Yankees defeat Giants
4 games to 2
|Game||Date||Winning Team||Losing Team|
|1||Oct. 4||NYG 5||NYY 1|
|2||Oct. 5||NYY 3||NYG 1|
|3||Oct. 6||NYG 6||NYY 2|
|4||Oct. 7||NYY 6||NYG 2|
|5||Oct. 8||NYY 13||NYG 1|
|6||Oct. 9||NYY 4||NYG 3|
Managers: Casey Stengel, NYY; Leo Durocher, NYG
The 1951 World Series, in retrospect, seems almost like an afterthought, as the New York Giants reached the Fall Classic only after a stirring three-game playoff series with the Brooklyn Dodgers, climaxed by Bobby Thomson's legendary "Shot Heard 'Round the World."
The Series opened in the Bronx, but the Giants cruised 5-1 behind the complete-game pitching of Dave Koslo and second baseman Alvin Dark's three-run homer in the sixth. The Yankees bounced back with a 3-1 victory in Game 2, though right fielder Mickey Mantle suffered a knee injury, which ended his season.
For Game 3, the World Series made the short trip across the Harlem River to the Polo Grounds, longtime home of the Giants. And the home club went up 6-0 in the fifth inning, Whitey Lockman's three-run homer the big blow. The Yankees scored single runs in the eighth and ninth, but it wasn't nearly enough as the Giants grabbed a 2-1 Series lead with a 6-2 decision. The Bombers evened things up with a 5-2 victory in Game 4. Allie Reynolds went the distance for the victors, scattering eight hits and four walks, and Joe DiMaggio blasted a two-run homer in the fifth.
The Yankee Clipper knocked in three more runs in Game 5, as the American Leaguers pounded five Giant hurlers for a dozen hits and 13 runs. Meanwhile, Yankee starter Eddie Lopat permitted only five Giant hits, cruising to the 13-1 win.
Back in Yankee Stadium for Game 6, the Yankees grabbed a 4-1 edge in the sixth inning when Hank Bauer tripled to deep left field with two outs and the bases loaded. The score remained 4-1 until the ninth, when the Giants loaded the bases with nobody out. Bob Kuzava trotted in from the bullpen and gave up a pair of long fly balls, both of which scored runners from third base. With two outs, pinch-hitter Sal Yvars sent a low liner to right field. Bauer charged in and caught the ball just inches from the ground, ending the Series in dramatic fashion.