Ranking all 27 of the New York Yankees’ World Series championships

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Anybody tired yet of New York Yankees fans yelling, “27 rings!”? Well, then, you’re probably not the target audience for the next 3,500 words. Enjoy your tea party!

(Eds. Note: Our good friend and colleague Gabrielle Starr would like you all to know it’s actually 26 rings and a pocket watch, given to the Bombers for their 1923 World Series win. But she’s a Red Sox fan, so that’s the last time you’ll be hearing from her!)

There’s no franchise with as much glory and bombast as the Yankees, who’ve won in every generation and are currently in the midst of one of their saddest downturns, going 12 whole years without a title. 12! Embarrassing for us!

With the offseason as frozen as Brian Cashman in a sleeping bag, there’s no better time to go down memory lane. Sure, every World Series win is great, but which are the best of the best?

Several things can make a title run “great.” Adversity faced en route to a ring? Quality of opponents? Memorable moments? Drought-breaking? The choice is yours.

Well, in this case, the choice is actually mine, but you get it. I tried to weigh all factors.

We’re reserving the No. 1 spot for Title No. 28, whenever it comes, because the recency bias is going to make it feel so, so good. Other than that, though, what follows is an exhausting ranking of New York’s famous 27 rings (fine, Gabrielle, 26).

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Ranking all the New York Yankees’ 27 World Series rings

27. 1938 World Series, Yankees def. Cubs 4-0

With all due respect to losing starters Bill Lee (twice, and no, not that one), a washed Dizzy Dean, and Clay Bryant (relieved by Jack Russell, because there ain’t no rule that says a dog can’t pitch mop-up work in the World Series), the 1938 Chicago Cubs were no match for these Yankees.

26. 1939 World Series, Yankees def. Reds 4-0

The Yankees walked off Paul Derringer in Game 1, as both starters went all nine innings and Red Ruffing got the 2-1 win. After that, though? 4-0, 7-3, 7-4. About as dull as a title gets, and clearly the two back-to-back seasons where the NL was least competitive. Paul Derringer?

25. 1950 World Series, Yankees def. Phillies 4-0

Not all sweeps are built equally, but they’re certainly duller than a seven-game barnburner. The Whiz Kids were among the weirdest opponents the Yankees have ever faced in the series, and their ace Robin Roberts was unable to start Game 1 after he was overused down the stretch in an effort to secure the NL Pennant in the first place. Roberts was great in Game 2, but 33-year-old relief ace Jim Konstanty made his first start of the entire season in Game 1. Kevin Cash just drooled reading this section. Yanks won 1-0, 2-1, 3-2, 5-2. No offense, no back-and-forth, weird year.