Recapping the Yankees' 26 championships

Lou Gehrig (4) greets Babe Ruth after the

Lou Gehrig (4) greets Babe Ruth after the “called shot’’ HR in Game 3, 1932. (Credit: Baseballlibrary.com)

1923: Bush tosses 3-hitter in Game 3
Yankees 4, Giants 2: In the first Series in “The House That Ruth Built,’’ Yankee Stadium was christened in Game 1 with an inside-the-park homer by Casey Sten- gel that gave the Giants a 5-4 victory. The Yankees took a 3-2 lead with an 8-1 win in Game 5 on Joe Bush’s three-hitter.
   
1927: Bombers showcased in BP
Yankees 4, Pirates 0: The turning point occurred before Game 1 at Forbes Field when Babe Ruth, Tony Lazzeri, Lou Gehrig and Bob Meusel put on a display of power in batting practice and psych- ed out the Pirates. Herb Pennock pitch- ed a three-hitter to win Game 3, 8-1.
   
1928: Three homers for Ruth
Yankees 4, Cardinals 0: Ruth, who hit three home runs in Game 4, batted .625 in the Series. Gehrig hit .545 with four home runs and nine RBIs.

1932: Babe ‘called’ his shot
Yankees 4, Cubs 0: In the fifth inning of Game 3 at Wrigley Field, Ruth supposedly “called his shot” against Charlie Root. According to legend, Ruth — jeered and taunted by Cubs players and fans — gestured toward centerfield after a first called strike. After a second strike, Ruth again gestured, then hit the next pitch into the centerfield seats.
   
1936: Lazzeri’s slam in Game 2
Yankees 4, Giants 2: This was the Yankees’ first Series with Joe DiMaggio and without Ruth. Lazzeri’s Game 2 grand slam powered an 18-4 victory.
   
1937: Signs of the end for Gehrig
Yankees 4, Giants 1: The Yankees pounded Carl Hubbell for seven runs in the bottom of the sixth in their 8-1 Game 1 win. Gehrig said he was not feeling well throughout the Series (he batted .294) — one of the first signs of the illness that took his life in 1941.
   
1938: Gehrig’s last World Series
Yankees 4, Cubs 0: The Yankees rallied to beat Dizzy Dean, 6-3, in Game 2. In Gehrig’s final Series, he had four hits.

1939: Joe D’s key hit in Game 4
Yankees 4, Reds 0: Bill Dickey singled home the winning run in the ninth inning for a 2-1 victory in Game 1. In Game 4, the Yankees scored three 10th-inning runs. DiMaggio’s single to left drove in Frank Crosetti from second. When the ball was muffed in the outfield, Charlie Keller dashed home and crashed into Reds catcher Ernie Lombardi. With Lombardi still stunned, DiMaggio also scored, and the Yankees won, 7-4.

1941: Mickey Owen dropped strike 3
Yankees 4, Dodgers 1: The most famous passed ball in history occurred in the top of the ninth in Game 4. The Dodgers led 4-3 with two outs and a full count on Tommy Henrich. He swung and missed at a pitch from Hugh Casey — it has been said that he threw a spitball — but the ball slipped away from Mickey Owen. Henrich reached base and Casey gave up four runs as the Yankees won, 7-4.
 
1943: Game 3 triple for Billy Johnson
Yankees 4, Cardinals 1: The Yankees played without DiMaggio, Phil Rizzuto, Red Ruffing and Buddy Hassett, who were serving in the armed forces. They won Game 3, 6-2, on Billy Johnson’s three-run triple in the eighth.

1947: Lavagetto ends Bevens’ bid

Yankees 4, Dodgers 3: Cookie Lavagetto’s two-out, two-run double in the ninth inning of Game 4 broke up Bill Bevens’ no-hit bid as the Dodgers won, 3-2, to even the Series. In Brooklyn’s 8-6 win in Game 6, the Yankees were threatening with two on and two outs in the bottom of the sixth when Al Gionfriddo caught DiMaggio’s drive to the bullpen fence in left-center. The Yankees won Game 7, 5-2, with five shutout innings of relief from Joe Page.
   
