Joe G’s Best (and Worst) Day: In a generally great day in Yankee history, but one that has been tough for the just fired Yankee manager this year, it’s fitting that we acknowledge Joe Girardi‘s booming triple in the spine-tingling 3-2 Jimmy Key win over Greg Maddux and the Braves in Game 6 of the World Series, on October 26, 1996. It was the first Yankee Series win since 1978.
The Yanks won the 26th World Championship when they beat the Mets, four games to one, on this day in 2000. Luis Sojo’s rbi single in top of the ninth scored the winning runs in the 4-2 final, and both Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter homered. Jeter took home the World Series MVP award, thereby copping the Series MVP and All Star Game MVP awards in the same season.
Also in recent Yankee World Series history is the 6-5 Yankee win over the Braves in Game 3 on October 26, 1999, after the visitors had taken a 5-1 lead. Tino Martinez and Chad Curtis homered to start the comeback, and the magical bat of Chuck Knoblauch contributed its second multi-run, come-from-behind, game-tying World Series home run in as many years in the eighth. Then Mr. Curtis led off the bottom of the 10th with his second tater for the Yankee win.
A league-leading 72 appearances and a 13-5 record, 26 saves, and a 2.17 era garnered New York Yankee Sparky Lyle the 1977 American League Cy Young Award on October 26.
After having piloted the St. Louis Cardinals to a third-place finish in the just concluded season, Miller Huggins was hired by Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert to manage the Yanks on October 26, 1917.
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