MLB Playoffs: Top 10 Postseason Moments in Yankees History

Arad MarkowitzContributor IIIOctober 1, 2011

MLB Playoffs: Top 10 Postseason Moments in Yankees History

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    Postseason baseball is a big part of the history of the Yankees. They've won the World Series more times than any other team in the history of the MLB.

    The Yankees have been involved in some of the most exciting plays during October (and November) baseball.

    Here are the top 10 plays in Yankees playoff history.

10. Bobby Richardson Snags Willie McCovey's Line Drive

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    The Yankees lead the Giants 1-0 in the ninth inning, in Game 7 of the 1962 World Series. Up comes Giants All-Star Willie McCovey with men on second and third and two outs.

    If McCovey gets a hit, Giants win.

    If McCovey gets out, Yankees win.

    McCovey hits a screaming line drive right at Richardson, which Richardson snags to abruptly end the game and the series.

9. Mickey Owen Allows a Passed Ball

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    The Yankees held a 2-1 lead over the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1941 World Series, but were one out away from losing Game 4. 

    Tommy Henrich faced Hugh Casey with nobody out, and a curve fooled Henrich for strike three—but the ball bounced away from catcher Mickey Owen and Henrich reached first.

    The Yankees capitalized and proceeded to score four runs in the ensuing rally to notch a 7-4 victory.

8. Jeffrey Maier

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    On October 9, 1996, the Yankees trailed the Orioles 4–3 in the bottom of the eighth inning when the Yankees' rookie shortstop, Derek Jeter, hit a deep fly ball to right field. Then-12-year-old Jeffrey Maier reached over the fence and deflected the ball into the stands. 

    For whatever reason, umpire Rich Garcia ruled the hit a home run, despite protests from right fielder Tony Tarasco and Orioles manager Davey Johnson.

    The Yankees went on to win the game on a Bernie Williams walk-off home run.

7. Reggie Jackson's Three-Homer Game in the World Series

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    Reggie Jackson came to the plate in the eighth inning of Game 6 of the 1977 World Series. He had homered on the previous two pitches he saw and then smashed his third of the game—a 475-foot drive that wowed the Stadium and helped the Yanks win their first world series since 1962. 

    Jackson homered on three pitches off of three different pitchers.

6. Chambliss Walk-off Home Run

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    The Yankees hadn't been to the World Series in 12 years when they entered the bottom of the ninth inning of the 1976 ALCS.

    Chris Chambliss snapped a 6-6 tie with a first-pitch, walk-off homer off the Royals' Mark Littell and sent the Yankees to the World Series. 

5. Babe Ruth Called Shot

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    Whether or not Ruth actually called his shot is debatable, but it is still a great moment.

    Ruth pointed toward the outfield fences or maybe at pitcher Charlie Root during an at-bat in Game 3 of the 1932 World Series. He hit the next pitch over the center-field wall for his second home run of the game.

4. Mr. November

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    In the 10th inning of Game 4 of the 2001 World Series, after the clock struck midnight and the calendar flipped to November, Derek Jeter became "Mr. November" and hit a walk-off home run to tie the World Series, 2-2.

    The next night, Scott Brosius hit a game-tying homer in the bottom of the ninth and Alfonso Soriano hit a game-winning single in the 12th.

3. The Flip Play

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    Watch the video. The play is insane—it really shows how phenomenal a player Jeter is. Just insane.

    Also, the play is seen as a turning point in the series, as the Yankees were down two games to none in the 2001 ALDS and came back to win the series in five.

2. Aaron Boone Walks off in ALCS

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    With one swing of the bat, Aaron Boone sent the Red Sox packing and sent the Yankees to the World Series. 

    It was the bottom of the 11th inning in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS. Pitching for the Red Sox was knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. Up came pinch-hitter Aaron Boone.

    First pitch, and BOOM!

1. Don Larsen's Perfect Game

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    27 up, 27 down.

    The first no-hitter and the only perfect game in postseason history was thrown by Don Larsen in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series.

    The moment (shown in the picture) when Yogi Berra leaps into Don Larsen's arms is such a beautiful and famous picture.