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1932 World Series

"What do you think of the nerve of that big monkey (Babe Ruth) calling his shot (in Game 3) and getting away with it?" - Lou Gehrig (October 1, 1932)

PINSTRIPE PERSPECTIVES: Events off the field

Charles A. Lindbergh, the American aviator who made the first solo, nonstop transatlantic flight from New York to Paris, faced every parent's nightmare after his child was kidnapped and murdered. In March, Lindberg's son was abducted from his own bedroom with a ransom demand of $50,000 for his release. After paying the sum, Lindberg's son was not returned infuriating the country and sparking one of the largest manhunts in modern history. In September, the missing child's battered body was found near Hopewell and further investigation revealed a suspect named Bruno Richard Hauptmann, who was found in possession of the ransom. In a sensational trial at Flemington, New Jersey, Hauptmann was convicted of murder and electrocuted on April 3rd, 1936.

FALL CLASSIC: Chicago Cubs (0) vs. New York Yankees (4)

Anger, emotion and controversy were the big stories of the 1932 Series and that was before the first pitch was ever even thrown. Babe Ruth, the most beloved (and hated) player in all of baseball, lived up to his reputation by ripping apart the Chicago Cubs organization in the press while sticking up for one of his former teammates. Remembering the contributions of shortstop Mark Koenig to the Yankees' great teams of 1926-1928, several New York players berated the National League champions for only offering him a half-share of the World Series payoff. Although he had been a late season acquisition, the former Yankee had batted .353 in thirty-three games for his new team and many felt that he was being cheated.

Chicago tempers were also flared by the return of Joe McCarthy, who had been fired by the Cubs after the 1930 season. Many around the league had felt that the Yankees' new skipper had been unfairly treated after winning the pennant in '29 and taking his team to second place the following year. However, many of his supporters quickly turned on him after he accepted a position with the hated American League powerhouse. Two years later he walked back onto Wrigley Field in a New York uniform determined to get the "last laugh" over his former employer. He certainly had the advantage this time as the Yankees won the first two games back home in the Bronx and were now locked in a 4-4 stalemate. What would follow has become one of the most memorable and controversial moments in the history of baseball.

With one out in the fifth inning, Babe Ruth stepped up to the plate and prepared to stare down Chicago's Charlie Root. "The Bambino" had launched a three-run rocket off the Cub's veteran in the first inning, but took a called strike on the first pitch. Two balls and another strike followed as "The Babe" acknowledged it with a raised hand. Confident that a "K" was coming, the Cubs fans started taunting Ruth from the stands. As the noise level rose to a deafening roar, Ruth pointed to center field (although some contest that he was pointing back at Root) and prepared his wind-up. Whatever the gesture, it certainly silenced the fans as he delivered the next pitch over the centerfield wall for the go-ahead score. Even Lou Gehrig (who was on-deck at the time) maintained that Ruth had definitely "called his shot" although Root wasn't buying into the "Sultan of Swing" sensationalism. He was quoted as saying, "If he had, I would have knocked him down with the next pitch." Ruth never expounded upon the matter and was content with another contribution to baseball folklore. It still remains a mystery.

Gehrig and Ruth both traded two-homer days in a close Game 3 that ended 7-5 in the Yankees' favor. New York prepared the next day to close out the Cubs for their third consecutive sweep, but did not get off to a good start as they fell behind 4-1 when Chicago's Frank Demaree knocked a three-run homer in the first inning. Despite the Cubs' strong start, New York stormed back, thanks in part to the bat of Tony Lazzeri, who had two two-run homers during a late Yankees rally. In a game that was tied 5-5 for six innings, the Yanks wound up with a 13-6 win and another World Championship. Although Ruth's "called shot" was the most widely contested and celebrated moment of the 1932 Series, it was Lou Gehrig who was, without a doubt, the biggest hitter. Gehrig went nine-for-seventeen with a .529 average, slugged three homers, scored nine runs and tallied eight RBIs. He was backed up by Bill Dickey, who batted .438, Earle Combs, who hit .375 and Joe Sewell and "the Babe" who both finished with a .333 average. Strangely, the "called shot" would be Ruth's last homerun in World Series play.


