1956 World Series
Team / Wins Manager Season
New York Yankees (4) Casey Stengel 97-57, .630, GA: 9
Brooklyn Dodgers (3) Walter Alston 93-61, .604, GA: 1
Dates: October 3-10, 1956
MVP: Don Larsen (Yankees)
World Series
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The 1956 World Series of Major League Baseball was played between the New York Yankees (representing the American League) and the defending champion Brooklyn Dodgers (representing the National League) during the month of October 1956. The Series was a rematch of the 1955 World Series. It was the last all-New York Series until 2000, due to the Dodgers and Giants relocating after the 1957 season.

The Yankees won the Series in seven games, 4–3, capturing their seventeenth championship. Brooklyn won Games 1 and 2, but New York pitchers threw five consecutive complete games (Games 3–7) to cap off the comeback. The highlight was Don Larsen's perfect game in Game 5, the only no-hitter in the history of major league post-season play. Larsen was named the Series MVP for his achievement.

This was the last World Series to date not to have scheduled off days (although Game 2 was postponed a day due to rain).


AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL Brooklyn Dodgers (3)

1New York Yankees – 3, Brooklyn Dodgers – 6October 3Ebbets Field34,479[1]
2New York Yankees – 8, Brooklyn Dodgers – 13October 5Ebbets Field36,217[2]
3Brooklyn Dodgers – 3, New York Yankees – 5October 6Yankee Stadium73,977[3]
4Brooklyn Dodgers – 2, New York Yankees – 6October 7Yankee Stadium69,705[4]
5Brooklyn Dodgers – 0, New York Yankees – 2October 8Yankee Stadium64,519[5]
6New York Yankees – 0, Brooklyn Dodgers – 1 (10 innings)October 9Ebbets Field33,224[6]
7New York Yankees – 9, Brooklyn Dodgers – 0October 10Ebbets Field33,782[7]


Game 1Edit

Wednesday, October 3, 1956 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

Team 123456789RHE
New York 200100000 3 91
Brooklyn 02310000X 6 90
WP: Sal Maglie (1–0)  LP: Whitey Ford (0–1)  
HRs:  NYY – Mickey Mantle (1), Billy Martin (1)  BRO – Jackie Robinson (1), Gil Hodges (1)

Game 2Edit

Friday, October 5, 1956 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

Team 123456789RHE
New York 150100001 8 122
Brooklyn 06122002X 13 120
WP: Don Bessent (1–0)  LP: Tom Morgan (0–1)  
HRs:  NYY – Yogi Berra (1)  BRO – Duke Snider (1)

Game 3Edit

Saturday, October 6, 1956 at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York

Team 123456789RHE
Brooklyn 010001100 3 81
New York 01000301X 5 81
WP: Whitey Ford (1–1)  LP: Roger Craig (0–1)  
HRs:  NYY – Billy Martin (2), Enos Slaughter (1)

Game 4Edit

Sunday, October 7, 1956 at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York

Team 123456789RHE
Brooklyn 000100001 2 60
New York 10020120X 6 72
WP: Tom Sturdivant (1–0)  LP: Carl Erskine (0–1)  
HRs:  NYY – Mickey Mantle (2), Hank Bauer (1)

Game 5Edit

Monday, October 8, 1956 at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York

Team 123456789RHE
Brooklyn 000000000 0 00
New York 00010100X 2 50
WP: Don Larsen (1–0)  LP: Sal Maglie (1–1)  
HRs:  NYY – Mickey Mantle (3)

Larsen, working in an unusual "no-windup" style, pitched the only post-season perfect game (also the only post-season no-hitter) in Game 5. Of several close moments, the best remembered is Gil Hodges' fifth-inning line drive toward Yankee Stadium's famed "Death Valley" in left-center, snared by center fielder Mickey Mantle with a spectacular running catch.

A reporter asked Yankees manager Casey Stengel if this was the best game Larsen had ever pitched. Stengel diplomatically answered, "So far!" For Larsen, this was an especially satisfying performance, as he had acquired perhaps a better reputation as a night owl than as a pitcher. Stengel once said of Larsen, "The only thing he fears is sleep!"

Incredibly, Stengel is reported to have stated after the Series that Larsen's historic gem was not the best pitched game of the '56 classic; in his opinion, Bob Turley's losing effort in Game 6, in which he struck out eleven batters and lost a shutout in the tenth inning on a fielding mistake, was actually a better pitched game.

Sports cartoonist Willard Mullin drew an illustration of a happy Larsen painting a canvas titled The Perfect Game, observed by Mullin's classic "Brooklyn Bum." Referencing the old saw "I don't know much about art but I know what I like," the disgusted-looking Bum came up with a variation: "I don't care if it is art—I don't like it!"

The perfect game set the record for most consecutive hitless innings in a World Series; the Brooklyn Dodgers failed to record a hit in eleven consecutive innings.

Game 6Edit

Tuesday, October 9, 1956 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

Team 12345678910RHE
New York 0000000000 0 70
Brooklyn 0000000001 1 40
WP: Clem Labine (1–0)  LP: Bob Turley (0–1)  

Game 7Edit

Wednesday, October 10, 1956 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York

Team 123456789RHE
New York 202100400 9 100
Brooklyn 000000000 0 31
WP: Johnny Kucks (1–0)  LP: Don Newcombe (0–1)  
HRs:  NYY – Yogi Berra 2 (3), Elston Howard (1), Bill Skowron (1)

Composite boxEdit

1956 World Series (4–3): New York Yankees (A.L.) over Brooklyn Dodgers (N.L.)

Team 12345678910RHE
New York Yankees 6626056110 33 586
Brooklyn Dodgers 0944211211 25 422

<tr><td style="text-align:left;" colspan="14">Total attendance: 345,903   Average attendance: 49,415</td></tr> <tr><td style="text-align:left;" colspan="14">Winning player’s share: $8,715   Losing player’s share: $6,934[8]</td></tr>


NBC televised the Series, with announcers Mel Allen (for the Yankees) and Vin Scully (for the Dodgers). In 2006 it was announced that a nearly-complete kinescope recording of the Game 5 telecast (featuring Larsen's perfect game) had been preserved and discovered by a collector.

The Mutual network aired the Series on radio, with Bob Wolff and Bob Neal announcing. This was the final World Series broadcast for Mutual, which had covered the event since 1935; NBC's radio network would gain exclusive national rights to baseball the following season.

Series quotesEdit

So far!

Casey Stengel's response upon being asked by a seemingly dim-witted reporter whether his perfect game was the best game Larsen had ever pitched.

I'll guarantee that nobody, but nobody, has left his ballpark... and if anyone did manage to leave early, man, he's missin' ...the greatest! ... Two strikes and a ball... Mitchell, waiting, stands deep, feet close together... Larsen is ready, gets the sign... Two strikes, ball one, here comes the pitch... Strike three! A no-hitter, a perfect game for Don Larsen! Yogi runs up there, he leaps on Larsen and he's mobbed by his teammates! Listen to this crowd roar!

Radio call by Bob Wolff, superstitiously avoiding saying "no-hitter" until it was a fait accompli.



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  • Reichler, Joseph, ed. (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.), p. 2164. MacMillian Publishing. ISBN 0-02-579010-2.
  • Forman, Sean L.. 1956 World Series. - Major League Statistics and Information.. Retrieved on 2007-12-09.

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