1949 World Series

The 1949 World Series featured the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers, with the Yankees winning in five games for their second defeat of the Dodgers in three years, and the twelfth championship in team history. This victory would start a record run of five consecutive World Series championships by the Yankees, and was also the first of 14 AL pennants in 16 years (1949–1964 except for 1954 and 1959) for the Yankees.

Both teams finished the regular season with exactly the same records and winning their respective leagues by exactly one game.

1949 World Series
Team (Wins) Manager(s) Season
New York Yankees (4) Casey Stengel 97–57, .630, GA: 1
Brooklyn Dodgers (1) Burt Shotton 97–57, .630, GA: 1
DatesOctober 11–15
UmpiresCal Hubbard (AL), Beans Reardon (NL), Art Passarella (AL), Lou Jorda (NL), Eddie Hurley (AL: outfield only), George Barr (NL: outfield only)
Hall of FamersUmpire: Cal Hubbard
Yankees: Casey Stengel (mgr.), Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, Johnny Mize, Phil Rizzuto
Dodgers: Roy Campanella, Duke Snider, Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson
TelevisionNBC, CBS, ABC, DuMont
TV announcersJim Britt
Radio announcersMel Allen and Red Barber
World Series


AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL Brooklyn Dodgers (1)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 5 Brooklyn Dodgers – 0, New York Yankees – 1 Yankee Stadium 2:24 66,224[1] 
2 October 6 Brooklyn Dodgers – 1, New York Yankees – 0 Yankee Stadium 2:30 70,053[2] 
3 October 7 New York Yankees – 4, Brooklyn Dodgers – 3 Ebbets Field 2:30 32,788[3] 
4 October 8 New York Yankees – 6, Brooklyn Dodgers – 4 Ebbets Field 2:42 33,934[4] 
5 October 9 New York Yankees – 10, Brooklyn Dodgers – 6 Ebbets Field 3:04 33,711[5]


Game 1

Tuesday, October 5, 1949 1:00 pm (ET) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 1
WP: Allie Reynolds (1–0)   LP: Don Newcombe (0–1)
Home runs:
BRO: None
NYY: Tommy Henrich (1)

Don Newcombe of the Dodgers threw a complete game, five-hitter allowing only one run in a 1–0 losing effort. He struck out eleven Yankees during that game to tie the record for most strikeouts during a World Series game by a losing pitcher. Tommy Henrich led off the bottom of the ninth by tagging Newcombe for the first walk-off home run in World Series history.

Game 2

Wednesday, October 6, 1949 1:00 pm (ET) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brooklyn 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 2
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
WP: Preacher Roe (1–0)   LP: Vic Raschi (0–1)

Preacher Roe pitched a six-hit shutout, getting the only run he needed early when Jackie Robinson doubled and Gil Hodges singled. Yankee Stadium came alive in the ninth with Joe DiMaggio's leadoff hit, but Roe retired the next three Yankees for the win, the second straight 1-0 result of the Series.

Upon the completion of game 2, 1949 became the first World Series to contain multiple one-run, 1-0 games, a distinction only matched in 1966.

Game 3

Thursday, October 7, 1949 1:00 pm (ET) at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 5 0
Brooklyn 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 5 0
WP: Joe Page (1–0)   LP: Ralph Branca (0–1)
Home runs:
NYY: None
BRO: Pee Wee Reese (1), Luis Olmo (1), Roy Campanella (1)

In Game 3, the Yankees struck first in the third on Phil Rizzuto's sacrifice fly with two on off Ralph Branca, but Pee Wee Reese tied the game in the fourth on a home run off Tommy Byrne. In the ninth, two walks and a single loaded the bases with two outs when Johnny Mize delivered a two-run pinch single. Brooklyn starter Ralph Branca was then replaced by Jack Banta, who gave up an RBI hit to Jerry Coleman that made it 4-1 Yankees. It seemed safe until Luis Olmo and Roy Campanella homered in the bottom of the ninth, but Joe Page hung on for the win after 5.2 innings of relief.

