The Top 26 Home Runs in Yankees History
In honor of all of their championships, here are the top 26 home runs in New York Yankees history. Whether you call them longballs, dingers, or round-trippers, these are the homers that have helped shape a franchise.
The home runs were not hard to think of, but putting them in order was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do.
Please leave your favorite in a comment below.
Let the debating begin.
#26- Chad Curtis World Series Game Winner in 1999
Bottom of the 10th Game 3 World Series...Goodbye baseball.
Chad Curtis almost guarantees a Yankees sweep with the home run.
#25- Leyritz in 1995
At almost 3am EST Leyritz hit an opposite field two-run home run to right-center into a rain-soaked 15th inning to win that game 7–5 for the Yankees. Sadly, the Yanks would go on to lose the next three games in the greatest Divisional Series ever played.
#24- Jorge Posada Opens the New Stadium
The House that Jorge built?
Not quite, but still a name that you will hear until this stadium is rebuilt 100 years from now.
#23- Jeter 2000 World Series Game 4 Leadoff Homerun
The Home Run that put the Mets back in their place. After winning game 3, the Mets had high hopes of turning it all around.
Jeter crushed those hopes and set the tone for the rest of the series with his leadoff dinger.
The Yankees eventually won the war for New York.
#22- Don Mattingly's Playoff Home Run
Don Mattingly put a ball into the right field bleachers...nothing new there, except that this was in the playoffs, which is where Donnie Baseball had never been before.
The stadium exploded and fans began to throw empty beer cups on the field. Order was restored, but not until after Lou Pinella pulled his team off the field. A defining moment in a great career.
#21- Derek Jeter's Maier Shot
Pehaps one of the biggest "what ifs" in baseball history. What if the most famous Yankees fan ever doesn't reach over the wall to interfere with Jeter's hit? Do the Yankees win the ALDS? Would their dynasty even exist? Tony Tarasco is still yelling at umpire Richie garcia.
#20- Mickey Mantle's 500th Dinger
Mantle re-affirmed his place in the hall of fame with his 500th HR. One of the greatest Yankees to ever live, we can only imagine how good he could have been if he was never injured the way he was. His name would probably be right next to or past Babe Ruth in most record books.
#19- Tino Martinez Game 4 2001 World Series
In Game 4, Tino Martinez hit a game-tying home run off Arizona Diamondbacks closer Byung-Hyun Kim with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. This led to another home run in that game, which is also on this list.
#18- Scott Brosius 2001 World Series
It was deja vu all over again.
In game 5, Scott Brosius hit a game-tying home run off of Byung-Hyun Kim with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning en route to a 3rd straight Yankees win.
#17- Derek Jeter World Series Game Winner
The Home run that uplifted a city in its darkest hour. Jeter became Mr. November after hitting a walk-off home run in the 10th inning to tie up the series. I am a Yankees fan but shouldn't Luis Gonzalez get that nickname? He did win the series with his hit.
#16- Scott Brosius Seals the Deal in 1998
The greatest No. 9 hitter in Yankees history.
World Series homer in 1998 off of Trevor Hoffman sealed the sweep.
#15- Tino Martinez in 1998
After looking at what should have been strike three, Tino hits a Grand Slam off off Padres pitcher Mark Langston in game 1that broke the tie and set the tone for the rest of the series.
#14- Lou Gehrig's 4 HR Game
The only Yankee to ever hit four longballs in one game. This was just one of the Iron Horse's many accomplishments. It is a shame his career ended the way it did, but he will always be a legend.
#13- Donnie Baseball's 1987 Season
Mattingly hit a record (now tied with Travis Hafner of the Indians) 6 grand slams in one season. The funny thing is he only hit six in his entire career.
He also a homer in 8 consecutive games (10 overall) which is tied with Dale Long and Ken Griffey Jr.
I am biased because he is my favorite player of all time, but I think he belongs in the hall. I'm sure you'll see an article by me in the near future pleading his case.
#12- Mantle's Mammoth Blast
Casey Stengel once said that Mantle "could hit baseballs over buildings."
In 1953 he cleared the 55 foot high left-center-field bleachers at Clark Griffith Stadium in Washington, which were 460 feet away. It had never been done before. The ball was estimated to have traveled almost 600 feet. Yes, 600 feet.
