March Thru History II, 1963

Milwaukee Braves - 1962 World Series Champions

The 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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Gibson baffles Red Sox, Cardinals win

Bob Gibson struckout 8 Boston batters in a 8-7 win for the Cardinals. | Box

Roberts blasts off, leads Indians to win

Curt Roberts blasted 2 homers, lifting the Indians to a 17-6 win over Chicago. Cleveland's Russ Nixon had 4 RBIs. Don Blasingame had a big game as well, knocking in 3 runs for Cleveland while recording 3 hits. | Box

Alvarez in the zone for victorious Colt 45's

Ossie Alvarez's hot bat helped the Colt 45's to a 4-1 win over the Giants. Alvarez collected 4 hits in the game. | Box

Chrisley powers Yankees to win over Pirates

Neil Chrisley blasted 2 homers, lifting the Yankees to a 4-3 win over Pittsburgh. | Box

Killebrew powers Twins to win over White Sox

Harmon Killebrew blasted 2 homers, lifting the Twins to a 7-6 win over Chicago. | Box

WHO'S HOT - Last 5 Games

J. Gentile, Orioles .3644 HR8 RBI
B. Schmidt, Giants .3535 HR7 RBI
H. Killebrew, Twins .3333 HR7 RBI
H. Bedell, Orioles .3702 HR6 RBI
H. Sullivan, Orioles .3502 HR6 RBI

WHO'S NOT - Last 5 Games

D. Dobbek, Colt 45's 4 for 24 (.167)
T. Davis, Dodgers 0 for 17 (.000)
B. Consolo, Colt 45's 7 for 24 (.292)
G. Stephens, Athletics 3 for 21 (.143)
T. Umphlett, Colt 45's 4 for 22 (.182)

Leaders: RBI

J. Romano, White Sox 60
R. Maris, Cardinals 57
W. McCovey, Giants 56
J. Gentile, Orioles 56
F. Robinson, Reds 52

Leaders: Wins

T. Herriage, Reds 9
J. Marichal, Giants 9
V. McDaniel, Indians 8
T. Morgan, Yankees 8
V. Mizell, Orioles 8

Milwaukee Braves - 1961 World Series Champion

The Milwaukee Braves swept the Cleveland Indians 4-0 to win the 1961 World Series.
The Braves hit 3 Home Runs to take the opening game 7-4. The Indians took a 2-0 lead in the 1st on Pete Castiglione’s 2 RBI single. The Braves struck back in the 3rd on Wes Covington’s 3 run Homer and added 3 more in the 6th on Home Runs by Series MVP Hank Aaron and Eddie Matthews. Aaron finished the series batting .563 with a 1.875 OPS with 3 doubles, 1 triple, 2 Home Runs and 5 RBI.
Johnny Antonelli held the Indians to 1 run on 6 hits, and the Braves offense continued its hot streak to take a 7-1 game 2 victory. Covington put the Braves up 1-0 in the 1st with an RBI single, and the Braves offense exploded for 5 runs in the 6th. Matthews led off the inning with a solo shot, Mel Roach drove in 2 and Dick Kokos followed with a Triple.
The Braves took the early lead 5-1 in game 3 scoring on RBI singles by Kokos in the 2nd, Covington in the 3rd and a double by Del Crandall in the 4th. The Indians tied the game 5-5 in the 6th on Don Blasingame’s Grand Slam, but the Braves struck back in the bottom half on Matthews’ lead off homer. The Braves won the game 6-5.
The Braves continued their offensive dominance in game 4 jumping out to a 4-1 lead on Covington’s 1st inning homer and Aaron’s 2 run double in the 3rd. The Indians kept it close until the Braves scored 4 in the 7th on Aaron’s 2 run taking the win 8-3 and a sweep of the Series.
Tony Bartirome led the Indians finishing with a .357 Avg, 1.357 OPS, 1 double and 1 Home Run.

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.

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.

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