1996 American League Championship Series

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1996 American League Championship Series
Team (Wins) Manager Season
New York Yankees (4) Joe Torre 92–70, .568, GA: 4
Baltimore Orioles (1) Davey Johnson 88–74, .543, GB: 4
Dates: October 9–13
MVP: Bernie Williams (New York)
Television: NBC
TV announcers: Bob Costas, Joe Morgan and Bob Uecker
Radio: CBS
Radio announcers: John Rooney and Gary Cohen
Umpires: Larry Barnett, Dale Scott, Mike Reilly, Dan Morrison, Rocky Roe, Rich Garcia
ALDS: Baltimore Orioles over Cleveland Indians (3–1)
  New York Yankees over Texas Rangers (3–1)
 < 1995 ALCS 1997 > 
1996 World Series

The 1996 American League Championship Series (ALCS), the second round of the 1996 American League playoffs, matched the East Division champion New York Yankees against the Wild Card team, the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees had the home field advantage in the series because they had won their division and the Orioles were the Wild Card team.

Background

The two teams were victorious in the AL Division Series (ALDS), with the Yankees defeating the West Division champion Texas Rangers three games to one, and the Orioles defeating the Central Division champion Cleveland Indians three games to one. The Orioles were the first wild card team to advance to the LCS. The Yankees won the series four games to one to become the American League champions, and won against the National League champion Atlanta Braves in the 1996 World Series.

Summary

New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles

New York won the series, 4–1.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 9 Baltimore Orioles – 4, New York Yankees – 5 (11 innings) Yankee Stadium (I) 4:23 56,4951
2 October 10 Baltimore Orioles – 5, New York Yankees – 3 Yankee Stadium (I) 4:13 58,4322 
3 October 11 New York Yankees – 5, Baltimore Orioles – 2 Oriole Park at Camden Yards 2:50 48,6353 
4 October 12 New York Yankees – 8, Baltimore Orioles – 4 Oriole Park at Camden Yards 3:45 48,9744 
5 October 13 New York Yankees – 6, Baltimore Orioles – 4 Oriole Park at Camden Yards 2:57 48,7185

Game summaries

Game 1

Wednesday, October 9, 1996 at Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Baltimore 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 11 1
New York 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 5 11 0
WP: Mariano Rivera (1–0)   LP: Randy Myers (0–1)
Home runs:
BAL: Brady Anderson (1), Rafael Palmeiro (1)
NYY: Derek Jeter (1), Bernie Williams (1)

The first game of the series is most notable for the infamous "Jeffrey Maier Incident." With the Yankees trailing 4–3 in the bottom of the eighth, rookie Derek Jeter hit a fly ball to deep right field off Orioles reliever Armando Benítez. Right fielder Tony Tarasco backed up to the wall, but eleven-year old Yankees fan Jeffrey Maier reached over the fence and tried, unsuccessfully, to catch the ball before Tarasco could attempt to do so himself. Tarasco immediately pointed above and protested that it was fan interference, but right field umpire Rich Garcia controversially ruled it a home run and his call was upheld by the other members of the umpiring crew. The game then went into extra-innings, where Bernie Williams ended it in the eleventh with a walk-off home run into the left field seats off Baltimore's Randy Myers.

Game 2

Thursday, October 10, 1996 at Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 5 10 0
New York 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 11 1
WP: David Wells (1–0)   LP: Jeff Nelson (0–1)   Sv: Armando Benítez (1)
Home runs:
BAL: Todd Zeile (1), Rafael Palmeiro (2)
NYY: None

Deadlocked at 2–2 in the top of the seventh, Rafael Palmeiro drove a Jeff Nelson slider high over the right field fence for a two-run home run, and the Orioles evened the series behind strong pitching from David Wells, who out-dueled future teammate David Cone. Trailing 5–3 in the ninth, the Yankees put runners on first and second with one out before Armando Benítez came on to slam the door on the budding rally. Cone was wild, walking five batters in six innings of work, while Wells won for the tenth time in eleven career decisions at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees continued a trend that started in Game 1 by stranding eleven men on base, bringing their total to 24 for the series.6

Game 3

Friday, October 11, 1996 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 5 8 0
Baltimore 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 2
WP: Jimmy Key (1–0)   LP: Mike Mussina (0–1)   Sv: John Wetteland (1)
Home runs:
NYY: Cecil Fielder (1)
BAL: Todd Zeile (2)

The Orioles got on the board in the first inning with a Todd Zeile two-run homer, his second of the series. After that, Jimmy Key cruised allowing only one more hit through eight innings. Meanwhile, Mike Mussina pitched well also, but it all unraveled with two out in the top of the eighth inning, four outs away from victory. Jeter started the rally with a double, and scored on Bernie Williams' RBI single to tie the game. Tino Martinez followed by spanking an opposite field double to left. As the relay came in from left field, Todd Zeile caught the ball and then faked a throw towards second. However, the ball slipped out of his hand and straight towards the ground. As the ball trickled away from him and shortshop Cal Ripken on the infield, Williams, who had been content to stay at third on the double, alertly scampered home to give the Yankees a 3–2 lead. Mussina, undoubtedly flustered, served up a hanging curveball to the next batter Cecil Fielder, who blasted it into the left field stands making the score 5–2.

Game 4

Saturday, October 12, 1996 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 8 9 0
Baltimore 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 11 0
WP: David Weathers (1–0)   LP: Rocky Coppinger (0–1)
Home runs:
NYY: Bernie Williams (2), Darryl Strawberry 2 (2), Paul O'Neill (1)
BAL: Chris Hoiles (1)

Game 5

Sunday, October 13, 1996 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 11 0
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 4 4 1
WP: Andy Pettitte (1–0)   LP: Scott Erickson (0–1)
Home runs:
NYY: Jim Leyritz (1), Cecil Fielder (2), Darryl Strawberry (3)
BAL: Todd Zeile (3), Eddie Murray (1), Bobby Bonilla (1)

Composite box

1996 ALCS (4–1): New York Yankees over Baltimore Orioles

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
New York Yankees 5 2 6 3 0 0 2 8 0 0 1 27 50 1
Baltimore Orioles 3 1 4 3 0 2 2 2 2 0 0 19 39 4
Total attendance: 261,254   Average attendance: 52,251

References

  1. ^ "1996 ALCS Game 1 – Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  2. ^ "1996 ALCS Game 2 – Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  3. ^ "1996 ALCS Game 3 – New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  4. ^ "1996 ALCS Game 4 – New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  5. ^ "1996 ALCS Game 5 – New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  6. ^ Curry, Jack (October 11, 2009). "Not This Time: Oriole Muscle Foils Yankees". The New York Times. Retrieved October 8, 2009. 

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