With the Yankees clinching their record 40th American League Pennant Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels, I am inclined to take a look back at the history of those 40 Pennants. The Yankees have won exactly two-thirds of the World Series they have been in, 26-40 for a .666 record.
It has been 88 years since the Yankees won their first AL Pennant in 1921. With 40 pennants in 88 years, the Yankees manage to win the pennant every 2.2 years. The Yankees won 5 straight from 1949-1953 and 1960-1964 and 4 straight from 1936-1939 and 1998-2001.
In the 28 years from 1936-1964, the Yankees won 22 AL pennants and a total of 15 World Series. Even though the Yankees have been shut-out from winning the pennant since 2003, if you go back to 1996 – 13 years – the Yankees have still won 7 pennants and 4 World Series – and hopefully a fifth World Series this time around.
ESPN has a great compilation of the World Series winners and Pennant winners dating back to the first World Series in 1903.
For a look at World Series match-ups and results, click here.