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Tuesday, March 25, 2003
Classic Yankees 100th Anniversary


Love them or hate them, you have to respect the New York Yankees. With their Subway Series win over the Mets in five games in 2000, the Yankees own a professional sports franchise record with 26 World Championships. And now, the Yankees have reached another milestone. ESPN Classic celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Yankees from Saturday-Monday, March 29-31. That's followed up by a Damn Yankees week of stunning comebacks from Monday-Friday, March 31 - April 4. Here's our complete schedule:
All times eastern

"The Iron Horse" brought smiles to many Yankees fans as he would play in 2,130 consecutifve games in 14 seasons before suffering from ALS, a form of infantile paralysis, now known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Classic Yankees
100th Anniversary
and Damn Yankees Week
Sat., March 29 - Fri., April 4

Saturday, March 29
Complete schedule

10 a.m. - Classic MLB
Thurman Munson Tribute Game
Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees

Yankees defeat the Orioles, 5-4, after returning from Thurmon Munson's funeral in Canton, Ohio. Yankee Bobby Murcer, one of two players who eulogized Munson, drives in all five runs.

Noon - Classic MLB
1998 World Series
Game 1: Padres at Yankees

Tino Martinez hit a grand slam and Chuck Knoblauch hit a three-run homer in a seven-run seventh that rescued the Yankees, giving them a 9-6 victory over the San Diego Padres in Game 1 of the World Series.

2 p.m. - Classic MLB
1978 World Series
Game 4: Dodgers at Yankees

Yankees win 4-3 on Lou Pinella's single in the 10th off of Bob Welch which scores Roy White.

4 p.m. - SportsCentury: Casey Stegel

5 p.m. - SportsCentury: Lou Gehrig

6 p.m. - Classic MLB
1978 World Series
Game 6: Yankees at Dodgers

Catfish Hunter allows only two runs in 7 innings as the Yankees prevail 7-2 over the Dodgers, winning the series in six games.

8 p.m. - SportsCentury: Mickey Mantle

9 p.m. - Classic MLB
1996 World Series
Game 6: Braves at Yankees

After looking so dominant in the first two games, the season ended for the Braves with a 3-2 loss to the Yankees in Game 6 of the Series. Down by two in the ninth, the Braves scored one and had runners at first and second with two out. With the count 3-2, Lemke fouled one towards third base and it was squeezed by Charlie Hayes for the final out, eliminating the Braves.

11 p.m. - Classic MLB
1999 World Series Film

A recap of the Yankees World Series sweep of the Atlanta Braves in 1999.

Sunday, March 30
Complete schedule

9 a.m. - Classic MLB
Royals at N.Y. Yankees (1983)

George Brett's Pine Tar game.

11 a.m. - Classic MLB
Expos at Yankees (1999)

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. Coincidentally, Don Larsen -- who tossed a perfect game in the 1956 World Series -- throws out the ceremonial first pitch. Yankees win, 6-0.

Billy Martin
Here clowning with Reggie Jackson, Martin almost came to blows with the outfielder during a game in 1977.
2 p.m. - Classic MLB
2001 World Series
Game 4: Diamondbacks at Yankees

Tino Martinez's two-run homer with two out in the ninth inning tied the score, and Derek Jeter's two-out homer in the 10th finished the Diamondbacks.

4 p.m. - SportsCentury: Billy Martin Part I

5 p.m. - SportsCentury: Billy Martin Part II

6 p.m. - Classic MLB
Twins at Yankees (1998)

David Wells tosses only the 14th regular-season perfect game in baseball history, the first ever by a Yankee. Yankees win, 4-0.

8 p.m. - SportsCentury: Darryl Strawberry

9 p.m. - Classic MLB
2000 World Series
Game 5: Yankees at Mets

Derek Jeter, the eventual Series MVP, homered to tie the score at two. Al Leiter kept going until the ninth inning, and the game appeared to be headed to extra innings after he struck out the first two batters. But Jorge Posada walked and Scott Brosius singled to put runners at first and second. Luis Sojo slapped a ball up the middle on Leiter's 142nd pitch that just made it past the infield, allowing the go-ahead run to score.