The called shot during Game 3 is probably one of the most hotly debated items in World Series (and baseball history for that matter) history. One of the more reputable accounts of the event was published in The Sporting News. It stated, "The Yankees had won the first two games of the Series in New York, and this game was tied 4-4 with one out in the fifth as (Babe) Ruth positioned himself in the batter's box and awaited the first delivery from Cubs pitcher Charlie Root. The Bambino, who had smashed a three-run homer off Root in the first inning, took a called strike. Then Root missed with two pitches. Another called strike followed, and Ruth acknowledged it - just as he had strike one - with a raised hand. By now, Cubs players and fans alike were taunting the big guy; they had fresh ammunition, too, since the Babe had missed on a shoestring catch in the previous inning. The noise level was increasing dramatically. Ruth then seemingly gestured toward center field - as if to indicate that's where he planned to deposit Root's next pitch. Or was he merely pointing at Root? Or addressing the Cubs' bench with an exaggerated sweeping motion? Or showing one and all that he still had one strike left? Whatever the message, Ruth delivered on Root's next offering. He swung viciously, and the ball arced toward center field and went over the wall near the base of the flagpole. The blast put the Yankees ahead 5-4."

The Chicago Cubs were swept making this the third American League sweep. All three (3) sweeps were dealt out by the New York Yankees. However, the 1907 Chicago Cubs were the first team from either league to sweep an opponent during a World Series.


1936 World Series

"As great as (Joe) DiMaggio was, he likely would have been greater at most other times and in many other places." - Historian Bill James

PINSTRIPE PERSPECTIVES: Events off the field

Democratic President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was re-elected with a whopping 61% of the vote. His immense popularity around the country was attributed to his successful efforts in helping the American economy out of the depression with his New Deal programs. Later, he went on to provide strong leadership in the winning of World War II, and was the only president to be elected four times. At the turn of the millennium, Time Magazine selected him as a runner-up for Person of the Century.

"Dust Bowl" problems continued to plague the Midwest and U.S. prairie states. Initially caused by the over-planting in support of World War I, farmers were encouraged to grow more wheat by plowing and seeding areas in Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico, which were formerly used only for grazing. After years of adequate yields, livestock were returned to graze the areas, and their hooves pulverized the unprotected soil. Strong winds blew the soil into huge clouds, and in the succeeding years, from December to May, the dust storms recurred. As a result, miles and miles of crops and pasturelands were ruined and many farmers and their families experienced severe health problems.

FALL CLASSIC: New York Giants (2) vs. New York Yankees (4)

In 1936, the New York Yankees were not only without their best player, but also perhaps the greatest player in the history of the game. Prior to 1935, the Yankees had released the legendary Babe Ruth, who went on to play briefly for the Boston Braves, and shortly thereafter retired from baseball. Many felt that "The Babe" was directly responsible for the Yankees' dominance of the late 20's and 30's and the prospect of returning to post-season glory without him was grim. If New York would be able to prosper without Ruth in the lineup, it would be a tremendous boost for the future of the franchise. Ruth's "replacement" was an up-and-coming rookie outfielder named Joe DiMaggio who hit twenty-nine homers and one hundred twenty-nine RBIs in his debut season. Third only to Lou Gehrig and Bill Dickey, "Joe 'D" as he would later be called, was a perfect fit for the old "Bronx Bombers". Gehrig was coming off of a MVP season in which he hit forty-nine homeruns and drove in one hundred fifty-two with a .354 batting average. Dickey hit twenty-two homers with one hundred seven RBIs and led the team with a .362.

Pitching was also a major player in the Yankees 1936 season as six hurlers finished the regular season with double-digit wins. Their records include Red Ruffing (20-12, 3.85ERA), Monte Pearson (19-7, 3.71 ERA), Bump Hadley (14-4, 4.34 ERA), Lefty Gomez (13-7, 4.38 ERA), Pat Malone (12-4, 3.80 ERA), and Johnny Broaca (12-7, 4.24 ERA). Not only had New York proven themselves to be worthy without Ruth during the regular season, but they were on the verge of a World Series streak that would last for the next four years. The Yankees return to the Series also coincided with the comeback of the National League champion New York Giants, who were returning to the big show after a three year hiatus. Although the Giants did not share the dominant pennant run that the Yanks had (winning by only five games), they did have the most dangerous pitcher in all of baseball. Carl Hubbell, a thirty-three-year-old lefty, had just won his last sixteen games and finished the season 26-6 with a 2.31 ERA.

