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#22 Greatest HR in Yankee History

October 21, 2012

Bernie greets the team at home plate (Bleacher Report)

Bernie Williams | ALCS Game 1 | vs. Baltimore Orioles | 10/9/1996

On a night already made magical by a 12-year-old, Bernie Williams continued his torrid postseason with a game-winning home run to open the 1st pennant at Yankee Stadium since 1981.  In the 8th inning a fly ball by Derek Jeter was snagged by Jeffrey Maier just as Tony Tarasco was about to catch it.  The controversial home run tied the game at 4, setting the stage for Bernie’s heroics.

John Wetteland pitched around a double in the 9th and Mariano Rivera overcame 2 singles in the 10th to shut down the O’s potent offense, but the Yanks were unable to push across the winning run.  Rivera continued his postseason brilliance, shutting out Baltimore in the 11th, which brought Williams to the plate to lead off the bottom of the 11th.  On a 1-1 pitch from Randy Myers, Bernie crushed the ball to deep left, sending 56,495 fans home happy with a 5-4 win.

And here’s a drive to deep left!… It’s mighty high, it’s mighty far… goodnight!

| Bob Costas, NBC announcer |

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