Yankeeography

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Yankeeography
Genre Sport
Written by Jeff Scott
Presented by John Sterling
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes56
Production
Producer(s)MLB Productions
Production company(s) MLB Productions
Release
Original network YES Network
Original releaseMarch 1, 2002 
present

Yankeeography is a biography-style television program that chronicles the lives and careers of the players, coaches, and other notable personnel associated with the New York Yankees Major League Baseball team. The series is aired on the YES Network and is produced by MLB Productions. [1] The series is hosted by Yankees radio personality John Sterling. The series has earned five New York Sports Emmy Awards since its inception. In addition to airing on YES, MLB Productions has packaged many of the shows into DVD boxed sets.

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New York Yankees Baseball team and Major League Baseball franchise in the Bronx, New York, United States

The New York Yankees are an American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of the Bronx. The Yankees compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) East division. They are one of two major league clubs based in New York City, the other being the New York Mets of the National League. In the 1901 season, the club began play in the AL as the Baltimore Orioles. Frank Farrell and Bill Devery purchased the franchise and moved it to New York City, renaming the club the New York Highlanders. The Highlanders were officially renamed the Yankees in 1913.

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Contents

After debuting as a weekly show with the 2002 launch of YES, Yankeeography only debuts new episodes periodically (as there are fewer prominent Yankees yet to be spotlighted). For instance, four episodes premiered in 2006: Tino Martinez, David Cone, the Yankees' 1996 World Series team, and Billy Martin. All Yankees with retired numbers have had shows completed with the exception of Bill Dickey. The show has been criticized for producing episodes on players who remain active while Hall of Famers from much earlier eras such as Jack Chesbro, Tony Lazzeri, Red Ruffing and Lefty Gomez were not profiled. Some profiles have been updated to reflect new developments.

Tino Martinez American Major League baseball player

Constantino "Tino" Martinez is an American former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, and Tampa Bay Devil Rays from 1990 through 2005. He also served as a hitting coach for the Miami Marlins in 2013.

David Cone American baseball player

David Brian Cone is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher, and current color commentator for the New York Yankees on the YES Network and WPIX. A third round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals in 1981 MLB Draft, he made his MLB debut in 1986 and continued playing until 2003, pitching for five different teams. Cone batted left-handed and threw right-handed.

Billy Martin American baseball player and manager

Alfred Manuel Martin Jr., commonly called Billy, was an American Major League Baseball second baseman and manager who, as well as leading other teams, was five times the manager of the New York Yankees. Known first as a scrappy infielder who made considerable contributions to the championship Yankee teams of the 1950s, he built a reputation as a manager who would initially make bad teams good, and then be fired amid dysfunction. In each of his stints with the Yankees, he managed them to winning records before being fired or forced to resign by team owner George Steinbrenner, usually amid a well-publicized scandal such as Martin's involvement in an alcohol-fueled fight.

Selected players and coaches profiled

First airing in 2002 season

Joe DiMaggio American baseball player, member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame

Joseph Paul DiMaggio, nicknamed "Joltin' Joe" and "The Yankee Clipper", was an American baseball center fielder who played his entire 13-year career in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees. Born to Italian immigrants in California, he is widely considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time, and is perhaps best known for his 56-game hitting streak, a record that still stands.

Lou Gehrig American baseball player

Henry Louis Gehrig, nicknamed "the Iron Horse", was an American baseball first baseman who played his entire professional career in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees, from 1923 until 1939. Gehrig was renowned for his prowess as a hitter and for his durability, which earned him his nickname "the Iron Horse." He was an All-Star seven consecutive times, a Triple Crown winner once, an American League (AL) Most Valuable Player twice, and a member of six World Series champion teams. He had a career .340 batting average, .632 slugging average, and a .447 on base average. He hit 493 home runs and had 1,995 runs batted in (RBI). In 1939, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and was the first MLB player to have his uniform number (4) retired by a team.

Ron Guidry American baseball player and coach

Ronald Ames Guidry, nicknamed "Louisiana Lightning" and "Gator", is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) left-handed pitcher. He played his entire 14-year baseball career for the New York Yankees of the American League (AL), from 1975 through 1988. Guidry was also the pitching coach of the Yankees from 2006 to 2007.

First airing in 2003

Yogi Berra American baseball player, manager, coach

Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra was an American professional baseball catcher, who later took on the roles of manager and coach. He played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), all but the last for the New York Yankees. He was an 18-time All-Star and won 10 World Series championships as a player—more than any other player in MLB history. Berra had a career batting average of .285, while hitting 358 home runs and 1,430 runs batted in. He is one of only five players to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award three times. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest catchers in baseball history, and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.

Catfish Hunter American baseball player

James "Jim" Augustus Hunter, nicknamed "Catfish", was a professional baseball player in Major League Baseball (MLB). From 1965 to 1979, he was a pitcher for the Kansas City Athletics, Oakland Athletics, and New York Yankees. Hunter was the first pitcher since 1915 to win 200 career games by the age of 31. He is often referred to as baseball's first big-money free agent. He was a member of five World Series championship teams.

Roger Maris American baseball player

Roger Eugene Maris was an American professional baseball player who played four seasons in the minor leagues and twelve seasons in the major leagues. Maris played right field on four Major League Baseball (MLB) teams, from 1957 through 1968.

First airing in 2004

Whitey Ford American professional baseball player, pitcher, coach

Edward Charles "Whitey" Ford, nicknamed "The Chairman of the Board", is an American former professional baseball pitcher who had his entire 16-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career with the New York Yankees. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.

