Yankees defeat Dodgers
4 games to 1
|Game||Date||Winning Team||Losing Team|
|1||Oct. 5||NYY 1||BRO 0|
|2||Oct. 6||BRO 1||NYY 0|
|3||Oct. 7||NYY 4||BRO 3|
|4||Oct. 8||NYY 6||BRO 4|
|5||Oct. 9||NYY 10||BRO 6|
Managers: Casey Stengel, NYY; Burt Shotton, BRO
Those fans lucky enough to attend the opener in Yankee Stadium witnessed one of the great pitching duels in World Series history. After eight innings, New York's Allie Reynolds was working on a two-hit shutout, with four walks and nine strikeouts, while Brooklyn's Don Newcombe was working a four-hit shutout, with zero walks and eleven strikeouts. Reynolds retired the Dodgers in order in the ninth, but in the bottom of the frame Tommy Henrich smashed Newcombe's 2-0 fastball over the right-field wall for a game-winning home run.
Game 2 was another 1-0 affair, but this time the Dodgers came out on top. Preacher Roe tossed a six-hitter at the Yanks, walking no one, and Gil Hodges accounted for the contest's only run with a second-inning single, which scored Jackie Robinson, who had doubled. New York's Vic Raschi pitched eight strong innings and was the hard-luck loser.
Game 3, at Brooklyn's Ebbets Field, was 1-1 until the top of the ninth, when the Bombers erupted for three runs. Pinch-hitter Johnny Mize came up with the key blow, a two-run single. The Dodgers stormed back in the bottom of the ninth as Luis Olmo and Roy Campanella both cracked solo homers, but reliever Joe Page struck out pinch-hitter Bruce Edwards to preserve New York's 4-3 win.
The Yankees grabbed a 6-0 lead in Game 4, thanks to Cliff Mapes' two-run double in the fourth and Bobby Brown's bases-loaded triple in the fifth. The Dodgers bounced back with four in the sixth, but Allie Reynolds preserved New York's 6-4 edge with 3 1/3 innings of perfect relief work.
In Game 5, the Bombers battered the first three Dodger pitchers to take a 9-2 after six frames. As usual, Brooklyn battled back, and as usual it wasn't enough. Reliever Joe Page struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth, and the Yankees were champs once again, winning the game, 9-6.