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This is a compilation of logos and uniforms of the New York Yankees.

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Team logos and insignia

Cap logos

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Current cap logo
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Jersey logos

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Jersey logo 1903-1904 Jersey logo 1905 Current jersey logo
Road jersey wordmark
1916-1926, 1931-1972
Road jersey wordmark
1927-1930
Home jersey wordmark
1973-pres.

Primary and print logos

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Primary logo 1947-1970s Primary logo 1970s-present Current print insignia Alternate print wordmark

Throughout much of their tenure as the Highlanders, the logo was variations of a stylized N and Y, which lay separately on either side of the jersey's breast. In 1905, the two locked for one season, but not in the way used today. It wasn't until 1909 that the team changed to the familiar interlocking NY (originally designed by Tiffany & Co. in 1877) that would be the team logo long after the team became known as the Yankees, and would continue to be the cap insignia until today.

The primary logo, created in 1947 by sports artist Henry Alonzo Keller[1], consists of "Yankees" against a baseball, written in red script with a red bat forming the vertical line of the K, an Uncle Sam hat hanging from the barrel. The logo was slightly changed over the years, with the current version first appearing in the 1970s. Family members of 21 Club artist Sam Friedman claim, however, that Mr. Friedman created the primary logo for Dan Topping, then co-owner of the team, on a bar napkin in 1947.[2]

The interlocking NY has varied greatly, and there are currently three major versions in use. There is the cap insignia, in which the N and Y are of about the same size and unadorned. The logo on the breast of the home jersey appeared there in 1912, and, after disappearing in 1917, returned for good in 1936, although there have been many small but apparent changes through the years. The Y is larger, the letters more blocky, and the curves more exaggerated. The third is the print logo, which is used extensively in marketing and is painted behind home plate at the Stadium. The N is larger and more curved, and the letters have large serifs at the end.

The Yankees use a block letter "NEW YORK" wordmark on the gray road uniform which has also become emblematic. There is also a print version of the full name, which is of a more fanciful script than the name appears in the team logo.

Design and appearance of uniform

The team colors are navy blue and white. The home uniform is white with distinctive pinstripes and a navy blue interlocking "NY" at the chest. The away uniform is gray with "NEW YORK" written across the chest. The player number is on the back of the uniform jersey, and is not accompanied by the player name. A navy blue cap with a white interlocking "NY" logo is worn with both uniforms.

In 1929, the New York Yankees became the first team to make numbers a permanent part of the uniform. Numbers were handed out based on the order in the lineup. In 1929, Earle Combs wore #1, Mark Koenig #2, Babe Ruth #3, Lou Gehrig #4, Bob Meusel #5, Tony Lazzeri #6, Leo Durocher #7, Johnny Grabowski #8, Benny Bengough #9, and Bill Dickey #10. The team has never issued #0 or #00.[3] When other teams began putting names on the backs of jerseys in the 1960s, the Yankees did not follow suit. Many companies have created replica Yankee jerseys and other apparel with the player name above the number on the back for fans to purchase, but no official Yankee uniform has ever had a name on the back. The Yankees are the only team in Major League Baseball that has never displayed the logo of the official uniform supplier, currently Majestic Athletic, on game jerseys or pants supplied to players, and are also the only team in Major League Baseball to shun the trend of creating a third "alternate" jersey.

The home uniform has been the same (apart from minor changes) since 1936 -- longer than any current uniform design in Major League Baseball -- although patches commemorating milestones or special events may be worn for all or part of a season. The team will occasionally wear a black armband on the left sleeve, usually in honor of a Yankee great that died (in the case of some players, his number is frequently sewn above the armband). For the 2008 season, the team wore a patch commemorating the 2008 All-Star Game, another commemorating the last season in Yankee Stadium, and a black armband to honor Bobby Murcer who died July 12, 2008 due to complication related to brain cancer.[4]

