Watch the Yanks seize the 1978 Series
Classic game will air on Baseball's Best on Thursday
In a rematch of the previous year's World Series, when the Yankees won their 21st title by defeating the Dodgers in six games, Los Angeles was looking good in its hopes of revenge when it jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1978 Fall Classic.
But coming from behind is what the Yankees had been doing all season.
They did it when they found themselves behind the Red Sox in the American League East by as many as 14 games in mid-July. And they did it during a one-game playoff with Boston, when they found themselves down by two going into the seventh inning but got a historic three-run home run from Bucky Dent to sneak into the playoffs.
So it was no surprise that the ensuing World Series was no different.
After dropping the first two games in Los Angeles, the Yankees took a 3-2 Series lead after a 12-2 romp in Game 5. Then, in Game 6, they finally pulled away with a 7-2 victory at Dodger Stadium to once again deny the Dodgers a championship.
Every day from now to Spring Training, MLB.com Live will air classic games on Baseball's Best. The Yankees' World Series-clinching win in 1978 can be seen on Thursday at 10 a.m. ET.
Even though things didn't look good for the Bronx Bombers early on in the Fall Classic, panic was never an option.
"I think the big thing is for us to relax, you know. Over the course of this year [when] we've gone into kind of like a little bit of a funk like this before, we've broke out," Dent, who went on to be named the World Series Most Valuable Player by hitting .417 with seven RBIs, said while his team was trailing.
"When this team breaks out, it's going to be big. So I think for them it's just to relax and keep trying to do the things that they're doing, remember the positives -- because we have a good hitting club."
The Yankees showed that once again in Game 6. But first it was Davey Lopes who provided the home crowd of 55,985 something to be hopeful about, as he led off the game with a home run off New York starter Catfish Hunter.
The Yanks then took a 3-1 lead in the second inning thanks to an RBI double by Brian Doyle and a two-run single off the bat of Dent.
The Dodgers then got an RBI single by Lopes to make it a one-run game, but that would be it for Los Angeles against Hunter, who went seven innings and picked up the win.
Doyle and Dent -- the Nos. 8 and 9 hitters in the Yankees lineup, respectively -- struck again, pushing New York's lead to 5-2 with a pair of RBI singles in the sixth. Then, while facing Bob Welch in the seventh, Reggie Jackson, who struck out against Welch with two outs and the tying and winning runs on base in the ninth inning of Game 2, hit a two-run shot to make it a five-run game and put it away.
Alden Gonzalez is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.