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1998 World Series
1998 World Series Logo
Team (Wins) Manager Season
New York Yankees (4) Joe Torre 114–48, .704, GA: 22
San Diego Padres (0) Bruce Bochy 98–64, .605, GA: 9½
Dates: October 17–October 21
MVP: Scott Brosius (New York)
Television: Fox
TV announcers: Joe Buck, Tim McCarver, Bob Brenly
Radio: ESPN
Radio announcers: Jon Miller, Joe Morgan
Umpires: Rich Garcia (AL), Jerry Crawford (NL), Tim Tschida (AL), Dana DeMuth (NL), Dale Scott (AL), Mark Hirschbeck (NL)
Future Hall of Famers: Yankees: none.
Padres: Tony Gwynn.
ALCS: New York Yankees over Cleveland Indians(4–2)
NLCS: San Diego Padres over Atlanta Braves (4–2)
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The 1998 World Series, the 94th edition of Major League Baseball's championship series, matched the New York Yankees (representing the American League) against the San Diego Padres (representing the National League). The Yankees swept the Series in four games to capture their second championship in three years, and their 24th overall. It was San Diego's second World Series appearance, and the first since losing in 1984 to the Detroit Tigers. This was officially the first World Series that Bud Selig presided as Commissioner of Baseball, although he had presided over the Commissioner's Trophy presentation at the end of the 1995 and 1997 World Series.

For the first time the same city, San Diego, hosted both the Super Bowl and the final World Series game in the same year. Not only were they held in the same city, they were both held in the same stadium.

The New York Yankees posted a MLB record with the most overall wins in MLB history with 125 wins (including the postseason).

This was the first year this particular World Series logo was used. It was only used again in the 1999 World Series. Both the 1998 and 1999 series were won by the Yankees.



AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL San Diego Padres (0)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 17 San Diego Padres – 6, New York Yankees – 9 Yankee Stadium (I) 3:29 56,712[1]
2 October 18 San Diego Padres – 3, New York Yankees – 9 Yankee Stadium (I) 3:31 56,692[2] 
3 October 20 New York Yankees – 5, San Diego Padres – 4 Qualcomm Stadium 3:14 64,667[3] 
4 October 21 New York Yankees – 3, San Diego Padres – 0 Qualcomm Stadium 2:58 65,427[4]


Game 1

Saturday, October 17, 1998 at Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

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

WP: David Wells (1–0)  LP: Donne Wall (0–1)  SV: Mariano Rivera (1)  
HRs:  SD – Greg Vaughn 2 (2), Tony Gwynn (1)  NYY – Chuck Knoblauch (1), Tino Martinez (1)

In Game 1, Kevin Brown took the hill for the Padres while the Yankees sent ALCS MVP David Wells to start. The Yankees began the scoring in the second inning, when rookie Ricky Ledee laced a two-run double into the right field corner with the bases loaded. However, the Padres battered Wells hard, beginning in the third inning when Greg Vaughn homered to right-center with a man aboard tying the game up at two runs apiece. In the fifth, Tony Gwynn smashed a two-run shot off the facing of the upper deck, followed up immediately by Vaughn's second dinger of the night. Trailing 5–2, the Yanks made a comeback in the seventh. Jorge Posada singled and Ledee walked, ending the night for Brown; it turned out to be a bad move by Padres manager Bruce Bochy. New York took advantage of the Padres bullpen with a three-run homer by Chuck Knoblauch that tied the game at five. Later in the inning, with the bases loaded, a 2–2 count call by home plate umpire Rich Garcia would prove to be decisive. Mark Langston's pitch was shown to be borderline and Garcia called it a ball. On the next pitch, Tino Martinez sent a grand slam into the upper deck, giving the Yankees a 9–5 lead. The Padres would score one more run, but the Yankees won Game 1 9–6.

Game 2

Sunday, October 18, 1998 at Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Diego 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 3 10 1
New York 3 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 X 9 16 0

WP: Orlando Hernández (1–0)  LP: Andy Ashby (0–1)  
HRs:  NYY – Bernie Williams (1), Jorge Posada (1)

In Game 2, the Bombers would go up 2–0 in the Series thanks to a dreadful outing by San Diego starter Andy Ashby. Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada would go yard to assist the Yankees on offense. New York started Cuban import Orlando Hernández, who was outstanding.

