The New York Yankees season was the 66th season for the team in New York….and its 68th season overall. The team finished above .500 for the first time since 1964….with a record of 83–79….finishing 20 games behind the Detroit Tigers. New York was managed by Ralph Houk….as the Yanks played at Yankee Stadium. The 1968 season was notable for being Mickey Mantle’s final season before he announced his retirement the following spring. The Yankees batted .214 as a team….the lowest total ever for the live-ball era (as of 2011). During the off-season prior to 1968 the Yankees had the following transactions:
November 28, 1967: Andy Kosco was drafted by the Yankees from the Oakland Athletics in the 1967 rule 5 draft.
November 30, 1967: Gene Michael was purchased by the Yankees from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
December 7, 1967: Bob Tillman and Dale Roberts were traded by the Yankees to the Atlanta Braves for Bobby Cox.
Prior to 1968 season….Merritt Ranew was acquired by the Yankees from the California Angels.