Greatest Postseason Moments In New York Yankees History

9. Mantle Lifts Yanks To World Series Win

Game 7 of the 1952 World Series was tied up at two apiece until Mickey Mantle stepped up to the plate in the top of the sixth.

Facing Joe Black, the Yankees’ legend tattooed the game-winning home run to right-center and padded the lead with a RBI single in the seventh to lift his team to its fourth-straight World Series win.

To add icing to the cake, it was the franchise’s second consecutive title win over the Brooklyn Dodgers and it was all thanks to Mantle’s .345 batting average and two homers.

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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.