Comparing the Opening Day Lineups of the 2013 and 1965 Yankees

Here’s the list of players who appeared in the first game of the 2013 Yankees season, with the player’s position and age following his name, first position players and then pitchers. Following that is a similar list of players who appeared in the first game of the 1965 Yankees season (both are via Baseball-reference). The question: Are both of these teams going to be remembered as marking the absolute end of a Yankees’ dynasty?

Position players
Brett Gardner CF, 29
Eduardo Nunez SS, 26
Robinson Cano 2B, 30
Kevin Youkilis 1B-3B, 34
Vernon Wells LF, 34
Ben Francisco DH, 31
Travis Hafner PH-DH, 36
Ichiro Suzuki RF, 39
Jayson Nix 3B, 30
Lyle Overbay PH-1B, 36
Francisco Cervelli C, 27

pitchers
CC Sabathia, 32
David Phelps, 26
Boone Logan, 28
Shawn Kelley, 29
Joba Chamberlain, 27
Cody Eppley, 27

1965
Position players
Tom Tresh CF, 26
Bobby Richardson 2B, 29
Roger Maris RF, 30
Mickey Mantle LF, 33
Art Lopez PR-LF, 28
Elston Howard C, 36
Joe Pepitone 1B, 24
Clete Boyer 3B, 28
Tony Kubek SS, 29
Phil Linz PH, 26
Hector Lopez PH, 35
Pedro Gonzalez PH, 27

pitchers
Jim Bouton, 26
Hal Reniff, 26
Pete Mikkelsen, 25
Pedro Ramos, 30

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  1. While the ’65 Yanks roster is a bit old and problematic, the ’13 version is downright ugly. Doesn’t even look like a Yankee roster. Yeah, I think they’re about done.
    Nice comparison,
    Bill

  2. The average age of the guys on the ’65 team was 28.6, for the ’13 team 30.6. It’s striking how many players on both teams had or seem likely to have very nondescript careers.


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