The 1949 World Series featured the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers, with the Yankees winning in five games for their second defeat of the Dodgers in three years, and the twelfth championship in team history. This victory would start a record run of five consecutive World Series championships by the Yankees, and was also the first of 14 AL pennants in 16 years (1949–1964 except for 1954 and 1959) for the Yankees.
History was made in the ninth inning of Game 5, when the Ebbets Field lights were turned on, making it the first World Series game finished under artificial lights. The first scheduled Series night game would not be held until 1971.
Both teams finished the regular season with exactly the same records and winning their respective leagues by exactly one game.
Don Newcombe of the Dodgers threw a complete game, five-hitter allowing only one run in a 1–0 losing effort. He struck out eleven Yankees during that game to tie the record for most strikeouts during a World Series game by a losing pitcher. Tommy Henrich led the bottom of the ninth tagging Newcombe for a walk-off homer to win the game.
Preacher Roe pitched a six-hit shutout, getting the only run he needed early when Jackie Robinson doubled and Gil Hodges singled. Yankee Stadium came alive in the ninth with Joe DiMaggio's leadoff hit, but Roe retired the next three Yankees for the win, the second straight 1-0 result of the Series.
A wild ninth inning ended with Joe Page the winning pitcher, even though he gave up two homers in the inning. The game had stood 1-1 until the ninth, when Johnny Mize delivered a two-run pinch single. Brooklyn starter Ralph Branca was then replaced by Jack Banta, who gave up an RBI hit to Jerry Coleman that made it 4-1. It seemed safe until Luis Olmo and Roy Campanella both homered in the bottom of the ninth, but Page hung on for the win after 5.2 innings of relief.
Cliff Mapes broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with a two-run double. Yankee pitcher Eddie Lopat aided his own cause with an RBI double, and the advantage ballooned to 6-0 after a bases-loaded Bobby Brown triple scored three more in the fifth. A seven-single inning chased Lopat and cheered Ebbets Field's fans in the sixth, bringing the Dodgers back to within 6-4. After that, though, Allie Reynolds held the home team scoreless and hitless.
A shaky start by Rex Barney, including two walks and an error on a pickoff play, proved costly for Brooklyn. He was lifted in the third after a Jerry Coleman two-run single, and the Yankees padded their lead with a Joe DiMaggio homer in the fourth and a Bobby Brown two-run triple in the sixth. It was 10-2 by then, so Gil Hodges's three-run homer for the Dodgers in the seventh was too little, too late.