1. Lou Gehrig
You have probably been waiting for this predictable number one. The Iron Horse is the indisputable first baseman on a New York Yankee all-time team.
Lou Gehrig slashed .340/.447/.632 in his 17 year career, an overall line unheard of in today’s day and age. He blasted 493 home runs, drove in 1995 runs, and was a pivotal piece in six Yankee championships.
The most astonishing part: he did all of this batting behind Babe Ruth in the order. Gehrig simply had some of the greater seasons you will ever see in major league baseball.
The part that always astonished me the most is how he drove in 185 runs in 1931 when Ruth drove in 162 in front of him. He defined the term “video game” numbers.
If it wasn’t for a horrific ALS disease that forced him to retire, it is unfathomable the records he would have shattered.
Well, there are your ten most prolific first basemen ever to don pinstripes. As ESNY continues to move around the diamond, there will certainly be an opportunity for debate and conversation. If you have any agreements or personal objections with the list, feel free to leave a comment and get your opinions heard.