Fort Lauderdale Yankees

Fort Lauderdale Yankees

The Fort Lauderdale Yankees, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was an American minor league baseball franchise that existed from 1962 through 1992. The team was a Class A Florida State League affiliate of the New York Yankees and won seven FSL championships during its 31 years of existence.

The team was formed when the Yankees moved their spring training base from St. Petersburg, Florida, to Fort Lauderdale Stadium after the 1961 season. Its last championship team, the 1987 Fort Lauderdale Yanks, was managed by Buck Showalter and featured future Major Leaguers Jim Leyritz, Kevin Maas and Dave Eiland.

When the Yankees left Fort Lauderdale for their current spring training home in Tampa, Florida, in 1993, the parent club maintained its other High-A affiliate, the Prince William Yankees of the Carolina League, and left the FSL for one season — returning in 1994 with the Tampa Yankees. The Boston Red Sox transferred their Winter Haven club to Fort Lauderdale Stadium for 1993 as the Fort Lauderdale Red Sox, but then moved their FSL franchise to Sarasota after the season.

Fort Lauderdale has not been represented in the Florida State League since 1993. Although the Baltimore Orioles eventually replaced the Yankees as Fort Lauderdale's spring training tenants, they never placed an FSL franchise in the city.

Year-by-year record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1962 71–50 1st Bob Bauer League Champs
1963 60–60 4th Pinky May (22–19) / Steve Souchock (7–13) / Cloyd Boyer (31–28)
1964 81–59 2nd Frank Verdi League Champs
1965 87–51 1st Jack Reed League Champs
1966 63–75 7th Lamar North
1967 69–69 4th Billy Shantz
1968 62–75 7th Billy Shantz
1969 68–55 4th Billy Shantz
1970 59–76 10th Lamar North
1971 71–70 6th (t) Bobby Cox
1972 64–65 7th Pete Ward
1973 67–72 7th Pete Ward
1974 82–49 1st Pete Ward Lost League Finals
1975 61–75 5th (t) Leo Posada
1976 77–62 3rd Mike Ferraro Lost in 1st round
1977 53–80 9th Ed Napoleon
1978 74–68 5th Doug Holmquist
1979 92–51 1st Doug Holmquist Lost League Finals
1980 83–54 2nd Doug Holmquist League Champs
1981 81–53 1st Doug Holmquist Lost in 1st round
1982 82–50 1st Stump Merrill League Champs
1983 77–54 2nd Stump Merrill
1984 74–68 5th Barry Foote League Champs
1985 77–63 4th Bucky Dent Lost League Finals
1986 80–59 5th Bucky Dent
1987 85–53 1st Buck Showalter League Champs
1988 69–65 9th Buck Showalter
1989 61–77 11th Clete Boyer
1990 62–75 9th Mike Hart
1991 59–69 11th Glenn Sherlock
1992 59–76 10th Brian Butterfield

External links

  • Baseball Reference