Dodgers defeat Yankees
4 games to 0
|Game||Date||Winning Team||Losing Team|
|1||Oct. 2||LA 5||NYY 2|
|2||Oct. 3||LA 4||NYY 1|
|3||Oct. 5||LA 1||NYY 0|
|4||Oct. 6||LA 2||NYY 1|
Managers: Walter Alston, LA; Ralph Houk, NYY
MVP: Sandy Koufax, LAD: 2-0, 1.50 ERA, 18 IP, 23 K
The opener, in New York, matched Whitey Ford, who led the American League with 25 victories, against Sandy Koufax, who paced the National League with 24 wins. On this day Koufax was the better pitcher, as the Dodgers scored four runs in the second inning, three of them coming on catcher John Roseboro's three-run homer. L.A. scored another run in the third on ex-Yankee Moose Skowron's RBI single. The Yankees finally got to Koufax for a pair of runs in the eighth, but that was all they would get, and to end the 5-2 contest he struck out pinch hitter Harry Bright. That made 15 strikeouts, a new World Series record.
Johnny Podres, who eight years earlier beat the Yankees in Game 7, again topped the Bombers, 4-1 this time. For the Dodgers, Willie Davis doubled twice and Tommy Davis (no relation) tripled twice.
The two clubs flew across the continent for Game 3, the first-ever Series game in Dodger Stadium. The contest featured a match-up of flame-throwers, Don Drysdale vs. Jim Bouton. The Dodgers scored a run in the first on Jim Gilliam's single, a wild pitch and an RBI single by Tommy Davis. That was all the scoring Los Angeles would do, and it was all they would need, as Drysdale made that 1-0 lead stand up with a three-hit shutout, walking one and striking out nine Yankees.
Game 4 featured a rematch of the opener, Sandy Koufax vs. Whitey Ford. And once again, Koufax came out on top. The Dodgers went ahead 1-0 in the fifth on Frank Howard's towering home run, but Mickey Mantle answered with his own solo homer in the top of the seventh. Jim Gilliam led off the bottom of the frame a grounder to third baseman Clete Boyer. Boyer made a good peg to first base, where Joe Pepitone lost the ball in a sea of white shirts in the stands. Gilliam advanced all the way to third base, from where he scored on Willie Davis' fly ball to deep centerfield. That made the score 2-1, and that's how it ended, Koufax finishing with a six-hitter to complete the Dodgers' World Series sweep.