New York Yankees - 1958 World Series ChampionThe New York Yankees had to work hard to win the 1958 World Series 4 games to 3 over a great Milwaukee Braves team. After winning the first 3 games of the Series, the Braves could not find a way to take the elusive 4th game, and the Yankees fought back to win their 5th championship in a row.
In the decisive 7th game, the Braves jumped ahead in the 2nd inning on Earl Togeson’s 2 run Home Run, but the Yankees quickly tied the game in the top of the 3rd behind Series MVP Gil McDougal’s double. Then in the 5th, McDougal hit a solo shot to put the Yankees up 4-2. McDougal finished the series with 3 Home Runs and 5 RBI, batting .292 with a 1.208 OPS. The Braves narrowed the lead 4-3 in the bottom of the 5th, but Mickey Mantle’s solo home run in the 7th sealed the victory and the Championship for the Yankees.
The Series started in Milwaukee, and game 1 was a thriller. The Braves took an early 6-1 lead behind Matthews 2 run Home Run in the 2nd, and back to back doubles by Billy Gardner and Bob Hazle in the 4th. The Yankees rallied to tie the game with 5 runs in the 7th when the Braves pitching faltered, walking in 3 Yankee runs. Wes Covington came through with a 2 run Home Run in the 8th to give the Braves the win 6-4.
The excitement continued in game 2. Mantle hit a 2 run triple in the first inning to give the Yanks an early 3-0 lead, but the Braves fought back to even the score at 4 on Back to Back home runs by Gardner and Dick Kokos. The game went to extra innings, and Eddie Matthews hit the game winning 2 run Home Run in the 10th giving the Braves the game 6-4, and a 2-0 series lead over the Yankees.
The Yankees were hoping that returning home to the Bronx would help them get into the win column. Ray Crone took the mound for the Braves, and shut down the Yankees. Home Runs by Hazle, Covington and Matthews gave the Braves a dominant 6-1 win, and suddenly they were one game away from the Championship.
The Yankees gave the ball to Hoyt Wilhelm hoping to avoid a Series Sweep, and he took care of business, shutting down the hot Milwaukee bats. Mantle and Bill Skowron hit home Runs in the 8th to seal the 6-2 victory for the Yankees. The Yankee pitching once again came through in game 5. Tom Morgan pitched a complete game shutout holding the Braves to 5 hits, and a much needed 3-0 victory. Yogi Berra opened the 2nd with a triple and Skowron doubled and scored, and that was all the runs the Yankees needed. The Yankees were still alive
The Series shifted back to Milwaukee for game 6, and the Braves were hoping to wrap up the series at home. The Yankees jumped ahead to an early 5-0 lead in the 2nd behind Jackie Jensen’s solo Home Run and an RBI double by Bobby Brown. The Braves tried to mound a comeback but fell short, 6-4, and the Yankees had tied the series at 3 each, setting up the series for the decisive game 7.
Eddie Matthews led the Braves on offense with a .321 Avg,, 1.250 OPS, 3 Home Runs and 6 RBI