Game 4

Friday, October 8, 1949 1:00 pm (ET) at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 6 10 0
Brooklyn 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 9 1
WP: Eddie Lopat (1–0)   LP: Don Newcombe (0–2)   Sv: Allie Reynolds (1)

Cliff Mapes broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with a two-run double off Don Newcombe. Yankee pitcher Eddie Lopat aided his own cause with an RBI double, and the advantage ballooned to 6-0 after a bases-loaded Bobby Brown triple scored three more in the fifth off Joe Hatten. Lopat pitched five scoreless innings before allowing two leadoff singles in the sixth. After a double play moved Pee Wee Reese to third, Jackie Robinson's RBI single put the Dodgers on the board. After a Gil Hodges single, RBI singles by Luis Olmo, Roy Campanella, and Gene Hermanski chased Lopat and cheered Ebbets Field's fans, bringing the Dodgers back to within 6-4. After that, though, Allie Reynolds held the home team scoreless and hitless.

Game 5

Saturday, October 9, 1949 2:00 pm (ET) at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 2 0 3 1 1 3 0 0 0 10 11 1
Brooklyn 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 0 0 6 11 2
WP: Vic Raschi (1–1)   LP: Rex Barney (0–1)   Sv: Joe Page (1)
Home runs:
NYY: Joe DiMaggio (1)
BRO: Gil Hodges (1)

A shaky start by Rex Barney. proved costly for Brooklyn. In the first, the Yankees loaded the bases on two walks and an error before Joe DiMaggio's sacrifice fly and Bobby Brown's RBI single put them up 2–0. In the third, the Yankees again loaded the bases on two walks and a single before a Jerry Coleman two-run single knocked Barney out of the game. Vic Raschi's RBI single off Jack Banta made it 5–0 Yankees. The Dodgers got on the board in the bottom half off Raschi when Roy Campanella doubled and scored on Pee Wee Reese's single, but the Yankees got that run back with a Joe DiMaggio home run in the fourth. Next inning, Gene Woodling hit a leadoff double and scored on two groundouts. In the sixth, after a walk and single off Carl Erskine, Yogi Berra's sacrifice fly made it 8–1 Yankees, then after a pop out, a Bobby Brown RBI triple aided by an error that allowed Brown himself to score extended their lead to 10–1. The Dodgers got a run in the bottom half on Gene Hermanski's RBI single after a double and walk. Next inning, after a one-out single and walk, Jackie Robinson's sacrifice fly made it 10–3 Yankees, then after another walk, Gil Hodges's three-run home run cut their lead to 10–6. However, Joe Page held the Dodgers scoreless for the rest of the game to give the Yankees the championship.

History was made in the ninth inning when the Ebbets Field lights were turned on, making this the first World Series game finished under artificial lights. The first scheduled Series night game would not be held until 1971.

Composite box

1949 World Series (4–1): New York Yankees (A.L.) over Brooklyn Dodgers (N.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 2 0 4 4 4 3 0 0 4 21 37 3
Brooklyn Dodgers 0 1 1 1 0 5 4 0 2 14 34 5
Total attendance: 236,710   Average attendance: 47,342
Winning player's share: $5,627   Losing player's share: $4,273[6]


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1949 Brooklyn Dodgers season

The 1949 Brooklyn Dodgers held off the St. Louis Cardinals to win the National League title by one game. The Dodgers lost the World Series to the New York Yankees in five games.

1949 New York Yankees season

The 1949 New York Yankees season was the team's 47th season in New York, and its 49th season overall. The team finished with a record of 97–57, winning their 16th pennant, finishing 1 game ahead of the Boston Red Sox. New York was managed by Casey Stengel in his first year. The Yankees played their home games at Yankee Stadium. In the World Series, they defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers in 5 games.

Bobby Brown (third baseman)

Robert William Brown (born October 25, 1924) is a former third baseman and executive in professional baseball who served as president of the American League from 1984 to 1994. He also was a physician who studied for his medical degree during his eight-year (1946-52, 1954) career as a player with the New York Yankees.

Charlie Silvera

Charles Anthony Ryan Silvera (born October 13, 1924) is a retired American Major League Baseball player and coach. Nicknamed Swede, he was part of six World Series championships with the New York Yankees.

