New York Yankees: Top 10 First Basemen in Franchise History

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Chris Chambliss of the New York Yankees. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Chris Chambliss of the New York Yankees. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) /

Yankees all-time first baseman: 6. Chris Chambliss (1974-1979, 1988) (15.4 WAR)

With two World Series Championships, a Gold Glove and an All-Star selection, Chris Chambliss comes in at sixth on this list. And no, not just because of his sweet chops.

The Yankees acquired Chambliss in a trade with the Indians early on in the 1974 season. But he didn’t make much of an impression, hitting .243 in 110 games as the team’s primary first baseman.

From 1975-1979, Chambliss turned into an integral part of two World Series championship teams. In his first full season with the club in 1975, he hit .304 with 38 doubles. The following three years, he had a cumulative AVG of .285 and averaged 15 HR and 92 RBI per season, earning an All-Star selection in 1976 and a Gold Glove award in 1978.

In total, Chambliss had 954 hits and 454 RBI in six seasons with the Yankees. With exception of his first year, he managed to never hit below .274, providing a consistent bat for the everyday lineup.

Where Chambliss really shined was the playoffs. In 27 games, he hit .304 with three HR and 15 RBI. In his best series, the 1976 ALCS, he went 11-for-21 with two HR, eight RBI, a double, a triple, and two stolen bases.

Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Yankees all-time first baseman: 5. Mark Teixeira (2009-2016) (19.3 WAR)

The most recent first baseman on this list to play for the Yankees is Mark Teixeira. Across eight years with the club, he had three Gold Glove awards, two All-Star selections, a Silver Slugger award, and a World Series Championship.

Before signing an 8-year, $180 million contract with the Bombers prior to the 2009 season, Teixeira already won two Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers with the Rangers. In his first season, he made his presence known, leading the AL in HR with 39 and RBI with 122, earning him runner-up in the MVP voting.

Although Teixeira wouldn’t match that level of production for the remainder of his career, he still contributed heavily at the plate and with the glove. In each of his next two seasons, he surpassed the 30 HR and 100 RBI mark. However, things took a turn when he got injured in 2012 and again in 2013.

Despite that, Teixeira managed to mash 206 HR and 622 RBI in 958 games. In his last All-Star worthy season in 2015, he hit 31 HR with 79 RBI in just 111 games before retiring the next season.

Overall, his playoff numbers aren’t up to par, as Teixeira managed to hit just .195 in 36 games. However, he did hit a clutch walk-off HR against the Twins in game 2 of the ALDS in 2009 to all but punch the Yankees ticket to the ALCS, and eventually, the World Series.