Earlier this week the Yankees announced that WPIX will return to broadcasting Yankee games for 2015. For 47 years, 1951 through 1998, the Yankees called WPIX home and for fans old enough to remember it those were the golden years of Yankee broadcasts. Perhaps the biggest reason for that was the one and only Phil Rizzuto who was always entertaining whether he meant to be or not. Since the Scooter won't be around for the next generation of Yankee games on WPIX, there's no guarantee that they'll be up to par. Regardless, it seems like an appropriate time to take a trip down memory lane and re-live some of the great Yankee moments that WPIX brought to us.
Roger Maris ties Babe Ruth's single season home run record
Another famed Yankee broadcaster, Mel Allen, got the call on this one. The video quality is rough but they captured the moment pretty well.
If you're wondering why this home run was chosen instead of Maris' 61st that year, check out Red Barber's call of that moment. Swing and a miss.
Mickey Mantle hits his 500th career home run
By 1967 The Mick was a shell of his former self as evidenced by his painful limp around the bases. He still had some magic left in his bat though. The legendary Jerry Coleman has the call.
It's hard to believe that there were that many empty seats to see a Hall of Famer hit his 500th home run.
Chris Chambliss brings the Yankees back to the World Series
After a 12-year drought the Yankees had a chance to reach the World Series again in 1976 when Chris Chambliss came to the plate against the Royals in the bottom of the ninth. He delivered.
Rizzuto described the mayhem here. It's still amazing to see Chambliss fighting his way through all those people storming the field. That's definitely something we'll never see again.
Yankees and Royals brawl in 1977
The Yankees took on the Royals again in 1977 for another shot at the World Series. George Brett tripled at the start of Game 5 with a hard slide into third that Graig Nettles took issue with. Fisticuffs ensue.
The Bronx Zoo was a rare bunch. Everybody from stars to role players wanted to get in on that fight.
Don Mattingly hits a walk-off home run in his MVP season
The Yankees of the 1980's are notorious for failing to win a World Series, but some of those teams were among the league's best. This 1985 squad won 97 games thanks in large part to the heroics of AL MVP Don Mattingly.
The Yankee front office gets their share of grief for all the empty seats at Yankee Stadium these days, but check out that sea of blue in right field.
Rizzuto and Bill White provide rain delay entertainment
Even when there was no game action to call Rizzuto was a pleasure to listen to. During a rain delay in 1986 he kept the banter going with broadcast partner Bill White.
It's clear that Rizzuto loved talking baseball no matter how clueless he was. There's a part two to this rain delay as well.
Let's hope the return to WPIX is a good luck charm for the Yankees and gets them back on the right track in 2015. Scooter would think so.