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1950 World Series
Team / Wins Manager Season
New York Yankees (4) Casey Stengel 98–56, .636, GA: 3
Philadelphia Phillies (0) Eddie Sawyer 91–63, .591, GA: 2
Dates: October 4October 7
Television: NBC
TV announcers: Jim Britt, Jack Brickhouse
Radio network: Mutual
Radio announcers: Mel Allen, Gene Kelly
Umpires: Jocko Conlan (NL), Bill McGowan (AL), Dusty Boggess (NL), Charlie Berry (AL), Al Barlick (NL: outfield only), Bill McKinley (AL: outfield only)
Future Hall of Famers: Yankees: Casey Stengel (mgr.), Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, Whitey Ford, Johnny Mize, Phil Rizutto.
Phillies: Richie Ashburn, Robin Roberts
World Series
 < 1949 1951 > 

The 1950 World Series matched the defending champion New York Yankees against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies had a big lead most of September and barely hung on to defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers after a September slump. The Yankees did not permanently hold 1st place until September 20th, after a season-long struggle with the Detroit Tigers.

BackgroundEdit

The Phillies, a particularly young team which came to be known as the "Whiz Kids", had won the National League pennant in dramatic fashion on the final day of the season to garner their second pennant - their first in 35 years. Their Cinderella story would end there as the Yankees swept the series in four games for their second consecutive championship, and their thirteenth overall. The final game in the series resulted in the New York Yankees winning, 5–2 over Philadelphia. It was the only game in the series decided by more than one run.

Curt Simmons, one of the Philadelphia starting pitchers during the season, had been called to military duty in September and was unavailable for this Series.

Phillies ace Robin Roberts didn't start Game 1 because he had had three starts in five days including the pennant winner on the final day of the regular season — played October 1, 1950 (three days before Game 1).

SummaryEdit

AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL Philadelphia Phillies (0)

GameScoreDateLocationAttendance
1New York Yankees – 1, Philadelphia Phillies – 0October 4Shibe Park30,746[1]
2New York Yankees – 2, Philadelphia Phillies – 1 (10 innings)October 5Shibe Park32,660[2]
3Philadelphia Phillies – 2, New York Yankees – 3October 6Yankee Stadium64,505[3]
4Philadelphia Phillies – 2, New York Yankees – 5October 7Yankee Stadium68,098[4]

MatchupsEdit

Game 1Edit

Wednesday, October 4, 1950 at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Team 123456789RHE
New York 000100000 1 50
Philadelphia 000000000 0 21
WP: Vic Raschi (1–0)  LP: Jim Konstanty (0–1)  

Because his #1 starter, Robin Roberts, had just pitched in three of the last five games of the frantic 1950 pennant race, Phils manager Eddie Sawyer surprised the world by naming his bullpen ace, Jim Konstanty, to open on the mound for Philadelphia, opposing 21-game winner Vic Raschi of the Yankees. Konstanty was outstanding, allowing just four hits and a run in eight innings, but Raschi was tougher, shutting out the Phils on only two hits en route to a 1–0 victory in the opener.

Game 2Edit

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Thursday, October 5, 1950 at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Team 12345678910RHE
New York 0100000001 2 100
Philadelphia 0000100000 1 70
WP: Allie Reynolds (1–0)  LP: Robin Roberts (0–1)  
HRs:  NYY – Joe DiMaggio (1)

20-game winner Robin Roberts and Allie Reynolds both pitched outstanding baseball for nine innings, as strong pitching and stout defense again prevailed in the series. Gene Woodling drove in Jerry Coleman for a Yankee run in the second, and Richie Ashburn tallied Mike Goliat in the fifth, forcing a 1–1 tie which held up through nine full innings. This set the stage for Joe DiMaggio, leading off the tenth inning for the Yankees. With one swing, DiMaggio smashed a home run to left field to provide the difference in a 2–1 extra-inning win for the Yankees as the series shifted to New York.

