The 93-win 1970 Yankees brought the fighting spirit back to the Bronx

Ralph Houk was sick of losing.When the New York Yankees broke camp and headed north in the spring of 1970, no one figured they’d even be competitive, never mind contenders in the tough AL East.The Yanks, after all, hadn’t finished higher than fifth or stood less than 20 games out of first since 1964, when Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and ace Whitey Ford led them to a fifth straight World Series appearance — the last hurrah for a dynasty that stretched back to Joe DiMaggio’s heyday in the late 1940’s.The 1969 season hadn’t given fans much to hope for going forward — it was yet another lost year, …

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