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24. 1928 World Series, Yankees def. Cardinals 4-0
Bonus points for being the Murderers’ Row-era Yankees, points deducted for being extremely non-competitive. 4-1, 9-3, 7-3, 7-3, and the Yanks whomped future Hall of Famers Grover Cleveland Alexander and Jesse Haines in Games 2 and 3. Revenge was exacted for St. Louis’ 1926 Series win over New York, which ended with Babe Ruth being caught stealing. If that happened today, Yankees Twitter would’ve littered the West Side Highway with shattered LCD screens. They’d be like, “What is Babe Ruth doing on the field?!”
23. 1937 World Series, Yankees def. Giants 4-1
Sorry to keep harping on this era of Yankees baseball, but the Bombers (propelled by a young Joe D) were definitely beginning to get a little too good at this juncture. Their second of four straight titles opened with two 8-1 wins and a 5-1 win; up 3-0, they lost a gimme game. Borderline sweep, has an argument to be moved even further back. Lou Gehrig homered, Joe DiMaggio homered, Myril Hoag homered. The three guys that everyone knows!
22. 1999 World Series, Yankees def. Braves 4-0
Ooooh! It’s one you remember! But … why, exactly? The most forgotten title in the modern dynasty, the Yankees earned Team of the Century honors, and at the time, it felt like they were … battling the … Braves for the honor? Remember that framing? What was that? This sweep was tight at times, with the Yankees kicking John Rocker’s ass in Game 1 to secure a 4-1, come-from-behind victory, then evening up a 5-3 contest in Game 3, leading to a walk-off by (REDACTED) Curtis. Maybe his prominence bumps this one down a few spots, too.
21. 1943 World Series, Yankees def. Cardinals 4-1
Prior to 1942, the Yankees hadn’t lost a World Series since the Cardinals did it to ’em in ’26 … and then they did it again. In 1943, New York exacted their revenge without Joe DiMaggio, Phil Rizzuto and Red Ruffing, all of whom were serving their country. Two undermanned teams played five games, and manager Joe McCarthy earned the final title of his Hall of Fame career.
20. 1949 World Series, Yankees def. Dodgers 4-1
This is Casey Stengel’s first World Series title, and is marked by a Tommy Henrich walk-off homer in a 1-0 Game 1 victory over Don Newcombe, then by a strange Game 3 featuring a three-run, ninth-inning rally off Ralph Branca followed by a near-choke, as Roy Campanella and Luis Olmo both homered in the bottom half of the inning … though it ended 4-3, Bombers. Some flashy bonus points, but a 4-1 series win nonetheless.