1955 World Series

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1955 World Series
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Brooklyn Dodgers (4) Walt Alston 98–55, .641, GA: 13 12
New York Yankees (3) Casey Stengel 96–58, .623, GA: 3
Dates: September 28 – October 4
MVP: Johnny Podres (Brooklyn)
Television: NBC. This was the first World Series televised in color.
TV announcers: Mel Allen and Vin Scully
Radio: Mutual
Radio announcers: Al Helfer and Bob Neal
Umpires: Bill Summers (AL), Lee Ballanfant (NL), Jim Honochick (AL), Frank Dascoli (NL), Red Flaherty (AL: outfield only), Augie Donatelli (NL: outfield only)
Hall of Famers: Dodgers: Walt Alston (mgr.), Roy Campanella, Sandy Koufax (dnp), Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider.
Yankees: Casey Stengel (mgr.), Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Mickey Mantle, Phil Rizzuto.
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The 1955 World Series matched the Brooklyn Dodgers against the New York Yankees, with the Dodgers winning the Series in seven games to capture their first championship in franchise history. It would be the only Series the Dodgers won in Brooklyn (the team relocated to Los Angeles after the 1957 season). (The Victory was featured in Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire".)

This was the fifth time in nine years that the Yankees and the Dodgers met in the World Series, with the Yankees having won in 1947, 1949, 1952, and 1953.

This Series also marked the end of a long period of invulnerability for the Yankees in World Series. It was the Yankees' first loss in a World Series since 1942 and only their second since 1926. While the Yankees were 15–2 in Series appearances during that time, they would lose again in 1957, 1960, 1963, and 1964, for a record of 4–5 in World Series over the next decade.


Summary[edit]

NL Brooklyn Dodgers (4) vs. AL New York Yankees (3)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 September 28 Brooklyn Dodgers – 5, New York Yankees – 6 Yankee Stadium (I) 2:31 63,869[1]
2 September 29 Brooklyn Dodgers – 2, New York Yankees – 4 Yankee Stadium (I) 2:28 64,707[2] 
3 September 30 New York Yankees – 3, Brooklyn Dodgers – 8 Ebbets Field 2:20 34,209[3] 
4 October 1 New York Yankees – 5, Brooklyn Dodgers – 8 Ebbets Field 2:57 36,242[4] 
5 October 2 New York Yankees – 3, Brooklyn Dodgers – 5 Ebbets Field 2:40 36,796[5] 
6 October 3 Brooklyn Dodgers – 1, New York Yankees – 5 Yankee Stadium (I) 2:34 64,022[6] 
7 October 4 Brooklyn Dodgers – 2, New York Yankees – 0 Yankee Stadium (I) 2:44 62,465[7]

Matchups[edit]

Game 1[edit]

Wednesday, September 28, 1955 at Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 5 10 0
New York 0 2 1 1 0 2 0 0 X 6 9 1
WP: Whitey Ford (1–0)   LP: Don Newcombe (0–1)   Sv: Bob Grim (1)
Home runs:
BRO: Carl Furillo (1), Duke Snider (1)
NYY: Elston Howard (1), Joe Collins 2 (2)

The Yankees took Game 1 behind two homers from Joe Collins and one by rookie Elston Howard in his first World Series at bat. Carl Furillo homered for Brooklyn and Duke Snider hit his first of the Series, all of which would eventually help establish a new HR record for a seven-game series (17). Jackie Robinson stole home, but Whitey Ford won with relief help in the ninth from Bob Grim.

Game 2[edit]

Thursday, September 29, 1955 at Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 5 2
New York 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 X 4 8 0
WP: Tommy Byrne (1–0)   LP: Billy Loes (0–1)

Tommy Byrne tossed a five hit complete game victory and singled in New York's final run during the Yanks' big four-run fourth inning, putting New York up 2–0.

Game 3[edit]

Friday, September 30, 1955 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 7 0
Brooklyn 2 2 0 2 0 0 2 0 X 8 11 1
WP: Johnny Podres (1–0)   LP: Bob Turley (0–1)
Home runs:
NYY: Mickey Mantle (1)
BRO: Roy Campanella (1)

Johnny Podres went all the way and won with home run help from Roy Campanella. A limping Mickey Mantle hit his only home run of the Series. As of 2011, this was the last World Series game to take place in the month of September.

