|Dates:||October 2–October 6|
|MVP:||Sandy Koufax (Los Angeles)|
|TV announcers:||Mel Allen, Vin Scully|
|Radio announcers:||Ernie Harwell, Joe Garagiola|
|Umpires:||Joe Paparella (AL), Tom Gorman (NL), Larry Napp (AL), Shag Crawford (NL), Johnny Rice (AL: outfield only), Tony Venzon (NL: outfield only)|
|Future Hall of Famers:|| Dodgers: Walt Alston (mgr.), Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax.|
Yankees: Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Mickey Mantle.
| World Series
The 1963 World Series matched the two-time defending champion New York Yankees against the Los Angeles Dodgers, with the Dodgers sweeping the Series in four games to capture their second title in five years, and 3rd in 9 years.
|1||Los Angeles Dodgers – 5, New York Yankees – 2||October 2||Yankee Stadium||69,000|
|2||Los Angeles Dodgers – 4, New York Yankees – 1||October 3||Yankee Stadium||66,455|
|3||New York Yankees – 0, Los Angeles Dodgers – 1||October 5||Dodger Stadium||55,912|
|4||New York Yankees – 1, Los Angeles Dodgers – 2||October 6||Dodger Stadium||55,912|
HRs: LAD – Johnny Roseboro (1) NYY – Tom Tresh (1)
Sandy Koufax started it off with a then record fifteen-strikeout performance in Game 1. It bested fellow Dodgers pitcher Carl Erskine's mark in 1953 by one, and would be surpassed by Bob Gibson in 1968. Koufax also tied a World Series record when he fanned the first five (5) Yankees batters he faced in that game. Since "K" is the time-honored scoring symbol for "strikeout" (Vin Scully once remarked that "Koufax's name will always remind you of strikeouts"), some newspapers' headlines for the game coverage consisted simply of Koufax's surname prefixed by fifteen K's.
Clete Boyer was the only Yankee regular not to be struck out against Koufax. Mickey Mantle, Tom Tresh and Tony Kubek were struck out twice each, and Bobby Richardson was struck out three times—something he hadn't done in one game his entire career. (Just that regular season, Richardson had been struck out only 22 times in 630 at-bats, without even being striking out twice in one game.) Koufax also struck out three pinch-hitters, including Harry Bright to end the game.
HRs: LAD – Bill Skowron (1)
HRs: NYY – Mickey Mantle (1) LAD – Frank Howard (1)
|Los Angeles Dodgers||3||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||0||12||25||3|
|New York Yankees||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||2||1||4||22||1
<tr><td style="text-align:left;" colspan="13">Total attendance: 247,279 Average attendance: 61,820</td></tr> <tr><td style="text-align:left;" colspan="13">Winning player’s share: $12,794 Losing player’s share: $7,874</td></tr>
- This is the World Series that Jack Nicholson's character R.P. McMurphy lobbies unsuccessfully to watch on television (and subsequently "announces" by imagining the action) in Miloš Forman's 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. He imagines quite a different scene than what occurred, however, as he describes Bobby Richardson, Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle and the Yankees knocking Koufax out of the box. In reality, the Yankees never led at any time in the Series, and only once in the entire Series (and that only for a half-inning) were the Yankees and Dodgers tied at a score other than 0–0. Later in the film, a brief clip of Ernie Harwell's NBC Radio broadcast of Game 2 can be heard.
- The MVP award was made to Koufax in New York City. He was presented with a new car. As soon as they handed Koufax the keys to his new car, a New York City police officer stepped forward and handed Koufax a ticket for parking on the sidewalk.
World Series Teams With Less Than Ten (10) Runs Scored (Through 1963):
|1943||St. Louis Cardinals||N.L.||9|
|1918||Boston Red Sox||A.L.||9|
|1963||New York Yankees||A.L.||4|
The Dodgers win two to one and sweep the series in four straight. Never before in all of their wonderful years had the Yankees lost four in a row in the World Series.—Vin Scully narrated the final out of the World Series from the 1963 World Series highlight film.
I waited seventeen years to bat in a World Series and when it finally happened, everyone was rooting for me to strike out!—Harry Bright, Yankees' pinch-hitter and fifteenth strikeout victim of Koufax in the first game. Bright had played in his first professional game when Sandy was 10 years old.
- ↑ 1963 World Series Game 1 - Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Yankees. Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2008-06-04.
- ↑ 1963 World Series Game 2 - Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Yankees. Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2008-06-04.
- ↑ 1963 World Series Game 3 - New York Yankees vs. Los Angeles Dodgers. Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2008-06-04.
- ↑ 1963 World Series Game 4 - New York Yankees vs. Los Angeles Dodgers. Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2008-06-04.
- Neft, David S., and Richard M. Cohen. The World Series. 1st ed. New York: St Martins, 1990. (Neft and Cohen 298–301)
- Reichler, Joseph, ed. (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.), p. 2171. MacMillian Publishing. ISBN 0-02-579010-2.
- Forman, Sean L.. 1963 World Series. Baseball-Reference.com - Major League Statistics and Information.. Retrieved on 2007-12-09.