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1953 World Series - New York Yankees vs Brooklyn Dodgers

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New York Yankees 4
Brooklyn Dodgers 2

September 30 - October 5, 1953

The 1953 World Series again pitted the four-time defending champion "Bronx Bombers" against the "Bums from Brooklyn".

The Yankees sought their fifth straight championship and the Dodgers wanted to avenge their 1952 Series loss.

Billy Martin keyed an opening 9-5 Series victory in Yankee Stadium, hitting a bases loaded triple in the first. Brooklyn's George Shuba hit the first Series pinch homer by a National Leaguer.

In Game 2, Eddie Lopat bested Preacher Roe for a 4-2 Yankees win. Martin hit a solo homer in the seventh, tying the game at 2-2. Mantle clubbed a game-winning two-run blast.

At Ebbets Field, Brooklyn ace Carl Erskine tossed a 3-2 victory. He struck out a Series record fourteen (four of them against Mantle). National League MVP Roy Campanella hit the winning homerun in the eighth.

In Game 4, Brooklyn won handily 7-3. Duke Snider doubled twice and homered. Jim Gilliam added three doubles.

The next day, New York won an 11-7 slugfest. Martin hit a home run and Mantle clubbed a grand-slam.

In Game 6 at Yankee Stadium, Martin drove in the winning run in a 4-3 victory, clinching a second consecutive championship.

Martin was MVP of the 1953 World Series. He batted .500 with a record twelve hits and eight RBIs. The Dodgers lost their seventh Series in seven appearances. The Yankees won a record fifth straight title (unequalled as of 2009) and their sixteenth overall.

Around the World:

  • September 30:
    1. Auguste and Jacques Piccard dove with bathyscaphe submersible to record 3150 m.
    2. Robert Anderson's play "Tea and Sympathy" premiered in New York City
  • October 2:
  • Victor Borge's "Comedy in Music" show premiered in New York City.
  • October 3:
  1. 10th Ryder Cup: U.S. won 6-5 at Wentworth, England.
  2. 7th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Montreal 3-1 at Montreal.
  • October 4 - Jim Peters ran world record marathon (2:17:39.4).
  • October 5:
  1. Earl Warren sworn in as 14th U.S. Chief Justice.
  2. First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous held.

1953 in Baseball:

  • January 21 - Dizzy Dean and Al Simmons entered Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • March 13 - Boston Braves owner, Lou Perini, announced move to Milwaukee for 1953.
  • April 13 - Milwaukee Braves won their first game 2-0, playing at Cincinnati.
  • June 3 - Congress cited the research of New York City librarian Robert Henderson in proving that Alexander Cartwright "founded" baseball and not Abner Doubleday.
  • June 18 - In a 23-3 blowout of Detroit, Boston scored a record 17 runs in one inning.
  • October 7 - Bill Veeck sold the Browns to a Baltimore-based group. The Browns moved to Baltimore in 1954 and became the Orioles.
  • November 24 - The Dodgers signed little known manager Walter Alston to a one-year contract. Alston managed the Brooklyn and LA Dodgers over the next 23 years, winning 2,040 games and four Series.

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