Lead Story - 12/2/2019
Milwaukee Braves - 1959 World Series ChampionsThe Milwaukee Braves beat the Boston Red Sox 4 games to 2 in a very evenly matched World Series with 3 games going extra innings and two 9th inning rallies.
Fenway Park was the setting for an exciting opening to the World Series. The Red Sox jumped out on top 9-2 behind Home Runs by Ted Williams, Sammy White, Charlie Maxwell and Ted Lepcio. The Braves fought back with 6 runs in the 6th behind Hank Aaron’s bases loaded double to tie the game at 9. The Braves took the lead in the top of the 10th on Willy Miranda’s run scoring double, but in the bottom half, White hit a 2 run Home Run to give the Red sox the victory 12-10.
After 22 runs in the opener, Game 2 belonged to the pitchers. Both starters worked 7 innings, Mickey McDermott held the Braves scoreless on 1 hit, and Joey Jay held the Sox to 3 hits. Stephens’ 4th inning Home Run gave the Red Sox the lead, but George Crowe hit a solo shot in the 9th to send the game to extra innings tied at 1. In the top of the 11th, the Braves scored 5 runs behind Joe Rossi’s 2 run double and the Braves evened the series with a 6-1 victory.
The Series moved to Milwaukee, and the Braves took advantage of home field, winning game 3, 5-2. J Johnny Antonelli held the Red Sox to 2 runs on 2 hits and Dick Kokos scored 2 runs on 2 doubles as the Braves took the series lead.
The Red Sox jumped out early in game 4 on Ted Williams’ 3 run home run, but the Braves opened fire with 7 runs in the 6th. Wes Covington hit a 2 run homer and series MVP Eddie Matthews put them ahead with a bases clearing 3 run double. The Braves were in command of the series leading 3 games to 1. Matthews finished the series batting .409 with a 1.733 OPS, 2 Doubles, 1 Triple, 2 Home Runs, 8 RBI.
Game 5 was another 11 inning thriller. The Red Sox took the early lead on Faye Throneberry’s 2 run homer in the 3rd, but the Braves fought back to tie the game at 5 behind home runs by Matthews and Covington. The Red Sox took a brief lead in the top of the 9th, but the Braves rallied again to tie it in the bottom half. Williams put the Red Sox on top in the 11th with a 2 run double. The Braves once again tried to rally behind a solo shot by Kokos, but fell one short 8-7.
The Red Sox were looking for some Fenway magic as the series shifted back to Boston for game 6. Joey Jay once again pitched another gem, holding the Red Sox to 2 hits through 7. The Braves took a 3-1 lead into the 8th, when the Red Sox rallied with 3 runs to take a 4-3 lead. The Braves responded in the 9th on a 2 run homer by Crowe to take the championship with a 5-4 victory.
Ted Lepcio led the Red Sox on offense batting .333, 1.333 OPS, 2 Doubles, 2 HR, and 4 RBI.
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