Lead Story - 2/11/2020
New York Yankees - 1960 World Series ChampionThe New York Yankees beat the Milwaukee Braves 4 games to 1 to bring the World Series Trophy back to the Bronx. The Series was an exciting one, with 3 games decided by one run.
The 1960 World Series opened in Milwaukee with a 14 inning thriller. The Braves jumped out on top 5-0 behind a 1st inning 2 RBI single by Dick Kokos and a 3rd inning Homer by Wes Covington. The Yankees tied the game in the 7th on back to back RBI doubles by Tony Kubek and Series MVP Gil McDougald. Andy Carey hit a 2 run homer in the 8th giving the Yankees their first lead of the game, and the Braves tied the game in the bottom of the 9th on a double by Kokos. In the 14th another Kokos single drove in Hank Aaron with the game winning run, giving the Braves the opening game win.
McDougald had an incredible series, hitting .429 with a 2.429 OPS with 2 doubles and 4 home runs.
18 runs were scored in game 2. The Braves staff struggled all game walking 10 batters, and the Yankees took full advantage. After falling behind 1-0 in the first, the Braves took a 4-1 lead on a Willy Miranda double in the 2nd. The Yankees opened the flood gates scoring 6 runs in the 5th. Leading off with back to back walks, Jerry Lumpe singled to drive in 2. 2 more walks and a double by Norm Siebern gave the Yanks the lead 8-4. The Braves fought back, Kokos hit a 2 run homer in the 5th and Eddie Matthews singled to drive in 2 in the 6th. Tied 8-8 in the 9th, Mickey Mantle hit a lead of triple. The Braves walked 3 more Yankee batters, and the Yanks evened the series with a 10-8 victory.
The Series shifted to New York, Whitey Ford took the mound, and pitched a complete game 3 hitter. Mantle led off the 6th with a home run, and Yogi Berra hit an RBI double, giving the Yankees a 5-2 game 3 win.
Game 4 was a great game, with the lead changing hands 4 times. Matthews homered to give the Braves a 1st inning lead, but the Yankees scored 2 in the bottom half on McDougald’s home run. Kokos hit a solo home run in the 4th to put the Braves back on top 4-3. In the 7th the Yankees took the lead for good 5-4 scoring two runs behind an error and a walk. With the Bases loaded, Mantle hit into a double play, but drove in the winning run. The Yankees were now in command of the Series 3 games to 1.
Game 5 was another exciting game. The Braves took the lead in the 2nd on a 2 run double by Miranda, and the Yankees tied it in the bottom half on a 2 run homer by Siebern. The Braves came right back in the 3rd, taking the lead 5-2 on a double by Aaron. The Yankees took the lead in the 5th on McDougald’s 2nd home run of the game, but the Braves came right back in the 6th to tie the game on a RBI single by Crandall. Jensen hit the game winning RBI single in the bottom of the 8th, and the Yankees were once again World Series champions with the 7-6 victory.
Dick Kokos led the Braves on offense hitting .556 with a 2.278 OPS, 3 doubles, 3 home runs and 9 RBI.
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