One definition of “landmark” is “the position of a prominent or well-known object in a particular landscape.” Working off that, if we were to look at the last 90 years of Yankees baseball, decade by decade, and pick the “landmark” Yankees team from each decade, I would offer that it should breakdown as follows:
1920′s: 1927 Yankees
1930′s: 1939 Yankees
1940′s: 1949 Yankees
1950′s: 1952 Yankees
1960′s: 1961 Yankees
1970′s: 1978 Yankees
1980′s: 1980 Yankees
1990′s: 1998 Yankees
2000′s: 2009 Yankees
For the record, I struggled coming up with a landmark team for the 1950′s – because there’s so much to pick from there. But, in the end, I took 1952 because it was Mantle’s first full season, it was a close pennant race, and the Yankees had to win Games Six and Seven to win the World Series.
When you look at the great Yankees teams this way, to me, it’s interesting to see the cluster around the the-end-to-the-beginning of the decades pattern here.
1927, 1939, 1949, 1978, 1998 and 2009 are all in the 7-8-9 range – towards the back-end of the decades. And, 1952, 1961 and 1980 are in the 0-1-2 range – towards the front-end of the decades. This all leads to that 7-8-9-0-1-2 “cluster” that I mentioned.
And, the “3-4-5-6″ range is sort of lonely here.
In any event, what do you think of these “landmark” picks? Would you choose any different ones?