For the last 41 years, psychologist Dr. Herbert (“Herb”) Tannenbaum has worked with individuals and couples at his private practice in River Edge, New Jersey. When not providing support as a psychologist, Dr. Herb Tannenbaum follows New York Yankees baseball. He has attended 20 consecutive opening day games and witnessed the team win the 1996 World Series in person.
While the New York Yankees have won a record 27 World Series titles, some can be considered more memorable than others. The 1996 win, for example, marked the team’s first championship in nearly two decades. It also signaled a New York baseball renaissance, with the Yankees going on to win four World Series titles in five seasons to go along with six World Series appearances over eight seasons.
The Yankees won 92 regular season games in 1996. After 3-1 and 4-1 series victories over the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles, respectively, New York faced the 96 win Atlanta Braves in the World Series. Despite winning just four more regular season games, the Braves set a much less competitive tone in Yankee Stadium II, winning Game 1 by a score of 12-1. New York dropped a second home game 4-0 to fall down two games to none.
Atlanta returned home with a commanding series lead, at which point the Yankees went about making baseball history. New York scored a 5-2 victory in Game 3, an 8-6 extra innings win in Game 4 to even the series 2-2, and a narrow 1-0 win in Game 5 for a 3-2 series advantage. The Yankees scored the first home win of the series in Game 6, edging out the Braves by 3-2 and securing the franchise’s first championship since 1978.