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He has not just gone to the playoffs; he has excelled in them. 308 batting averaverrage in 158 postseason games. another Yankees dynasty for more than fifteen years. With the help of their rook- contributors in 1996. The youngsters teamed with veterans such as Tino Martinez, Paul O’Neill, and Bernie Williams to form a championship team. The Yankees finished 92–70 and won the AL East for the first time since 1981. They then won the World Series for the first time since 1978, beating the Atlanta Braves in six games.
Future Hall of Famers Rickey Henderson and Dave Winfield, both outfielders, played for the team in that time. Another star for the Yankees during this period was first baseman Don 32 NEW YORK YANKEES Don Mattingly is congratulated by third-base coach Mike Ferraro after hitting a home run in 1987. Mattingly. The only time that he got to the playoffs was in his final season, in 1995. Of the 16 Yankees players to have their number retired by the team through 2013, Mattingly was the only one who never played in a World Series.
The first man to appear in a game as a designated hitter was the Yankees’ Ron Blomberg. He made his mark on history on April 6, 1973, when he walked with the bases loaded in his first plate appearance in New York’s 15–5 loss to the host Boston Red Sox. He finished the game 1-for-3 with the RBI walk. 45 GLOSSARY acquire neuromuscular To add a player, usually through the draft, free agency, or a trade. Referring to the body’s nerves and muscles. debut pennant To make a first appearance. A flag. In baseball, it symbolizes that a team has won its league championship.