5. Elston Howard
During the 1950s and 1960s, the Yankees had the luxury of having Elston Howard behind the plate for them. In 13 seasons with the Yankees, Howard totaled 161 home runs, 733 RBIs, a .279 batting average, and a .324 on-base percentage.
Among all the catchers in the history of the franchise with 1,000 or more plate appearances, Howard is ranked fourth in home runs and fourth in RBIs. The great statistics for Howard were able to get him named to nine straight All-Star Games which is a really impressive feat. In 1963, Howard was named the AL MVP, as he totaled 28 home runs, 85 RBIs, a .287 batting average, and a .342 on-base percentage. In the middle of his career, Howard really showed off some impressive power numbers from the catcher position, which is a difficult thing to do.
The Yankees were able to make the World Series 10 times with Howard on the team, but his numbers did drop a bit come postseason time. In 54 postseason games, Howard totaled five home runs, 19 RBIs, and a .246 batting average. He was able to win four World Series Championships as a member of the Yankees and is one of the best catchers and players in the history of the franchise.
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