Yankees Magazine: 1977 Revisited

Roy White leads off a season-long series of interviews with the '77 World Series champs

Yankees Magazine: 1977 Revisited

With 2017 marking the 40th anniversary of the Yankees' 1977 world championship team, Yankees Magazine will be featuring a Q&A with a different member of that squad each month throughout this season. We lead off with left fielder Roy White, a two-time All-Star who in 1977 was beginning his 13th season with the team. White spoke to executive editor Nathan Maciborski during last year's Old-Timers' Day festivities at Yankee Stadium.

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of 1977?

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Nathan Maciborski is the executive editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the April 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Eyes on the prize

Aroldis Chapman won't be satisfied until he wins a championship in New York

Yankees Magazine: Eyes on the prize

With the Yankees set to take on the Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota, Fla., for a Spring Training game, Feb. 27 is an easy day for the veteran players on the team. They're not expected to make the hourlong bus ride from Tampa, and the schedule that Yankees coaches have put together for Aroldis Chapman includes only a mid-morning live batting practice session.

But that's just the start of what Chapman has planned for his day. Wearing a gray sweatsuit that fits like a glove and leaves no part of his massive upper body to the imagination, Chapman is taking a brief respite from hours of pitching and conditioning.

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Alfred Santasiere III is the editor-in-chief of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the April 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: In his blood

Jacoby Ellsbury's commitment to Navajo youth will be felt by generations to come

Yankees Magazine: In his blood

The sun rises hot and high over the long desert road, our cruise control set to a brisk 90 mph. We're two hours west of Phoenix, two hours north of Mexico, and about an hour east of our destination, but we might as well be a few days from anywhere. Cars blow past at an easy 100, leaving our Hyundai SUV rumbling in the aftermath.

This Southwestern state is no stranger to baseball. Every February, it welcomes 15 Major League teams for Spring Training, plus there's Arizona Fall League action, Minor League games and the Diamondbacks' home slate. For certain people, a baseball trip to Arizona is part of something larger, maybe a visit to the Grand Canyon or Sedona. Rarely does it lead here, though.

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Jon Schwartz is the deputy editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the April 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: What comes next?

As prospects work their way up the Minor League system, the Yankees do everything they can to make sure their players are adjusting to each new challenge

Yankees Magazine: What comes next?

The phone rings. A young man reaches to pick it up. Everything up to this point in his life has been leading to this very moment. Who cares if that life in question is only 18 years? Those days and nights have been motivated by hard work, dedication and a singular dream. That dream is about to become a reality.

On the other end of the line could be any number of people -- a school advisor, a parent, a former coach. Or it could be Damon Oppenheimer, Yankees vice president of domestic amateur scouting. Or Gary Denbo, the team's vice president of player development. No matter the voice, the message is the same. The young man was just selected by the Yankees in the MLB Draft.

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Hilary Giorgi is the associate editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the 2017 New York Yankees Official Yearbook, an official Yankees publication. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Savoring the moment

Gary Sanchez's first real taste of the Bigs couldn't have been sweeter, but the Yankees catcher is working hard to ensure his place at the table for years to come

Yankees Magazine: Savoring the moment

Gary Sanchez's 2017 season has barely begun, and he's already approaching the next game as if it counts as something more than just an exhibition and a few tune-ups at the plate.

It's late February in Tampa, Fla., and on this balmy evening, the Yankees catcher -- who broke onto the scene last year more dramatically than almost anyone who came before him -- is having dinner with his wife, Sahaira.

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Alfred Santasiere III is the editor-in-chief of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the April 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Short track

Gleyber Torres's awesome skills make him a top prospect -- but there's something else about him that's just as important

Yankees Magazine: Short track

Over the next few months and years, you're going to be reading a lot about Gleyber Torres, the Venezuelan phenom who this year participated in his first Big League Spring Training. Most of it will be effusive, some will border on wishcasting. Basically every prospect ranking list features Torres right near the top -- both in the Yankees' system and in the game as a whole. The shortstop oozes talent in all facets of the game, and when he represented the club in the Arizona Fall League this past year -- the youngest prospect in the elite circuit -- he came home with MVP honors and even more hype. If you don't know much about Torres yet, you will soon.

Torres is easy to like, he's easy to get behind, and it's comforting, if we're honest, to see what we want to see, to predict great things of this 20-year-old stud. Hyperbole is human.

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Jon Schwartz is the deputy editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the 2017 New York Yankees Official Yearbook, an official Yankees publication. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Prepared for takeoff

Justus Sheffield is a rocket ready to launch. His destination: Yankee Stadium.

