The New York Yankees' 1995 season was the 93rd season for the Yankees, their 71st playing home games at Yankee Stadium. Managed by Buck Showalter, the team finished with a record of 79-65, seven games behind the Boston Red Sox. They won the first American League Wild Card. In the playoffs, they would squander a 2-0 series lead losing three straight games at The Kingdome and succumb to the Seattle Mariners in five games.
|1995 New York Yankees|
|1995 AL Wild Card|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Gene Michael|
(Phil Rizzuto, Bobby Murcer, Paul Olden)
(Jim Kaat, Dave Cohen, Al Trautwig)
|Local radio||WABC (AM)|
(Michael Kay, John Sterling)
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|Boston Red Sox||86||58||0.597||—||42–30||44–28|
|New York Yankees||79||65||0.549||7||46–26||33–39|
|Toronto Blue Jays||56||88||0.389||30||29–43||27–45|
1995 American League Records
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|1995 New York Yankees|
Shortly before his death, Mantle videotaped a message to be played on Old-Timers' Day, which he was too ill to attend. He said, "When I die, I wanted on my tombstone, 'A great teammate.' But I didn't think it would be this soon." The words were indeed carved on the plaque marking his resting place at the family mausoleum in Dallas.
Mantle received a liver transplant at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, on June 8, 1995, after his liver had been damaged by years of chronic alcoholism, cirrhosis and hepatitis C. In July, he had recovered enough to deliver a press conference at Baylor, and noted that many fans had looked to him as a role model. "This is a role model: Don't be like me", he said. He also established the Mickey Mantle Foundation to raise awareness for organ donations. Soon, he was back in the hospital, where it was found that his liver cancer spread throughout his body.
Mickey Mantle died on August 13, 1995, at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. He was 63 years old. During the first Yankee home game after Mantle's passing, Eddie Layton played "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on the Hammond organ at Yankee Stadium because Mickey had once told him it was his favorite song. The Yankees played the rest of the season with black mourning bands topped by a small number 7 on their left sleeves.
Phil Rizzuto, angered over the refusal of television station WPIX to give him a day off to attend his former teammate's funeral, abruptly resigned from his play-by-play announcing job with the station on August 19. He would return to call a partial schedule for the station in 1996 before retiring for good.
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
|1||Seattle 6, New York 9||Oct 3, 1995|
|2||Seattle 5, New York 7||Oct 4, 1995|
|3||New York 4, Seattle 7||Oct 6, 1995|
|4||New York 8, Seattle 11||Oct 7, 1995|
|5||New York 5, Seattle 6||Oct 8, 1995|
|AAA||Columbus Clippers||International League||Bill Evers|
|AA||Norwich Navigators||Eastern League||Jimmy Johnson|
|A||Tampa Yankees||Florida State League||Jake Gibbs|
|A||Greensboro Bats||South Atlantic League||Trey Hillman|
|A-Short Season||Oneonta Yankees||New York–Penn League||Rob Thomson|
|Rookie||GCL Yankees||Gulf Coast League||Héctor López|
The Double was a double hit by the Seattle Mariners' Edgar Martínez in Game 5 of Major League Baseball's 1995 American League Division Series on October 8, 1995. Trailing by one run in the bottom half of the 11th inning, with Joey Cora on third base and Ken Griffey, Jr. on first, Martinez's hit drove in Cora and Griffey, giving the Mariners a 6–5 victory over the New York Yankees to clinch the series, 3–2. The play is held to be the "biggest hit in franchise history."Amid rumors that the team would be sold and/or relocated, the Mariners—who had had only two winning seasons (1991 and 1993) since beginning play in 1977—mounted a late-season comeback in 1995 to clinch their first postseason appearance in franchise history. They then mounted a series of comebacks in the ALDS, first overcoming a 2-game series deficit to force a deciding Game 5, then tying Game 5 in the 8th inning to force extra innings, and finally a one-run 11th inning deficit that was overcome by the Double.
The hit is regarded as the defining moment of Martinez's 18-year Hall of Fame career. Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus' call of the play—which is equally memorable to Seattle fans as the play itself—is also regarded as the highlight of his career. The play is also credited with keeping a Major League Baseball team in the city of Seattle, as it helped garner support for a new taxpayer-funded stadium for the Mariners. That stadium, known today as T-Mobile Park (it was originally known as Safeco Field through the end of the 2018 season), opened in 1999, with the Double depicted in a mural as part of the stadium's art collection.
1995 MLB season by team
|Division titles (17)|
|Wild Card titles (7)|
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