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1999 World Series
1999 World Series Logo
Team (Wins) Manager Season
New York Yankees (4) Joe Torre 98–64, .605, GA: 4
Atlanta Braves (0) Bobby Cox 103–59, .636, GA: 6½
Dates: October 23–October 27
MVP: Mariano Rivera (New York)
Television: NBC
TV announcers: Bob Costas, Joe Morgan
Radio: ESPN
Radio announcers: Jon Miller, Rick Sutcliffe
Umpires: Randy Marsh (NL), Derryl Cousins (AL), Gerry Davis (NL), Rocky Roe (AL), Steve Rippley (NL), Jim Joyce (AL)
ALCS: New York Yankees over Boston Red Sox (4–1)
NLCS: Atlanta Braves over New York Mets (4–2)
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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.



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.


AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL Atlanta Braves (0)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 23 New York Yankees – 4, Atlanta Braves – 1 Turner Field 2:57 51,342[1]
2 October 24 New York Yankees – 7, Atlanta Braves – 2 Turner Field 3:14 51,226[2] 
3 October 26 Atlanta Braves – 5, New York Yankees – 6 (10 innings) Yankee Stadium (I) 3:16 56,794[3] 
4 October 27 Atlanta Braves – 1, New York Yankees – 4 Yankee Stadium (I) 2:58 56,752[4]


Game 1

Saturday, October 23, 1999 at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia

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

WP: Orlando Hernández (1–0)  LP: Greg Maddux (0–1)  SV: Mariano Rivera (1)  
HRs:  ATL – Chipper Jones (1)

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, which 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. Later in the inning, Rocker walked Jim Leyritz 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 Field in Atlanta, Georgia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 3 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 7 14 1
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 5 1

WP: David Cone (1–0)  LP: Kevin Millwood (0–1)  

Game 2 featured the presentation of the All-Century team, as well as an explosion of Yankees runs off Atlanta starter Kevin Millwood. In the first inning, 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 (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Atlanta 1 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 14 1
New York 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 1 6 9 0

WP: Mariano Rivera (1–0)  LP: Mike Remlinger (0–1)  
HRs:  NYY – Chad Curtis 2 (2), Tino Martinez (1), Chuck Knoblauch (1)

Game 3 in New York matched up lefties Andy Pettitte and Tom Glavine, and Pettitte was 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 and in the fourth, Bret Boone doubled in Gerald Williams for a second time in the game to make the score 5–1. Glavine was sharp but gave up solo homers to Tino Martinez and Chad Curtis in the middle innings trimming the Braves lead to 5–3. The Yankees bullpen was solid, holding the Braves scoreless after Pettitte left the game. In the eighth, Glavine surrendered a two-run homer 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 home run 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 (I) in Bronx, New York

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

WP: Roger Clemens (1–0)  LP: John Smoltz (0–1)  SV: Mariano Rivera (2)  
HRs:  NYY – Jim Leyritz (1)

Game 4 featured a battle of hard-throwing Cy Young award winners, Roger Clemens and John Smoltz. In the third inning, the Yanks broke through when Tino Martinez singled off Ryan Klesko's foot with the bases loaded, driving in two runs. Jorge Posada followed with another RBI single, making the score 3–0. Clemens, seeking his first World Series victory, was outstanding, the only Braves scoring coming in the seventh when Boone singled in Walt Weiss. Jim Leyritz added another Yankees run with a solo shot in the eighth, adding to his legacy as a great postseason performer and as one of the thorns at the side of Braves fans. 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 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, 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.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
New York Yankees 4 0 5 1 2 0 1 7 0 1 21 37 1
Atlanta Braves 1 0 3 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 9 26 4
Total attendance: 216,114   Average attendance: 54,029
Winning player’s share: $307,809   Losing player’s share: $203,542[5]

Series quotes

Swing and a drive to left. It's deep! It's very deep! It's 3–0 New York in the Series!
Bob Costas' call of Chad Curtis' walkoff home run in Game 3.
A pop in to left...the New York Yankees...World Champions. Team of the decade. Most successful franchise...of the century.
Bob Costas of NBC calling the last out in Game 4 when Keith Lockhart flied out to Chad Curtis in left field.
The crowd standing, cameras flashing, and Rivera as cool as a cucumber. The 1–0. Swung on. Hit in the air to left center. Bernie trots over, Curtis is there. Curtis makes the catch! Ballgame over! World Series over! Yankees win! The Yankees win!
John Sterling calling the same moment as Costas above
And the Yankees are one win away from baseball nirvana!
Michael Kay, following Chad Curtis' walk off home run in Game 3.
I can't. After what happened with Pete we decided not to say anything.
Chad Curtis turning down Jim Gray's request for an interview after his walk off home run in Game 3. Gray did a controversial interview with Pete Rose in Game 2 in which he pressured him to admit he bet on baseball. George Steinbrenner was reportedly outraged at Curtis, as was Joe Torre. Torre was prominently used in an interview with Gray before Game 3 to remove any speculation the Yankees clubhouse shared his sentiments. Curtis was traded to the Texas Rangers after the World Series on December 13, 1999.
I finally know what it feels like to be a Yankee.
Roger Clemens after winning Game 4 to clinch the series for the Yankees.

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.


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 1999 World Series is included in the set.


External links

1999 Major League Baseball Postseason
1999 World Series
American League Championship Series
American League Division Series
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Boston Red Sox | Cleveland Indians
National League Championship Series
National League Division Series
Atlanta Braves | Houston Astros
New York Mets | Arizona Diamondbacks
1999 Major League Baseball season
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