1996: Baseball
Yankees Relish Series Championship
Yankees Celebrate After 15 years of dormancy, the New York Yankees -- the most storied franchise in baseball history -- came alive in the 1996 postseason and defeated the favored Atlanta Braves, 4-2, to win the 1996 World Series. The Yankees fell behind, 2-0, and rallied with three straight victories on the road before finishing it at home. Yankee reliever John Wetteland (center of pictured) earned four saves to pick up Series MVP honors.


Finally, Labor Peace
After five years of labor turmoil which wiped out half a season and one World Series due to a 232-day strike, baseball owners and the players union finally agreed on a new labor contract, which was ratified by owners and players alike in early December.

A Long Haul for Weaver
On a warm sunny August afternoon, former Orioles manager Earl Weaver was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame with Jim Bunning, Ned Hanlon and Bill Foster.
Ripken Moves to Third
It was a short experiment, but one that may be a sign of things to come in 1997. For the first time in his career, Oriole Cal Ripken was moved to third base by Manager Davey Johnson.
Postseason Awards
Atlanta's John Smoltz became the third straight Brave to win a Cy Young, and the Blue Jays' Pat Hentgen took the AL Cy Young. Get the full list of postseason awards.

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