Although the Yankees have worn the same road uniform since 1918 (with the exception of 1927 to 1930, when the arched "NEW YORK" was replaced by the word "YANKEES"), a radical change was proposed in 1974. Marty Appel, in his book Now Pitching for the Yankees, describes the proposed uniforms:[5]

In 1974 I walked into (then-General Manager) Gabe Paul's office to find samples of new Yankee road uniforms draped across his sofa. They were the opposite of the home pinstripes — they were navy blue with white pinstripes. The NY logo was in white. Gabe liked them. I nearly fainted. Although the drab gray road uniforms were not exciting, with the plain NEW YORK across the chest, they were just as much the Yankees' look as were the home uniforms. I think my dramatic disdain helped saved (sic) the day and saved the Yankees from wearing those awful pajamas on the field.

The Yankees did, however, make some minor updates to the road uniforms that season, including adding striping patterns to the sleeves and a white outline to the jersey numbers and the "NEW YORK" arch. This has remained since.

Special caps

During a July 4, 2008 game against the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees wore a special stars-and-stripes cap with an American flag pattern inside the interlocking N-Y. It was "thought to be the first time in their history" that the Yankees had worn a special edition cap. All other teams in Major League Baseball, including the Red Sox, sported similar designs inside their cap logos.[6]

As a Memorial Day promotion, the Yankees donned red caps with stars-and-stripes logos for a May 25, 2009 game against the Texas Rangers.[7] The Yankees also wore these caps for a July 4, 2009 game against the Toronto Blue Jays and for a September 11, 2009 game against the Baltimore Orioles.[8]

Personal appearance

Under George Steinbrenner, long hair and facial hair below the lip are prohibited.[9] Players who do not fit these criteria must shave the excess hair. In the past, visible tattoos were also prohibited and players wore navy blue arm bands to cover them, although this practice has since been ceased.

Although this is a policy that all baseball teams once had, the Yankees are currently the only team with such a policy and have gotten notoriety enforcing it. Many players, most notably Reggie Jackson, Roger Clemens, Jason Giambi, Gary Sheffield, Johnny Damon, and Randy Johnson either had long hair, significant facial hair, or both before playing for the Yankees, but were clean-cut by the time they had their press conferences unveiling them as members of the Yankees.

There have been some defiances of the dress code, however. The most notable incident involved pitcher Goose Gossage, who had a Fu Manchu mustache in deliberate defiance of George Steinbrenner. Jackson, though he currently sports only a mustache as a "special assistant" with the organization, did have a full beard during parts of his stay with the Yankees. Don Mattingly, the face of the franchise for the 1980s and the first half the 1990s, was briefly benched in 1991 for letting his hair grow too long, and the team did not let him play until it was cut.

It should also be noted that several of these players, including Clemens, Giambi, Sheffield, Johnson, and David Wells, all grew significant facial hair after their departures from the organization.

References

  1. ^ "Henry Alonzo Keller, 87, Artist Of the Yankees' Top Hat Logo". New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=990CE7DD1230F93BA15755C0A963958260. Retrieved 2008-08-01.  
  2. ^ The New York Times, A Counterclaim on the Origin of the Yankees’ Logo, October 17, 2009, A16
  3. ^ Jack Looney, Now Batting, Number...: The Mystique, Superstition, and Lore of Baseball's Uniform Numbers (NY:Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2006)
  4. ^ Tribute to Bobby Murcer will be worn proudly all year on Yankee uniforms
  5. ^ Marty Appel, Now Pitching for the Yankees: Spinning the News for Mickey, Billy, and George, foreword by Yogi Berra (NY:Total Sports, 2001)
  6. ^ Youkilis's crazy triple, Lowell's three-run shot spark Boston
  7. ^ Yankees club Rangers 11-1, and do it with red caps on
  8. ^ Gehrig, veterans honored this weekend - MLB.com
  9. ^ Kates, Maxwell. "Baseball Beards". baseballlibrary.com. http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/submit/Kates_Maxwell1.stm. Retrieved 2007-05-11.  

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