Andruw Jones became the youngest player to hit a home run in the World Series on October 20, 1996, when he connected in Game 1 off the New York Yankees, helping the Atlanta Braves to a 12-1 victory. Jones was just 19 years and 180 days old at the time.
Prior to Jones, the record for youngest player to hit a World Series home run was held by Mickey Mantle, who went deep at 20 years and 362 days in the eighth inning of Game 6 in the 1952 World Series.
That was the first of Mantle’s record 18 World Series home runs, a mark that still stands.
As for Jones, he actually homered in his first two Series at-bats, putting him in an exclusive club that also includes Gene Tenace, who turned the trick for the 1972 Oakland A’s … and no one else.
Even though the defending-champion Braves took the first two games of the 1996 Series against the Yanks, New York came back to win the title in six games.
Jones went on to have a long and productive career that appeared headed for the Hall of Fame before his production nosedived in his 30s.
Ironically, Jones’ last major league at-bats came for the Yankees in 2012.