Greatest Postseason Moments In New York Yankees History

2. Reggie Becomes Mr. October

In Game 6 of the 1977 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Reggie Jackson smacked three home runs in a row off of three straight pitches from three separate pitchers.

His first shot was a two-run fourth-inning blast to right off Burt Hooton, his second was a scorching line drive that landed over the short porch in right off Elias Sosa, and his third was a bomb to straightaway center off Charlie Hough in the eighth.

New York would win the contest and their 21st World Series title by a score of 8-4. Jackson finished the series with a .450/.542/1.250 slash line with five home runs, eight RBI, and a 1.792 OPS.

Jackson’s Game 6 performance goes down as one of the greatest performances by a hitter in World Series play. Number one on this list, however, must go to a hurler.

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  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.