Yankees win Series the old-fashioned way -- they sweep
Posted: Thursday October 28, 1999 09:27 AM
By Ryan Hunt, CNN/SI
There's just something about the New York Yankees and the World Series.It's not just their 25 World Series titles, the latest won Wednesday with a 4-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves. It's the way they earn them.
For a team that has the biggest bank account in baseball, the Yankees sure are economical when it comes to the Fall Classic. Quick and painful.
There have been 17 sweeps in World Series history. Eight have been by the Yankees.
There are only two other teams -- the Giants and the Reds -- that have more than one sweep in franchise history.
But with their sweep of the Braves, New York became only the third team to win back-to-back titles in four games.
The others? The Yankees and the Yankees. (1927-28 and 1938-39)
In fact, New York is having success akin to the days of Murderer's Row.
The Yankees tied their own postseason record of 12 consecutive Series wins, originally set in the 1927, '28 and '32 Series. The '90s Bombers haven't lost since the Game 2 of the 1996 World Series.
Then again, the Yankees haven't lost very many Series games.
In 201 all-time World Series games spanning its 36 appearances, New York has 121 wins. The rest of the current American League teams have combined to win 184. And no other major league franchise has more than 50 Series wins (the St. Louis Cardinals are second with 48)
The Cardinals have won nine Series titles, second most in baseball history. The Yankees have swept seven different teams. (The Cubs are the only team they have swept twice, the last in 1938.)
However, New York knows what it feels like. The Yankees have been on the other side of a sweep three times.
The Dodgers (1963) and Reds (1976) beat them 4-0, while the New York Giants swept them in 1922, a series that also included a tie -- Game 2 was ended because of darkness.
But these days, when the Yankees are in the World Series, the lights are rarely needed for Game 5.