14. 2000 World Series, Yankees def. Mets 4-1
How is the Subway Series so low?! Because every series was a Subway Series in the golden era, and the Yankees won their fourth title in five years fairly handily. Timo Perez’s terrible hustle, Paul O’Neill’s walk against Armando Benitez, Jose Vizcaino’s improbable walk-off, Derek Jeter’s leadoff dinger to set the tone at Shea, George Steinbrenner bringing his own chairs across town because he hated the Mets, David Cone’s relief appearance, Mike Piazza’s final fly … OK, that’s a lot of moments for No. 14, actually. Peace out, Mets.
13. 1951 World Series, Yankees def. Giants 4-2
Fresh off the Shot Heard ‘Round the World, a young Willie Mays and the Giants gave America the Womp Heard ‘Round the World. Leo Durocher’s energetic ballclub hit Allie Reynolds around and took a 1-0 series lead on the road, then beat Vic Raschi at the Polo Grounds to make it a 2-1 advantage. From there, though, the Yanks did what they do, winning 6-2, 13-1 and 4-3, holding off a ninth-inning rally to secure the ring.
12. 1936 World Series, Yankees def. Giants 4-2
Breaking a moderate (at the time) four-year AL Pennant drought, Carl Hubbell gave the Yanks a rude awakening by dominating them in Game 1. Luckily, New York (AL) rattled off three straight wins to take command of the series before dropping Game 5 in the 10th inning to Hal Schumacher. With their backs somewhat against the wall, the Bombers won Game 6 13-5, propelled by the biggest exhale of all time: a seven-run ninth. Dropping the opener, winning three, losing, then winning a blowout … the 1936 series was basically 2009, but with no Polio vaccine.
11. 1978 World Series, Yankees def. Dodgers 4-2
This one was more about the journey than the goal; fans will always remember tracking down the Red Sox, erasing a 14-game deficit, and sending them packing with Bucky Dent’s home run. The second title in a back-to-back is always slightly less memorable, and the Yankees clinched it on the road at Dodger Stadium. Credit where credit’s due, though. The Dodgers absolutely thought they had this one in the bag heading to the Bronx up 2-0, only to lose three straight at Yankee Stadium and Game 6 back in Hollyweird. In Game 4, Reggie Jackson cued a Yankee victory by sticking his left hip into an incoming baseball, causing Tommy Lasorda to spew manicotti all over the first base umpire.
10. 1923 World Series, Yankees def. Giants 4-2
You never forget your first! The Yankees shook off the Highlanders Curse and earned themselves a shiny new pocket watch (he remembered!) by beating John McGraw’s Giants after falling to them the two previous seasons. In 1921, they lost an eight-game World Series 5-3, and in 1922, they fell 4-0 but also tied once? Normal stuff. This series began with future Yankee legend Casey Stengel beating the Bombers by breaking a 4-4 tie with an inside-the-park home run in Game 1. Old-timey baseball was just the best.