Game 3

Tuesday, October 20, 1998 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California

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

WP: Ramiro Mendoza (1–0)  LP: Trevor Hoffman (0–1)  SV: Mariano Rivera (2)  
HRs:  NYY – Scott Brosius 2 (2)

The Yankees sent David Cone to the mound to face former Yankee pitcher Sterling Hitchcock, the MVP of the NLCS. Both teams were kept off the scoreboard until the bottom of the sixth when Hitchcock himself led off the inning with a single off Cone. He and Qulivio Veras both scored two batters later when Tony Gwynn shot a double down the line past Tino Martinez at first base. Gwynn would also score in the inning to give San Diego a 3–0 lead. However, a half inning later the Yanks jumped on Hitchcock for two runs, beginning with a home run to left-center by Scott Brosius. The second run came in after Shane Spencer doubled and scored on an error by Ken Caminiti. In the eighth, the call was made to Trevor Hoffman after Randy Myers walked Paul O'Neill to open the inning. Hoffman then walked Tino Martinez before Scott Brosius tagged a three-run blast over the fence in dead center. A Greg Vaughn sacrifice fly, scoring Quilvio Veras, cut the lead to 5–4 coming into the ninth, but the Yankees wrapped up the victory when Mariano Rivera picked up the save to end it. There was some criticism of Padres manager Bruce Bochy for using John Vander Wal as a pinch runner, leaving the responsibility of facing Rivera for the final at bat to Andy Sheets. Sheets struck out to end the game.

Game 4

Wednesday, October 21, 1998 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California

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

WP: Andy Pettitte (1–0)  LP: Kevin Brown (0–1)  SV: Mariano Rivera (3)  

Andy Pettitte, who struggled throughout the regular season and had turned in a poor start in the ALCS, outdueled Kevin Brown in Game 4, throwing 7+13 shutout innings. With the Yankees clinging to a 3–0 lead in the eighth, the Padres were able to load the bases against Yankees reliever Jeff Nelson; however, Mariano Rivera came in and got Jim Leyritz, known for his clutch postseason home runs, to fly out to end the threat. Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth inning to end the Series.

Composite box

1998 World Series (4–0): New York Yankees (A.L.) over San Diego Padres (N.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 3 5 1 0 2 1 9 5 0 26 43 2
San Diego Padres 0 0 2 0 4 3 0 4 0 13 32 3
Total attendance: 243,498   Average attendance: 60,875
Winning player’s share: $312,042   Losing player’s share: $204,144[5]

Series quotes

You gotta win four to wear the crown
Tony Gwynn in an interview prior to Game 4 of the Series, insisting that the Padres would not quit despite being down three games to none.
From ear to ear, you can feel Darryl Strawberry smiling.
FOX announcer Tim McCarver after the Yankees win. Darryl had cancer and could not play in the 1998 postseason.
And The Yankees have done it again, #24, they are the world champions in 1998!
Joe Buck calling the final out of the series.
Hit on the ground on a hop to Brosius, fields, throws across...in time! Ball game over! World Series Over! Yankees win! The Yankees win! The New York Yankees, professional sports' most-storied gloried franchise has once again scaled baseball's everest! For the 24th time in their illustrious history, the New York Yankees are World Champions!
Yankees announcer John Sterling on the same moment as Buck above


The television rights for the 1998 World Series went to Fox, as they had the rights to the World Series in even-numbered years under the television contract that was signed in 1996. Joe Buck once again provided the play-by-play, with Tim McCarver and Bob Brenly alongside him in the booth.

For the first time, ESPN Radio was the home of the World Series, having taken the radio rights for Major League Baseball from the CBS Radio Network. Jon Miller and Joe Morgan provided the coverage for the network.


On October 11, 2005 A&E Home Video released The New York Yankees Fall Classic Collectors Edition (1996–2001) DVD set. Game 3 of the 1998 World Series is included in the set.



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