Hubbell had more than earned the start for Game 1 and went up against twenty-game winner Red Ruffing. Mid-season acquisition, Jake Powell (who came over from Washington) was obviously not intimidated by the Giants' "giant" and managed three base hits in his first three attempts. It mattered little as Ruth's replacement in right field, George Selkirk, scored the Yankees' only run with a homer in the third inning. Hubbell struck out eight and only allowed seven hits (none of which flew past the infield) on his way to a 6-1 opening lead. Despite the miserable debut, the Yankees went on to win four of the next five games while paying back the Giants' pitching staff for Hubbell's performance. In Game 2, they took Hal Schumacher and four relievers for seventeen hits, including the second grand slam in World Series history by Tony Lazzeri. The entire lineup (all nine) had at least one hit and scored one run in the 18-4 massacre (Bill Dickey and Lazzeri each had five runs batted in apiece). The following day, newly acquired Bump Hadley delivered a 2-1 victory with a tie-breaking run knocked in by Frankie Crosetti in the eighth and solid relief from Pat Malone in the ninth.

Hubbell returned to seek revenge for his counterparts in Game 4, but suffered their same fate, allowing four Yankee runs (two off Gehrig's second homer in as many days) in the first three innings. Despite his best efforts, the Giants' ace was bested 5-2 by Monte Pearson, a recent trade acquisition from Cleveland. On the brink of elimination, the Giants managed to stay alive with a crucial 5-4 ten inning victory in Game 5, but it only postponed the obvious. Once again, the Yankee sluggers stepped up to the plate and blasted their cross-town rival's pitching staff in an embarrassing 13-5, Game 6 romp. Powell, Lazzeri, DiMaggio and Rolfe each had three hits (with Powell adding a homer and four RBIs) as the Yankees wrapped up the Giants and another World Series title. In the end, the Yankees had finished the contest with an amazing sixty-five hits. Powell batted .455. Rolfe hit .400. DiMaggio batted .346 and Gehrig knocked in seven runs while boosting his RBI total in Series play to 31 in 25 games. The only highlight for their opponents came on opening day as Hubbell's Game 1 masterpiece ended the newly crowned champion's twelve-game winning streak. However, it would be of little consolation to the fallen Giants (and the rest of the National League) as the Yankees were about to start a new winning streak of a different kind.


Game 1 of the 1936 World Series was the first Fall Classic for future Hall of Famer and Yankee legend Joe DiMaggio.

This was this first of four consecutive New York Yankees World Championships and the birth of what some experts believe is the greatest baseball dynasty of all time.


1937 World Series

"The Yankees had the horses, all right. And you could start with the Iron Horse, (Lou) Gehrig, who enjoyed his last magnificent season before amyotrophic lateral sclerosis began to take its toll on his career and, all too soon, his life." - The Sporting News

PINSTRIPE PERSPECTIVES: Events off the field

On May 6th, the German blimp "Hindenburg" burst into flames two-hundred feet over its intended landing spot at New Jersey's Lakehurst Naval Air Station. Thirty-five people on board the flight were killed (thirteen passengers and twenty-two crewmen), along with one crewman on the ground. The giant flying zeppelin measured eight-hundred three feet in length and weighed approximately two-hundred forty-two tons, but still managed a top speed of just over eighty miles per hour. As it reached its final destination in New Jersey, it hovered over its landing spot and was beginning to be pulled down to the ground by landing lines by over two-hundred crewmen when disaster struck. A small burst of flame started just forward of the upper fin, then blossomed into an inferno that quickly engulfed the dirigible's tail.

Once again, tragedy struck in the skies as America's first female pilot pioneer, Amelia Earhart, was lost over the Pacific during her attempt to make an around-the-world flight along the equator. The flight, which began in Miami, had made it around the world to Lae before she and her Lockheed Electra mysteriously vanished. Her last communication by radio was "we are flying northeast."

FALL CLASSIC: New York Giants (1) vs. New York Yankees (4)

Once again, Joe McCarthy's New York Yankees dominated the American League for the second consecutive season, winning the American League pennant by a thirteen-game margin with league-leading hitting by three of the games greatest players. Second-year man Joe DiMaggio drove in one hundred sixty-seven runs, veteran Lou Gehrig added one hundred fifty-nine and Bill Dickey contributed one hundred thirty-three, for an amazing four hundred fifty-nine runs batted in.