DiMaggio had a hand in holding the Phillies at bay long enough to get his key at-bat. In the sixth inning, Ennis hit a deep fly to center, but DiMaggio made a spectacular over-the-shoulder running catch, near the 400 foot marker at the base of the scoreboard in right-center. This play is far less well-known but was similar-looking to the famous Willie Mays catch in the 1954 World Series.

Game 3Edit

Friday, October 6, 1950 at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York

Team 123456789RHE
Philadelphia 000001100 2 102
New York 001000011 3 70
WP: Tom Ferrick (1–0)  LP: Russ Meyer (0–1)  

Phils lefty Ken Heintzelman started the third game vs. Yankee stalwart Eddie Lopat. Heintzelman continued the Phils' great pitching, carrying a 2–1 lead into the eighth inning, when he lost control and walked the bases loaded. Konstanty relieved him and got Bobby Brown to ground to shortstop Granny Hamner, but Hamner misplayed the ball to allow the tying run to score. Russ Meyer came on for the Phillies in the last of the ninth. After retiring the first two batters, Meyer allowed consecutive singles to set the stage for Jerry Coleman, who drove in the winning run with a base hit to give the Yankees a 3–2 lead. The Phillies only previous World Series was 1915, and their next Series was in 1980.

Game 4Edit

Saturday, October 7, 1950 at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York

Team 123456789RHE
Philadelphia 000000002 2 71
New York 20000300X 5 82
WP: Whitey Ford (1–0)  LP: Bob Miller (0–1)  SV: Allie Reynolds (1)  
HRs:  NYY – Yogi Berra (1)

Phillies starter Bob Miller matched up against rookie Whitey Ford, making his first World Series appearance, as the Yankees tried to wrap up the series in four straight. New York scored two runs in the first inning, and with the help of Yogi Berra's homer, three more in the sixth to take a commanding 5–0 lead. With a 5–0 shutout, the first two Phils reached base in the ninth, before Ford got the next two out. Andy Seminick then flied to left, but left fielder Gene Woodling dropped what looked like the series-ending out, allowing two runs to score. Mike Goliat kept the inning going with a hit, and Stengel removed Ford to bring in Allie Reynolds. Reynolds struck out pinch-hitter Stan Lopata, giving the Yanks a 5–2 win and the World Series victory. Ford was almost 24 years old, although he claimed at the time to be 2 years younger. Jerry Coleman won the Babe Ruth Award, which was the only World Series MVP Award given at the time. (The Sport Magazine MVP Award was not awarded until 1955.) This was the only World Series apparance for Robin Roberts.

Composite boxEdit

1950 World Series (4–0): New York Yankees (A.L.) over Philadelphia Phillies (N.L.)

Team 12345678910RHE
New York Yankees 2111030111 11 302
Philadelphia Phillies 0000111020 5 264

<tr><td style="text-align:left;" colspan="14">Total attendance: 196,009   Average attendance: 49,002</td></tr> <tr><td style="text-align:left;" colspan="14">Winning player’s share: $5,738   Losing player’s share: $4,081[5]</td></tr>


Earned runsEdit

  • During the Series, the New York Yankees pitching rotation only allowed three (3) earned runs and finished the Fall Classic with a combined 0.73 ERA. The other pitching staffs with a combined World Series ERA less than 1.00:
League Team ERA Year
N.L. New York Giants 0.00 1905
A.L. Baltimore Orioles 0.50 1966
N.L. Chicago Cubs 0.75 1907
A.L. Cleveland Indians 0.89 1920

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Neft, David S., and Richard M. Cohen. The World Series. 1st ed. New York: St Martins, 1990. (Neft and Cohen 230–233)
  • Reichler, Joseph, ed. (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.), p. 2158. MacMillian Publishing. ISBN 0-02-579010-2.
  • Forman, Sean L.. 1950 World Series. Baseball-Reference.com - Major League Statistics and Information.. Retrieved on 2007-12-09.

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