Greatest Postseason Moments In New York Yankees History

1. Nothing But Perfection

In Game 5 of the 1956 World Series, Don Larsen provided the baseball world with the greatest pitching performance in postseason play.

Facing the dominant Brooklyn Dodgers’ lineup, Larsen retired all 27 batters he faced securing the only perfect game in postseason history.

It stood as the only no-hitter until Roy Halladay achieved the feat in the 2010 NLDS for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Larsen’s historic performance was capped off by the stunning image of Yogi Berra jumping into his arms before being mobbed by the eventual World Champions.

What do you think, fans? Was this list of the greatest postseason moments in Yankees’ history accurate? Is there anything you’d change? Make your voice be heard in the comments below.



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1 COMMENT

  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.