Greatest Postseason Moments In New York Yankees History

8. Richardson Saves The Day… And The 1962 World Series

It was the ninth inning in Game 7 of the 1962 World Series between the Yankees and Giants at Candlestick Park.

Up at the dish, was future Hall of Famer Willie McCovey with two outs and a runner second and third. On the mound was Ralph Terry and your classic “do-or-die” situation occurred.

McCovey, who had already hit a triple in the contest, rocketed a screaming line drive in the direction of second baseman Bobby Richardson.

If Richardson fails to catch it, the Giants walk off with the World Series title. If he snares it, New York would go on to win their 20th title in franchise history.

Well, he’s on the list, so guess what? Richardson made the play completing Terry’s shutout victory and helping the Yankees win back-to-back titles for the first time in 10 years.

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.