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Life did not get much they finally got back to the easier in the following years postseason. They lost the World either. In fact, after winning 99 Series in four games against games in 1964 and losing in the the Cincinnati Reds. Veteran World Series in seven games catcher Thurman Munson was to the St. Louis Cardinals, the the AL’s MVP that season. Yankees missed the postsea- But it was several important son in 11 straight years. It was moves off the field that helped their longest playoff drought build that team.

The Yankees repeated of those crowns with the help of as World Series champions in veteran pitcher Roger Clemens, 1999, sweeping Atlanta. They whom they acquired before the then won the title again in 1999 season. 2000, defeating the crosstown New York Mets four games to “Winning four World Series out of five years in this RETURN TO DOMINANCE 37 day and age when you have to Texas, sending second baseman come through layer after layer Alfonso Soriano to the Rangers of postseason play, we can put as part of the deal.

He starting pitcher Andy Pettitte, signed a contract with the team and one day after his 18th birthday. Rivera made their major league He was 20 years old when he debuts played his first game in a Yan- Together kees uniform in 1995. players formed the nucleus of relief pitcher with with the Mariano Yankees. Jeter, those Derek Jeter celebrates during the 1996 playoffs. The rookie shortstop helped New York capture its first World Series title since 1978. RETURN TO DOMINANCE 35 Captain Clutch No recent Yankees player ayer is more recognizable than Derek Jeter.

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