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.
|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|
|1971||71–70||6th (t)||Bobby Cox|
|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|
|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|
|1984||74–68||5th||Barry Foote||League Champs|
|1985||77–63||4th||Bucky Dent||Lost League Finals|
|1987||85–53||1st||Buck Showalter||League Champs|
- Baseball Reference
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