Yankees greatest dominance occurred between 1927 and 1953. Baseball fans have told the Yankees are the greatest dynasty in sports history, which is true, but they are rarely told that since 1958, while successful, the Yankees have not been dominant. From 1921-1958, the Yankees won 24 pennants and 18 World Championships. From 1960-2007, the Yankees have won 15 pennants and 8 World Championships.
By the end of 1953, the Yankees had won 20 pennants and 16 World Championships. The Yankees lost three of their first World Series, but then an extraordinary run started. From 1927-1953, the Yankees had a remarkable 15-1 World Series record. From 1949-1953, the Yankees won five consecutive World Championships, the only time a baseball team accomplished the feat. Few fans remember or know that from 1960-1964, the Yankees had a second streak of five consecutive pennants, but since they won only two of those World Series, that streak of five consecutive pennants is all but forgotten. Despite claims to the contrary, winning the pennant is incomplete unless it is followed by winning the World Series.
Following 1964 World Series loss to the Cardinals, the Yankees didn’t win another pennant until 1976, when they won three consecutive flags and two World Championships. In the strike season of 1981, the Yankees won the pennant but lost the World Series to Los Angeles. Between 1955-1981, the Yankees won 13 pennants and 6 World Championships. Then there was another drought. There were no championships until 1996, when the Yankees won the World Series, and after losing a playoff series to the Indians in 1997, the Yankees won three consecutive world titles. From 1982-2007, the Yankees won 6 pennants and 4 World Championships. Since George Steinbrenner purchased the team in 1973, the record is 10 pennants and 6 World Championships.
To become the World Champion, a team must win two playoffs rounds and then the World Series. In 2007, there are 30 major league baseball teams. When the Yankees enjoyed their greatest dominance, there were 16 teams. To become the World Champion, a team had to win the pennant and then the World Series. While logic dictates that it is more difficult to dominate today, only a few teams — the Yankees, Red Sox, Mets, Dodgers, Angels, Cubs — are willing to spend obscene amounts of money on star players, and while spending money does not guarantee winning, not spending money does guarantee that a team has much less of a chance of winning and almost no chance of creating a dynasty.
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