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Guess some of the famous or not so famous Yankees that have donned #27 in pinstripes.Hover over the "Answer" links to view individual answers in a small pop-up.

  1. The two players who have worn 27 for the longest time both did so for 5 years in their Yankee career. The first player was an outfielder in the 1940's who picked up three World Championship rings in pinstripes. His finest campaign came in 1944 when he slugged 18 home runs, drove in 103, scored 91 times and led the league with 16 triples, 297 total bases and 67 extra base hits. He never came close to matching those numbers again, and was sold to the Cardinals in 1950. He was out of the majors until 1953, when he resurfaced with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a starting pitcher. He became a league leader again, but unfortunately this time it was Walks and Wild Pitches and after 5 more at-bats with the Phillies in 1954, his career was over. Who is he?
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  2. The other player to wear number 27 for 5 years did so more recently.  He came to the Yankees with some decent credentials under his belt.  He was already a two-time All-Star and finished second in the Rookie of the Year balloting to Mark Fidrych, and in fact received the only other two votes not cast for Fidrych that year.  The Yankees acquired him in a trade from Minnesota in 1982, where he was batting .209.  After his trade, he hit .293 for the Yankees and followed it up with another strong .296 in 94 games in 1983.  A respectable .267 in 129 games followed in 1984, but it was all downhill from there.  He dropped to .223 and .206 in 1985 and '86 respectively and was shipped to California after the 1986 season in a trade that brought over Ron Romanick (who never pitched a major league game after the trade) and minor leaguer and future Yankee Alan Mills.
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  3. Bernie Williams' nemesis when he first came up to the majors and probably one of the better deals made by the Yankees in the 1980's.  He came over from Cleveland in a March 1989 trade and went on to have a few solid seasons for some bad Yankee teams.  Aside from giving Bernie Williams and other rookies a hard time in the clubhouse, he did have one lasting positive Yankee memory...that being his 9th inning, game-winning three-run homer on Memorial Day in 1991 against the Boston Red Sox.
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  4. This player was traded to the Yankees in mid-Season in a 5-player deal that actually included the player who was wearing #27 at the time. The move was made to shore up the Yankees bullpen and add a quality left-handed arm to the pen, particularly for the post-season. His 17.47 ERA for the Yankees in 13 late season appearances made it appear the deal would be a bust, but he was included on the post-season roster and proved to be a brilliant acquisition. He allowed only one hit and no runs in 8 post-season appearances, did his job in neutralizing lefties and picked up the win in Game 4 of the World Series.
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  5. This Yankee player was a backup outfielder who held the nickname "Mickey Mantle's Legs." He was strictly a backup player who would fill in defensively for Mickey Mantle late in games. He only spent three years with the Yankees and managed only one home run in his career, but it was a memorable one. On June 24, 1962 the Yankees and Tigers played a marathon 7 hour, 22 inning game that ended when this player clocked a two-run home run off Phil Regan.
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