1969 New York Yankees season

The 1969 New York Yankees season was the 67th season for the team. The team finished in fifth-place in the newly established American League East with a record of 80–81, 28½ games behind the Baltimore Orioles. New York was managed by Ralph Houk. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium.

1969 New York Yankees
Mickey Mantle's # 7 retired
Major League affiliations
Other information
General manager(s)Lee MacPhail
Manager(s)Ralph Houk
Local televisionWPIX
(Phil Rizzuto, Jerry Coleman, Frank Messer, Whitey Ford)
Local radioWHN
(Frank Messer, Phil Rizzuto, Jerry Coleman)
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Regular season

  • August 8, 1969: Thurman Munson made his major league debut for the Yankees.

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 10953 0.673 60–21 49–32
Detroit Tigers 9072 0.556 19 46–35 44–37
Boston Red Sox 8775 0.537 22 46–35 41–40
Washington Senators 8676 0.531 23 47–34 39–42
New York Yankees 8081 0.497 28½ 48–32 32–49
Cleveland Indians 6299 0.385 46½ 33–48 29–51

Record vs. opponents

Baltimore 10–86–69–313–511–711–18–411–78–49–313–5
Boston 8–108–45–712–610–810–27–511–74–86–66–12
California 6–64–89–98–45–79–97–113–96–129–9–15–7
Chicago 3–97–59–98–43–98–105–133–98–1010–84–8
Cleveland 5–136–124–84–87–117–55–79–85–77–53–15
Detroit 7–118–107–59–311–78–46–610–87–510–27–11
Kansas City 1–112–109–910–85–74–88–105–7–18–1010–87–5
Minnesota 4–85–711–713–57–56–610–810–213–512–66–6
New York 7–117–119–39–38–98–107–5–12–106–67–510–8
Oakland 4–88–412–610–87–55–710–85–136–613–58–4
Seattle 3–96–69–9–18–105–72–108–106–125–75–137–5
Washington 5–1312–67–58–415–311–75–76–68–104–85–7

Opening Day lineup

Notable transactions

  • June 5, 1969: 1969 Major League Baseball Draft
    • Ken Crosby was drafted by the Yankees in the 10th round. Player signed June 17, 1969.[8]
    • John Tamargo was drafted by the Yankees in the 15th round, but did not sign.[9]
  • June 12, 1969: John Orsino was traded by the Yankees to the Cleveland Indians for Rob Gardner.[6]
  • June 14, 1969: Tom Tresh was traded by the Yankees to the Detroit Tigers for Ron Woods.[10]
  • July 26, 1969: Billy Cowan was purchased by the California Angels from the New York Yankees.[3]

Mickey Mantle's retired number

Mickey Mantle's number 7 was retired by the New York Yankees in 1969.

On Mickey Mantle Day, June 8, 1969, in addition to the retirement of his uniform number 7, Mantle was given a plaque that would hang on the center field wall at Yankee Stadium, near the monuments to Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Miller Huggins. The plaque was given to him by Joe DiMaggio, and Mantle then gave DiMaggio a similar plaque, telling the crowd, "His should be just a little bit higher than mine." The televised ceremony, aired on WPIX, was hosted by the team's television analyst Frank Messer and long time radio broadcaster Mel Allen.


1969 New York Yankees
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters

  • 21 Nate Oliver


Player stats

= Indicates team leader

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
CJake Gibbs712191849.2240183
1BJoe Pepitone13551349124.24227708
2BHorace Clarke15664182183.28544833
3BJerry Kenney13044749115.25723425
SSGene Michael11941241112.2722317
LFRoy White13044855130.29077418
CFRon Woods721711830.175172
RFBobby Murcer15256482146.25926827


Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
Frank Fernández892293451.22312291
Bill Robinson872222338.1713213
Jimmie Hall802122150.2363268
Bobby Cox851911741.2152170
Tom Tresh451431326.182192
Len Boehmer45108519.176070
Thurman Munson2686622.256190
Jim Lyttle2883715.181041
John Ellis2262218.290180
Tom Shopay284824.083000
Billy Cowan324858.167130
Frank Tepedino133969.231041
Dave McDonald92305.217020
Dick Simpson61123.273040
Ron Blomberg4603.500000
Nate Oliver1100.000000

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; BB = Walks allowed; SO = Strikeouts

Mel Stottlemyre39303.020142.8297113
Fritz Peterson37272.017162.5543150
Stan Bahnsen40220.29163.8390130
Bill Burbach31140.2683.6510282

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Al Downing30130.2753.3885
Mike Kekich28105.0464.5466
Ron Klimkowski314.0000.643

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Jack Aker3884112.0640
Lindy McDaniel515653.5560
Steve Hamilton383423.3239
Ken Johnson121203.4621
Fred Talbot80005.117
Don Nottebart40004.505
John Cumberland20004.500

Awards and honors

  • Mel Stottlemyre, All-Star Game
  • Roy White, All-Star Game [12]

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Syracuse Chiefs International League Frank Verdi
AA Manchester Yankees Eastern League Jerry Walker
A Kinston Eagles Carolina League Gene Hassell
A Fort Lauderdale Yankees Florida State League Billy Shantz
A-Short Season Oneonta Yankees New York–Penn League George Case
Rookie Johnson City Yankees Appalachian League Bill Monbouquette

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Syracuse, Oneonta[13]



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