1976 New York Yankees season

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The 1976 New York Yankees season was the 74th season for the Yankees in New York, and the 76th season overall for the franchise.wikipedia
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1976 World Series

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In the World Series, they were defeated in a four-game sweep by the defending champion Cincinnati Reds, marking only the second time that the Yankees had ever been swept in a World Series in their history (following the 1963 Los Angeles Dodgers).
The 1976 World Series matched the defending champions Cincinnati Reds of the National League against the New York Yankees of the American League, with the Reds sweeping the Series to repeat, avenging their 1939 and 1961 World Series losses to the Yankees in the process.

1976 Kansas City Royals season

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In the ALCS, the Yankees defeated the Kansas City Royals in 5 games. After splitting the first two games with the Western Division champion Royals in Kansas City, the Yankees returned home to try to capture the pennant.
They lost in the 1976 American League Championship Series to the New York Yankees, three games to two.

1976 Cincinnati Reds season

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In the World Series, they were defeated in a four-game sweep by the defending champion Cincinnati Reds, marking only the second time that the Yankees had ever been swept in a World Series in their history (following the 1963 Los Angeles Dodgers).
They went on to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1976 National League Championship Series in three straight games, and then win their second consecutive World Series title in four straight games over the New York Yankees.

Walk-off home run

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Chris Chambliss's walk-off home run in Game 5 clinched the pennant for the Yankees.
The Yankees and Royals entered the bottom of the ninth inning of the decisive fifth game with the score tied, 6–6; Mark Littell was the pitcher for Kansas City, and Chris Chambliss was the first batter for New York.

New York Yankees

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The 1976 New York Yankees season was the 74th season for the Yankees in New York, and the 76th season overall for the franchise.
With Martin at the helm, the Yankees reached the 1976 World Series, but were swept by the Cincinnati Reds and their famed "Big Red Machine."

American League East

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The team finished with a record of 97–62, finishing 10½ games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles to win their first American League East title.

Yankee Stadium (1923)

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The Yankees returned to the newly renovated Yankee Stadium.
When the renovated stadium opened in 1976 on April 15, the cost had ballooned to $160 million ($672 million in 2014 dollars); originally borne by New York City, it is now being paid off by New York State.

1976 Baltimore Orioles season

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The team finished with a record of 97–62, finishing 10½ games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles to win their first American League East title.

Dock Ellis

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Then the club made two deals on the same day: they sent Doc Medich to Pittsburgh for three players, primarily seeking the services of pitcher Dock Ellis; and shipping outfielder Bobby Bonds to California for leadoff man Mickey Rivers and starter Ed Figueroa.
Joining the Yankees in 1976, he helped lead the team to the American League pennant, and was named the league's Comeback Player of the Year.

1976 American League Championship Series

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In the ALCS, the Yankees defeated the Kansas City Royals in 5 games.

Shea Stadium

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The team had played home games at Shea Stadium in Queens, the home of the New York Mets, while renovations to Yankee Stadium were completed.
The Giants played their final five home games of 1973 and all seven in 1974 at the Yale Bowl in New Haven, Connecticut; Yankee Stadium was closed in October 1973 for a massive renovation, which was completed in time for the 1976 baseball season.

Billy Martin

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New York was managed by Billy Martin.
The 1976 Yankee season was probably his most trouble-free as a major league manager.

1976 Detroit Tigers season

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By September, the club was poised to secure the spot in the American League Championship Series, and did so on September 25 by defeating the Detroit Tigers 10–6 to clinch the division title.
The team finished in fifth place in the American League East with a record of 74–87, 24 games behind the New York Yankees.

American League Championship Series

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By September, the club was poised to secure the spot in the American League Championship Series, and did so on September 25 by defeating the Detroit Tigers 10–6 to clinch the division title.

Catfish Hunter

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In July, six players represented the team in the All-Star Game in Philadelphia: Thurman Munson, who was elected to start by the fans; Chris Chambliss; Catfish Hunter; Willie Randolph; Mickey Rivers; and Sparky Lyle.
In 1976, Hunter won 17 games, led the Yankees in complete games and innings pitched, and was again named to the All-Star team.

Reggie Jackson

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In an era where other owners such as Charlie Finley were unwilling to spend money to keep players, and other clubs were still run by families not ready for the 'balance sheet' era of sports ownership, Steinbrenner ushered in the big salary era of sports by signing Reggie Jackson to a five-year contract worth just under $3 million.
Baltimore and Oakland both finished second in their respective divisions in ; the Yankees and Royals advanced to the ALCS, the first without the A's since 1970.

Ken Holtzman

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First, they completed a 10-player deal with Baltimore, upgrading the pitching staff by acquiring starters Ken Holtzman and Doyle Alexander.
Eleven weeks later in mid-June, he was traded by the Orioles with Doyle Alexander, Jimmy Freeman, Ellie Hendricks, and Grant Jackson to the New York Yankees for Rudy May, Tippy Martinez, Dave Pagan, Scott McGregor, and Rick Dempsey.

Roy White

He played on two World Series championship teams, in 1977 and 1978 and a third American League pennant winner in 1976.

American League West

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After splitting the first two games with the Western Division champion Royals in Kansas City, the Yankees returned home to try to capture the pennant.

Elrod Hendricks

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He also appeared in the 1976 World Series for the Yankees against Cincinnati, made the Orioles bullpen coach following the 1977 season, and was a player-coach in 1978 & 1979.

Kauffman Stadium

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October 9, 1976, at Royals Stadium
On October 9, 1976, the Royals competed in their first post-season game in franchise history, losing 4–1 to the New York Yankees at Royals Stadium in the ALCS.

Cincinnati Reds

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The Cincinnati Reds were the defending world champions, and were making their fourth World Series appearance over a seven-year span.
They continued to dominate by sweeping the Yankees in the newly renovated Yankee Stadium, the first World Series games played in Yankee Stadium since 1964.

Chris Chambliss

Chris Chambliss's walk-off home run in Game 5 clinched the pennant for the Yankees. In July, six players represented the team in the All-Star Game in Philadelphia: Thurman Munson, who was elected to start by the fans; Chris Chambliss; Catfish Hunter; Willie Randolph; Mickey Rivers; and Sparky Lyle.

Pennant (sports)

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Chris Chambliss's walk-off home run in Game 5 clinched the pennant for the Yankees.

1963 Los Angeles Dodgers season

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In the World Series, they were defeated in a four-game sweep by the defending champion Cincinnati Reds, marking only the second time that the Yankees had ever been swept in a World Series in their history (following the 1963 Los Angeles Dodgers).