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#17 A Rare World Series Walk-Off Home Run

Make no mistake about it. Chris Chambliss remembers every at-bat and every pitch of a game that will always be remembered as one of the most dramatic in the Yankees storied history. The image of Chambliss battling his way around the bases as fans splurged onto the field, with his surrounded teammates waiting at home plate and a trip to the World Series.

Notice the detail Chambliss provides 40 years later in an interview with ESPN:

"“That was one of the most exciting games I’ve ever been in. George Brett tied it with a three-run homer and that’s what tied the game and got us to the ninth inning.
I was the first hitter in the bottom of the ninth. I had learned to that point that thinking home run was not too good because I didn’t have good swings when I tried to hit a home run, so I just tried to put a good swing on the ball and it happened to be in the right place.
Mark Littell threw a high fastball and I took a good hard swing at it. It was up a little bit, and I was able to hit it high in the air to right field,and it went over the fence.”"

ESPN also offers little tidbit. Chambliss’s walk-off home run was the second series-ending home run in postseason history. There have been six since, the next being JoeCarter World Series-ending walk-off home run for the 1993 Blue Jays.

The Yankees dominated the MVP voting in 1976. Catcher Thurman Munson won it, outfielder Mickey Rivers finished third, and Chambliss placed fifth, tied with Twins infielder Rod Carew.