Yankees Magazine: Prepared for takeoff

Tullahoma (pop. 18,655), located in south-central Tennessee, is home to a robust aviation and aeronautics industry. The Arnold Engineering and Development Complex and the University of Tennessee Space Institute are both located within the city's borders, where workers develop and construct NASA rockets and government planes.

Upward momentum, forward trajectory, accelerated speeds -- these phrases hold special meaning to the people in Tullahoma, which bills itself as "Tennessee's rising star."

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Hilary Giorgi is the associate editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the April 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Man in the middle

No stranger to big moments, Matt Holliday is prepared for anything

Yankees Magazine: Man in the middle

An Oklahoma native with sinewy forearms who wore No. 7 for the last seven seasons, Matt Holliday is sure to evoke fond feelings from Yankees fans with every ball he puts over the Yankee Stadium fence. Signed as a free agent last December, he's expected to wear No. 17 and fortify the middle of the Yankees' lineup as the primary designated hitter this season -- his first in pinstripes and his 14th in the Majors.

Holliday is a seven-time All-Star, three-time National League champion and 2011 World Series winner, and he has seen it all on the diamond. But the fire still burns for the 37-year-old, whose past success and vast experience should serve the Yankees well as they chart a course toward their 28th title. If it is incumbent upon the veterans to help establish a winning culture in the clubhouse, count Holliday among those who know just what that means. Last October, Sporting News called him "a pillar of leadership and production, on and off the field," having played a huge role in helping the Cardinals remain perennial contenders after arriving in St. Louis midway through the 2009 season.

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Nathan Maciborski is the executive editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the April 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: On to the Next

After 16 Big League seasons, CC Sabathia remains focused on what's in front of him

Yankees Magazine: On to the Next

More than ever before, CC Sabathia knows exactly what he needs to do to find success on the baseball diamond -- even when he's away from it.

It's a Thursday afternoon several weeks before the start of Spring Training, and the 36-year-old Yankees pitcher is in New York City for lunch. Donning a black Los Angeles Kings cap and a Jordan Brand sweatsuit, Sabathia takes a seat at a table in a private dining room on the second floor. He peers out of a floor-to-ceiling window that overlooks West 48th Street and Sixth Avenue, then turns his focus toward the menu. Within seconds of perusing the list of succulent seafood and hefty steaks and burgers, Sabathia makes up his mind.

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Alfred Santasiere III is the editor-in-chief of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the Spring 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Going off Script

Now entering his 20th season as general manager, Brian Cashman has proven he'll do whatever it takes to try and give Yankees fans the ending they desire

Yankees Magazine: Going off Script

Ask Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Cashman to break his job down into the simplest terms. What follows could pass for a movie's blooper reel.

"Essentially, I'm the director of baseball operations, in charge of creating a culture, the hiring process … no wait."

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Hilary Giorgi is the associate editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the Spring 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Purple at Heart

Joe Girardi's college experiences at Northwestern continue to guide him

Yankees Magazine: Purple at Heart

Joe Girardi's vacation was all set. Before getting swept up in the tornado of another nonstop baseball season, the Yankees manager and his wife, Kim, were going to take their three kids down to Florida for some fun and relaxation -- a welcome respite from the wintry weather in the Northeast.

The trip was scheduled for the week between Christmas and New Year's -- usually a quiet time in the Bronx, save for the annual college football bowl game at Yankee Stadium -- and would offer the skipper a chance to clear his head and recharge his batteries before embarking on the 2017 season.

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Nathan Maciborski is the executive editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the Spring 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Workingman's Blues

Offseason? What offseason? The grind never stops at the game's top level

Yankees Magazine: Workingman's Blues

"This is a simple game," the manager asserts during a legendary shower tirade in Bull Durham. "You throw the ball. You hit the ball. You catch the ball. You got it?"

In reality, it's much more complex than that. Baseball success can be fleeting, and any day that you're not working is a day that you're letting your competitors get ahead. "Listen, 99 percent of the guys that make it to the Big Leagues have a tremendous work ethic," said Yankees third baseman Chase Headley. "There's a select few guys that are so talented, they can get away with slacking. But there's not many guys like that."

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Jon Schwartz is the deputy editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the Spring 2017 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Small Ball, Big Time

Before they become stars, Yankees prospects join the Minor Leagues' best in the Arizona Fall League

Yankees Magazine: Small Ball, Big Time

It's Oct. 25, 2016, and tonight, on the banks of the Cuyahoga River, a most unlikely World Series will begin, with the Cleveland Indians hoping to end nearly seven decades of futility, and the Chicago Cubs eager to reward a fan base that has waited more than a century for a parade.

