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A Shrine Dedicated to the Bronx Bombers, Inducted by the Fans

Dan McCort (aka Knuckles)A true Yankee fan, a rooter in every sense of the word.  His powerful CHAAARGE!!!! is the favorite of fans all over the stadium, especially in his trademark Box 622.  If he did this a minor league stadium he would soon become the unofficial mascot of the team.  A webmaster/publisher (Take Him Downtown) in his own right (write) and has made contributions to many Yankee publication.  In 2007 he sigle handedly had twarted a wave at Yankee Stadium.  That's just a few of the many reasons that Dan is everyone's hero.  A regular poster at BTB, Dan is inducted to the BTB Wall of Fame in July of 2007.


George Steinbrenner2006 Inductee, George M Steinbrenner, for bringing the winning tradition back to the Da Bronx.  George Michael Steinbrenner III (born July 4, 1930 in Rocky River, Ohio), often known as "The Boss," is the principal owner of the New York Yankees. He used to own an interest in the New Jersey Nets and the New Jersey Devils. His outspokenness and characteristics have made him one of baseball's more controversial figures, though his willingness to spend to build the club (and its postseason success since 1976) have earned him grudging respect from some baseball executives and fans alike.  On January 3, 1973, a group of investors led by Steinbrenner and minority partner Burke bought the Yankees from CBS for $8.7 million ($45.6 Mil. in 2005 dollars). "We plan absentee ownership as far as running the Yankees is concerned," said Steinbrenner, according to an article in The New York Times reporting on the sale. "We're not going to pretend we're something we aren't. I'll stick to building ships."

The message was that Burke would continue to run the team as club president. But Burke later became angry when he found out that Paul had been brought in as a senior Yankee executive, crowding his authority, quitting the team presidency on April 29, 1973, but remaining a minority owner of the club into the following decade. It would be the first of many high-profile departures with employees who crossed paths with "The Boss." At the conclusion of the 1973 season, two more prominent names departed: manager Ralph Houk, who resigned and then signed to manage the Detroit Tigers; and general manager Lee MacPhail, who became president of the American League.  The rest as they say is history.  The people of BTB "Thank You" George.  


Bobby Murcer  This former 4 year All Star and Yankee great played along the side of Munson, Nettles, and Piniella, and shares the Yankee consecutive homerun record of 4 with Lou Gehrig.doing so June 24th, 1970: in a doubleheader against Cleveland, including 3 in the 5-4 2nd-game win.  Murcer was the star of the Yankees throughout the early seventies . Murcer was billed as the next Mickey Mantle, the hope of the future for a baseball franchise that was mired in mediocrity and was being mismanaged by middle management at CBS. None other then Ted Williams described Murcer in 1972 as baseball's best chance for a triple crown (leading the league in homers, rbis, and average).   Traded to the SF Giants in 1975 for Bobby Bonds, Murcer returned to the Yankees in 1979 after a stint with the Chicago Cubs.  Upon retirement he work in the broadcast booth until this day.


Reggie Rivera ... Better know to his Bomber Buddies as 7Reggie, is the first non player to be elected to the BTB Wall of Fame. Besides being a GREAT Yankee fan he is the first to step up to assist any Forum Member in any way. Reggie defends his team as well as his fellow fans to all ends!! He makes his presence known with his now trademark Yankee Flag no matter what Stadium he is in. Reggie really goes out of his way to make any out of town Yankee fan feel welcome in the home of the Yankees or anywhere. He is very baseball knowledgable and always keeps the forum posted on Yankee opportunities. Reggie we salute you! Go Yankees, Go Fans, Go Reggie!!

Reggie has since left us before his time.  He left behind some wonderful memories of him.  Here are some of  the memories he left us with.





 

 Paul O'Neill     Played for the Yankees from 1994 through the 2001 season.  Has won four World Series Rings with the Yankees and one with the Reds.  He didn't come up through the Yankee system but he might as well have.  He exemplified the class, dignity and tradition of the Yankee Pinstripes.  Enough cannot be said about him.  What he brought to the sport should be taught in baseball camp.  The class, dignity, grace and honor are all things that are unfortunately missing in today's fast-paced game of baseball.  Paul, your style and fire on and off the field will be missed.  He should have been named Captain.



