The 1996 World Series matched the defending champions Atlanta Braves of the National League against the New York Yankees of the American League. The Yankees won in six games (despite being outscored 26–18) to capture their first championship since 1978 and their 23rd overall. The Yankees became the third team to win a World Series after dropping Games 1 and 2 at their home stadium, following the Kansas City Royals in 1985 and the New York Mets in 1986. They also became the first team since the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981 (Yankees lost to that team that year) to win four straight games after dropping the first two.
Game 5 was the final game to be played at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Atlanta became the only city to host the World Series and the Olympics in the same year and Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium became the only stadium to host baseball in an Olympics and the World Series in the same year.