1949: Henrich sets stage
Yankees 4, Dodgers 1: In Game 1, Henrich’s leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth broke up a scoreless duel between Don Newcombe and Allie Reynolds.
   
1950: Whizzing by ‘Whiz Kids’
Yankees 4, Phillies 0: DiMaggio hit a 10th-inning homer off Robin Roberts for a 2-1 win in Game 2. Rookie lefthander Whitey Ford held the Phillies scoreless into the ninth inning and the Yankees won, 5-2, completing the sweep.

1951: Bauer heroics in clincher
Yankees 4, Giants 2: Rookie Gil McDougald’s grand slam in Game 5 powered a 13-1 Yankees victory. Hank Bauer’s bases-loaded triple and his ninth-inning catch of a sinking line drive by Sal Yvars secured a 4-3 win in Game 6.
   
1952: ‘Billy the Kid’ saves the day
Yankees 4, Dodgers 3: The Yankees won their fourth consecutive championship, with second baseman Billy Martin making a game-saving shoetop catch of Jackie Robinson’s bases-loaded pop-up in Game 7 at Ebbets Field.

1953: Martin sparks 5th straight title
Yankees 4, Dodgers 2: The Yankees won a fifth consecutive Series. Martin’s record-tying 12th hit, a ninth-inning single, drove in Bauer with the winning run as the Yankees earned a 4-3 decision in Game 6. Martin batted .500.

1956: Larsen perfect in Game 5
Yankees 4, Dodgers 3: With the Series even after four games, Game 5 was the most magical day in Series history — Don Larsen’s perfect game. Yogi Berra homered twice in Game 7.

1958: Yanks rally behind Turley
Yankees 4, Braves 3: Down 3-1 after four games, the Yankees won three straight. In Game 5, Bob Turley spun a five-hitter, McDougald’s 10th-inning homer won Game 6 and Turley outpitched Lew Burdette to win Game 7.
   
1961: Maris, Ford show the way
Yankees 4, Reds 1: Roger Maris hit a ninth-inning homer to give the Yankees a 3-2 win in Game 3. Ford extended his record streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 32 in a 7-0 win in Game 4.    
 
1962: Richardson thwarts McCovey
Yankees 4, Giants 3: Tom Tresh blasted a three-run homer in the eighth as the Yankees won Game 5, 5-3. The 1-0 Game 7 win was preserved when second baseman Bobby Richardson snared Willie McCovey’s vicious liner with run- ners on second and third in the ninth.

1977: Reggie, Reggie, Reggie
Yankees 4, Dodgers 2: Ron Guidry gave the Yankees a 3-1 edge with a four-hitter in Game 4, and Reggie Jackson smashed three home runs on three straight pitches in Game 6.
   
1978: Coming back from 0-2 deficit
Yankees 4, Dodgers 2: The Yankees became the first team to win in six games after losing the first two. Brian Doyle had three hits to back Catfish Hunter’s 7-2 victory in Game 6.
   
1996: Another 0-2 deficit
Yankees 4, Braves 2: The host Yankees dropped the first two games, but the Series turned in the eighth inning of Game 4 on Jim Leyritz’s game-tying three-run homer off Mark Wohlers.

1998: Fitting sweep to magical year
Yankees 4, Padres 0: The sweep of the Padres capped a remarkable 125-50 record for the Yankees. They rallied to win Game 1 with a seven-run seventh inning, and MVP Scott Brosius homered twice in Game 3.
   
1999: Series win streak reaches 12
Yankees 4, Braves 0: The Yankees ran their Series winning streak to 12 games. Orlando Hernandez and the bullpen held the Braves to two hits in winning Game 1, 4-1. Chad Curtis’ second homer, in the bottom of the 10th, won Game 3, and Roger Clemens cruised in Game 4, 4-1.
   
2000: Another Subway Series title
Yankees 4, Mets 1: Jose Vizcaino singled home the winning run in the 12th inning as the Yankees won the opener, 4-3, at Yankee Stadium. In Game 5 at Shea, the Mets’ Al Leiter was dominating through 82/3 innings of a 2-2 game before a walk, a single and Luis Sojo’s seeing-eye single produced two runs as the Yankees won, 4-2.

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