List of New York Yankees owners and executives

The New York Yankees are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in The Bronx, New York City, New York. They play in the American League East division. This list consists of the owners, general managers (GMs) and other executives of the Yankees. The GM controls player transactions, hires the manager and coaching staff, and negotiates with players and agents regarding contracts.[1]

Brian Cashman (left) and Hal Steinbrenner (right) are the current general manager and chairman of the New York Yankees, respectively.

The longest-tenured general manager in team history is Ed Barrow, who served in that role for 23 years.[2] He was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953. The longest-tenured owner in team history is George Steinbrenner, who was the team's principal owner from 1973 until his death in 2010.

Principal owners

During the 1901 and 1902 seasons, the franchise played in Baltimore as the "Baltimore Orioles". They became defunct, but were purchased by William Stephen Devery and Frank J. Farrell for $18,000 and moved to New York in 1903.[3] Jacob Ruppert and Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Huston purchased the Yankees in 1915,[4] and Ruppert bought out Huston in 1922.[5]

Dan Topping, Larry MacPhail, and Del Webb purchased the Yankees from Ruppert's estate in 1945.[6] Topping and Webb forced MacPhail out of the Yankees ownership group due to his confrontational behavior after the 1947 World Series.[7] In 1964, Topping and Webb sold the team to CBS,[8] during which time the franchise struggled. Selling the team at a loss,[9] CBS sold the team to a group headed by George Steinbrenner in 1973.[10] While Steinbrenner initially owned less than half of the team, he bought out many of his partners, eventually owning 70% of the team.[11][12] John McMullen, one of Steinbrenner's limited partners, said, "There is nothing in life quite so limited as being a limited partner of George Steinbrenner."[13]

Under Steinbrenner's ownership, YankeeNets was formed after a merger of the business operations of the Yankees and New Jersey Nets.[14] After the Nets were sold to Bruce Ratner, YankeeNets became a limited liability company (LLC) known as Yankee Global Enterprises.[15] The LLC owns the Yankees and the YES Network. Hal Steinbrenner succeeded his father as control person of the Yankees in 2008.[16]

Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
Tenure Tenure refers to MLB seasons, not necessarily dates hired and fired
List of team owners, showing tenure of service
Name Tenure Ref(s)
John McGraw 1901–1902^[17]
William S. Devery 1903–1915^[3]
Frank J. Farrell 1903–1915^[3]
Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Huston 1915–1922^[18]
Jacob Ruppert 1915–1939^[18][19]
Jacob Ruppert Estate 1939–1945[20]
Larry MacPhail 1945–1947^[21]
Dan Topping 1945–1964^[21][7]
Del Webb 1945–1964^[21][7]
Columbia Broadcasting System 1964–1973[22]
George Steinbrenner 1973–2010[11]
Hal Steinbrenner 2010–present^[23][12]
Hank Steinbrenner 2010–2020^[23][12][24]

General managers

Gabe Paul was general manager of the Yankees during the 1977 World Series.

Four Yankees GMs are enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame: Ed Barrow,[25] George Weiss,[26] Larry MacPhail,[27] and his son, Lee MacPhail.[28] Ralph Houk,[29] Gene Michael,[30] Lou Piniella,[31] and Bob Watson[32] were former Yankees players. Houk,[33] Michael[34] and Piniella[35] served as field managers for the Yankees before becoming GM.

List of general managers, showing tenure
Name Tenure Ref(s)
Ed Barrow 1921–1944 [2]
Larry MacPhail 1945–1947 [36]
George Weiss 1948–1960 [37]
Roy Hamey 1961–1963 [38]
Ralph Houk 1964–1966 [38][39]
Dan Topping, Jr. 1966 [39]
Lee MacPhail 1967–1973 [40][41]
Gabe Paul 1974–1977 [41][42]
Cedric Tallis 1978–1979 [42]
Gene Michael 1980–1981
Bill Bergesch 1982–1983 [47]
Murray Cook 1984 [48]
Clyde King 1985–1986 [49][50]
Woody Woodward 1987 [50][51]
Lou Piniella 1988 [51][52]
Bob Quinn 1988–1989 [52][53]
Harding "Pete" Peterson 1990 [54][45]
Bob Watson 1996–1997 [46][55]
Brian Cashman 1998–present [55]

See also

Current team executives
  • Randy Levine, President[56]
  • Lonn A. Trost, Esq., Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel[57]
  • Damon Oppenheimer, Director of Amateur Scouting[58]
  • Reggie Jackson, Special Assistant to the General Manager[59]
  • Tino Martinez, Special Assistant to the General Manager[60]
  • Alex Rodriguez, Special Advisor to the General Manager[61]
  • Hideki Matsui, Special Advisor to the General Manager[62]
  • Stump Merrill, Special Assistant to the General Manager[63]
Related lists


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