Game 4[edit]

Saturday, October 1, 1955 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 5 9 0
Brooklyn 0 0 1 3 3 0 1 0 X 8 14 0
WP: Clem Labine (1–0)   LP: Don Larsen (0–1)
Home runs:
NYY: Gil McDougald (1)
BRO: Roy Campanella (2), Gil Hodges (1), Duke Snider (2)

Brooklyn evened the Series at 2–2 as Roy Campanella, Gil Hodges and Duke Snider all hit home runs.

Game 5[edit]

Sunday, October 2, 1955 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 3 6 0
Brooklyn 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 1 X 5 9 2
WP: Roger Craig (1–0)   LP: Bob Grim (0–1)   Sv: Clem Labine (1)
Home runs:
NYY: Bob Cerv (1), Yogi Berra (1)
BRO: Sandy Amoros (1), Duke Snider 2 (4)

Duke Snider hit two home runs (four in the Series) and Sandy Amoros helped the Dodgers beat the Yankees for the third straight day. Dodgers rookie Roger Craig won in his first World Series start. Bob Cerv and Yogi Berra hit Yankee homers off Craig and reliever Clem Labine.

Snider became the only player from either league with four home runs in two different Series.

Game 6[edit]

Monday, October 3, 1955 at Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 1
New York 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 5 8 0
WP: Whitey Ford (2–0)   LP: Karl Spooner (0–1)
Home runs:
BRO: None
NYY: Bill Skowron (1)

Whitey Ford held the Dodgers to four hits and a single run while striking out eight as the Yankees evened the series at 3–3. New York scored all five runs in the first inning, led by Bill Skowron's three-run blast.

Game 7[edit]

Tuesday, October 4, 1955 at Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 5 0
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1
WP: Johnny Podres (2–0)   LP: Tommy Byrne (1–1)

The Dodgers scored one run in the fourth and sixth innings on a single and sac fly, both by Gil Hodges.

With runners on first and second and one out, left fielder Sandy Amorós made a dramatic game-saving catch of a deep fly ball down the left field line off the bat of Yogi Berra in the sixth inning of Game 7, to start a double play (as Amoros threw to Pee Wee Reese to Gil Hodges, who tagged Yankee Gil McDougald before McDougald could get back to first) and stymie possibly the Yankees' best chance of the day.

Elston Howard grounded out to Reese for the final out; the two shared the dubious record for playing in the most losing World Series (six each).

This would be the only World Series game Jackie Robinson's team played in which he did not play during his career. Don Hoak played third base in place of Robinson.

For the first time in Series history, an MVP was selected—Johnny Podres (winning Games 3 and 7). He was 2–0, with two complete games and an ERA of 1.00, Game 7 was a shutout.

Composite box[edit]

1955 World Series (4–3): Brooklyn Dodgers (N.L.) over New York Yankees (A.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn Dodgers 2 6 3 8 5 1 3 3 0 31 58 6
New York Yankees 6 5 1 7 0 4 2 1 0 26 55 2
Total attendance: 362,310   Average attendance: 51,759
Winning player's share: $9,768   Losing player's share: $5,599[8]
Notes: Adjusted for inflation, winning and losing player's shares are $85,995 and $49,292 respectively, as of 2014.[9]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "1955 World Series Game 1 - Brooklyn Dodgers vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  2. ^ "1955 World Series Game 2 - Brooklyn Dodgers vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  3. ^ "1955 World Series Game 3 - New York Yankees vs. Brooklyn Dodgers". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  4. ^ "1955 World Series Game 4 - New York Yankees vs. Brooklyn Dodgers". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  5. ^ "1955 World Series Game 5 - New York Yankees vs. Brooklyn Dodgers". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  6. ^ "1955 World Series Game 6 - Brooklyn Dodgers vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  7. ^ "1955 World Series Game 7 - Brooklyn Dodgers vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  8. ^ "World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved June 14, 2009. 
  9. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.

References[edit]

  • Cohen, Richard M.; Neft, David S. (1990). The World Series: Complete Play-By-Play of Every Game, 1903–1989. New York: St. Martin's Press. pp. 254–258. ISBN 0-312-03960-3. 
  • Reichler, Joseph (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.). MacMillian Publishing. p. 2163. ISBN 0-02-579010-2. 

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