July 29, 2011 - Jeter Ties The Babe As Greatest Yankee Of All Time, New York City Fans Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Yankees Top Mets More Than 2-1 Among Fans

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With a 2-1 lead among women, Derek Jeter ties Babe Ruth 23 - 23 percent as the greatest Yankee of all time, according to a Quinnipiac University poll of New York City baseball fans.

Joe DiMaggio gets 9 percent, followed by Lou Gehrig with 8 percent and Mickey Mantle with 6 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Women pick Jeter 30 - 16 percent while men go with The Babe 29 - 18 percent.

The Captain edges Ruth 31 - 27 percent among fans 18 to 34 years old, while The Babe leads among fans 35 to 64 years old. DiMaggio is the choice of 24 percent of fans over 65, with 19 percent each for Jeter and Ruth.

Of the 47 percent of New York City adults who are very interested or somewhat interested in Major League Baseball, 59 percent list the Yankees as their favorite team, followed by 26 percent who list the Mets, with 3 percent for the Boston Red Sox.

Fans who prefer the Yankees pick Jeter over Ruth 29 - 21 percent.

"Derek Jeter's solid performance for 16 years and the super-star way he got his 3,000th hit - a Babe Ruth-style home run into the left-field seats, has elevated him to the pantheon of baseball gods, at least among women and younger fans - right next to the Sultan of Swat," said Maurice Carroll.

"They tore down the House that Ruth Built, but they haven't torn down The Babe's larger-than-life reputation."

"Except for The Captain and The Babe, it isn't even close. Remember how great The Yankee Clipper was? Remember the most memorable radio broadcast a baseball player ever made - Lou Gehrig's farewell speech? Remember Mickey Mantle, even when he was playing on crippled knees? None of them gets out of single digits."

Among New York City baseball fans, 50 percent say they also would have returned the ball if they had caught Jeter's 3,000th hit. Another 42 percent say they would have kept the ball.

Men split 48 - 46 percent on whether they would have kept the ball, but women say 55 - 35 percent they would have returned it to Jeter.

"Once again, we see that women are real Jeter fans," Carroll said.

The Yankees top the Mets among fans in every borough, even leading 45 - 37 percent in Queens and 56 - 28 percent in Brooklyn.

"It's been more than 50 years since Brooklyn Dodgers fans had every reason to hate the Yankees," Carroll said. "But how can Queens fans pick the Bronx Bombers over the Amazins?"

From July 19 - 25, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,528 New York City adults with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points. The survey includes 785 baseball fans with a margin of error of 3.5 percent. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

45. How interested are you in following major league baseball - very interested, somewhat interested or not interested at all?
                     ALL ADULTS............................................
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl
 
Very interested      17%    23%    11%    21%    10%    18%    19%    26%
Smwht interested     30     35     26     34     29     34     27     25
Not at all           52     42     62     45     59     47     54     49
DK/NA                 -      -      1      -      1      1      -      -
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Very interested      16%    18%    20%    17%
Smwht interested     28     30     30     33
Not at all           55     52     49     49
DK/NA                 -      -      -      1
 
TREND: How interested are you in following major league baseball - very interested, somewhat interested or not interested at all?
                     ALL ADULTS....................
                     Jul 29  Mar 25  Aug 31  May 28
                     2011    2009    2007    2007
 
Very interested      17      19      27      23
Smwht interested     30      31      29      32
Not at all           52      49      44      45
DK/NA                 -       1       -       -
 
 
46. (If Very or Somewhat interested q45) What is your favorite major league baseball team? (* Subgroup too small for reliable analysis)
                     BASEBALL FANS..........................................
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl*
 
New York YANKEES     59%    56%    63%    80%    56%    63%    45%    
New York METS        26     27     25     15     28     17     37     
Boston RED SOX        3      4      2      1      3      3      5     
Atlanta BRAVES        1      1      1      -      -      2      1     
Baltimore ORIOLES     1      1      1      -      1      2      1     
Philadelphia PHILLIES 1      1      -      -      1      1      -     
St. Louis CARDINALS   1      1      -      -      2      -      -     
Texas RANGERS         1      1      -      -      -      3      -     
OTHER SPECIFY         -      -      1      -      -      1      -     
DK/NA                 4      3      6      3      5      3      6     
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
New York YANKEES     64%    62%    57%    53%
New York METS        20     23     30     36
Boston RED SOX        2      3      4      3
Atlanta BRAVES        1      -      -      -
Baltimore ORIOLES     2      2      1      -
Philadelphia PHILLIES -      1      -      1
St. Louis CARDINALS   1      1      -      -
Texas RANGERS         1      -      -      -
OTHER SPECIFY         -      -      1      -
DK/NA                 4      5      3      4
 
