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The two most recent Yankee captains, Don Mattingly and Derek Jeter

The position of team captain for the New York Yankees is one that is often held in high regard, as the officially recognized list of captains comes out to only 11 players in the team's over 100 years of history. After the death of captain Lou Gehrig, then manager Joe McCarthy declared that there would never be another Yankee captain. The position remained vacant until team owner George Steinbrenner named Thurman Munson as captain in 1976,[1] a position he held until his death in 1979.

There is, however, some controversy over the official list. Howard W. Rosenberg, a baseball historian and author of Cap Anson 1: When Captaining a Team Meant Something (Tile Books, 2003) has found that the official count of Yankee captains failed to include Clark Griffith, the captain from 1903-1905, and Kid Elberfeld, the captain from 1906-1907, while manager Frank Chance may have served as captain in 1913. Rosenberg also found a 1916 article that said Roy Hartzell had been a captain earlier in franchise history. Griffith, Elberfeld, Chance and Hartzell were mentioned in an article on Yankee captains in the New York Times on March 25, 2007, by Vincent M. Mallozzi.[2] Willie Keeler was added to the unofficial list, believed to have served as captain for 1908-1909, having been first located in a full-text database in late 2006 by Society for American Baseball Research member Clifford Blau and confirmed by Rosenberg subsequent to the March 25, 2007 article.[3] Therefore, the Yankees may have had at least 14 captains in franchise history.


Elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame
* Denotes a co-captain
# Captain Position Years active Tenure as captain Ref
1 Griffith, ClarkClark Griffith Pitcher 1891–1914 1903–1905
2 Elberfeld, KidKid Elberfeld Shortstop 1898–1914 1906–1909
3 Chase, HalHal Chase First baseman 1905–1919 1910–1912
4 Chance, FrankFrank Chance First baseman 1898–1914 1913
5 Peckinpaugh, RogerRoger Peckinpaugh Shortstop 1910–1927 1914–1921
6 Ruth, BabeBabe Ruth Outfielder 1914–1935 1922 [4][5]
7 Scott, EverettEverett Scott Shortstop 1914–1926 1922–1925 [6]
8 Gehrig, LouLou Gehrig First baseman 1923–1939 1935–1939
9 Munson, ThurmanThurman Munson Catcher 1969–1979 1976–1979 [1]
10 Nettles, GraigGraig Nettles Third baseman 1967–1988 1982–1984 [7]
11 Randolph, WillieWillie Randolph* Second baseman 1975–1992 1986–1988 [8]
12 Guidry, RonRon Guidry* Starting pitcher 1975–1988 1986–1988 [8]
13 Mattingly, DonDon Mattingly First baseman 1982–1995 1991–1995 [9]
14 Jeter, DerekDerek Jeter Shortstop 1995–present 2003–present [10]



"New York Yankee Captains". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved 2008-07-22.  

In-line citations
  1. ^ a b Associated Press (April 20, 1976). "Yankees decide upon a captain". Eugene Register-Guard.,5350304. Retrieved November 19, 2009.  
  2. ^ Vincent M. Mallozzi. "Author Says Yankees Are Missing Something". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-05-20.  
  3. ^ Howard W. Rosenberg. "Derek Jeter Isn’t New York Yankees’ 11th Captain". Retrieved 2007-05-20.  
  4. ^ "RUTH MADE CAPTAIN; ROTH IS SUSPENDED; Babe Chosen to Fill Vacancy Caused by Transfer of Peckinpaugh to Boston.ROTH'S BAN IS INDEFINITE Yankees' Veteran Outfielder Severely Penalized for Violation of Training Rules". New York Times. March 15, 1922. Retrieved November 19, 2009.  
  5. ^ "MANY FANS THINK RUTH WAS LUCKY; Majority of Local Baseball Men Call Sentence by Johnson a Light One". New York Times. May 27, 1922. Retrieved November 19, 2009.  
  6. ^ "RUTH REGRETS ACTION; RESENTS FANS' STAND; Declares New York Rooters Have Not Given Him 'Square Deal' Since Return". New York Times. May 27, 1922. Retrieved November 19, 2009.  
  7. ^ Associated Press (January 30, 1982). "Nettles Yanks' Captain". Ocala Star-Banner.,7343293. Retrieved November 19, 2009.  
  8. ^ a b Vecsey, George (April 12, 1986). "New Co-Captain: It's Randolph". Wilmington Morning Star.,3457047. Retrieved November 19, 2009.  
  9. ^ Martinez, Michael (March 1, 1991). "BASEBALL; Mattingly Is Named Captain; Will He Go Down With Ship?". New York Times. Retrieved November 19, 2009.  
  10. ^ Kepner, Tyler (June 4, 2003). "Baseball: Steinbrenner appoints Jeter captain of the Yankees". The New York Times. Retrieved October 12, 2009.  

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