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Top 250 Moments: Part 7, 100-76

by James Vletstra

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The Greatest Yankees Moments of All-Time!

The New York Yankees are rich in history. They celebrate their great history every year with Old Timers Day and other celebrations. Of course, the Yankees are also constantly adding to their history. In looking back over their long and successful history, there are countless moments that would be considered great.

I have ranked my top 250 Yankees moments.


Not all of these were accomplished by the Yankees, but they were at least involved. I will be releasing (in groups of 25) what I feel are the Top 250 Moments in Yankees history.


I hope you enjoy reliving each of these memories as much as I did putting them together. Feel free to share yours in the comments.


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THE TOP 250 MOMENTS IN YANKEES HISTORY: Part 7, 100-76

100. October 26, 2000 Yankees Win First Subway Series in 44 years

The Yankees defeated the Mets in 5 games. Derek Jeter was named WS MVP

99. August 29, 1972 Murcer Hits for the Cycle

In what would ultimately be a 7-6 walk off win in 11 innings, Bobby Murcer hit a cycle against the Rangers

98. May 24, 2015 Bernie Williams Honored

Bernie Williams received a plaque in Monument Park and had his number 51 retired

97. October 5, 1950 DiMaggio 10th inning Home Run

Allie Reynolds pitched yet another World Series gem. In the 6th inning Joe DiMaggio made an over the shoulder catch of a ball near the 400’ sign. In the top of the 10th DiMaggio hit a homer that would be the difference in the score.

96. October 26, 1999 Curtis Strikes Twice

In Game 3 of the World Series, Chad Curtis hit a home run in the fifth inning. In the bottom of the tenth, he came to bat with the game tied at 5. Curtis hit the second Home Run of the evening, to walk it off

95. September 4, 1993 Abbot Throws No-Hitter

Jim Abbot was born without a right hand. He did not allow this to hinder his success. He threw his gem against the Cleveland Indians for a 4-0 win

93. October 23, 1996 Leyritz Does It Again

The Braves jumped out to an early 6-0 in Game 4 of the World Series. They were still up 6-3 in the 8th inning when Jim Leyritz delivered a 3-run homer. The Yankees eventually won it in 10 innings

92. October 10, 1923 Casey At The Bat

This was the very first playoff game in Yankees Stadium. The score was tied at 4 in the 9th inning. Future Yankees manager Casey Stengel was at bat for the Giants. He hit an inside-the-park home run to the area that eventually will house the monuments in play. The Giants won 5-4

91. August 23, 2015 Pettitte Honored

Andy Pettitte received his plaque in Monument Park. His number 46 was also retired

90. September 24, 1925 Ruth Hits Ultimate Grand Slam

On a Thursday afternoon in front of 1000 fans, the White Sox took a 3 run lead in the 10th inning. Babe Ruth came to bat with the bases loaded and hit the first ultimate grand slam in American League history to give the Yankees a 6-5 win

89. September 30, 1934 Gehrig Wins Triple Crown

There has only been 18 Triple Crown winners since 1878. That is, a player leading the league in batting average, Home Runs and RBIs in one season. Yankees first base legend accomplished this on the last day of the 1934 season with a .363 average, 49 HRs, and 166 RBIs

88. June 19, 2015 ARod Hits 3000

In a 7-2 victory over the Tigers, Alex Rodriguez hit a home run off of Justin Verlander for his 3000th career hit

87. October 13, 1960 Mazeroski Hits Walk-Off

The Yankees dominated the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1960 World Series. So much so that Bobby Richardson of the Yankees was named WS MVP, as the voting took place prior to the final dramatics. Hall of Fame second baseman Bill Mazeroski stepped up to the plate, series tied 3-3, game tied 9-9, and he delivered the first ever walkoff homer in a decisive final game

86. August 22, 2015 Posada Honored

The Yankees spent much of the summer celebrating former players from the latest dynasty. On this particular Saturday, Jorge Posada received his plaque in Monument Park as well as having his number 20 retired

85. October 9, 1996 Fan Interferes With Ball in Play

In Game 1 of the ALCS against the Baltimore Orioles, Derek Jeter hit a long fly ball to right. Jeffrey Maier reached over the wall and grabbed it. It was ruled a home run and the Yankees were well on their way to advancing to the World Series. Today, instant replay would have ruled him out and who knows how it would have all turned out

84. August 3, 1974 Ford Number Retired

Prior to this, only six Yankees numbers had been retired. So when 16 joined the other immortals, it was quite an accomplishment. However, in 1974, Yankees Stadium was under construction as the team played at Shea Stadium. So Ford didn’t receive a plaque for 13 more years

83. October 8, 1939 Yankees Win 8th World Series

The Yankees were up 3 games to none, tied at 4 in the top of the 10th. Joe DiMaggio was up with 2 men on base. DiMaggio hit a single and came all the way around to score as the catcher lay on the ground unable to get to the ball. The sweep gave the Yankees a record 4 straight World Series

82. May 14, 2017 Jeter Joins Core 4

The Captain, Derek Jeter, once again is center stage as he is presented with a plaque in Monument Park and his number 2 was retired

81. July 4, 1983 Rags Throws No-Hitter

On Independence Day, Dave Righetti no hit the Boston Red Sox 4-0

80. November 1, 2001 Soriano Walks-Off

With the Yankees down 2-0 in the 5th game of a Series tied at 2, Scott Brosius hit a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 9th to tie it. In the bottom of the 12th, Alfonso Soriano hit the game winning RBI single

79. October 4, 1953 Yankees Win 16th title

With the score tied at 3 in the bottom of the 9th, Billy Martin had the game winning RBI single to clinch the Series 4 games to 2. It was a record 5 consecutive championship for the Yankees

78. May 17, 2002 Giambi Hits Ultimate Grand Slam

On a rainy Bronx evening, the Minnesota Twins scored 3 runs in the 14th inning to take a 12-9 lead. Jason Giambi had recently signed as a free agent, replacing fan favorite Tino Martinez. Giambi stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and soon sent all the fans home happy with a game winning Ultimate Grand Slam

77. April 18, 1952 DiMaggio Number Retired

The Yankees retired Joe DiMaggio’s number 5 from use

76. October 31, 2001 Mr. November

The Yankees trailed in the series 2-1. Bottom of the 9th, Diamondbacks up 3-1, 2 outs. Tino Martinez blasts a two run homer. The clock turned midnight. Soon after Derek Jeter hit a walk-off homer to earn the nickname Mr. November


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