TREND: (If Very or Somewhat interested in major league baseball) What is your favorite major league baseball team?
                     BASEBALL FANS.................
                     Jul 29  Mar 25  Aug 31  May 28
                     2011    2009    2007    2007
 
Baltimore Orioles     1       -       -       1
Boston Red Sox        3       3       3       3
Cleveland Indians     -       -       1       -
Los Angeles Dodgers   -       1       -       1
New York Mets        26      33      35      36
New York Yankees     59      56      51      50
St. Louis Cardinals   1       -       -       1
Atlanta Braves        1       -       -       -
Philadelphia Phillies 1       -       -       -
Texas Rangers         1       -       -       -
OTHER SPECIFY         -       1       2       1
DK/NA                 4       4       5       5
 
 
47. (If Very or Somewhat interested q45) Regardless of who your favorite team is, who do you think is the greatest Yankee player of all time? (* Subgroup too small for reliable analysis)
                     BASEBALL FANS.........................................
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl*
 
Derek Jeter          23%    18%    30%    28%    24%    25%    20%    
Babe Ruth            23     29     16     13     28     23     26     
Joe Dimaggio          9     10      7      8      8      9     11     
Lou Gehrig            8     10      5      7      7      8      8
Mickey Mantle         6      7      5      3      7      5      5 
Alex Rodriguez        3      2      6      9      1      3      2
Reggie Jackson        2      2      2      1      1      2      3
Mariano Rivera        2      3      1      3      3      2      2  
Yogi Berra            1      2      1      -      3      2      1         
Don Mattingly         1      1      1      1      1      -      1          
Bernie Williams       1      1      -      1      1      -      1     
OTHER SPECIFY         3      3      3      1      3      4      2     
DK/NA                16     13     21     22     14     16     18     
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Derek Jeter          31%    18%    20%    19%
Babe Ruth            27     26     23     19
Joe Dimaggio          3      8      8     24
Lou Gehrig            6      7     11      7
Mickey Mantle         3      5     11      6
Alex Rodriguez        4      5      2      1 
Reggie Jackson        -      4      4      2
Mariano Rivera        3      1      3      1
Yogi Berra            -      3      3      2
Don Mattingly         1      2      -      -
Bernie Williams       -      2      1      -
OTHER SPECIFY         4      2      3      2
DK/NA                19     17     12     15
 
                     YANKEE FANS Q46........................................
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl*
 
Derek Jeter          29%    25%    33%    32%    33%    31%    19%    
Babe Ruth            21     22     20     14     25     23     23     
Joe Dimaggio          8     10      6      6      7      7     11     
Lou Gehrig            7     10      3      6      4      7     11     
Alex Rodriguez        6      3      9     11      1      4      5
Mickey Mantle         5      6      3      1      8      4      4
Reggie Jackson        2      2      2      1      1      2      3 
Mariano Rivera        2      2      2      4      4      -      1 
Yogi Berra            1      2      1      -      2      3      1              
Don Mattingly         1      2      -      -      3      -      1          
Bernie Williams       1      1      1      2      2      -      1     
OTHER SPECIFY         4      3      4      1      3      5      3     
DK/NA                14     12     16     20      9     12     18     
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Derek Jeter          35%    25%    23%    26%
Babe Ruth            19     26     20     21
Joe Dimaggio          2      6      9     22
Lou Gehrig            6      3     13      5
Alex Rodriguez        6      8      4      2
Mickey Mantle         -      3     13      8
Reggie Jackson        -      5      3      1 
Mariano Rivera        3      1      2      1
Yogi Berra            -      2      2      2
Don Mattingly         2      2      -      -
Bernie Williams       -      2      2      -
OTHER SPECIFY         6      2      3      1
DK/NA                22     13      7     11
 
 
48. (If Very or Somewhat interested q45) What would you have done if you caught Derek Jeter's 3000th hit? Would you have kept the baseball or given it to Jeter? (* Subgroup too small for reliable analysis)
                     BASEBALL FANS..........................................
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl*
 
Kept it              42%    48%    35%    45%    45%    41%    40%    
Given it to Jeter    50     46     55     46     48     50     51     
DK/NA                 8      6     10      9      7      9      9     
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Kept it              42%    50%    45%    36%
Given it to Jeter    53     41     51     52
DK/NA                 5      9      5     12
 
                     YANKEE FANS Q46.........................................
                     Tot     Men    Wom    Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl*
                                                                       
Kept it              41%    44%    38%    47%    45%    36%    38%    
Given it to Jeter    52     48     57     48     49     57     53     
DK/NA                 6      7      5      5      5      7      9     
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Kept it              43%    44%    45%    35%
Given it to Jeter    53     46     52     57
DK/NA                 4     10      3      8