With the recent Jorge Posada-drama, I thought it would be interesting to take a look back and see how some legendary Yankees ended their relationships with the team. I’ll use the Yankee retired numbers as a starting point for this exercise, since those are players whose exploits in pinstripes were such that they received the honor. But I’ll also look at some of the older outstanding players and more recent fan favorites with multiple rings and great October memories, since they’re players who fans will have a strong attachment to that mirrors that of Posada. This list includes players who had HOF careers (Dave Winfield, Ricky Henderson) that played significant portion of it in pinstripes. In short, I’ll go through the the history of the franchise and cherry pick the notable players and see how their stories with the Yankees ended. With that out of the way, here’s my list:
Note: (RN)-”Retired Number”
Babe Ruth (HOF)-February 26, 1935: Released by the New York Yankees at age 39, signed a contract 3 days later with the Boston Braves.
Tony Lazzeri (HOF)-October 15, 1937: Released by the New York Yankees at age 33, signed on with the Cubs, Dodgers and Giants over the next 2 years and was out of baseball by May of 1939.
Waite Hoyt (HOF)-May 30, 1930: Traded by the New York Yankees with Mark Koenig to the Detroit Tigers for Ownie Carroll, Harry Rice and Yats Wuestling. 30 years old at the time of trade and pitched 8 more seasons.
Red Ruffing (HOF)-September 20, 1946: Released by the New York Yankees at age 41, played one more season with the Chicago White Sox and then retired.
Lefty Gomez (HOF)-Purchased by the Boston Braves from the New York Yankees at age 33. He was released by the Braves in May of that same year, then signed on with the Washington Senators who released him two months later.
Allie Reynolds-Retired at age 37 after the 1954 season.
Bill Dickey (HOF/RN)-September 20, 1946: After losing 3 years of his career to WW2, he returned to the Yanks as a player-manager at age 39. He was released by the team after the season.
Joe DiMaggio (HOF/RN)-Retired after the 1951 season at age 36. Was offered a contract by the team as a pinch hitter, which they knew he’d refuse.
Phil Rizzuto (HOF/RN)-August 25, 1956: Released mid season at age 38.
Yogi Berra (HOF/RN)-October 29, 1963: Released at age 38 by the New York Yankees. Signed a contract in April of 1965 with the NY Mets and was released a month later.
Hank Bauer-December 11, 1959: Traded by the New York Yankees with Don Larsen, Norm Siebern and Marv Throneberry to the Kansas City Athletics for Joe DeMaestri, Kent Hadley and Roger Maris. He was released by Kansas City 2 years later at age 38.
Mickey Mantle (HOF/RN)-Retired after the 1968 season at age 36.
Whitey Ford (HOF)-Retired after the 1967 season at age 38.
Reggie Jackson (HOF/RN)-Granted free agency after the 1981 season at age 35. Played 6 more seasons and retired in 1987.
Ron Guidry (RN)-Retired at age 37 after the 1988 season.
Ricky Henderson (HOF)-June 21, 1989: Traded by the New York Yankees to the Oakland Athletics for Greg Cadaret, Eric Plunk and Luis Polonia. 30 years old at the time of trade, went on to play 14 more seasons.
Don Mattingly (RN)-Retired after the 1995 season at age 35.
Bernie Williams-Offered non-guaranteed contract in spring training of 2007 season (age 38) which he refused.
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