All-time Yankees and Dodgers teams, as painstakingly selected by Steve Dilbeck, who always prefers his backup catcher to be better on defense (Roseboro) than offense (Piazza):
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All-time Yankees: A chart of all-time New York Yankees baseball stars in Friday’s Sports Section listed relief pitcher Allie Reynolds as a left-hander. Reynolds pitched right-handed. —
Catcher; Yogi Berra (1946-63); Three-time AL MVP and baseball’s best etymologist.
First base; Lou Gehrig (1923-39); Baseball’s greatest first baseman, greatest farewell.
Second base; Tony Lazzeri (1926-37); Had more than 100 RBIs seven times, won five World Series.
Third base; Alex Rodriguez (1994-); Youngest to 500 home runs and $252 million.
Shortstop; Derek Jeter (1995-); Yanks’ all-time leader in hits and hot starlets.
Left field; Mickey Mantle (1951-68); Greatest switch-hitter, 536 home runs.
Center field; Joe DiMaggio (1936-51); .325 career average, 1,537 RBIs, great coffee.
Right field; Babe Ruth (1914-35); Greatest player ever, 714 home runs, .342 average.
LH— Whitey Ford (1950, 53-67) ;Yanks’ all-time leader in wins, strikeouts, shutouts.
LH— Lefty Gomez (1930-43); Seven-time All-Star, 6-0 in World Series.
LH—Ron Guidry (1975-88); 170-91 as Yankee with career 1.18 WHIP (walks+hits per inning)
RH— Red Ruffing (1924-47); 231-124 as Yankee, had one toe on left foot.
LH—Andy Pettitte (1995-); 200 wins as a Yankee, 18-9 in postseason.
Reserves: Reggie Jackson, Graig Nettles, Bernie Williams, Phil Rizzuto, Dave Winfield, Don Mattingly, Bill Dickey.
Relief pitchers: Mariano Rivera (RH), Rich Gossage (RH), Sparky Lyle (LH), Dave Righetti (LH), Allie Reynolds (LH).
First base; Gil Hodges (1943-1963); Second on Dodgers’ home run and RBI list.
Second base; Jackie Robinson (1947-56); Averaged 95 runs in 10 seasons, spurned Giants.
Third base; Ron Cey (1971-87); 20-plus homers seven times as Dodger, best waddle.
Shortstop; Pee Wee Reese (1940-58); Team leader in runs, No. 2 in hits, first in nickname.
Catcher; Roy Campanella (1948-57); Three-time NL MVP, nine-time All-Star.
Left field; Zack Wheat (1909-27); 2,884 hits, 1,289 runs, best old baseball card.
Center field; Duke Snider (1947-64); Team leader in home runs, RBIs and extra-base hits.
Right field; Carl Furillo (1946-60); Hit .299 with 1,910 hits and 1,058 RBIs.
LH— Sandy Koufax (1955-66); Greatest left-hander of all-time.
RH— Don Drysdale (1956-69); Second in Dodgers wins and strikeouts, first in hit batters.
RH— Don Sutton (1966-88); Won 324 games, struck out 3,574, had 58 shutouts.
LH—Fernando Valenzuela (1980-97); Game’s best screwball, set off own mania.
RH— Dazzy Vance (1915-35); Led NL in strikeouts seven consecutive seasons.
Reserves: Maury Wills, Willie Davis, Tommy Davis, Steve Garvey, Jim Gilliam, Eric Karros, John Roseboro.
Relief pitchers: Eric Gagne (RH), Jim Brewer (LH), Ron Perranoski (LH), Jay Howell (RH), Clem Labine (RH).
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