NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — In advance of the Yankees celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1996 World Series championship team in mid-August, we here at CBSNewYork.com are launching a retrospective look back at that special season.
Over the next three months, WFAN Yankees beat reporter Sweeny Murti and WFAN.com columnists Jason Keidel, Ernie Palladino, Steve Silverman and Ryan Chatelain will be providing weekly columns, features and podcasts chronicling the players and events that led up to the Yankees ultimately winning their first world title in nearly two decades.
The birth of what turned out to be a modern baseball dynasty started with a team that was coming off a playoff appearance the season before, but was shrouded in mystery. The ’96 Yankees had a new manager in Joe Torre and were built largely with prospects and role-playing veterans. Yet, over the course of 162 games and then an unforgettable postseason, something special took place.
No one knows that more than David Cone, who, along with fellow starting pitchers Jimmy Key and Andy Pettitte, played a big role in the Bombers eventually vanquishing the defending champion Atlanta Braves in the Fall Classic in six memorable games.
In this special edition of his weekly “30 With Murti” podcast, Sweeny sits down with Cone to talk about that season and the wild ride to the team’s first World Series appearance since 1981.
Please stay with CBSNewYork.com for more on the 1996 Yankees as the spring turns into summer and beyond. To hear more “30 With Murti” podcast episodes, please click here.