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The 1999 World Series, the 95th edition of Major League Baseball's championship series, featured a rematch between the defending champions New York Yankees (representing the American League) against the Atlanta Braves (representing the National League) during the month of October, with the Yankees sweeping the Series in four games for their second title in a row and 25th overall. It is remembered for Chad Curtis' home run in Game 3, which gave the Yankees a 6–5 victory and Game 2, featuring Jim Gray of NBC's infamous interview with Pete Rose.

Background

The New York Yankees won their second straight World Series and the second straight time the New York Yankees beat the Atlanta Braves in the World Series, and the third consecutive time beating the Braves franchise (defeated the Milwaukee Braves in their 1958 Series). The 1999 World Series also featured the All Century Team, featuring the greatest players of the twentieth Century voted by both the fans and sport writers.

Summary

Matchups

Game 1

Saturday, October 23, 1999 at Turner Fieldmarker in Atlanta, Georgiamarker

The 1999 series opened with Greg Maddux facing Orlando Hernández in Game 1. The Braves got on the board first in the series when Chipper Jones launched a home run down the right field line in the fourth. That would be the only hit that El Duque would allow through seven innings while striking out ten Atlanta batters. Maddux pitched scoreless into the eighth before running into major trouble. It began when Scott Brosius singled for the third time in the game. Pinch hitter Darryl Strawberry walked and Chuck Knoblauch reached when Braves first baseman Brian Hunter mishandled his sacrifice bunt attempt. Derek Jeter stroked a single into left with the bases loaded driving in a run. With still none out and the bases juiced, Atlanta reliever John Rocker gave up a two-run single to Paul O'Neill through the right side making it 3–1 Yankees. Rocker then walked Jim Leyritz later in the inning with the bases loaded to force home another run. Mariano Rivera picked up the save to wrap up the 4–1 victory.

Game 2

Sunday, October 24, 1999 at Turner Fieldmarker in Atlanta, Georgiamarker

Game 2 featured the presentation of the All Century team as well as a Yankee explosion of early runs off Atlanta starter Kevin Millwood. In the first, Knoblauch, Jeter, and O'Neill opened the game with singles. After a double-play groundout, both Tino Martinez and Scott Brosius drove in a run each to gave the Yankees a 3–0 in the first. From there the Yankees and David Cone coasted to a 7–2 win. As of 2009, this is the last victory of a World Series Game 2 on the road.

Golfer Payne Stewart, a good friend of Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, died between Games 2 and 3. Yankees right fielder Paul O'Neill's father died a few hours before Game 4.

Game 3

Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at Yankee Stadium marker in Bronx, New Yorkmarker

Game 3 in New York matched up Andy Pettite and Tom Glavine. Pettite got rocked early. Bret Boone drove in Gerald Williams with a RBI double in the first. In the third, Brian Jordan had an RBI single scoring Boone and Jose Hernandez doubled in Jordan and Andruw Jones. Bret Boone doubled in Gerald Williams for a second time in the game in the fourth to make the score 5–1. Glavine was sharp but gave up solo homers to Martinez and Chad Curtis in the middle innings trimming the Braves lead to 5–3. Then in the eighth, Glavine surrendered a two-run homer just over the short porch in right to Knoblauch to tie up the game at 5–5. The score remain knotted until the bottom of the tenth when Chad Curtis blasted a walk-off home run (his second HR of the game) off Mike Remlinger, giving the Yankees a commanding 3–0 lead in the Series.

Game 4

Wednesday, October 27, 1999 at Yankee Stadium marker in Bronx, New Yorkmarker

Game 4 featured a battle of hard throwing Cy Young award winners; Roger Clemens and John Smoltz. In the third, the Yanks broke through when Tino Martinez singled off Ryan Klesko's foot driving in two runs with the bases loaded. Jorge Posada followed with another RBI single making the score 3–0. Clemens was outstanding until the seventh when Boone singled in Walt Weiss. Jim Leyritz added another run with a solo shot in the eighth adding to his legacy as a great postseason performer. Rivera, who was named Series MVP, got Keith Lockhart to fly out to LF for the final out.

The 1999 New York Yankees became the first team to win the World Series in consecutive sweeps since the 1938–1939 Yankees. It was also the first sweep by a team without home-field advantage since 1966 when Baltimore swept the Dodgers. The Yankees' 11–1 postseason record was the best ever. That record was tied by the Chicago White Sox in 2005. The Yankees players were each paid $326,000 for this World Championship.

Composite box

1999 World Series (4–0): New York Yankees (A.L.) over Atlanta Braves (N.L.)

Series quotes

Media coverage

This was NBC's 39th and, to date, final World Series telecast. The following year, FOX acquired the exclusive broadcast rights of Major League Baseball. Bob Costas served as play-by-play man while Joe Morgan served as analyst for the series. Hannah Storm served as pre-game host with Barry Larkin serving as the analyst. Serving as Field reporters were Jim Gray (Yankees dugout) and Craig Sager (Braves dugout) on loan from Turner Sports.

Once again, ESPN Radio provided coverage of the World Series. Play-by-play man Jon Miller was joined in the booth by Rick Sutcliffe, who substituted for the unavailable Joe Morgan.

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