Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Defining Season in New York Yankees History

Daniel Hewes received his master of science in urban planning from Columbia University in New York City. Daniel Hewes regularly attends tennis’ U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows and enjoys supporting local teams like the New York Yankees.

With 27 championships and 40 pennant victories, the New York Yankees are far and away the most successful franchise in the history of major league baseball. Having enjoyed so much success, it can be difficult identifying the team’s single greatest season. However, many would argue that the Yankees’ most impressive single-season performance was in 1998.

New York began that season after having lost a five-game divisional series to the Cleveland Indians in 1997. Their 1996 World Series title already in the distant past, the Yankees regrouped from the previous season’s disappointment and opened the year by winning 114 games, two shy of the all-time league record. The Yankees subsequently enjoyed a number of winning streaks over the course of the season, including an 11-game run that carried over into the postseason.

The Yankees continued their dominance in the playoffs. New York swept the Texas Rangers in three games before dropping a pair of games to the Cleveland Indians in the American League Championship. New York capped a memorable year with a four-game sweep of the San Diego Padres in the World Series. Fueled by the nearly flawless 1998 season, the Yankees would go on to win both the 1999 and 2000 World Series, dropping only one game in the three championship series.