The Early 80s were an uneventful time for the Yankees, characterized by frequent hirings, and the subsequent firings of countless managers by "The Boss".
On December 14, 1985, Yankee great Roger Maris died at the age of 51 at his home in Huston, Texas.
Things started to look up for the Yankees in 1987, as the new first baseman, Don Mattingly, began to set the American League on fire with his outstanding offense and defense. On July 18, 1987, Mattingly homered in his 8th straight game, tying the AL Record held by Dale Long. Later that year, Mattingly set a Major League Single Season Record by hitting his 6th Grand Slam that year.
December 9, 1988 saw the signing of a 12 year television contract with the Madison Square Garden Network.
August 14, 1993 was declared "Reggie Jackson Day". On this day, "Mr. October's" jersey number 44 was permanently retired from the Yankees. Later that season, Yankees one-handed pitcher Jim Abbot tossed a No Hitter in a 4-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians. This began an amazing run for Yankee Pitchers in which they threw a total of 2 no hitters, and 2 perfect games.
August 13, 1995 was a dark day for the Yankees as Mickey Mantle died of Cancer at the age of 63. A little more than one year later Dwight Gooden threw the 8th no hitter in Yankee History, shutting out the Seattle Mariners 2 - 0.
On January 22, 1997, Don Mattingly officially announced his retirement from Major League Baseball, after a career of only 14 years.
May 17, 1998 was a day that would go down in Baseball history as David Wells pitched the 14th perfect game in regular season history. 14 months later on Yogi Berra Day, Well's teammate David Cone pitched the 15th regular season perfect game.
On October 21, 1998, the Yankees began their 3 year run of consecutive World Series Victories, sweeping the San Diego Padres. They went on to sweep the Atlanta Braves in 1999, and defeat the New York Mets in 5 games in 2000.