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YANKEES TIMELINE
1903-1925 | 1926-1950 | 1951-1975 | 1976-2000 | 2001-Present
Timeline 1976-2000
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Inset: Reggie Jackson hits three home runs in Game Six of the World Series on Oct. 18, 1977.
1976  - Apr. 15: Remodeled Yankee Stadium opens with an 11-4 win over Minnesota Twins. The Twins' Dan Ford hits the first home run.

Oct. 14: Chris Chamblissí ninth-inning home run off Mark Littell in Game Five of the ALCS vs. Kansas City gives the Yankees their 30th pennant.

Nov. 29: Free agent Reggie Jackson signs a five-year contract.

1977  - Oct. 18: Reggie Jackson hits three home runs in Game Six of the World Series vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers at Yankee Stadium.
1978  - June 17: Ron Guidry establishes a franchise record by striking out 18 batters in the Yankees' 4-0 win vs. California at Yankee Stadium.

July 24: Billy Martin resigns as manager.

July 25: Bob Lemon is named manager, replacing Billy Martin.

July 29: On Old Timer's Day, theYankees announce that Billy Martin will return as Yankee manager in 1980 and Bob Lemon will become general manager.

Oct. 2: The Yankees, 14 games behind Boston at one point, defeat the Red Sox, 5-4, at Fenway Park in only the second playoff game in AL history. Bucky Dent's homer over the Green Monster completed the comeback, clinching the pennant for the Pinstripes.

1979  - June 18: Billy Martin returns as Yankee manager, replacing Bob Lemon.

Aug. 2: Yankees Captain Thurman Munson dies in a plane crash in Canton, Ohio, at age 32 (his number "15" is immediately retired).

1980  - Dec. 15: Free agent Dave Winfield signs a then-record 10-year contract.
1981  - Sept. 6: Bob Lemon is named manager for second time, replacing Gene Michael.
1982  - Apr. 26: Gene Michael becomes manager for second time, replacing Bob Lemon.

Aug. 3: Clyde King is named Yankee manager, replacing Gene Michael.

1983  - July 4: Dave Righetti pitches only the sixth regular-season no-hitter in franchise history and the first since 1951, a 4-0 win vs. the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.

July 24: The Yankees and Kansas City play the infamous "Pine Tar" game at Yankee Stadium as George Brett hits a two-out, ninth-inning home run off Goose Gossage to give the Royals an apparent 5-4 lead. The umpires nullify the homer because the pine tar on Brett's bat is above the allowable 18 inches and Brett is called out for using an illegal bat. The Yankees win 4-3 (see Aug 18, 1983). .

Aug. 18: Kansas City's protest is upheld and the "Pine Tar" game concludes with the Royals winning 5-4. When play is resumed, Yankee pitcher Ron Guidry is in center field for the final out of the top of the ninth while lefthanded first baseman Don Mattingly is at second. Royals' reliever Dan Quisenberry retires the Yankees in order in the bottom of the ninth.

1985  - Apr. 28: Billy Martin is named manager for the fourth time, replacing Yogi Berra.

Oct. 17: Lou Piniella is named manager, replacing Billy Martin.

Dec. 14: Roger Maris dies at age 51 in Houston, Texas.

1987  - July 18: Don Mattingly homers off Texas' Jose Guzman to tie Dale Long's Major-League record of hitting a home run in eight consecutive games (Mattingly hits 10 home runs during the streak).

Sept. 29: Don Mattingly hits a grand slam off Boston's Bruce Hurst, setting a Major-League record with six grand slams in a season.

1988  - June 23: Billy Martin is replaced as manager of the Yankees for the fifth and final time. Lou Piniella is named manager for the second time.

Dec. 9: The Yankees sign a 12-year television contract with Madison Square Garden Network.

1989  - Aug. 18: Bucky Dent replaces Dallas Green as Yankee manager.

Dec. 25: Billy Martin dies in an automobile accident at age 61.

1990  - June 6: Stump Merrill replaces Bucky Dent as Yankee manager.
1993  - Aug. 14: "Reggie Jackson Day," his uniform number (44) is retired.

Sept. 4: Jim Abbott pitches a 4-0, no-hit win over the Indians at Yankee Stadium.

1995  - Aug. 13: Mickey Mantle dies of cancer at age 63 in Dallas, Texas.

Sept. 6: Lou Gehrig's Major League record of 2,130 consecutive games played is broken when Baltimore's Cal Ripken, Jr. plays in his 2,131st.

1996  - May 14: Dwight Gooden hurls only the eighth regular-season no-hitter in Yankee history, a 2-0 blanking of the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium.

June 16: Mel Allen, the legendary "Voice of the Yankees" from 1939-64, dies at age 83 in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Aug. 25: A monument in honor of Mickey Mantle is unveiled in Yankee Stadium's Monument Park.

Oct. 26: The championship trophy returned to the Bronx after the Yanks defeat Greg Maddux and the Braves in Game 6 of the World Series. It was their 23rd title and the beginning of a dynasty.

1997  -

Jan. 22: Don Mattingly officially announces his retirement at a media conference at Yankee Stadium.

1998  -

May 17: David Wells tosses only the 14th regular-season perfect game in baseball history, the first ever by a Yankee.

Sept. 25: The Yankees establish an American-League record with their 112th win of the season (a 6-1 win vs. Tampa Bay at Yankee Stadium), breaking the mark of 111 by the 1954 Cleveland Indians (they complete the season with an AL record 114th victory on September 27 vs. Tampa Bay).

Oct. 21: The Yankees complete an incredible season with a four-game sweep of the San Diego Padres in the World Series to capture the franchise's 24th World Championship.Their 3-0 win gives the club a record of 125-50 (114-48 in the regular season, 11-2 in postseason).

1999  - Mar. 8: Joe DiMaggio dies at age 84 in Hollywood, Florida.

Apr. 25: A monument in honor of Joe DiMaggio is unveiled in Yankee Stadium's Monument Park.

July 18: On "Yogi Berra Day," David Cone tosses only the 15th regular-season perfect game in baseball history one season after David Wells accomplishes the feat. Coincidentially, Don Larsen--who tossed a perfect game in the 1956 World Series--throws out the ceremonial first pitch.

Sept. 9: Jim "Catfish" Hunter dies at age 53 in Hertford, North Carolina.

Oct. 27: The Yankees play Baseball's last game of the century and complete a four-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves to capture their 25th World Championship. The 4-1 win is also the club's 12th straight in World-Series play, tying the record of the 1927, 1928 and 1932 Yankees.

2000  -

Oct. 26: Yankees win their 26th World Championship in 5 vs. New York Mets. It was the first "Subway Series" since 1956.

1903-1925 | 1926-1950 | 1951-1975 | 1976-2000 | 2001-Present