The 1996 World Series launched the most recent New York Yankees dynasty as the Bronx Bombers returned to the Fall Classic for the first time in 15 years.

The Yankees boasted a solid mix of young players like Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte and Bernie Williams surrounded by seasoned veterans like Paul O’Neill, Tim Raines, Wade Boggs, Dwight Gooden, David Cone and Darryl Strawberry. New York won the AL East before dispatching Texas and Baltimore in the AL playoffs.

The Atlanta Braves jumped out to a 2-0 series lead (outscoring New York 16-1) and headed home looking to put the finishing touches on a second consecutive championship. But the Yankees roared back, winning all three games at Fulton County Stadium before winning Game 6 at home 3-2. Closer John Wetteland had four saves to earn MVP honors for manager Joe Torre, who would help the Yankees win three more World Series in the next four seasons.

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