Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Yankees' Classic Moments

So this week's classic moment is in recognition of the guest we will have on the SPORTSTALKNY webcast tomorrow, Mark Littell.

In 1976, the New York Yankees made it back to the postseason for the first time since the early 1960s, where they faced the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS.

Going into the deciding Game Five (the LCS was a five game set at the time), at Yankee Stadium, the Yanks started Ed Figueroa on three days' rest, and both teams scored quickly, the score tied at two at the end of the first.

The Yankees were able to build to a 6-3 lead in the eighth, but Kansas City struck back, and the game was tied at six going into the ninth.

In the ninth inning, Mark Littell was on the mound for KC and the Yankees had Chris Chambliss up at bat...

Yep, just as you might think, Chambliss sent the pitch high over the right-field wall, and the Yankees went on to their first World Series in 12 years. They lost the Series, but won the next two--including the '77 World Series, where Jackson blasted three home runs in one game.


  1. I just love youtube videos. That season was special (I'm told) as it marked the Yanks return to the big stage. I would have loved to have actually remembered it!

  2. Hey Rebecca, I also posted this on Peter's blog:

    My short story “The Chambliss Tapes” is a time travel story that involves the famous homerun. I sent Chambliss a copy of the book but never heard from him. : (

    This is one of my all-time favorite Yankees moments. Ask Littel who called the pitch--the manager. catcher, or him (and what was the pitch).