Greatest Postseason Moments In New York Yankees History

Adam Hunger-USATSI
Adam Hunger-USATSI

Just because the New York Yankees aren’t in the postseason this year, doesn’t mean you can’t look back at the best of the best from their playoff experiences. 

Although fans haven’t seen a legitimate New York Yankees’ run since 2012, postseason baseball in the Bronx is uncomparable to anything else.

Throughout the franchise’s 113-year existence, they have earned 52 trips to the playoffs including 40 American League pennants and 27 World Series championships.

As a result, some of the greatest moments in baseball’s history have occurred when the Yankees took center stage in the bracket to decide a champion.

While there are hundreds upon hundreds of moments to choose from, ESNY has narrowed the list down to 10. Sit back, relax, and relive the best of the best from New York’s playoff history.


  1. Great list! But certainly the Bucky Dent game in Boston (though not technically a post-season game) deserved more than just an honorable mention? I would put it easily at top 5 since it is one of the mos famous games in Yankee history – in fact, in *all* of baseball history.

    Game 7 of the 1952 World Series was played in Brooklyn, so Mantle’s game-wining home run was in the top of the 7th, not bottom of the 7th. Sorry, I didn’t say that to nitpick, but as an introduction to another suggestion: Game 3 of the 1964 World Series, when Mantle hit the game-winning walk-off homer, his record 16th World Series home run (breaking a record he shared with Babe Ruth). The Yankees did not win the World Series but that was certainly a highlight in Yankee postseason history.

    Another nominee: Game 4 of the 1996 World Series, when Yankees came back from a 6-0 deficit to win the game 8-6 and tie the Series with Atlanta. The highlight of the game: Jim Leyritz’s 3-run homer to tie the game at 6-6 in the top of the 8th. This game was so important as it paved the way for the Yankees to come back and win the Series (their first championship since 1978), and jump-started their 1996-2000 dynasty when they won 4 titles in 5 years.