Elston Howard American baseball player and coach

Elston Gene "Ellie" Howard was an American professional baseball player.

Reggie Jackson American professional baseball player and coach

Reginald Martinez Jackson is an American former professional baseball right fielder who played 21 seasons for the Kansas City / Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, and California Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB). Jackson was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993.

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Yankeeography episodes available on DVD

100 Years of the New York Yankees (2003)

This two disc collection contains the six parts of The History of the Yankees, entitled: "1903-1956", "1957-1978", "1979-2002", "Moments and Mystique", "The Stadium", and "The Greatest Yankees Teams"

Yankeeography, Vol. 1 (2004)

Volume 1 contains six episodes on Babe Ruth, Thurman Munson, Ron Guidry, Don Mattingly, Derek Jeter, and Joe Torre. A third disc includes various extras such as unforgettable moments and archived footage.

Yankeeography, Vol. 2 (2004)

Volume 2 contains six episodes on Lou Gehrig, Phil Rizzuto, Mickey Mantle, Elston Howard, Paul O'Neill, and Mariano Rivera. A third disc includes various extras such as unforgettable moments and archived footage.

Yankeeography, Vol. 3 (2005)

Volume 3 contains six episodes on Joe DiMaggio, Catfish Hunter, Bobby Murcer, Reggie Jackson, Goose Gossage, and Jorge Posada. A third disc includes various extras such as unforgettable moments and archived footage.

Yankeeography, Vol. 4 (2005)

Volume 4 contains six episodes on Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Roger Maris, Lou Piniella, Willie Randolph, and Bernie Williams. A third disc includes various extras such as unforgettable moments and archived footage.

Yankeeography "Megaset" DVD Collection (2007)

The Megaset is a 12 DVD set with 34 episodes of Yankeeography, including 10 previously unreleased episodes (Billy Martin, Casey Stengel, Sparky Lyle, Graig Nettles, David Cone, Tino Martinez, Roger Clemens, The Hall of Famers, The Left Handers, The Right Handers)

Set 1 contains 11 episodes: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Phil Rizzuto, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Billy Martin, Casey Stengel, Elston Howard, and Roger Maris.

Set 2 contains 12 episodes: Thurman Munson, Bobby Murcer, Sparky Lyle, Graig Nettles, Lou Piniella, Catfish Hunter, Ron Guidry, Willie Randolph, Reggie Jackson, Goose Gossage, Don Mattingly, and Bernie Williams.

Set 3 contains 11 episodes: Paul O'Neill, David Cone, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, Joe Torre, Tino Martinez, Roger Clemens, The Hall of Famers, The Left Handers, and The Right Handers.

Set 4 contains extra features such as archived footage and interviews about all players included on previous discs.

Yankeeography: The Captains Collection (2009)

Released in August 2009, this is a 2-DVD collection which contains episodes about prominent Yankee captains: Lou Gehrig, Thurman Munson, Graig Nettles, Ron Guidry, Willie Randolph, Don Mattingly, and Derek Jeter. The set also contains bonus material and episode Moments & Mystique from the 100 Years of the New York Yankees collection.

Yankeeography: The Core Four Collection (2010)

Released in November 2010, this 2-DVD collections contains episodes about the core players of the 1995-2010 era: Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, and Andy Pettitte, as well as extras.

Yankeeography "Megaset" DVD Collection (2011)

Released in November 2011,16DVD set,32-page Collectible Book.

Disc 1:Yankee Stadium

Disc 2:Babe Ruth,Lou Gehrig,Joe DiMaggio,Phil Rizzuto.

Disc 3:Yogi Berra,Billy Martin,Whitey Ford,Mickey Mantle.

Disc 4:Casey Stengel,Elston Howard,Roger Maris.

Disc 5:Bonus:Babe Ruth,Lou Gehrig,Joe DiMaggio,Phil Rizzuto,Yogi Berra,Billy Martin,Whitey Ford,Mickey Mantle,Casey Stengel,Elston Howard,Roger Maris.

Disc 6:Bobby Murcer,Thurman Munson,Sparky Lyle, Graig Nettles.

Disc 7:Lou Piniella,Catfish Hunter,Ron Guidry,Willie Randolph.

Disc 8:Reggie Jackson,Goose Gossage,Dave Winfield,Don Mattingly.

Disc 9:Bonus:Bobby Murcer,Thurman Munson,Sparky Lyle, Graig Nettles,Lou Piniella,Catfish Hunter,Ron Guidry,Willie Randolph,Reggie Jackson,Goose Gossage,Dave Winfield,Don Mattingly.

Disc 10:Bernie Williams,Paul O'Neill,Andy Pettitte,Mariano Rivera.

Disc 11:Derek Jeter,David Cone,Jorge Posada,Tino Martinez.

Disc 12:Bonus:Bernie Williams,Paul O'Neill,Andy Pettitte,Mariano Rivera,Derek Jeter,David Cone,Jorge Posada,Tino Martinez.

Disc 13:Joe Torre,Roger Clemens,Mike Mussina,Hideki Matsui.

Disc 14:Alex Rodriguez,George Steinbrenner. Bonus:Joe Torre,Roger Clemens,Mike Mussina,Hideki Matsui,Alex Rodriguez,George Steinbrenner.

Disc 15:1996 Season In Review,1998 Season In Review.

Disc 16:Tales Of Triumph:1996 World Series,1998 World Series,2001 World Series Game 4 & 5,1978 Playoff:Bucky Dent,No-Hitters & Perfect Games,2003 ALCS:Aaron Boone Homer.

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