The 1951 World Series matched the two-time defending champion New York Yankees against the New York Giants, who had won the National League pennant in a thrilling three-game playoff with the Brooklyn Dodgers on the legendary home run by Bobby Thomson (the Shot Heard 'Round the World).

In the Series, the Yankees showed some power of their own, including Gil McDougald's grand slam home run in Game 5, at the Polo Grounds. The Yankees won the Series in six games, for their third straight title and fourteenth overall. This would be the last World Series for Joe DiMaggio, who retired afterward, and the first for rookies Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle.


This World Series also matched up two of baseball's most colorful managers, Casey Stengel of the Yankees and Leo Durocher of the Giants.

This was the thirteenth appearance by the Giants in Series play, their ninth loss, and their first appearance since the 1937 World Series.

"The Commerce Comet arrives on the final voyage of the Yankee Clipper." The 1951 World Series was the first for Mickey Mantle and the final for Joe DiMaggio.

Mantle's bad luck with injuries in the major leagues began here. In the fifth inning of Game 2 at Yankee Stadium, Mays flied to deep right center. DiMaggio and Mantle converged on the ball, DiMaggio called Mantle off, and Mantle stutter-stepped, catching a cleat in a drain cover, and fell to the ground in a heap with a wrenched knee as DiMaggio made the catch. Mantle was done for this Series, but would come back to play many more.


AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL New York Giants (2)

1New York Giants – 5, New York Yankees – 1October 4Yankee Stadium65,673[1]
2New York Giants – 1, New York Yankees – 3October 5Yankee Stadium66,018[2]
3New York Yankees – 2, New York Giants – 6October 6Polo Grounds (IV)52,035[3]
4New York Yankees – 6, New York Giants – 2October 8Polo Grounds (IV)49,010[4]
5New York Yankees – 13, New York Giants – 1October 9Polo Grounds (IV)47,530[5]
6New York Giants – 3, New York Yankees – 4October 10Yankee Stadium61,711[6]


Game 1Edit

Thursday, October 4, 1951 at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York

Team 123456789RHE
New York (NL) 200003000 5 101
New York (AL) 010000000 1 71
WP: Dave Koslo (1–0)  LP: Allie Reynolds (0–1)  
HRs:  NYG – Alvin Dark (1)

Game 2Edit

Friday, October 5, 1951 at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York

Team 123456789RHE
New York (NL) 000000100 1 51
New York (AL) 11000001X 3 60
WP: Eddie Lopat (1–0)  LP: Larry Jansen (0–1)  
HRs:  NYY – Joe Collins (1)

Game 3Edit

Saturday, October 6, 1951 at Polo Grounds (IV) in New York, New York

Team 123456789RHE
New York (AL) 000000011 2 52
New York (NL) 01005000X 6 72
WP: Jim Hearn (1–0)  LP: Vic Raschi (0–1)  SV: Sheldon Jones (1)  
HRs:  NYY – Gene Woodling (1)  NYG – Whitey Lockman (1)

Game 4Edit

Monday, October 8, 1951 at Polo Grounds (IV) in New York, New York

Team 123456789RHE
New York (AL) 010120200 6 120
New York (NL) 100000001 2 82
WP: Allie Reynolds (1–1)  LP: Sal Maglie (0–1)  
HRs:  NYY – Joe DiMaggio (1)

Game 5Edit

Tuesday, October 9, 1951 at Polo Grounds (IV) in New York, New York

Team 123456789RHE
New York (AL) 005202400 13 121
New York (NL) 100000000 1 53
WP: Eddie Lopat (2–0)  LP: Larry Jansen (0–2)  
HRs:  NYY – Gil McDougald (1), Phil Rizzuto (1)

Game 6Edit

Wednesday, October 10, 1951 at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York

Team 123456789RHE
New York (NL) 000010002 3 111
New York (AL) 10000300X 4 70
WP: Vic Raschi (1–1)  LP: Dave Koslo (1–1)  SV: Bob Kuzava (1)  

Composite boxEdit

1951 World Series (4–2): New York Yankees (A.L.) over New York Giants (N.L.)

Team 123456789RHE
New York Yankees 235325621 29 494
New York Giants 410063103 18 4610

<tr><td style="text-align:left;" colspan="13">Total attendance: 341,977   Average attendance: 56,996</td></tr> <tr><td style="text-align:left;" colspan="13">Winning player’s share: $6,446   Losing player’s share: $4,951[7]</td></tr>



  • Neft, David S., and Richard M. Cohen. The World Series. 1st ed. New York: St Martins, 1990. (Neft and Cohen 234–239)
  • Reichler, Joseph, ed. (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.), p. 2159. MacMillian Publishing. ISBN 0-02-579010-2.
  • Forman, Sean L.. 1951 World Series. - Major League Statistics and Information.. Retrieved on 2007-12-09.

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