The Yankees are no stranger to the Fall Classic, having been there 40 times, but out of all the legendary performances which are the best?
Every kid dreams of playing in the Fall Classic. For a baseball player, it means more than individual awards. The Yankee way is World Series or bust, anything else is a failure. The Yankees have been to the World Series 40 times and have won it 27 times. In all those years, they have had some players step up and really outperform. Let’s take a look back at the three best World Series performances in Yankee history.
1. Reggie Jackson 1977
The Yankees signed Reggie Jackson to a five-year, $3 million contract in 1976. At the time, it was the biggest contract in MLB history. The Yankees signed Jackson to that deal with the expectation of bringing home a World Series title. In his first full season with the Yankees in 1977, they would make it to the fall classic and Reggie showed New York that he was ready. In one of the best World Series performances of all time, Reggie slashed .450/.542/1.250 with 9 hits (20 at-bats), one double, five home runs, and eight RBIs. He hit three home runs in Game Six, which was the deciding game.
This historic performance granted him the name of Mr. October, and only a handful of players have ever been able to hit three home runs in a World Series game. Reggie needed a performance like this to prove to the already frustrated Yankee fans, that he was worth the deal.