In 1961, during spring training in Florida, LIFE gave 25-year-old Yankee shortstop Tony Kubek a camera and asked him to photograph his teammates: Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Roger Maris, Whitey Ford and the rest of the players on what would be seen, in time, as one of the greatest teams in baseball history.
The resulting photos were never published…until now.
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After the game, Mariano headed back out to the mound to grab a handful of dirt.
"After giving us so many memories," said announcer Michael Kay, "he’s getting some of his own."
For only the second time in the past 19 years, the New York Yankees failed to make the postseason. Sigh. (Photo of a sad-looking bunch of ballplayers during the Yankees 8-3 loss to Tampa Bay on Wednesday night by Barton Silverman / The New York Times)
#ExitSandman. Metallica performed at Yankee Stadium for Mariano Day.
(Photo via Noah Murray, USA TODAY Sports)
Derek acknowledges the crowd after hitting the first pitch he sees for a homerun. It’s Jeter’s first hit since returning from the DL.
Delta Airlines dedicated a 757 to Mariano Rivera.
(Next thing you know all of baseball will retire his number…oh, wait.)