The New York Yankees are the most respected, talked about team in sports history. In 1903, Frank Farrell and Bill Devery purchased the Baltimore franchise for $18,000 and then moved the team to Manhattan, New York. This New York Franchise was approved to be a member of the American League. Since the ballpark was located in the highest point in Manhattan, the team was first known as the highlanders. On April 23, 1903 the Highlanders won their first game in history. In 1913, the Highlanders were renamed the "Yankees- because they were relocated to the home ground of the New York Giants. .
"I'd like to thank the Good Lord for making me a Yankee-, said Joe DiMaggio. Ralph Hauk and many other Yankees felt, "that a Yankee was the greatest thing that anyone in baseball could be-. Not only did the Yankees win 34 pennants, they also won 24 world championships. I couldn't agree more with the author; the Yankees are the all American Team. No other team in history can compare. Baseball has become a part of the American culture and grows stronger as the years go by. George Stienbrenner, owner of the Yankees, said, that "owning the Yankees is like owning the Mona Lisa. No other baseball team has boasted so many masterpieces "a gallery of mega names over the decades, each passing the Yankee legacy from one pinstriped generation to the next- (Sullivan, 233).
In 1927, the Yankees were the finest team in baseball history. "With their murderers' row of right fielder Babe Ruth (.356), first baseman Lou Gehrig (.373), second baseman Toni Lazzeri (.309), and left fielder Bob Meusel (.337) at the heart of the lineup, the club won 110 games and led the American League in average (.307), runs (975), home runs (158), and pyrotechnics- (Sullivan, 40). Babe Ruth that year set the record of 60 home runs and kept his record for 34 years. He left his imprints on sports forever. Tommy Holmes, a New York sportswriter, says, "Years ago I stopped talking about the Babe for the simple reason that I realized that those who had never seen him didn't believe me- (Sullivan, 234).