Gehrig, known as the "Iron Horse," had enjoyed a magnificent season that would sadly be his last, before amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (later named Lou Gehrig's disease) began to take its toll on his career and his life. He batted .351 and recorded thirty-seven homers, his protégé "Joe D," hit .346 with forty-six homers and Dickey came in third with a .332 and twenty-nine. The three were without equals at the plate, although George Selkirk was on pace (eighteen homers in sixty-eight games) and may have made it four, if not for missing half a season due to injuries. The Yankees also had the American League's only twenty-game winners with Lefty Gomez (21-11) and Red Ruffing (20-7) as well as standout relief in Johnny Murphy, who recorded twelve saves and thirteen overall.

However, the Yankees weren't the only repeaters in '37, as the National League's Giants returned for a classic rematch against their hated cross-town rivals. Unlike the Yankees, Bill Terry's club did not possess the dominant hitting (Mel Ott was closest, with thirty-one home runs and ninety-five runs batted in), but they did boast two twenty-game winners with Carl Hubbell (22-8) and rookie Clift Melton (20-9).

Game 1 echoed the previous Series opener, with the Giants on top 1-0 going into the sixth inning. But before the inning concluded, the Yankees struck for seven runs on their way to a six-hit, 8-1 victory for Gomez. Game 2 started the same, as the Giants led 1-0 going into the bottom of the fifth inning. This time the American Leaguers struck for two in the fifth inning, two more in the sixth and headed for their second consecutive 8-1 comeback that featured a seven-hitter from Red Ruffing. Things also didn't get any better for the National Leaguers in Game 3, as Monte Pearson won, getting last-out relief help from Murphy in the ninth, despite the fact that the Giants had loaded the bases.

As the Yanks prepared to go for their fourth sweep in their last five World Series appearances, the Giants were still trying to get their first win in their last four Series games. Things seemed to finally turn in their favor for Game 4, as they managed six runs in the second inning. Center fielder Hank Leiber got things going with a base hit and then capped the rally with a two-run single. Hubbell went on to record a 7-3 victory while throwing a clutch six-hitter. In the ninth inning, the last he would pitch in a Series, he allowed a homerun to Lou Gehrig, the last he would hit in a Series. Once again, the Giants had come back from the brink of elimination, and once again, the Yankees had an answer the following day. In Game 5, Myril Hoag whacked a second inning homer for the Yanks and DiMaggio connected in the top of the third. Ott returned fire with a two-run blast in the bottom of the inning, but Lazerri hit a leadoff triple in the fifth and scored on Gomez's single due to second baseman Burgess Whitehead's fielding error. Two outs later, Gehrig doubled home Gomez on the way to a 4-2 Series ending victory.

The back-to-back titleists had won their sixth World Series championship, (breaking the mark they had shared with the Philadelphia Athletics) and they were only getting started. Believe it or not, the four-games-to-one humiliation that the New York Giants were forced to endure was only the tip of the iceberg and the defending champions' next two opponents would not find themselves as fortunate.


Game 4 featured the final World Series innings ever pitched by Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell who, during the ninth inning, threw a pitch that Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig hit for his final World Series home run.

New York Giant outfielder Jo-Jo Moore might have played on the losing team, but he still managed to tie World Series (5-Games Long) records for: most at-bats (twenty-three), most hits (nine) and most singles (five).

The New York Yankees won their record sixth World Championship with this victory breaking the Major League record for titles held which they had shared with the Philadelphia Athletics.


1938 World Series

"[The public] had marveled for thirteen years at his sublime strength; now they were marveling at his stunning weakness." - Eleanor Gehrig on Gehrig's progressing, yet-to-be-diagnosed ALS affecting his play

PINSTRIPE PERSPECTIVES: Events off the field

On October 30th, actor Orson Wells broadcasted his own adaptation of the H.G. Wells classic "War of the Worlds". His original "news-style" format proved more than a little convincing and created a nationwide panic as many listeners actually believed that alien invaders had landed in New Jersey. After the controversial program established him as a creative genius, Wells was signed by RKO pictures where he co-wrote, produced, directed, and starred in his first film, "Citizen Kane" (1941) which is still considered by many to be the greatest movie ever made.

The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 was passed to establish minimum living standards for workers engaged directly or indirectly in interstate commerce. A major provision of the act was the establishment of a Minimum Wage, initially $0.25 an hour, along with a maximum workweek of forty-four hours. These went on to become $0.40 an hour and forty hours after seven years.