Before the flyover and the fireworks and the first pitch, though, there's another game to be played some 2,000 miles to the southwest, part of a small circuit where the sport's future is competing with its present for attention. This game, though … this might be one to remember.

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Jon Schwartz is the deputy editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the 2017 New York Yankees Official Yearbook. The 2017 New York Yankees Official Yearbook is an official Yankees publication. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications

Yankees Magazine: Wait For It

Tim Raines was blazing fast on the basepaths, but making it to Cooperstown required a whole lot of patience

Yankees Magazine: Wait For It

Tim Raines played parts of 23 seasons in the Big Leagues, and as you might expect from someone who ended up earning election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame this year, he did a whole lot well. But if you had to choose one attribute above all others by which to remember him, you'd hardly be alone if you focused on his speed.

Few in the history of the game could match Raines for impact on the basepaths. His three-year tenure with the Yankees (1996-98), during which the team won two World Series titles, came later in his career, when he had been slowed down some by time. Yet he remains the most successful base stealer in the game's history among anyone with more than 400 attempts, having been true on 808 of his 954 tries.

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Jon Schwartz is the deputy editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the New York Yankees 2017 Official Spring Training Program. The New York Yankees 2017 Official Spring Training Program is an official Yankees publication. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Ring Leaders

In Matt Holliday and Aroldis Chapman, the Yankees signed a pair of highly talented, championship-winning veterans willing to share their knowledge

Yankees Magazine: Ring Leaders

The Twitter universe seemed unanimous in its belief that 2016 had a case for "Worst Year Ever." And that was true even before the Yankees didn't win the World Series.

In the Bronx, the threshold for success is still sky-high. Win or else. The 2016 Yankees didn't win it all. Worst Year Ever? Not quite.

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Hilary Giorgi is the associate editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the 2017 New York Yankees Official Yearbook. The 2017 New York Yankees Official Yearbook is an official Yankees publication. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription to Yankees Magazine at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: One of a kind

Family man, World War II vet and 10-time world champion, Yogi Berra represented everything that is good in the game and in life

Yankees Magazine: One of a kind

Social media has reached a point where the phrase itself has become an oxymoron; with so much negativity spreading among its various forms, precious little of it seems social. A major exception was the day America learned of the passing of Yogi Berra. The outpouring of warmth and affection for this overwhelmingly popular figure was reassuring, as if the gentle man himself was participating in the conversation.

And while he spent some time in other Major League uniforms, it was with the Yankees that Yogi Berra established himself as one of baseball's most unlikely, and nevertheless outstanding players, and to some extent was the franchise's unofficial mascot. It was said that even fans who hated the Yankees could never feel that way about Yogi.

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Jack O'Connell is a staff writer for Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the October 2015 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get this article and more delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Brooklyn's Finest

Willie Randolph's journey from Brownsville to Monument Park is the stuff of legend

Yankees Magazine: Brooklyn's Finest

As Willie Randolph walked along a cobblestone path on the banks of the Hudson River in Edgewater, N.J,, he pointed to the New York City skyline.

"That is my town," said Randolph, who was at the scenic location for a Yankees Magazine photo shoot. "That really is the greatest city in the world."

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Alfred Santasiere III is the editor-in-chief of Yankees Magazine. This article appeared in the June 2015 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get this article and more delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Strong foundation

All around his native Puerto Rico, the building blocks of Jorge Posada's success remain

Yankees Magazine: Strong foundation

Jorge Posada is back where it all began. He's in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, a small section of town in the middle of San Juan. The former Yankees catcher is visiting family on the island, and on this hot summer afternoon, he's at the house where he grew up.

Wearing a pair of jeans and a light blue collared shirt, Posada Minor League who resides in Miami -- walks into his childhood bedroom. These days, he has more gray hair than he did when he retired from baseball in 2012 after 17 seasons with the Yankees, but he still has the build of a Major Leaguer.

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Alfred Santasiere III is the editor-in-chief of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the September 2015 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: A lifetime of memories

From his rookie year through his coaching career, Mel Stottlemyre forged a winning legacy

Yankees Magazine: A lifetime of memories

As Mel Stottlemyre sits next to his wife, Jean, in the main dining room at the Salish Lodge & Spa in Snoqualmie, Wash., and answers questions about his career as a Big League pitcher and his tenure as Yankees pitching coach, his humility is never more apparent.

