In 1955, the Brooklyn Dodgers finally fulfilled the promise of many previous Dodger teams. Although the club had won several pennants in the past, and had won as many as 105 games in 1953, it had never won a World Series. This team finished 13.5 games ahead in the National Leaguepennant race, leading the league in both runs scored and fewest runs allowed. In the 1955 World Series, they finally beat their crosstown rivals, the New York Yankees. It was the Dodgers first and only World Series championship won while located in Brooklyn.
The pitching staff was anchored by Don Newcombe, who was 20-5. It was the first time a black pitcher had won 20 games in a season. The 22-year old Johnny Podres was only 9-10 but became the hero of the 1955 World Series by shutting out the Yankees in the seventh game.
Duke Snider finished second to teammate Campanella in the MVP voting by just five points, 226-221, with each man receiving eight first place votes. The voting then as now was conducted by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Each voting member, one from each major league city, filled out a ballot selecting ten men. A player receiving a first place vote got 14 points, 9 points for second, and then values of 8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 for those in places 3 through 10. A writer from Philadelphia who was sick and who had become hospitalized had turned in a ballot with Campanella listed in position number 1 as well as position number 5. The assumption had been that the writer had meant to write Snider's name into one of those slots. Unable to get a clarification from the ill writer the BBWAA, after considering disallowing the ballot, decided to accept it, count the first place vote for Campanella and count the fifth place vote as though it were left blank. Had the ballot been disallowed, the vote would have been won by Snider by three points. Had Snider gotten the fifth place vote, the final vote would have favored Snider 227-226. Duke did, however, win the Sporting News National League Player of the Year Award for 1955 and the Sid Mercer Award.