Thomas Sowell

The Yankees once went 308 consecutive games without being shut out. That was the equivalent of two full seasons back in those days. The same pitcher shut them out on both ends of that streak -- Lefty Grove.

On the other hand, when Lefty Grove had his greatest season with 31 wins and 4 losses, three of those four losses were to the Yankees.

The American League record for the most shutouts in a season by a left-handed pitcher is held jointly by a Yankee and a future Yankee -- Ron Guidry and Babe Ruth.

Back in the heyday of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, the Yankees often won the pennant by such a wide margin that there was little reason for fans to go to Yankee Stadium at the end of September.

Even after he became the leading slugger in baseball, Babe Ruth pitched half a dozen games for the Yankees over the years. His won-lost record in these games was 6 and 0.

During Babe Ruth's record-setting 60 home run season, if you walked him you faced Lou Gehrig, who was batting .373 with 47 home runs and 175 runs batted in.

A Yankee player has led the league in home runs more years than players on any other team in the major leagues.

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and author of The Housing Boom and Bust.

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