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1996 American League Championship Series
Team (Wins) Manager Season
New York Yankees (4) Joe Torre 92–70, .568, GA: 4
Baltimore Orioles (1) Davey Johnson 88–74, .543, GB: 4
Dates: October 9–October 13
MVP: Bernie Williams (New York)
Television: NBC
TV announcers: Bob Costas, Joe Morgan and Bob Uecker
Radio: CBS
Radio announcers: John Rooney and Gary Cohen
Umpires: Larry Barnett, Dale Scott, Mike Reilly, Dan Morrison, Rocky Roe, Rich Garcia
ALDS: Baltimore Orioles over Cleveland Indians (3–1)
  New York Yankees over Texas Rangers (3–1)
 < 1995 ALCS 1997 > 
1996 World Series

The 1996 American League Championship Series (ALCS), the second round of the 1996 American League playoffs, matched the Eastern Division champion New York Yankees against the Wild Card team, the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees had the home field advantage in the series because they had won their division and the Orioles were the Wild Card team.

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Background

The two teams were victorious in the AL Division Series (ALDS), with the Yankees defeating the Western Division champion Texas Rangers three games to one, and the Orioles defeating the Central Division champion Cleveland Indians three games to one. The Yankees won the series four games to one to become the American League champions, and won against the National League champion Atlanta Braves in the 1996 World Series.

Summary

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New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles

New York wins the series, 4–1.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 9 Baltimore Orioles – 4, New York Yankees – 5 (11 innings) Yankee Stadium (I) 4:23 56,495[1]
2 October 10 Baltimore Orioles – 5, New York Yankees – 3 Yankee Stadium (I) 4:13 58,432[2] 
3 October 11 New York Yankees – 5, Baltimore Orioles – 2 Oriole Park at Camden Yards 2:50 48,635[3] 
4 October 12 New York Yankees – 8, Baltimore Orioles – 4 Oriole Park at Camden Yards 3:45 48,974[4] 
5 October 13 New York Yankees – 6, Baltimore Orioles – 4 Oriole Park at Camden Yards 2:57 48,718[5]

Game summaries

Game 1

Wednesday, October 9, 1996 at Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Baltimore 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 11 1
New York 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 5 11 0

WP: Mariano Rivera (1–0)  LP: Randy Myers (0–1)  
HRs:  BAL – Brady Anderson (1), Rafael Palmeiro (1)  NYY – Derek Jeter (1), Bernie Williams (1)

The first game of the series is most notable (or perhaps infamous) for the "Jeffrey Maier Incident." With the Yankees trailing 4–3 in the bottom of the eighth, rookie Derek Jeter hit a fly ball to deep right field off Orioles reliever Armando Benitez. Right fielder Tony Tarasco backed up to the wall, but twelve-year old Yankees fan Jeffrey Maier reached over the fence and caught the ball before Tarasco could attempt to do so himself. Tarasco immediately pointed above and protested that it was fan interference, but right field umpire Rich Garcia controversially ruled it a home run and his call was upheld by the other members of the umpiring crew. The game then went into extra-innings, where Bernie Williams ended it in the eleventh with a walk-off home run into the left field seats off Baltimore's Randy Myers.

Game 2

Thursday, October 10, 1996 at Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 5 10 0
New York 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 11 1

WP: David Wells (1–0)  LP: Jeff Nelson (0–1)  SV: Armando Benítez (1)  
HRs:  BAL – Todd Zeile (1), Rafael Palmeiro (2)

Deadlocked at 2–2 in the top of the seventh, Rafael Palmeiro drove a Jeff Nelson slider high over the right field fence for a two-run home run, and the Orioles evened the series behind strong pitching from David Wells, who out-dueled future teammate David Cone. Trailing 5–3 in the ninth, the Yankees put runners on first and second with one out before Armando Benitez came on to slam the door on the budding rally. Cone was wild, walking five batters in six innings of work, while Wells won for the tenth time in eleven career decisions at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees continued a trend that started in Game 1 by stranding eleven men on base, bringing their total to 24 for the series.[6]

Game 3

Friday, October 11, 1996 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 5 8 0
Baltimore 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 2

WP: Jimmy Key (1–0)  LP: Mike Mussina (0–1)  SV: John Wetteland (1)  
HRs:  NYY – Cecil Fielder (1)  BAL – Todd Zeile (2)

Game 4

Saturday, October 12, 1996 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 8 9 0
Baltimore 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 11 0

WP: David Weathers (1–0)  LP: Rocky Coppinger (0–1)  
HRs:  NYY – Bernie Williams (2), Darryl Strawberry 2 (2), Paul O'Neill (1)  BAL – Chris Hoiles (1)

Game 5

Sunday, October 13, 1996 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 11 0
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 4 4 1

WP: Andy Pettitte (1–0)  LP: Scott Erickson (0–1)  
HRs:  NYY – Jim Leyritz (1), Cecil Fielder (2), Darryl Strawberry (3)  BAL – Todd Zeile (3), Eddie Murray (1), Bobby Bonilla (1)

Composite box

1996 ALCS (4–1): New York Yankees over Baltimore Orioles

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
New York Yankees 5 2 6 3 0 0 2 8 0 0 1 27 50 1
Baltimore Orioles 3 1 4 3 0 2 2 2 2 0 0 19 39 4
Total attendance: 261,254   Average attendance: 52,251

See also

Series quotes

Tarasco, going back to the track, to the wall...(Maier steals ball, Uecker:"Oh!") AND WHAT HAPPENS HERE? HE CONTENDS THAT A FAN REACHES UP AND TOUCHES IT! BUT RICHIE GARCIA SAYS NO...It's a home run! Here comes Davey Johnson, out to argue as Jeter comes across to tie the game.
Bob Costas on NBC television, calling the controversial Jeter home run in Game 1.
There's a high fly ball to right, deep...Going back is Tarasco, to the warning track, to the wall, he's under it now...AND IT'S TAKEN AWAY FROM HIM BY A FAN, AND THEY'RE GONNA CALL IT...A HOME RUN! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT! Richie Garcia is calling it a home run, and Tarasco is out to argue! A terrible call by Richie Garcia! IT'S ALL TIED UP!
Jon Miller, calling the same play on Orioles radio. (Audio)
And here's a drive to left. IT'S MIGHTY HIGH, IT'S MIGHTY FAR...AND GOODNIGHT!
Bob Costas, calling Bernie Williams' walk-off home run off Randy Myers to end Game 1.
A bouncer to deep short, [Derek] Jeter...long throw...diving is Cal [Ripken] but he can't get there in time! And the Yankees win the pennant!
Bob Costas, calling the final out in Game 5.

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