Following the Yankees’ first World Series appearance in 1921, New York has been the most dominant franchise in major American sports. In order to chronicle the multiple postseason appearances the Yankees have earned, New York’s championships will be reviewed by decade.
The Yankees’ claimed their first American League pennant in 1921, followed by five more in the 1920s. New York’s six World Series appearances in the 1920s resulted in three World Championships. The Yankees defeated the New York Giants in the 1923 World Series, the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1927 World Series, and the St. Louis Cardinals one year later in the 1928 World Series.
New York’s success continued into the 1930s, claiming American League championships and World Series appearances in 1932, 1936, 1937, 1938, and 1939. The Yankees’ went an unprecedented five-for-five during their World Series run of the 1930s, defeating the National League’s best five times in eight seasons. New York swept the Chicago Cubs in 1932, showed city dominance by defeating the New York Giants 4-2 in 1936, won the rematch with the Giants 4-1 in 1937, swept the Cubs again in 1938, and swept the Cincinnati Reds in 1939 to claim their eighth world championship.
The Yankees’ matched their American League success of the previous decade in the 1940s, claiming five more pennants in 1941, 1942, 1943, 1947, and 1949. New York again dominated the National League in the World Series, only losing once during the decade, a 4-1 defeat by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1942 series. The Yankees were victorious in the 1941 “Subway Series”, defeating the Brooklyn Dodgers 4-1. Following the 1942 World Series loss, New York returned the favor in 1943, handing the Cardinals a 4-1 defeat. The Yankees again defeated the Dodgers in 1947 and 1949, claiming their eleventh and twelfth world championships.
The 1950s turned out to be the most successful decade in Yankees’ history. New York finished first in the American League eight times and appeared in the Fall Classic in 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, and 1958. The Yankees added six more world championships to their already impressive resume. New York swept the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1950 World Series, defeated the New York Giants 4-2 in the 1951 “Subway Series”, beat the cross-town rival Brooklyn Dodgers 4-3 in the 1952 World Series, and won the rematch against Brooklyn in the 1953 World Series to claim their fifth consecutive world championship. The Yankees added their seventeenth world championship by defeating the Dodgers again in the 1956 World Series. New York finished the 1950s with a 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee Braves in the 1958 World Series to earn their eighteenth world title.
The Yankees franchise experienced success in the beginning of the 1960s. New York won American League pennants in 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, and 1964, appearing in half the World Series of the decade. The Yankees’ dominance of the National League came to an end, losing three out of five series to the “Senior Circuit”. New York claimed world titles in 1961, defeating the Cincinnati Reds 4-1, and in 1962, defeating the San Francisco Giants in seven games.
New York’s championship success came to an end following their American League pennant in 1964. The Yankees spent a dozen years failing to reach the postseason before winning their first American League East Division title in 1976. New York also claimed their twenty-ninth pennant in 1976 before being swept by the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series. The Yankees returned to form the next two seasons, winning the 1977 and 1978 World Series over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The 1980s proved to be disappointing for Yankees fans as it was the first decade New York failed to win a World Series since claiming their first world championship in 1923. The Yankees won the American League East Division in 1980 but were defeated in the American League Championship Series, marking the first time the Yankees appeared in the postseason without advancing to the World Series. New York captured another division crown in 1981 and swept the Oakland Athletics in the ALCS to advance to the World Series. The Yankees earned two victories against the Los Angeles Dodgers, but came up short in their bid for the twenty-third championship in franchise history.
New York experienced a fourteen year postseason drought from 1981 until 1995, when the Yankees earned their first Wild Card berth. Although unable to advance to the World Series in 1995, the Bronx Bombers emerged as the team to beat in the second half of the decade, claiming world championships in 1996 over the Atlanta Braves, in 1998 over the San Diego Padres, and in 1999, sweeping the Atlanta Braves to bring Yankees fans their twenty-fifth world title.
The Yankees’ success carried over into the 2000s, defeating the cross-town rival New York Mets in the 2000 World Series. New York returned to the World Series in 2001 and 2003, but were unable to defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks and Florida Marlins. The Yankees appeared in the postseason every year during the 2000s except for 2008. New York capped the decade with a 4-2 defeat of the reigning champion Philadelphia Phillies in the 2009 World Series.
History is on the side of the Yankees in the 2010 Postseason. No other team can boast 27 world championships and 40 American League pennants. Perhaps New York’s season-long battle with the Tampa Bay Rays will continue into the 2010 ALCS, providing a matchup of the team with the most titles against a team with zero.
New York will travel to Minnesota to take on the Twins in the 2010 ALDS.
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