A Bad Yankee History Day That Wasn’t — and One That Was: “Clueless Joe,” the tabloid back covers trumpeted the day after November 2, 1995. The Yanks had just filled the vacant managing position that had been created with Buck Showalter‘s departure with the veteran player, manager, and baseball announcer Joe Torre. Most (though not all; New York is a tough town) have ridiculed that characterization now that Joe brought in four World Titles and 12 playoff appearances in the following 12 years. And he led the L.A. Dodgers to the post in 2008 and 2009 after leaving New York, eventually passing on that job to ex-Yankee favorite Don Mattingly. Continue reading
The clincher in 1996 on October 26 will always hold a very special spot in this Yankee fan’s heart. We had settled for great Tier tickets right behind the plate for Game Six rather than getting seats on the wings for Games One or Two in the Stadium. The spine-tingling 3-2 Jimmy Key win over Greg Maddux and the Braves, largely behind Joe Girardi‘s booming triple, is a dear memory indeed. Continue reading
With the 2014 World Series in full swing, with all the hype and hoopla in the air, a flashback to an earlier and more innocent time in national pastime history seems in order.
Back in the 1880s, for a period of seven years, there had been playoffs between National League and American Association champs. Continue reading