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#37 Greatest HR in Yankee History

October 17, 2012

Jeter watches his ball carry to right field (Sports Illustrated)

Derek Jeter | ALCS Game 1 | vs. Baltimore Orioles | 10/9/96

In the 8th inning of game 1 of the ALCS, the Yanks’ rookie shortstop strode to the plate with the Bombers trailing 4-3 and down to their last 5 outs.  On the first pitch he saw from Armando Benitez he poked a pitch to deep right field.  That’s when one of the most memorable and controversial moments in postseason history occurred.

Orioles right fielder Tony Tarasco settled under the ball with his back against the wall, but as he reached up to catch it a black glove appeared out of nowhere and snatched it away.  Tarasco pleaded with umpire Richie Garcia, manager Davey Johnson was ejected, and the old Stadium rocked with new life as Jeter’s first magical moment knotted the game.  The Yanks would go on to win the game 5-4 in the 11th on a Bernie Williams home run and the Birds have cried foul ever since.

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