Sure, there are plenty of opportunities for Stottlemyre to brag about the great seasons he had on the mound in the 1960s. He certainly could take credit -- even a little bit -- for the tremendous success Yankees pitchers had under his watch during the glorious late-'90s championship run. But that's not who Mel Stottlemyre is.

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Alfred Santasiere III is the editor-in-chief of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the July 2015 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Ol' Blue Eyes and the song we know by heart

Frank Sinatra would have turned 100 this year. Here's how his ode to the City that Never Sleeps became a Yankee Stadium staple.

Yankees Magazine: Ol' Blue Eyes and the song we know by heart

King of the hill. Top of the heap. A-number-one. Everything that George Steinbrenner ever wanted his Yankees to be can be found in the lyrics of a song, one that has been played after each game in the Bronx for parts of four decades.

Frank Sinatra's powerful vocals to "New York, New York" have provided a bright, celebratory anthem following the final out of each Yankees victory. And it has been the reassuring refrain that has followed the fans as they exit any defeat, confidently boasting of better days ahead.

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Pete Caldera is a baseball writer based in New Jersey. This article appeared in the September 2015 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: From center field to Monument Park

As a player, Bernie Williams occupied hallowed ground. In retirement, he joins the greats who came before him.

Yankees Magazine: From center field to Monument Park

Bernie Williams' time in the sun was rapidly approaching. The prospect had spent parts of the 1991 and '92 seasons with the Yankees, and the team's brass liked what they saw. Williams, who signed out of Puerto Rico when he was 17 years old, was now 24 and about to take over the most famous position in sports -- center field for the New York Yankees.

By the time the Yankees began Spring Training in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in 1993, they had already traded away Roberto Kelly, the player who had manned the position for the previous four seasons. In exchange for the All-Star center fielder, the Yankees acquired right fielder Paul O'Neill.

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Alfred Santasiere III is the editor-in-chief of Yankees Magazine. This article appeared in the May 2015 issue of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Masters of the universe

Our ranking of the top 10 home runs in Yankees history will surely spark some debate, but the legacies of the players who authored them are set in stone

Yankees Magazine: Masters of the universe

En route to more pennants and more championships than any team in Major League history, the Yankees have produced a galaxy of unforgettable moments, forged by players whose names are forever etched in Yankees lore. And like meteors streaking across the night sky, many of those moments happened in the blink of an eye.

The millisecond when bat meets ball can yield nearly infinite results. But when the planets align and all the factors leading up to the moment of impact come together just right, one swing can be life-changing. Just ask Aaron Boone.

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Yankees Magazine: Bedlam in the Bronx

My '76 home run sent the Yankees to the World Series and punctuated the 'thrill of a lifetime' in New York

Yankees Magazine: Bedlam in the Bronx

When I was traded to the Yankees from the Cleveland Indians in April 1974, I remember it was a Friday night and we had just been playing the Angels. Nolan Ryan was pitching, and we were down by two runs in the eighth inning. I came up with the bases loaded and hit a double down the left-field line to score three runs. We went on to win, and after the game, in the clubhouse, it was like we had just won the World Series.

My manager, Ken Aspromonte, called me, Dick Tidrow and Cecil Upshaw into his office and told us we had been traded. The next morning, I was on a plane to New York, and that afternoon, I was in a Yankees uniform playing a home game at Shea Stadium (Yankee Stadium was being renovated at the time).

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Hilary Giorgi is the associate editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the Commemorative Home Run Edition of Yankees Magazine. Get this article and more delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Bringing a city to its feet

In the aftermath of 9/11, Derek Jeter gave New York a reason to smile

Yankees Magazine: Bringing a city to its feet

This was the type of moment Derek Jeter had dreamed about when he was a little kid playing baseball in the backyard of his childhood home in Kalamazoo, Mich.

It was Game 4 of the 2001 World Series. His team needed to win this crucial game to even the Series. Jeter's close friend and the team's first baseman, Tino Martinez, had hit a two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game. Now, it was Jeter's turn to face Arizona Diamondbacks closer Byung-Hyun Kim for the second time that night. With two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, Jeter knelt down and said a silent prayer. Then, he stepped to the plate.

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Alfred Santasiere III is the editor-in-chief of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the Commemorative Home Run Edition of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Legends never die

When it comes to Babe Ruth, it can be hard to separate the myth from reality. Maybe that's because the truth is just too unbelievable.

Yankees Magazine: Legends never die

"Less than a god, but more than a man. Like Hercules or something." --The Sandlot

Ask an American meteorologist about dramatic weather events, and you'll probably hear about some of history's most memorable storms -- Hurricane Katrina, Sandy, Rita, Andrew. You name it. But probably not the tornado from The Wizard of Oz.

