Best Post-Season Moments at Yankee Stadium


As Yankee Stadium closes its doors, this is the final of a three-part retrospective on the moments that shaped Yankee Stadium, New York and the world of sports.

Top 10 post-season baseball moments at Yankee Stadium (chronological order)

1. Babe Ruth homers and the Yankees score the winning run on a wild pitch in the ninth inning to sweep the Pirates to clinch their first World Series at Yankee Stadium, 1927

Other Yankee home clinchers at the Stadium: 1938, 1947, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1977, 1996 and 1999.

2. Tommy Henrich hits a ninth inning, walk-off home run against Don Newcombe as the Yankees beat the Dodgers, 1-0, in Game 1 of the World Series, 1949

Other Yankee World Series walk-offs: Mickey Mantle in 1964, Chad Curtis in 1999, Derek Jeter in 2001.

3. Billy Martin singles home Hank Bauer with the winning run in the ninth inning as the Yankees beat Brooklyn in six games and win their fifth straight World Series, 1953

4. Don Larsen, left, throws the only no-hitter in post-season baseball history, a perfect game, as the Yankees defeat the Dodgers, 2-0, in Game 5 of the World Series, 1956

5. Chris Chambliss hits a walk-off home run in the ninth inning as the Yankees beat Kansas City, 7-6, to win the American League pennant and head to the World Series, 1976

Other Yankee playoff walk-offs: Bernie Williams in 1996 and 1999, Alfonso Soriano in 2001,  Aaron Boone in 2003.

6. Reggie Jackson hits three home runs as the Yankees beat the Dodgers in six games to win the World Series for the first time in 15 years, 1977

7. Jim Leyrtiz hits a two-run homer in the 15th inning as the Yankees beat Seattle, 9-7, in Game 2 of the American League divisional series, 1995

8. Jeffrey Maier, right, a 12-year-old fan, interferes with Derek Jeter’s fly ball home run as the Yankees beat  the Orioles in Game 1 of the ALCS, 1996.

9. Deja vu all over again: Tino Martinez and Scott Brosius hit game-tying, two-out, two-run homers on successive nights against Arizona in the World Series, 2001.

10. Aaron Boone completes a comeback with an 11th-inning home run as the Yankees beat the Red Sox, 6-5, in Game 7 of the ALCS, 2003

Almost….

Don Mattingly hits his only post-season home run against Seattle, 1995

Roger Clemens throws splintered bat at Mets’ Mike Piazza, 2000

Yankee Sours

St. Louis pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander emerges from bullpen and shuts down the Yankees to give the Cardinals their first World Series, 1926.

Other opposing championships won at the Stadium: 1942 Cardinals,  1955 Dodgers, 1957 Braves, 1976 Reds, 1981 Dodgers, and 2003 Marlins

Brooklyn outfielder Al Glonfriddo robs Joe DiMaggio of a possible home run in Game 6 of the World Series. 1947

Southpaw Johnny Podres shuts out the Yankees, 2-0, to give Brooklyn its first and only championship, Game 7, 1955

Los Angeles left-hander Sandy Koufax, left, sets a World Series record by striking out 15 Yankees in Game 1, 1963

George Brett homers against Goose Gossage to give the Royals the 1980 American League pennant, 1980

The Red Sox become the first baseball team to overcome a 3-0 playoff deficit and  beat Yankees to win the ALCS, 2004

The SportLlifer Yankee Stadium retrospective series:

Part I :The Best: Everything but baseball

Part II: The Best: Baseball regular season

Who’s on Third

The Last Time

Bidding Adieu

Empty Seats at Yankee Stadium

My first baseball game

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4 Comments on “Best Post-Season Moments at Yankee Stadium”

  1. Richard says:

    Just stumbled on this site during a google search and had to comment.

    “1. Babe Ruth homers and the Yankees score the winning run on a wild pitch in the ninth inning to sweep the Pirates to clinch their first World Series at Yankee Stadium, 1927”

    They won in 1923, the Yankee Stadium inaugural year.

    • sportslifer says:

      Richard, thanks for your interest. True the Yankees won their first World Series in 1923, but they won the clinching game 6 at the Polo Grounds, home field of the New York Giants.


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