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On This Day In History | 1999

October 27, 2012

The Yanks celebrate another title. Rivera holds up 3 fingers, representing the 3 titles of the current dynasty: ’96, ’98 & ’99 (Sports Illustrated)

This club is so special.  To do this is even better this year because we validated what we did last year and didn’t rest on our laurels.

| Joe Torre |

On this day 13 years ago the Yankees completed their second consecutive World Series sweep to claim their 25th title.  Behind a sterling pitching performance by Roger Clemens, who allowed just 4 hits and 1 earned run over 7.2 innings, the Yankees laid claim to the titles of team of the year, team of the decade, and team of the century.  They also had the distinction of tying the Major League record for consecutive World Series wins with 12, equaling the run by the 1927, 1928, and 1932 Yankees.

A 3-run third inning provided the bulk of the offense for the Yanks as Tino Martinez’ single scored Chuck Knoblauch and Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada’s single scored Bernie Williams in the only blemished inning John Smoltz would allow.  In the 8th, Jim Leyritz provided some insurance with a home run to centerfield off of Terry Mulholland to provide the final run in the 4-1 victory.  Clemens got the win, his first in the World Series, as he earned his first ring in his 15th season.  Mariano Rivera retired all 4 batters he faced to nail down his 2nd World Series clinching save of 4.

I feel very blessed to be part of this team.  It was wonderful to play with them.  Tonight I felt what it was like to be a Yankee, for sure.

| Roger Clemens |

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