The 10 Best Catchers In New York Yankees History


10. Jake Gibbs

Jake Gibbs was considered the best quarterback in the history of the University of Mississippi but he chose to throw runners out over heaving touchdown passes and signed with the Yankees as an amateur free-agent in 1961.

When Yogi Berra retired in 1964, Gibbs was in the running to become the starting catcher. Unfortunately, injuries got the better of him as he only played a combined 102 games between 1964 and 1967 but when the Yankees traded away Elston Howard during the 1967 season, Gibbs earned the starting catcher’s role.

He eventually lost his starting role to Thurman Munson. Scouts say it would have been better off if Gibbs had gone to the NFL, but instead, he’s rounding out our Top-10.1abc1TCYankees2SmallDark


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