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On This Day In History | 1996

October 13, 2012

1996 | Cecil hit one of his 3 postseason home runs in the clincher (Sports Illustrated)

On this day 16 years ago the Yanks won their 1st pennant since 1981 in a 6-4 win at Camden Yards.  The Bombers carried a 3-1 edge into game 5 and moved in for the kill with a 6-run 3rd inning, led off with a full count home run by Jim Leyritz.  After a Luis Sojo groundout, Derek Jeter and Wade Boggs singled and Bernie Williams reached on an error by Roberto Alomar that scored Jeter.  Tino Martinez followed with a fielder’s choice, brining up Cecil Fielder, who with one swing put Oriole hopes on life support.  His 3-run homer to left center scored Williams and Martinez and gave the Yankees an insurmountable 5-0 lead.  One batter later Darryl Strawberry put a cap on the inning with a home run of his own, his 2nd of the series.

The Orioles would tack on runs in the 6th, 8th, and 9th, but Andy Pettitte and John Wetteland ensured that the 6-run lead was enough.  As Jeter threw out Cal Ripken, Jr. for the final out of the series, Joe Torre, who had managed 1,192 games without making it to the World Series, couldn’t hold back the tears.

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