 

Roger Maris Roger Eugene Maris(1934-1985), "The Man" who first broke the home run record held by Babe Ruth. Maris began his major league career in 1957 with the Cleveland Indians and later played with the Kansas City Athletics, the New York Yankees, and the St. Louis Cardinals. He was twice named most valuable player (MVP) in the American League. During the 1961 season with the Yankees he hit 61 home runs, breaking Ruth's 1927 record of 60 home runs. A record which lasted 37 years. Maris retired in 1968.




 
Joe DiMaggio 1998 WOF Inductee He is a modern day American icon. An athlete with grace both on and off the field. He is one of the most popular men to ever play America's favorite pastime -- Joe DiMaggio.

  Joseph Paul DiMaggio was born in Martinez, California on November 25, 1914. His two brothers, Dominic and Vincent, also played major league baseball.

  DiMaggio's baseball career began in 1932 with the Pacific Coast League. He played in San Francisco until 1936, when he was signed by the New York Yankees. He remained there until he retired in 1951.

  Mr. DiMaggio served the Yankees as one of the best outfielders ever to play the game. Nicknamed the "Yankee Clipper" for his superb fielding ability, DiMaggio also was a great offensive player as well. He set a major league record by establishing a 56 game hitting streak in 1941, which helped earn him the nickname "Joltin' Joe".

 




 

George Herman "Babe" Ruth was not only the greatest baseball player who ever lived, but he was also the most flamboyant. His unique personality made him one of the most recognizable names and faces in American history. In the 1920s his name appeared in print more often than anyone except the president of the United States. In World War II, when American soldiers shouted "To hell with the Emperor!" at their Japanese counterparts, the Japanese hollered back, "To hell with Babe Ruth!" And now he is a member of the elite.




 
Mickey Charles Mantle Mickey Mantle once remarked, "I could never be a manager. All I have is natural ability." And what ability he had. Mantle's awesome power and speed made him a rightful heir to the legacy of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Joe DiMaggio. By the time he retired in 1968 after 18 years in the big leagues, Mantle ranked among the all-time leaders in home runs and home run percentage, had played in 12 World Series, and had won three Most Valuable Player Awards, two back-to-back. Elected to the BTB WOF in 1995 with Don Mattingly.

 





 
Donald Arthur Mattingly Don Mattingly, Known to the Baseball World as "Donnie Baseball", the nickname says it all. What other sports hero has a nickname that involves the name of his sport? I can't think of one. The name made popular by another major league player, Kirby Pucket, although originally coined by then NY Daily News writer Michael Kay. Also known to his fans as the Hitman, an honor no trophy could ever replace. If he sticks with his premature retirement he would have had a great career. If he comes back he can only add to it. From the time he was chosen by the Yankees in the 19th round of the June 1979 free agent draft to the time he retired he has always given 110%. He was named captain February 28, 1991 a honor given only to player of special caliper. It may be some time before there is another one. He ranks sixth with 2000 hits as a Yankee behind Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, and Yogi Berra.




 
Phillip Francis Rizzuto Played for the Yankees from 1941 to 1956. Known to his fans as the Scooter. Started his second career in the broadcast booth in 1956. Retired in 1995. Finally elected to Baseball's Hall Of Fame in 1994, but we elected him first. A career 273 hitter won the MVP award in 1950 when he hit 324 with seven home runs and 66 RBIs. Ted Williams once said of the Scooter, "if the Red Sox would have had Phil we would have won all those Pennants". An avid reader of Behind the "Bombers" Holy Cow!

 
Mel Stottlemyre pitched for the Yankees from 1964 to 1974. Was a mainstay on the Yankee Staff until he was released in Spring Trainging of 1975. Returns to Pinstripes as pitching coach this year, 1995. Mel is second only to Whitey Ford in Yankee Career Shutouts with 40. And had 152 career complete games and 164 wins as a Bomber. Know to his teammates as Greenie. Mel has a son pitching for the Oakland A's.




 
Thurman Lee Munson was the catcher for the Yankees from 1970, in which he won Rookie Of The Year to 1979, the year in which our Captain was taken from us in a tragic plane crash. Hit a career high 20 season home runs in 1973, the last year of the old Yankee Stadium. The first Yankee Captain since Lou Gehrig. No Yankee catcher came close to Thurman's abilities or desire. Thurman will always be missed.


 

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