grew to become the Yankees captain throughout their inaugural season, after they have been the New York Highlanders, and held that title through 1905 as a player-manager at a time when captains dealt with on-field managerial duties. He had a 2.66 ERA throughout his 5 years as a participant and a 419-370 report as a supervisor over five-plus seasons.

Norman ‘Kid’ Elberfeld

Norman Kid Elberfeld
Norman Kid Elberfeld
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Elberfeld was Yankees captain from 1906-08, and he completed the 1908 season as their supervisor after Griffith was fired. The infielder hit .268 with 4 homers and 257 RBIs over seven seasons with the workforce.

Willie Keeler

William Henry Keeler
William Henry Keeler
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Keeler was Yankees captain for one season in 1909, the final of his seven years with the membership. The outfielder hit .294 with 10 house runs and 206 RBIs for the workforce.

Hal Chase

Hal Chase
Hal Chase
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Chase was captain throughout the 1910 and ’11 seasons, when he additionally managed the workforce. Primarily a primary baseman, he hit .284 with 20 house runs and 494 RBIs for the Yankees.

Frank Chance

Frank Chase
Frank Chance
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Chance joined the franchise in 1913 and was captain that year till midseason. He additionally managed the workforce for 2 seasons, throughout which he had a 117-168 report and appeared in a complete of 13 video games as a participant.

Rollie Zeider

Rollie Zeider
Rollie Zeider
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Zeider was the Yankees captain for the the rest of that 1913 season after being traded by the White Sox. He hit .233 with 12 RBIs in 50 video games and left for the Chicago Chi-Feds in 1914.

Roger Peckinpaugh

Roger Peckinpaugh
Roger Peckinpaugh
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The shortstop took over as captain in 1914 and held that title for seven years. In 9 seasons with the workforce he hit .257 with 36 house runs and 428 RBIs. He additionally completed the 1914 season as the workforce’s supervisor.

Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth
Babe Ruth
Bettmann Archive

In early 1922, Babe Ruth grew to become the franchise’s eighth captain, however he solely held that title for about two months. The Bambino, of course, grew to become one of the most iconic athletes ever, hitting 714 career house runs, 659 of which got here as a Yankee. He led the franchise to its first 4 World Series titles.

Lou Gehrig

Lou Gehrig
Lou Gehrig
New York Post

Another one of the franchise’s and sport’s legends, Gehrig was captain from 1935-39, when he retired on account of ALS. The Iron Horse held the report for many consecutive video games performed at 2,130 till Cal Ripken broke it in 1995. In 17 seasons, the two-time MVP hit .340 with 493 house runs and 1,995 RBIs. His No. 4 was the first quantity retired in workforce historical past.

Thurman Munson

Thurman Munson
Thurman Munson
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The Yankees went 37 years with no captain till bestowing the honor onto Munson in 1976. He then went out and gained the AL MVP award that season. He was captain till his tragic loss of life in a aircraft crash in 1979. Munson hit .292 with 113 house runs and 701 RBIs in 11 seasons as the workforce’s catcher.

Graig Nettles

Graig Nettles
Graig Nettles
New York Post

Nettles took over as captain in 1982 and held the title for 2 seasons earlier than he was traded to the Padres. The six-time All-Star spent 11 seasons with the Yankees, hitting 250 house runs with 834 RBIs throughout that span.

Willie Randolph

Willie Randolph
Willie Randolph
New York Post

Randolph was captain for 2 seasons from 1986-88. A six-time All-Star and one-time World Series champion, the second baseman performed 13 seasons with the Yankees, hitting .275 with 48 homers, 549 RBIs and 251 stolen bases. Randolph shared the captaincy throughout his tenure.

Ron Guidry

Ron Guidry
Ron Guidry
New York Post

Guidry and Randolph have been named co-captains in 1986, and Guidry’s tenure lasted till he retired in 1989. “Gator” gained two championships with the Yankees over his 14 seasons and gained the 1978 AL Cy Young award. He had a 3.29 career ERA with 1,778 strikeouts.

Don Mattingly

Don Mattingly
Don Mattingly
New York Post

Mattingly was captain from 1991-95. He was the AL MVP in 1985, when he hit .324 with 35 house runs and 145 RBIs. In 14 seasons, Mattingly hit 222 homers, 442 doubles and 1,099 RBIs.

Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter
Derek Jeter
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Jeter is the longest-tenured captain in franchise historical past, holding the title from 2003 till his retirement in 2014. His affect on the Yankees is summed up by him changing into often known as “The Captain” — 5 World Series titles, 14-time All-Star, Hall of Famer. He had a career .310 common with 1,923 runs scored and 544 doubles, and he hit .308 over 158 career playoff video games.

Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge
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Judge was named Yankees captain after a dramatic free-agency course of throughout which he held conferences with the Giants, his childhood workforce, and the Padres. He in the end stayed in The Bronx after his record-breaking 2022 marketing campaign through which he hit 62 house runs, eclipsing Roger Maris’ AL and workforce report of 61. Through 2022, Judge has 220 career house runs.

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