Thursday, April 2, 2015

Yankees Playoff Walk-Off Homers

Yankees Playoff Walk-Off Homers

Yankees Playoff Walk-Off Homers

Raul Ibanez hit the game-winning home run to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead over the Orioles in the ALDS. (Kathy Willens/AP)
Raul Ibanez hit the game-winning home run to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead over the Orioles in the ALDS. (Kathy Willens/AP)


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Even if he wasn't a former Phillie, Raul Ibanez's performance Wednesday night — 48 years to the day that Mickey Mantle hit his only career postseason walk-off homer — put on one of the most stirring playoff performances in baseball playoff history.

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He became the first player in baseball history to hit two home runs in a postseason game that he hadn't started. He is now the oldest player (40 years, 130 days) to hit a walkoff postseason home run (left).

Here's a look at the Yankees' 12 postseason walkoff home runs (bold indicates a series-winning home run):

 Player  Date  Rd.  Gm.   Opponent   Inn.  Runs   Outs   Score 
 Tommy Henrich  Oct. 5, 1949  WS 1  Dodgers    9th  1 0  1-0
 Mickey Mantle  Oct. 10, 1964    WS 3  Cardinals    9th 1 0  2-1
 Chris Chambliss    Oct. 14, 1976       ALCS   5  Royals    9th 1 0  7-6
 Jim Leyritz  Oct. 4, 1995  ALDS 2  Mariners  15th 2 1  7-5
 Bernie Williams  Oct. 9, 1996  ALCS 1  Orioles  11th 1 0  5-4
 Bernie Williams  Oct. 13, 1999  ALCS 1  Red Sox  10th 1 0  4-3
 Chad Curtis  Oct. 26, 1999  WS 3  Braves  10th 1 0  6-5
 Alfonso Soriano  Oct. 21, 2001  ALCS 4  Mariners    9th 2 1  3-1
 Derek Jeter  Oct. 31, 2001  WS 4  D'backs  10th 1 2  4-3
 Aaron Boone  Oct. 16, 2003  ALCS 7  Red Sox  11th 1 0  6-5
 Mark Teixeira  Oct. 9, 2009  ALDS 2  Twins  11th 1 0  4-3
 Raul Ibanez  Oct. 10, 2012  ALDS 3  Orioles  12th 1 0  3-2
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

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He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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