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The 1976-80 New York Yankees: Underrated in the Yankee Lineage

oak With the mid-1970s came a changing of the guard in the American League: the Baltimore Orioles in the mid-1970s gave way to the resurgent New York Yankees in the American League East, and in the American League West, the Oakland Athletics gave way to the Kansas City Royals, one of the four 1969 expansion teams that propelled major league baseball into its divisional alignment. The Yankees and Royals would each win four of the five titles in their respective divisions from 1976 to 1980, ironically sharing 1979 as the only year they did not finish in first place, the Orioles recapturing the East and the California Angels finishing on top in the West. They played each other four times in the AL Championship Series, with the Yankees beating the Royals three straight times for the American League pennant from 1976 to 1978 before Kansas City finally subdued New York in 1980.

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