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Jon Schwartz is the managing editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the Commemorative Home Run Edition of Yankees Magazine. Get more articles like this delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Anything and everything

Ever since he was drafted, Rob Refsnyder has searched for his niche. It turns out, he has several.

Yankees Magazine: Anything and everything

The temperature is creeping toward 100 degrees, and Rob Refsnyder is sitting in the Yankees dugout dressed in shorts and a T-shirt, drinking … a hot coffee. Granted, it's cooler in the dugout than on the field, but still, a hot coffee on a sweltering July day?

"Now, I'm ready," he said after the first sip.

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Hilary Giorgi is the associate editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the October issue of Yankees Magazine. Get this article and more delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Flipping the script

From backup catcher to October hero, Jim Leyritz helped swing the momentum of the '96 Series with a Game 4 home run

Yankees Magazine: Flipping the script

With five outs separating the Yankees from a 3-games-to-1 deficit in the 1996 World Series, backup catcher Jim Leyritz stepped to the plate at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. The team was down by three with two runners on. Leyritz dug in and launched a 2-2 pitch from the Atlanta Braves' Mark Wohlers to left field to tie the game.

The Bombers went on to win, evening the series, and followed up the performance with two more victories -- including a Game 5 gem from Andy Pettitte that Leyritz caught -- clinching the first World Series title for the franchise since 1978.

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Hilary Giorgi is the associate editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the October issue of Yankees Magazine. Get this article and more delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: On the outside looking in

Greg Bird flew high during his brief Big League stint in 2015. After a lost 2016, he's ready to lift off once again

Yankees Magazine: On the outside looking in

Greg Bird hit 11 home runs in 46 games in 2015 and started at first base in the American League Wild Card Game. But as high points go, a surprising, low-key moment demands attention. Consider a night at The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center on the outskirts of Denver in January. The returning hero, Bird stood before a banquet hall crawling with local baseball coaches and -- along with former high school teammate Kevin Gausman, who now pitches for the Baltimore Orioles, and their high school coach, Dean Adams -- shared stories and lessons from the Major Leagues. Bird was poised, endearingly cocky, and he was substantial. He was a New York Yankee, able to walk with the confidence and the self- assuredness of a citizen of ancient Rome.

The next day, he worked out at his old Grandview High School stomping grounds, young students peeking around corners and following behind him to catch a glimpse. He took some batting practice with an old coach. That afternoon, he visited a Topgolf driving range with some high school buddies, laughing with abandon, relishing each other's company, enjoying being home. Spring Training was about six weeks away, and then the rest of his life. Where would he fit on the team? Would he even keep his place on the 25-man roster with a healthy Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez holding down the first base and designated hitter slots? Bird wasn't too worried, and he wasn't willing to dwell on it.

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Yankees Magazine: Coming into his own

Bernie Williams hit his stride in 1996, and the timing couldn't have been better for the center fielder or the Yankees

Yankees Magazine: Coming into his own

The 1996 postseason brings back good memories for Bernie Williams.

"I couldn't play any better against Texas in the first round of the playoffs," he recalls. "I don't remember the numbers, but I do remember the feeling. It was unbelievable being in that zone, and I carried it over to the Orioles series."

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Kristina M. Dodge is an executive editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the October issue of Yankees Magazine. Get this article and more delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription at yankees.com/publications.

Yankees Magazine: Into the fire

Just 23 on Opening Day, Andy Pettitte played a huge role in the Yankees' 1996 championship

Yankees Magazine: Into the fire

In just his second year in the Majors, Andy Pettitte was entrusted by first-year Yankees manager Joe Torre to be one of the leaders in his pitching rotation. In return, the young left-hander had arguably the best season of his career, going 21-8 with a 3.87 ERA and finishing second in the American League Cy Young Award voting. And his postseason was nearly as good.

Other than one disastrous World Series outing, Pettitte was undefeated in October, with his crowning moment coming in Game 5 of the 1996 World Series in Atlanta. With the Series tied two games apiece, Pettitte went toe-to-toe with Braves ace John Smoltz at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, besting the future Hall of Famer with a 1-0 victory that put the Yankees one game away from their first championship since 1978 as they headed back to Bronx.

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Hilary Giorgi is the associate editor of Yankees Magazine. This article appears in the October issue of Yankees Magazine. Get this article and more delivered to your doorstep by purchasing a subscription at yankees.com/publications.