No Major League Baseball team has a better track record of postseason success than the New York Yankees. Since 1901, the Yankees have won 27 World Series titles and 40 American League pennants. Both are current MLB records.
Such a storied history is littered with countless iconic moments that are a part of baseball lore.
These 10 postseason moments stand out as some of the greatest in Yankees history:
1. Larsen's Perfect Game:
Nothing can top what Don Larsen accomplished against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1956 World Series. Larsen became the only pitcher in World Series history to throw a perfect game. In Game 5, Larsen retired 27 straight Dodgers batters. Yogi Berra jubilantly leaping into Larsen's arms as he trotted off the mound after the final out remains a iconic image for baseball fans everywhere.
2. Babe Calls His Shot:
One play encapsulates the mythical aura surrounding Babe Ruth. This play occurred when he famously called his shot against the Chicago Cubs in Game 3 of the 1932 World Series. Ruth endured almost nonstop heckling from the Cubs' bench. Then, in the fifth inning, Ruth famously pointed to the center field bleachers when he stepped up to the plate. Ruth proceeded to hit a home run, and the Yankees went on to sweep the Cubs and win another World Series title.
3. Mr. October Delivers:
Reggie Jackson carved out a reputation for clutch play in the postseason during his playing career with the Yankees. Jackson came through in a major way in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series. He hit three home runs -- all on the first pitch -- off of three different Dodger pitchers. Jackson's third homer was his best. He smacked a 475-foot bomb that clinched a 8-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers and gave New York its first World Series title since 1962.
4. Jeter's Flip:
Derek Jeter has made his fair share of clutch plays over the years. One of the biggest came in Game 3 of the 2001 ALDS against the Oakland A's. In the seventh inning, with two outs and a runner on first, Terrence Long blasted the ball into right field. Jeremy Giambi, the runner, advanced past third and seemed destined to score after a wild throw from right fielder Shane Spencer. Jeter came to the rescue, grabbing the ball and flipping it to Jorge Posada. Giambi was tagged out at home plate and the Yankees went on to win the game. They eventually eliminated Oakland en route to reaching the 2001 World Series.
5. Boone Beats the Red Sox:
It's true that Boston finally ended the "Curse of the Bambino" in 2004, in part, because the Red Sox mounted a historic comeback against the Yankees in the ALCS. Aaron Boone prevented the Sox from ending it a season earlier with a magnificent home run in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS. Boston took the final game to 11 innings, but Boone dashed the Red Sox's hopes to advance when he blasted a homer off Tim Wakefield in the 11th to secure victory.
6. Richardson Denies McCovey:
The play that caused Charlie Brown anguish in a couple of famous Peanuts strips stands as one of the greatest moments in Yankees history. New York held a thin 1-0 lead over the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the ninth during Game 7 of the 1962 World Series. Willie McCovey came to bat with runners on second and third and two outs. McCovey smashed a liner that could have given the Giants a dramatic win. Bobby Richardson put an end to that when he snagged a liner at second base for the final out.
7. Martin's Dozen:
Billy Martin became most notable for being the on-again and off-again Yankees manager during the '70s and '80s. It is easy to forget about his playing career in New York. Martin capped the best season of his MLB career with a record 12 hits in the 1953 World Series. His 12th hit scored Hank Bauer in Game 6, driving in the World Series winning run and giving the Yankees a fifth consecutive World Series title.
8. Chambliss Breaks the Drought:
Facing a 6-6 tie in the decisive Game 5 of the 1976 ALCS against the Kansas City Royals, Chris Chambliss stepped up big. Chambliss blasted a walkoff homer on his first pitch from pitcher Mark Littell in the bottom of the ninth and sent the Yankees to their first World Series appearance in 12 seasons.
9. The Halloween Homers:
Game 4 of the 2001 World Series offered a pair of memorable moments for Yankee fans, even if the series outcome proved sour. Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth in Game 3, New York forced extra innings when Tino Martinez belted a two-run homer. The game went past midnight and, in the 10th inning, Jeter hit a walkoff homer to even the series at 2-2. The Yankees would go on to lose to the Arizona Diamondbacks in seven games.10. Owen's Error:
The Yankees' mastery of the Dodgers began in the 1941 World Series. Brooklyn was one out away from winning Game 4 when Dodgers catcher Mickey Owen could not snag the ball on a pitch from Hugh Casey. It let Tommy Heinrich advance to first base and set off a New York rally that turned a 2-1 deficit into a 7-4 victory. The Yankees eventually won the Series 4-1.
John Coon is a third-generation Yankees fan. When he is not working as a freelance sports reporter, he spends plenty of time cheering on New York to win yet another World Series title.
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