Lead Story - 6/17/2020
Milwaukee Braves - 1962 World Series ChampionsThe Milwaukee Braves won back to back World Championships beating the Cleveland Indians 4 games to 3, led by their 1962 version of Murder’s Row:
Hank Aaron, .375 Avg, 1.344 OPS, 3 Double, 1 Triple, 2 HR, 7 RBI
Series MVP Wes Covington, .414 Avg, 1.483 OPS, 1 Double, 3 HR, 7 RBI
Eddie Mathews, .321 Avg, 1.357 OPS, 2 Double, 1 Triple, 2 HR, 6 RBI
Game 1 featured a matchup of the two Cy Young winners. John Jay got the victory, 3-2 over Herb Score pitching 7 shutout innings allowing only 2 hits. The Braves took the early lead in the 2nd on Del Crandall’s 2 run single. The Indians put their rally caps on in the 9th but fell 1 run short.
The offense came alive in game 2. The lead changed hands 6 times in the game, with the Indians coming out on top 10-8. Rocky Colavito and Jim Small each drove in 3 runs to lead the way, and Dick Brown put the Indians on top for good with a solo homer in the 8th.
Pitching sanity returned in game 3. Jim Bunning got the win for the Indians and Jim Small hit a 2 run home run in the 3rd giving Bunning all he needed. The Braves fought hard, but fell short 3-2.
The offense once again exploded in game 4. The Braves got 21 hits, scoring in each of the first 6 innings, and led the Indians 9-8 going into the 9th. The Braves scored 5 runs in the top of the 9th, behind 2 run homers by both Hank Aaron and Eddie Mathews, but the Indians weren’t done. The Braves walked in 2 runs on 5 straight base on balls, but the Braves held on for a 14-11 victory, notching the series at 2 games each.
The Braves got 8 runs on 14 hits to cruise to a game 5 victory, 8-3. Joey Jay got his 2nd win of the series with 8 strong innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits. Bob Hazle drove in 4 on a 2nd inning single and 6th inning double.
Facing elimination in Game 6, the Indians fought hard to stay alive. After jumping out to an early lead on Covalito’s 2 run homer in the 1st, they fell behind 4-3 entering the 9th. Pete Castiglione tied it up in the 9th, and Tony Bartirome gave the Indians the go ahead run in the 13th with a 2 out RBI double. The 5-4 victory set the stage for Game 7.
The Indians were hoping Herb Score could shut down the Braves bats in game 7, but the Braves were too strong once again and won the championship with an 8-6 win. Eddie Mathews started the scoring in the 1st with a 2 run homer. In the 3rd, Mathews doubled in a run, and Hazle followed with another double giving the Braves the lead they would not relinquish.
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