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1952 World Series - New York Yankees vs Brooklyn Dodgers

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New York Yankees 4
Brooklyn Dodgers 3

October 1 - October 7, 1952

The 1952 World Series pitted the three-time defending champion Yankees against the Dodgers.

Frustrated with the favoritism given to the Yankees by the media and fans, Charlie Dressen's Dodgers won the opener at Ebbets Field 4-2 on a six-hitter by rookie Joe Black.

New York rallied the next day with a three-hit 7-1 win by Vic Raschi.

In Game 3, Brooklyn's Preacher Roe pitched a 5-3 win at Yankee Stadium.

New York's Allie Reynolds evened the Series with a 2-0 masterpiece in Game 4.

For Game 5, Dodger ace Carl Erskine pitched an 11 inning 6-5 win.

Vic Raschi and Brooklyn's Billy Loes dueled in Game 6 at Ebbets Field. In the bottom of the eighth, New York led 3-2. Brooklyn had a runner on second and two outs, but Allie Reynolds came in as relief and struck out Roy Campanella, saving the victory.

In Game 7, New York led 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh when Brooklyn loaded the bases with one out. Yankees reliever Bob Kuzava retired Duke Snider on a fly out, bringing up Jackie Robinson. On a 3-2 count, Robinson popped up to the mound, but Kuzava and first baseman Joe Collins lost sight of the ball. As the runners crossed the plate, Billy Martin dashed in from second and caught the ball inches off the ground, clinching the 1952 World Series.

The Yankees' fourth consecutive title tied the record they set between 1936 and 1939 under Joe McCarthy, whom Casey Stengel matched as the second manager to win four straight championships. It was the Yankees' fifteenth title and their third defeat of Brooklyn in six years.

Around the World:

  • October 1 - First television station, Portland, OR.
  • October 3:
    1. Britain tested first atom bomb at Monte Bello-Island.
    2. First video recording on magnetic tape, LA, CA.
  • October 4 - "Top Banana" play closed at the Winter Garden Theater after 356 performances.
  • October 5 - 19th congress of Communist Party met in Moscow.
  • October 7 - First "Bandstand" broadcast in Philadelphia on WFIL-TV (Dick Clark joined in 1955 as substitute-host).

1952 in Baseball:

  • January 31 - Harry Heilmann and Paul Waner voted into Hall of Fame.
  • February 16 - Hall of Famer Honus Wagner, 77, retired after 40 years as a player and coach.
  • April 30 - Red Sox Ted Williams hit two- run homer in 5-3 win over Detroit on "Ted Williams Day" before leaving for the Korean War to serve as a Marine fighter pilot.
  • June 19 - Brooklyn's Carl Erskine tossed 5-0 no-hitter against the Cubs.
  • August 15 - Detroit's Virgil Trucks pitched 1-0 no-hitter against the Yankees, his second career no-hitter.
  • November 30 - On a local New York TV program, Jackie Robinson accused Yankees management of being racist for not bringing up a black player. Yankees executive George Weiss denied the charges.

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