1952 World Series
|TV announcers:||Mel Allen and Red Barber|
|Radio announcers:||Al Helfer and Jack Brickhouse|
|Umpires:||Babe Pinelli (NL), Art Passarella (AL), Larry Goetz (NL), Bill McKinley (AL), Dusty Boggess (NL: outfield only), Jim Honochick (AL: outfield only)|
|Hall of Famers:||Yankees: Casey Stengel (mgr.), Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Johnny Mize, Phil Rizzuto
Dodgers: Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider
The 1952 World Series featured the three-time defending champion New York Yankees beating the Brooklyn Dodgers in seven games. The Yankees won their fourth straight title—tying the mark they set between 1936 and 1939 under manager Joe McCarthy, and Casey Stengel became the second manager in Major League history with four consecutive championships. It was the 15th championship in the Yankees' history, and the third defeat of the Dodgers in six years.
In Game 7, the Yankees' second baseman Billy Martin made a game-saving catch. Also, the home run hit by Mickey Mantle during the eighth inning of Game 6 was significant because it was the first of his record 18 career World Series home runs.
|1||October 1||New York Yankees – 2, Brooklyn Dodgers – 4||Ebbets Field||2:21||34,861|
|2||October 2||New York Yankees – 7, Brooklyn Dodgers – 1||Ebbets Field||2:47||33,792|
|3||October 3||Brooklyn Dodgers – 5, New York Yankees – 3||Yankee Stadium (I)||2:56||66,698|
|4||October 4||Brooklyn Dodgers – 0, New York Yankees – 2||Yankee Stadium (I)||2:33||71,787|
|5||October 5||Brooklyn Dodgers – 6, New York Yankees – 5 (11 innings)||Yankee Stadium (I)||3:00||70,536|
|6||October 6||New York Yankees – 3, Brooklyn Dodgers – 2||Ebbets Field||2:56||30,037|
|7||October 7||New York Yankees – 4, Brooklyn Dodgers – 2||Ebbets Field||2:54||33,195|
In 1952 the Dodgers, led by manager Chuck Dressen, paced the NL in runs scored (775), home runs (153) and stolen bases (90). Duke Snider, Jackie Robinson and George Shuba batted over .300, while Roy Campanella (97) and Gil Hodges (102) paced the team in RBI’s. The Dodgers had no dominant pitchers with Carl Erskine (206.2) the lone pitcher with over 200 innings and rookie Joe Black leading the team with 15 wins. Manager Dressen used 14 starting pitchers on the year, but as a unit, the pitchers combine to finished second in the NL in team ERA. Defensively, the Dodgers led the NL with a .982 fielding percentage, and Campanella gunned down 29 of 52 (56%) would-be base stealers.
The Yankees, led by the effusive Casey Stengel, recovered from the retirement of Joe DiMaggio, and the loss of Bobby Brown, Joe Coleman and Tom Morgan to the service. The Yankees matched the Dodgers in hitting as they finished first or second in the AL in runs scored, home runs, batting average, and slugging percentage. Mickey Mantle had a breakout season leading the Yankees in batting (.311), and slugging (.530). Yogi Berra led the Yanks in runs (97), HR’s (30) and RBI’s (98). The Yankees had a solid pitching staff that led the AL in ERA (3.14). Allie Reynolds led the team with 20 wins and led the league with 2.08 ERA. Casey Stengel rotated his pitchers all year with seven having at least 12 starts, but none working more than 35 games. Defensive standout Phil Rizzuto led AL shortstops with 458 assists and made only 19 errors.
|WP: Joe Black (1–0) LP: Allie Reynolds (0–1)
NYY: Gil McDougald (1)
BRO: Jackie Robinson (1), Duke Snider (1), Pee Wee Reese (1)
Joe Black became the first black pitcher win a World Series game.
|WP: Vic Raschi (1–0) LP: Carl Erskine (0–1)
NYY: Billy Martin (1)
|WP: Preacher Roe (1–0) LP: Eddie Lopat (0–1)
NYY: Yogi Berra (1), Johnny Mize (1)
|WP: Allie Reynolds (1–1) LP: Joe Black (1–1)
NYY: Johnny Mize (2)
|WP: Carl Erskine (1–1) LP: Johnny Sain (0–1)
BRO: Duke Snider (2)
NYY: Johnny Mize (3)
|WP: Vic Raschi (2–0) LP: Billy Loes (0–1) Sv: Allie Reynolds (1)
NYY: Yogi Berra (2), Mickey Mantle (1)
BRO: Duke Snider 2 (4)
In Game 6, with a 3–2 Series lead and the final two at Ebbets Field, the Dodgers looked to chase away the demons of 1951. Billy Loes (13–8) faced Vic Raschi (16–6). Dodger Manager Chuck Dressen made a curious lineup change with George Shuba batting fifth, replacing Andy Pafko. Dressen placed Roy Campanella in the sixth spot and left Gil Hodges to bat seventh.