Looks like Stengel was right.
#11- Bobby Murcer
After giving the eulogy at his good friend Thurman Munson's funeral that morning, Murcer had the game of his life. The Yankees beat the Orioles 5-4 in New York, with Murcer driving in all five runs with a three-run home run in the seventh inning and a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth.
#10- Bucky Dent
"Yastremski will not get it...IT'S A HOME-RUN!"
The least likely power source Bucky "bleeping" Dent gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead in the 1978 divisional playoff game which led them to win the 1978 World Series.
#9- Babe Ruth's Called Shot
Did it really happen? This home run only added to the legend that is Babe Ruth. If he really did call it, it would be one of the greatest things any ballplayer has ever done. The problem is, only some grainy footage exists of the event and it is next to impossible to decipher what Ruth did that day.
#8- Mickey Mantle Hits the Facade
The farthest ball ever hit in Yankee Stadium. If it didn't hit the facade, it would probably gone into orbit with Sputnik.
#7- Babe Ruth's 60th
Sept. 30, 1927 off of Tom Zachary
The Sultan of Swat, The Colossus of Clout, The Great Bambino.
He also had a whopping 164 RBI's that year.
#6- Roger Maris' number 61
* - That's an asterisk, which was the most written word in the 1961 baseball season. If you don't know the full story watch the Billy Crystal directed 61*, which does a great job of depicting what happened during that season.
Maris hit his 61st on the last day of the season, which was the 162nd game compared to Ruth's season of 154. My question to you is which one is a greater feat: Ruth or Maris?
#5- Reggie Jackson becomes Mr. October
Two at-bats, two pitches, two home runs
REGGIE! REGGIE! REGGIE!
Goodbye pitch number three
Hello Mr. October.
#4- Jim Leyritz Turns the Tide...and Starts a Dynasty
The Yankees were trailing in the series 2 games to one. They were trailing in the game 6-3 when Leyritz went yard.
The best part is, Leyritz spent much of the game working out in the weight room . He had entered the game as a defensive replacement for Joe Girardi in the sixth inning after New York had cut the deficit to 6-3.
Wohlers could throw a 100 MPH fastball but he went with the slider. Leyritz drove the home run that started a dynasty.
Here is probably the only call I have ever liked from Joe Buck:
Buck: "Back..at the track..., at the wall, WE ARE TIED!"
#3- Chris Chambliss
Chris Chambliss was never able to touch home plate and after he sent the 1976 Yankees into the World Series with his home run against Kansas City Royals, who were the Yankees' bitter rivals at the time.
The most memorable thing about this home run is Chambliss turning into a fullback as he tried to make it through the thousands of fans pouring onto the field.
For this one I'll turn it over to Charlie Steiner's call:
There's a fly ball deep to left...it's on its way...there it goes...and the Yankees are going to the World Series! Aaron Boone has hit a home run! The Yankees go to the World Series for the thirty-ninth time in their remarkable history! Aaron Boone down the left field line...they are waiting for him at home plate, and now he dives into the scrum! The Yankees win it, six to five!
I still get chills every time I see the replay of this home run because it was the one of the greatest sports moments I have ever seen.
I was 14 at the time and I remember my dad going upstairs to watch the rest of the game in bed, and I stayed downstairs.
My mom and younger brother were both sleeping so I was trying to be quiet, which was easy because the last part of that game was so tense. Fighting off sleep, through blearied eyes I cursed the fact that Aaron Boone was up.
Then, I saw the floating knuckleball, and then his swing. After it landed I screamed my head off and probably woke up half the neighborhood.
What an amazing home run to cap off and epic game and an epic series.
#1-Babe Ruth Christens his New House
Babe Ruth always said that of all the home runs he hit, his favorite home run was the one he hit the day Yankee Stadium opened.
It happened in the 3rd inning with a line drive into the right field seats.
This is the greatest home run in Yankees history because every Yankee moment in that Stadium occurred in "The House that Ruth Built."
The man that was bigger than the game itself lived up to his status that day, and it is fitting that he be the first to hit a homer in the Stadium that was built for him.