On This Day In Baseball History: October 9, 1996

Derek Jeter and Jeffrey Maier


New York Yankees shortstop and soon to be named Rookie of the Year Derek Jeter hits a fly ball to right field that is ruled a home run despite the fact that 12-year old Jeffrey Maier reached over the fence and deflected a catchable ball into the stands. The homer gives the Yankees the lead in an eventual game one win and some contend this single incident turned the tide in the Series, one that the Yankees eventually win on their way to becoming the 1996 World Champions.


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