|1995 New York Yankees|
|AL Wild Card|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Gene Michael|
(Phil Rizzuto, Bobby Murcer, Paul Olden)
(Jim Kaat, Dave Cohen, Al Trautwig)
|Local radio||WABC (AM)|
(Michael Kay, John Sterling)
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The New York Yankees' 1995 season was the 93rd season for the Yankees, their 71st playing home games at Yankee Stadium. Managed by Buck Showalter, the team finished with a record of 79–65, seven games behind the Boston Red Sox, and returned to postseason play for the first time since the 1981 season. They won the first American League Wild Card. In the Division Series, they would squander a 2–0 series lead, losing three straight games at The Kingdome and succumb to the Seattle Mariners in five games.
|Boston Red Sox||86||58||0.597||—||42–30||44–28|
|New York Yankees||79||65||0.549||7||46–26||33–39|
|Toronto Blue Jays||56||88||0.389||30||29–43||27–45|
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|1995 New York Yankees|
Shortly before his death, Mantle videotaped a message to be played on Old-Timers' Day, which he was too ill to attend. He said, "When I die, I wanted on my tombstone, 'A great teammate.' But I didn't think it would be this soon." The words were indeed carved on the plaque marking his resting place at the family mausoleum in Dallas.
Mantle received a liver transplant at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, on June 8, 1995, after his liver had been damaged by years of chronic alcoholism, cirrhosis and hepatitis C. In July, he had recovered enough to deliver a press conference at Baylor, and noted that many fans had looked to him as a role model. "This is a role model: Don't be like me", he said. He also established the Mickey Mantle Foundation to raise awareness for organ donations. Soon, he was back in the hospital, where it was found that his liver cancer spread throughout his body.
Mickey Mantle died on August 13, 1995, at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. He was 63 years old. During the first Yankee home game after Mantle's passing, Eddie Layton played "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on the Hammond organ at Yankee Stadium because Mickey had once told him it was his favorite song. The Yankees played the rest of the season with black mourning bands topped by a small number 7 on their left sleeves.
Phil Rizzuto, angered over the refusal of television station WPIX to give him a day off to attend his former teammate's funeral, abruptly resigned from his play-by-play announcing job with the station on August 19. He would return to call a partial schedule for the station in 1996 before retiring for good.
Note: Yellow background = Indicates team leader
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Note: GS = Games started; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins: L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|1||Seattle 6, New York 9||Oct 3, 1995|
|2||Seattle 5, New York 7||Oct 4, 1995|
|3||New York 4, Seattle 7||Oct 6, 1995|
|4||New York 8, Seattle 11||Oct 7, 1995|
|5||New York 5, Seattle 6||Oct 8, 1995|
See also: Minor League Baseball
|AAA||Columbus Clippers||International League||Bill Evers|
|AA||Norwich Navigators||Eastern League||Jimmy Johnson|
|A||Tampa Yankees||Florida State League||Jake Gibbs|
|A||Greensboro Bats||South Atlantic League||Trey Hillman|
|A-Short Season||Oneonta Yankees||New York–Penn League||Rob Thomson|
|Rookie||GCL Yankees||Gulf Coast League||Héctor López|