In the Dodger half of the first inning, with Duke Snider on second and Jackie Robinson on first, Shuba grounded out to Billy Martin to end the inning. In the Yankee fourth Yogi Berra reached second base when Pee Wee Reese uncorked a wild throw on a double-play attempt, but the Yankees could not capitalize. In the fifth inning the Dodgers turned a remarkable double play. Yankee Irv Noren led off with a single, followed by a Vic Raschi bunt. Gil Hodges picked up the bunt, turned and fired to Reese at second, who in lightning succession fired to Robinson covering first just in time to retire Raschi. In the Dodger sixth, Snider sent Raschi’s first pitch over the 40 feet (12 m) of screen in back of right field and onto Bedford Ave for 1–0 lead. In the top of the seventh, Yogi Berra matched Snider blast with one of his own, again onto Bedford Avenue. Gene Woodling followed with a single and Dodger pitcher Billy Loes balked him to second. Raschi then made up for his bunt-turned-double-play by getting a hit, literally off Loes. The ball ricocheted off Loes and into right field bringing Woodling home for a 2–1 lead. In another curious move Dressen allowed pitcher Billy Loes to hit for himself in the seventh. Loes singled and promptly stole second. But Raschi struck out Billy Cox to end the inning. Mantle led off the Yankee eighth inning with the first of his 18 World Series home runs. Mantle’s shot set a record for home runs by one team and for both teams in a single Series at 13. Snider continued the home run fest by launching another shot in the bottom of the eighth. Jackie Robinson then sent left fielder Gene Woodling to the wall for an out and Shuba doubled to send Raschi to the showers. Allie Reynolds relieved and quickly ended the Dodger eighth. Reynolds, known as “The Chief” again made quick work of the Dodgers in the ninth including striking out Rocky Nelson, who had pinch hit for Hodges, preserving the 3–2 win.
|WP: Allie Reynolds (2–1) LP: Joe Black (1–2) Sv: Bob Kuzava (1)
NYY: Gene Woodling (1), Mickey Mantle (2)
Game 7 pitted Joe Black (15–4) vs Eddie Lopat (10–5). Black, who came out of the Negro Leagues and was not even on the Dodgers Spring Training roster, had already pitched a complete game win in Game 1 of the Series, pitched seven innings in a 2–0 loss in Game 4 and would be starting his third game in seven days. At that time there were no days off between games as both teams played in New York. For the Yankees, Billy Martin continued his solid play. Martin sat on the bench for most of the season’s first two months and took over second base duties when Casey Stengel moved Gil McDougald from second to third base to replace military bound Bobby Brown.
Phil Rizzuto led off the Yankee fourth with a double and Johnny Mize singled him home for a 1–0 lead. In the Dodger fourth, a single by Snider followed by two consecutive sacrifice attempts by Robinson and Campanella, intended to move runners over, loaded the bases instead. Allie Reynolds replaced Lopat and retired Hodges with a fly to left that scored Snider. Reynolds struck out Shuba, then induced Furillo to groundout, leaving Robinson at third and the game tied 1–1. In the fifth inning, Gene Woodling homered for the Yanks, and the Dodgers Billy Cox doubled followed by a Pee Wee Reese single kept the game tied at 2–2. Mickey Mantle demonstrated his penchant for coming up big in World Series play with a home run in the sixth inning and RBI single in the seventh to give the Bronx Bombers a 4–2 lead. The Brooklyn boys loaded the bases again in the seventh, when Vic Raschi walked Furillo, Cox singled and Reese walked. Stengel called on Bob Kuzava who retired Snider, setting the stage for Billy Martin. With two out and the runners moving, Jackie Robinson popped-up to the right of the mound. Kuzava hesitated looking to his fielders. Martin charged hard from his position deep at second and caught the ball off his shoetops, to end the inning and save a run. Kuzava then quickly put the Dodgers down in the eighth and ninth to give the Yankees their fourth consecutive World Championship.
|New York Yankees||0||1||1||3||7||6||3||4||1||0||0||26||50||10|
|Total attendance: 340,906 Average attendance: 48,701
Winning player's share: $5,983 Losing player's share: $4,201
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- Comments made by Mel Allen or Red Barber during NBC's original game broadcast.
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- The 1952 Post-Season Games (box scores and play-by-play) at Retrosheet
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- Complete video of game 7 on YouTube
- Audio – Billy Martin Describes his Catch in the Series