Yankees defeat Dodgers
4 games to 3
|Game||Date||Winning Team||Losing Team|
|1||Oct. 1||BRO 4||NYY 2|
|2||Oct. 2||NYY 7||BRO 1|
|3||Oct. 3||BRO 5||NYY 3|
|4||Oct. 4||NYY 2||BRO 0|
|5||Oct. 5||BRO 6||NYY 5|
|6||Oct. 6||NYY 3||BRO 2|
|7||Oct. 7||NYY 4||BRO 2|
Managers: Casey Stengel, NYY; Charlie Dressen, BRO
After just missing National League pennants in 1950 and '51, the Dodgers captured the '52 flag with 4 games to spare. Meanwhile, the Yankees advanced to the World Series championship for the fourth year in a row.
The Series opened at Brooklyn's Ebbets Field, and the Dodgers took a 4-2 victory behind the complete-game pitching of Joe Black, a rookie who'd started only twice during the regular season. Duke Snider hit a two-run homer for the Dodgers, and double-play partners Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson chipped in with solo shots. In Game 2, Billy Martin and Vic Raschi paced the Yankees to a 7-1 decision, Martin smacking a three-run homer and Raschi allowing just three hits while going the distance.
The Dodgers owned a slim 3-2 lead after eight innings of Game 3 at Yankee Stadium, then tallied another pair of runs when Reese and Robinson were able to score on Yogi Berra's passed ball in the top of the ninth. Those runs proved important when Yankee pinch-hitter Johnny Mize homered into the left-field stands in the bottom of the frame, making the final score 5-3, Brooklyn. Game 4 was all Allie Reynolds, as the Yankee ace tossed a four-hit shutout to beat Joe Black, 2-0.
The Dodgers led 4-0 in Game 5, a three-run rally in the fifth capped by Duke Snider's two-run homer to right center. But the Yankees came back with five runs in the bottom of the fifth, the last three coming on Mize's three-run home run, his third round-tripper in as many games. The Dodgers tied the game at five with a run in the seventh, and it was still 5-5 after nine innings. In the top of the 11th, Snider knocked in his fourth run of the game, and Brooklyn starter Carl Erskine retired the Yanks in order to end the game.
Snider, enjoying an amazing Series, smashed a pair of solo homers off Game 6 starter Vic Raschi, but Snider's teammates weren't as effective. Raschi collected a 3-2 win with some relief help from Allie Reynolds. For the Yanks, Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle both homered, and Raschi helped himself with an RBI single.
That forced a decisive Game 7, and the Yanks owned a 4-2 lead in the seventh. But Raschi, working in relief, allowed a single and two walks to load the bases with one out. Bob Kuzava replaced Raschi, and retired Snider on a pop to third. Jackie Robinson then lifted a short pop to the right side of the infield, but first baseman Joe Collins lost the ball in the sun. At the last instant, second baseman Billy Martin rushed over and made the catch, saving at least one run. Kuzava made quick work of the Dodgers in the eighth and ninth, preserving New York's 4-2 triumph. For Kuzava, it was his second Series-clinching save in 12 months.