There have been 112 different World Series played since the first one began in 1903. The Yankees have been in 40 of them (over a third) and captured championships in 27 (just under a quarter). That is a copious amount.
Some of the Yankees’ recent World Series memories are fresh enough that fans have near-instant recall of those highlights, but it’s a little trickier going further back. Tomes could be written (and have) about these years. To make it a little easier to parse though, I made a guide to the 40 Fall Classic appearances with short explanations of what to know about each series.
Now your friends can be even more impressed about your baseball knowledge! Or concerned. Either/or.
Babe hurt. Giants win best-of-nine.
John McGraw’s pitching advice outfoxes the Babe. Also: a tie!
Ruth outslugs Stengel, Yanks get first championship.
Ronald Reagan strikes out Tony Lazzeri (in the movies, anyway).
“Murderers’ Row” the story, but it ends via wild pitch.
Babe & Lou combine for seven homers in sweep. Well then.
“The Called Shot,” three Gehrig blasts, and yet another sweep.
Ruth’s successor George Selkirk says “Babe who?” by slugging .667.
Lefty Gomez dominates, Yanks dismiss Giants for second straight year.
Ruffing’s time to shine in second sweep of the Cubs.
Reds catcher suffers groin shot on throw, “snoozes,” Yanks sweep.
Dodgers devastated after game-winning strikeout turns to loss.
Cardinals’ ninth inning homer sinks Yanks in DiMaggio’s only loss.
Spud Chandler and wartime Bombers get revenge on Cardinals.
No-hit bid turns to loss, Brooklyn falls anyway.
Henrich’s walk-off dinger sets pace for Stengel’s first title.
Philly’s “Whiz Kids” no match for DiMaggio, Coleman, and Yanks.
“The Giants win the pennant,” but not the World Series.
Billy Martin’s miracle catch helps Yanks win in seven.
Five in a row thanks to Martin’s series-ending single.
Okay fine, Brooklyn can win one.
But only one. Larsen perfect.
Lew Burdette surprises baseball, shuts down Bombers
Revenge for ‘57 as Turley makes 3-1 series lead vanish.
Bill Mazeroski breaks Yankees’ hearts in Pittsburgh.
Whitey Ford: “It’s been a bad year for the Babe.”
Richardson plays McCovey perfectly, crushes Charles Schulz.
Koufax and Drysdale: Too good.
Gibson and Cardinals wipe out Mantle era’s last gasp.
Big Red Machine rolls on, sweeps Yanks aside.
Reg-gie, Reg-gie, Reg-gie.
Dent a World Series hero too, not just at Fenway.
Down 0-2, Dodgers rebound, win at Yankee Stadium.
Leyritz homer stuns the south, kick-starts dynasty.
Player to be named later becomes World Series MVP.
Braves bow out again, Yanks sweep second straight.
Vizcaino and Sojo hit Subway Series game-winners because duh.
Luis Gonzalez ruins beautiful narrative like an asshole.
Jeff Weaver over Mariano Rivera? Really, Joe?
Go go Godzilla!