New York Yankees: All-time best catchers in franchise history

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New York Yankees, Bill Dickey
Bill Dickey, New York Yankees c – . (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images) /

2. player. 43. . 1928-1943,1946. New York Yankees. Bill Dickey

New York Yankees all-time best catchers – No. 2: Bill Dickey

57.3 WAR

Closely behind Berra is his predecessor, Bill Dickey. With seven World Series Championships and 11 All-Star selections, Dickey would likely be the best catcher in franchise history for the majority of other franchises.

After getting purchased as a minor leaguer by the Yankees prior to the 1928 season, Dickey went on to be a crucial part of the team for the greater part of 19 years. Like Berra, Dickey spent two years with the Navy in 1944 and 1945.

Dickey was known for his ability to hit consistently, batting over .300 in nine of his first 10 seasons. For his career, Dickey had an impressive slash line of .313/.382/.486 in just over 7,000 plate appearances.

From 1936 to 1939, Dickey had at least 22 HR, 105 RBI and a .403 OBP. Although none of those seasons earned him an MVP, he finished in the top six in voting each of those four seasons. Among catchers with at least 300 games played, Dickey is second in BA, eighth in OBP and third in OPS.

The main thing holding Dickey back from being first on this list is his performance in the playoffs. In 38 World Series games, Dickey had a pedestrian slash line of .255/.329/.379. Despite that, he still managed to collect 24 RBI, good for eighth all-time in World Series history.