The New York Yankees’ all-time home run leaders are composed of a quintet of Hall of Famers who put together their thus insurmountable totals more than half a century ago. Each of the top five home run hitters in New York Yankees history played between the 1920s and 1960s.
1. Babe Ruth: 659 home runs
The New York Yankees’ all-time home run leader and one of the best players in Major League history, Babe Ruth. A great pitcher and hitter in Boston, Ruth became a position player exclusively when he arrived in New York. Ruth virtually invented the home run; the first time he ever led the league, he hit 11 of them. As he grew as a hitter, so did his totals. In his first year with the Yankees, Ruth hit 54 home runs; he reached at least 50 homers four times and led the American League a record 12 times. Ruth owns two of the three highest single season home run totals in franchise history with 60 and 59 in 1927 and 1921 respectively. His career total of 714 home runs ranks third all-time in Major League history.
2. Mickey Mantle: 536 home runs
Mickey Mantle played more games with the team than any other player and ranks second among New York Yankees’ all-time home run leaders. The center fielder played for the Yankees from 1951 to 1968, totaling 16 All-Star seasons and three MVP Awards. Mantle put together a string of eight consecutive 30-plus home run campaigns from 1955 to 1962. He topped the 40 homer mark four times and twice knocked 50 out of the park.
3. Lou Gehrig: 493 home runs
Hall of Fame first baseman Lou Gehrig was one of the first stars of the Yankees and he remains near the top of the team’s all-time home run leader board. Gehrig spent his entire career in New York from 1923 to 1939 as one of baseball’s greatest run-producers. Gehrig clubbed 40-plus home runs in five different seasons, leading the American League in three of them and winning the MVP Award in two. Gehrig was an elite all-around hitter, finishing his career with a .340 batting average while putting together 13 straight 100 RBI seasons.
4. Joe DiMaggio: 361 home runs
Spending his entire career in New York from 1936 to 1951, Joe DiMaggio ranks fourth among the Yankees’ all-time home run leaders. DiMaggio started his career with ten straight seasons of 20 or more home runs. He led the American League twice, first in his sophomore season with a career high 46 and again in 1948 with 39 homers. Joe DiMaggio made the All-Star team in all 13 seasons of his career, winning MVP Awards in 1939, 1941, and 1947.
5. Yogi Berra: 358 home runs
The most quotable player in baseball, catcher Yogi Berra ranks fifth among New York Yankees’ all-time home run leaders. Berra had a consistently great 18-year career with the Yankees, including a string of ten straight 20-plus home run seasons from 1949 to 1958. His best individual home run total was 30 which he did twice. Berra was named to every All-Star game from 1948 to 1962. He is one of ten players to take home a trio of MVP Awards, doing so in 1951, 1954, and 1955.