The Mets had a chance as Mike Piazza strode to the plate with a man on and two out against Mariano Rivera. Piazza hit the ball hard, causing everyone at Shea Stadium to hold their breath for an instant, but the ball -- and the Mets' comeback chances -- died in Bernie Williams' glove just shy of the warning track in left-center field. It was four victories by a total of five runs, but it made the Yankees the first to win three consecutive titles since the A's did it from 1972-74.

11 p.m. - SportsCentury: Roger Maris

Monday, March 31
Complete schedule

George Steinbrenner
Steinbrenner, who bought the Yankees in 1973, is the most prominent owner in sports.
10 a.m. - 1996 ALCS, Game 1
Orioles at Yankees

Jeffrey Maier's interference helped the Yankees to a 5-4 win in 11 innings. Maier, a 12-year-old fan, caught a disputed home run ball to tie the score. Then, Bernie Williams led off the 11th with a home run off Randy Myers to snap a 4-4 tie and give the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Noon - 2001 ALDS, Game 3
Yankees at Athletics

Mike Mussina and Mariano Rivera combined on a six-hitter and Jorge Posada smashed a solo home run for the Yankees, who won for the first time in Oakland since the previous season. Mussina pitched seven innings, allowing four hits and one walk, while striking out four.

2 p.m. - Mariners at Yankees (1996)
Dwight Gooden, his career considered over after a drug ban one year earlier and a rough start this season, pitched a no-hitter as the Yankees defeated the Seattle Mariners, 2-0.

4 p.m. - 1995 ALDS, Game 2
Mariners at Yankees

Don Mattingly hit a solo home run giving the Yankees a 3-2 lead in the 6th, and Jim Leyritz added the crushing blow, a two-run homer in the bottom of the 15th to win the game, 7-5.

7 p.m. - MLB Video: Pinstripe Power

8 p.m. - SportsCentury: Babe Ruth

9 p.m. - 1976 ALCS, Game 5
Royals at Yankees

Chris Chambliss hit a home run in the ninth to send the Royals home heartbroken.

Tuesday, April 1
Complete schedule

8 p.m. - SportsCentury: Reggie Jackson

9 p.m. - 1977 World Series, Game 6
Dodgers at Yankees

Reggie Jackson, who hit .571 in the final four games of the Series with five homers, belts three round-trippers in a performance for the ages in Game 6 to clinch the title.

Wednesday, April 2
Complete schedule

8 p.m. - SportsCentury: George Steinbrenner

8:30 p.m. - SportsCentury: Roger Clemens

9 p.m. - 1978 A.L. East Playoff Game
Yankees at Red Sox

Bucky Dent hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning, Reggie Jackson added insurance runs in the eighth and Lou Piniella's inconspicuous outfield play in the bottom of the ninth saved the game as New York erased a 2-0 deficit and pulled out a 5-4 win.

Thursday, April 3
Complete schedule

8 p.m. - SportsCentury: Lou Gehrig

Derek Jeter
9 p.m. - 1996 World Series, Game 4
Yankees at Braves

Another classic comeback. The Yankees rallied from a 6-0 deficit and tied it in the eighth on Jim Leyritz's three-run homer. Then, Steve Avery walked three batters and Wade Boggs drove in the go-ahead run with a ground ball single as New York won an 8-6 decision in 10 innings.

Friday, April 4
Complete schedule

8 p.m. - SportsCentury: Casey Stengel

9 p.m. - 2001 World Series, Game 5
Diamondbacks at Yankees

Another jolt of midnight magic, another stunning World Series win for the Yankees. Scott Brosius saved the Yankees with a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning, then Alfonso Soriano singled home the winning run in the 12th to give New York a 3-2 victory over the Diamondbacks and a three games-to-two edge in the series. For the second straight night, the Yankees were one out away from defeat.

A night earlier, closing pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim served up a tying, two-run homer in the ninth to Tino Martinez. In the 10th inning, Derek Jeter homered off Kim to win.