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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.

Background[]

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.

Summary[]

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

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 New York Giants – 5, New York Yankees – 1 October 4 Yankee Stadium 65,673[1]
2 New York Giants – 1, New York Yankees – 3 October 5 Yankee Stadium 66,018[2]
3 New York Yankees – 2, New York Giants – 6 October 6 Polo Grounds (IV) 52,035[3]
4 New York Yankees – 6, New York Giants – 2 October 8 Polo Grounds (IV) 49,010[4]
5 New York Yankees – 13, New York Giants – 1 October 9 Polo Grounds (IV) 47,530[5]
6 New York Giants – 3, New York Yankees – 4 October 10 Yankee Stadium 61,711[6]

Matchups[]

Game 1[]

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

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (NL) 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 5 10 1
New York (AL) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 1

WP: Dave Koslo (1–0)  LP: Allie Reynolds (0–1)  
HRs:  NYG – Alvin Dark (1)

Game 2[]

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

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (NL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 1
New York (AL) 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 X 3 6 0

WP: Eddie Lopat (1–0)  LP: Larry Jansen (0–1)  
HRs:  NYY – Joe Collins (1)

Game 3[]

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

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (AL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 5 2
New York (NL) 0 1 0 0 5 0 0 0 X 6 7 2

WP: Jim Hearn (1–0)  LP: Vic Raschi (0–1)  SV: Sheldon Jones (1)  
HRs:  NYY – Gene Woodling (1)  NYG – Whitey Lockman (1)

Game 4[]

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

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (AL) 0 1 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 6 12 0
New York (NL) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 8 2

WP: Allie Reynolds (1–1)  LP: Sal Maglie (0–1)  
HRs:  NYY – Joe DiMaggio (1)

Game 5[]

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

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (AL) 0 0 5 2 0 2 4 0 0 13 12 1
New York (NL) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 3

WP: Eddie Lopat (2–0)  LP: Larry Jansen (0–2)  
HRs:  NYY – Gil McDougald (1), Phil Rizzuto (1)

Game 6[]

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

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (NL) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 3 11 1
New York (AL) 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 X 4 7 0

WP: Vic Raschi (1–1)  LP: Dave Koslo (1–1)  SV: Bob Kuzava (1)  

Composite box[]

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

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 2 3 5 3 2 5 6 2 1 29 49 4
New York Giants 4 1 0 0 6 3 1 0 3 18 46 10
Total attendance: 341,977   Average attendance: 56,996
Winning player’s share: $6,446   Losing player’s share: $4,951[7]


Notes[]

References[]

  • 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. Baseball-Reference.com - Major League Statistics and Information.. Retrieved on 2007-12-09.

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