2001 World Series

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Yankees' Greatest Hits

The Yankees have won a record 26 World Series championships and are the most successful franchise in baseball history. CNN/SI takes a look back at each Yankees title.

2000 2000
d. New York Mets, 4-1
In the first Subway Series since 1956, the Yankees became the first team since the 1972-74 Oakland Athletics to win three World Series championships in row. Despite finishing the regular season with a less-than-spectacular 87-74 record, New York went 11-5 in the postseason, en route to its fourth title in five years. Fan favorite Derek Jeter, who batted .409 with two solo home runs against the Mets, was named Series MVP.

Photo by Al Tielemans

d. Atlanta Braves 4-0
The Yankees won their third Series title in four years, and their 25th overall. In sweeping the Braves, the team with the best record in the '90s, the Bombers cemented their status as team of the decade. Series MVP Mariano Rivera (pictured, hugging teammate Jorge Posada as he closed out the clincher) didn't allow a run as he earned a win and two saves.



1998 1998
d. San Diego Padres 4-0
The Yankees capped a record-setting regular season, during which they won an AL-best-ever 114 games, by steamrolling through the playoffs. Scott Brosius went 8-for-17 (.471) with two home runs and six RBIs during the Series to earn MVP honors. Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter (pictured) hit .353 for the Series.

Photo by Ronald C. Modra

d. Atlanta Braves 4-2
In their first World Series appearance in 15 years, the Bronx Bombers faced the vaunted Atlanta pitching staff. The Braves won the first two games and seemed poised for their second straight title. But Jim Leyritz' game-tying homer in Game 4 helped the Yankees win in extra innings. MVP John Wetteland (pictured) held off the Braves in Game 6 at Yankee Stadium.

Photo by Chuck Solomon


1978 1978
d. Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2
The Yankees overcame a two-game deficit by sweeping the next four, the first time a team achieved the feat in a World Series. Four spectacular defensive plays by third baseman Graig Nettles in Game 3 helped them turn the tide. Bantam-hitting shortstop Bucky Dent (pictured) completed a magical October by batting .417 (10-for-24, seven RBIs) and earning MVP honors.

Photo by Heinz Kluetmeier

d. Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2
Mr. October took center stage as the Yankees' won their first championship since 1962. Reggie Jackson (pictured) belted five home runs, all on first pitches, to set a Series record. Three of them came in the Game 6 clincher, tying Babe Ruth's one-game Series record. Ron Guidry and Mike Torrez (two) pitched complete-game victories, and Cy Young Award-winner Sparky Lyle won Game 1 with 3 scoreless innings in relief.

Photo by Walter Iooss Jr.




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