FALL CLASSIC: Chicago Cubs (0) vs. New York Yankees (4)

After a six-year hiatus, the Chicago Cubs managed to top the National League, despite making it there by the slimmest of margins. After a ninth-inning, 6-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates (who had led the National League for 2½ months) on September 28th, the Cubs managed to hold onto first place while winning the pennant by a mere two games. Rip Collins led the team in homers with thirteen, and outfielder Augie Galan topped the Cubs in runs-batted-in with sixty-nine. Stan Hack batted .320 and led the National League with sixteen stolen bases, and Carl Reynolds hit .302. Bill Lee and Clay Bryant were the staff pitching aces with twenty-two and nineteen victories. Dizzy Dean, who tried to come back too soon after his All-Star Game toe injury of 1937 (and injured his arm), had been obtained from the St. Louis Cardinals in April and won 7 of 8 decisions.

Their opponents, the two time defending champion Yankees, were still dominating teams on the American League side. This time five New Yorkers compiled RBI totals over ninety, and those five; Joe DiMaggio, Bill Dickey, Lou Gehrig, rookie Joe Gordon and Tommy Henrich, had home run totals ranging from thirty-two to twenty-two. Red Ruffing led the American League in victories with twenty-one, followed in the rotation by Lefty Gomez (eighteen wins), Monte Pearson (sixteen wins) and Spud Chandler (fourteen wins). The result was a 9½ game lead over the Boston Red Sox for the American League pennant.

Bill Lee got the call for the Cubs in the Series opener and while the big right-hander pitched well, he did not pitch well enough to win. Bill Dickey went four-for-four against him, scoring a run and driving home another as the Yankees pulled ahead with a "predictable" 3-1 triumph. Nothing changed for Game 2, although the Cubs' Dizzy Dean appeared in control almost until the end. He contained the Yankees for seven innings at Wrigley Field and had given up only three hits while leading the contest, 3-2. George Selkirk added the Yankees' fourth hit as the leadoff man in the eighth inning, but two force-outs left Dean in a position to escape with one more out. Frankie Crosetti (who was on the bottom of the Yank's home-run list with nine) stepped up with Myril Hoag leading off of first base. Swinging at the first pitch, the unlikely hero sent a shockwave through the stands with a bomb over the left field wall. Dean and his teammates stood in disbelief and were unable to answer the call in the ninth inning, as the Yankees held on for the 6-3 victory.

Ahead two games to none, with the Series shifting to Yankee Stadium, the New Yorkers seemed to be a lock. Games 3 and 4 were quick (and painful), as the home team's momentum carried them to 5-2 and 8-3 finales that featured solid hitting by Crosetti, who added a double, triple and four runs-batted-in to his stats. On a somber note, the ailing Lou Gehrig went four for fourteen (all singles) for his last Series appearance. The Yankees had completed their fourth Series sweep in their last six appearances and became the first team to win the World Series in three consecutive years. The American Leaguers appeared unstoppable and most felt that the Cubs never had a chance.


With this World Championship the New York Yankees became the first team to win three (3) consecutive Fall Classics.

During Game 4, Tex Carleton of the Chicago Cubs became the fifth pitcher in World Series history to toss two (2) wild pitches during the same game.

Red Ruffing started two (2) games, completed both games and won each of them. He also tied the World Series record for innings pitched and shattered the record for most hits allowed in a four-game Series.

MORE HERE: The Iron Horse: Lou Gehrig


1939 World Series

"That the Reds had made it into their first Series since 1919, the year of the Black Sox scandal, was an amazing advance, considering Cincinnati had finished in the National League basement in 1937. For the Yankees, it was business as usual." - The Sporting News

PINSTRIPE PERSPECTIVES: Events off the field

"The Daughters of the American Revolution", a colonial patriotic society in the United States open to women having one or more ancestors who aided the cause of the Revolution refused to allow Marian Anderson to perform at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. Anderson was the first African American to be named a permanent member of the Metropolitan Opera Company, as well as the first black woman to perform at the White House. In protest of their protest, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt resigned her DAR membership and sponsored Anderson's concert at the Lincoln Memorial.

On August 12th, Louis B. Mayer and his staff at MGM released what is considered to be one of the greatest movies ever made, the classic musical version of "The Wizard of Oz". Although the lavish production of L. Frank Baum's children's book originally lost a million dollars on its initial release, its musical score, technical artistry, star-making performance from Judy Garland, and unexpected TV success turned it into a perennial classic.

