March Thru History II, 1961

New York Yankees - 1960 World Series Champion

The 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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Landrith powers Reds to win over Giants

Hobie Landrith blasted 2 homers, lifting the Reds to a 9-6 win over San Francisco. Willie Mays of the Giants had 4 hits in the game. | Box

Kokos outburst not enough to carry Braves

Dick Kokos blasted 2 homers, but it wasn't enough to lift the Braves over the Dodgers. Los Angeles won by a score of 7-3. Gil Hodges knocked home 4 runs for the Dodgers. | Box

Skowron blasts off, leads Yankees to win

Bill Skowron blasted 2 homers, lifting the Yankees to a 7-3 win over Boston. Whitey Ford was on fire, allowing just 4 hits over 9 innings for New York. | Box

Big game for Aparicio lifts White Sox to victory

Luis Aparicio drove in 4 runs, carrying Chicago to a 9-8 victory over the Angels. Hank Foiles recorded 4 hits. | Box

Giants ride McCormick to victory over Reds

Mike McCormick was brilliant last night, allowing just 3 hits over 8 innings, leading the Giants to a 4-1 win over the Reds. | Box

WHO'S HOT - Last 5 Games

B. Skowron, Yankees .4213 HR9 RBI
M. Mantle, Yankees .4443 HR8 RBI
W. Mays, Giants .5913 HR4 RBI
V. Wertz, Tigers .5001 HR8 RBI
D. Rhodes, Giants .2733 HR7 RBI

WHO'S NOT - Last 5 Games

L. Posada, Twins 2 for 20 (.100)
V. Pinson, Reds 4 for 22 (.182)
G. Allie, Orioles 3 for 20 (.150)
B. Williams, Cubs 2 for 19 (.105)
T. Williams, Red Sox 2 for 18 (.111)

Leaders: HR

W. Covington, Braves 47
F. Robinson, Reds 45
M. Mantle, Yankees 41
J. Lynch, Pirates 40
E. Mathews, Braves 38

Leaders: SO

H. Score, Indians 154
B. Turley, Orioles 153
D. Drysdale, Dodgers 110
M. McDermott, Red Sox 107
J. Rutherford, Athletics 98

Milwaukee Braves - 1959 World Series Champions

The 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.

New York Yankees - 1958 World Series Champion

The 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

New York Yankees - 1957 World Series Champion

The Mighty Yankees took home the Word Championship for the 4th straight year, beating the New York Giants 4 games to 1 in a rematch of the 1956 World Series. The Series started in the Bronx with the both teams battling 4-4 into the 7th, when the Yankees exploded for 5 runs. Series MVP Mickey Mantle hit a 2 run Homer, and Jackie Jensen followed with another 2 run shot and the Yankees took game 1, 9-4. Mantle hit .647 in the Series with a 2.176 OPS with 2 Home Runs and 7 RBI.
The Giants evened the Series in game 2 with Sam Calderone’s 3 RBI on 3 hits including a solo Home Run in the 4th. Once again the game was tied 4-4, and this time the Giants got 4 runs on RBI singles by Calderone and Jackie Brandt and a 2 run double by Bill White giving the Giants the win 8-6.
The Series headed to the Polo Grounds for Game 3 and the Yankees took command. The Yankees took the early lead in the 3rd with a 2 run Double by Mantle, and although the Giants fought hard, the Yankees took the game 6-4.
Spec Shea took the mound in game 4, and threw a 3 hit gem, stiking out 6 in route to a 4-0 win and a 3-1 series lead.
The Giants took the lead 3-0 in game 5, but the Yankees scored 5 runs in the 5th inning, insuring that the Championship Trophy would remain in the Bronx. The Yanks started the 5th with back to back singles by Gil McDougal and Bobby Brown. The Giants then walked Mantle and Yogi Berra loading the bases for Jensen, who singled in 2 runs, and the Yanks took the Championship with a 5-3 victory.

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