FALL CLASSIC: Cincinnati Reds (0) vs. New York Yankees (4)

The Cincinnati Reds returned to the big show for the first time since 1919, when they were the beneficiaries of the famous "Black Sox Scandal" in which their opponents, the Chicago White Sox, intentionally threw the Series. After a lengthy investigation in 1920, the members of Chicago's team were amazingly acquitted the following year, despite their own confessions (which were recanted later). Many Reds fans later realized that their "championship title" had been tainted and were anxious to see their team win one on their own terms. Their sudden rise to the top of the National League was more than impressive (after finishing at the bottom of the National League in 1937) and their "Cinderella season" featured the two winningest pitchers in all of baseball. Bucky Walters led the major leagues with twenty-seven wins and Paul Derringer backed him up with twenty-five of his own. For their opponents, the perennial championship Yankees, it was business as usual. New York finished the regular season with a 106-45 record and won their fourth consecutive pennant by seventeen games.

Reds manager, Bill McKechnie, went with Derringer for Game 1 and Joe McCarthy selected Series regular, Red Ruffing. The Yankee veteran played true to form with an opening four-hit, 2-1 victory that featured a last-inning, tiebreaker on a Bill Dickey single. Cincinnati was down, but not out, as they had shown that they could stand tall against the three-time defending champions. Unfortunately for Reds fans, nothing changed the following day as Monte Pearson beat out Walters with a two-hit, 4-0 masterpiece that put his team up two games to none. Babe Dahlgren (who had replaced Lou Gehrig for the Yankees) doubled and homered in support. The first baseman had taken over May 2, when failing health and an accompanying decline in skills had forced the "Iron Horse" out of the New York lineup after 2,130 consecutive games. Not since 1923 had the Yankees engaged in postseason play without Gehrig, and fans and players alike dearly missed his presence.

For Game 3, the Reds came out swinging and finally generated some offense against the Yankees pitching staff, while out-hitting the Bronx Bombers by more than a 2 to 1 margin. However, as in most sports, "quality" mattered more than "quantity" as all ten of Cincinnati's hits resulted in mere singles. New York, on the other hand, got two-run homers from rookie Charlie Keller in the first and fifth innings, a two-run blast from Joe DiMaggio (who batted a career-high .381 in the regular season) in the third and a bases-empty shot from Bill Dickey in the fifth. The final was a 7-3 romp that put the Yanks one game away from their fourth consecutive championship.

Game 4 was a tense 0-0 standoff until the seventh inning, when Charlie Keller and Bill Dickey both launched bases-empty homers off of the returning Derringer. The Reds quickly answered back in their half of the inning for three unearned runs off reliever Steve Sundra, who had replaced ailing starter Oral Hildebrand in the fifth. Johnny Murphy tacked on an "insurance" run in the eighth inning, but shortstop Billy Myers' error on Dickey's potential double-play ball in the ninth enabled the Yankees to move within one. Then, New York scored again when DiMaggio beat a throw to the plate on Joe Gordon's grounder for the 4-4 tie. With runners on the corners and one out in the tenth inning, "Joe D" came up big again and singled to right for the game winner. That would have been trouble enough for Cincinnati, but right fielder Ival Goodman misplayed the ball and another run headed home. That, too, would have been trouble enough for Cincinnati, but catcher Ernie Lombardi not only failed to hold Goodman's throw to the plate, but was also knocked down by the onrushing Keller and the ball rolled away.

As a result, DiMaggio was able to circle the bases untouched, as the Reds' receiver lay stunned. "Schnozz's snooze" the play was called, and it won a special place in baseball folklore despite its minimal impact overall. In the bottom of the tenth inning, Cincinnati managed to send the tying run to the plate three times, but were unable to finish the job as Johnny Murphy protected the Yankees' 7-4 lead for their second consecutive sweep, and fourth consecutive World Series title. Keller, the Series star, led the contest in runs scored (eight), hits (seven), home runs (three), runs-batted-in (six) and batting average (.438). In the end, the Yankees had won thirteen of their last fourteen Series games and twenty-eight of their last thirty-one games in baseball's premier event.


Prior to this Fall Classic the record for most home runs hit during any single Series game by a rookie was one (1). Charlie Keller broke that record during Game 3 when he went deep twice.

During Game 3, Junior Thompson gave up five (5) hits in 4.2 innings worked. Four (4) of those five (5) hits were home runs tying the record for longs balls allowed during a Series game set by Charlie Root during the 1932 World Series.

END 30's


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