Cliff Mapes

Clifford Franklin Mapes (March 13, 1922 – December 5, 1996) was a professional baseball player. He played five seasons of Major League Baseball as an outfielder for the New York Yankees, St. Louis Browns and Detroit Tigers.

Dick Kryhoski

Richard David Kryhoski (March 24, 1925 – April 10, 2007) was a first baseman in Major League Baseball who played for five different teams between 1949 and 1955. Listed at 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m), 200 lb., Kryhoski batted and threw left-handed. He was born and raised in Leonia, New Jersey by his parents John and Rosalie Kryhoski, immigrants from Poland.Kryhoski attended Upsala College in East Orange, New Jersey. He had a promising baseball career before injuries, deep slumps, and frequent trades forced his premature retirement. He served in military during World War II (Pacific).

Signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1946, Kryhoski hit .396 with 19 home runs and 85 runs batted in with the Wellsville Yankees of the PONY League that season. As a member of the 1948 Kansas City Blues of the American Association, he hit .294 (160-for-545) with 30 doubles, seven triples, 13 home runs and 87 RBI. In 1949 he hit .328 with five home runs and 50 RBI with the PCL Oakland Oaks, joining the New York Yankees late in the season.

The Yankees won the 1949 World Series when Kryhoski was a rookie with them. During the off-season, he was traded by New York to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for Dick Wakefield.

Kryhoski played with Detroit from 1950 to 1951, before joining the St. Louis Browns (1952–53), Baltimore Orioles (1954) and Kansas City Athletics (1955). One of his most productive seasons came in 1951 with the Tigers, when he hit .287 with 12 home runs and 57 RBI, batting third in the batting order. Then, in 1953 he shared with Roy Sievers the first base job for the Browns in the last year of the team's existence. On July 16 of that year, the Browns tied, by then, a majors record with three successive home runs belted by Clint Courtney, Kryhoski and Jim Dyck, in the first inning of an 8–6 victory over the Yankees.

In a seven-season major league career, Kryhoski was a .265 hitter (475-for-1794), 45 home runs and 231 RBI in 569 games, including 203 runs, 85 doubles, 14 triples, five stolen bases, and a .314 on-base percentage. As a first baseman, he collected 3768 outs, 312 assists, 394 double plays, and only 40 errors in 4120 total chances for a solid .990 fielding percentage.

Kryhoski died at his home in Beverly Hills, Michigan, just 17 days after his 82nd birthday.

Erv Palica

Ervin Martin Palica (born Pavliecevich; February 9, 1928 – May 29, 1982) was an American professional baseball player, a right-handed pitcher who appeared in 262 games played and 246 games pitched in Major League Baseball over ten seasons between 1945 and 1956 with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles. Born in Lomita, California, and of Yugoslav descent (described variously as Slovenian, Croatian and Serb–Montenegrin), he was listed as 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and 180 pounds (82 kg). Three brothers (Alex, Ambrose "Bo" and Nick) played minor league baseball.

At 17, Palica was the youngest player in the National League during 1945 at the time of his April debut with two pinch-running appearances for the Dodgers. (He did not score any runs in games played April 21 and 29, both against the rival New York Giants). He then began honing his skills as a pitcher in the minors, before returning to Brooklyn for three late-season mound appearances for the pennant-bound 1947 Dodgers. He spent the full seasons of 1948–51 with the Dodger varsity, getting into 152 games, most of them in relief. During his best season, 1950, he made 19 starts, won 13 of 21 decisions, and threw 10 complete games with two shutouts. He appeared in the 1949 World Series, throwing two shutout innings in relief against the New York Yankees in a losing cause during the Yanks' Game 5 clincher.

But 1951 was a terrible season on the field for Palica. On July 18, brought in to face the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates with the Dodgers behind 10–6 in the fifth inning, Palica held the fort, allowing one run over three innings while the Dodgers overcame the deficit and went ahead, 12–11, in their half of the sixth. But in the eighth frame, Palica could not hold the lead, allowing a solo home run to slugger Ralph Kiner and an RBI single to former Dodger star Pete Reiser. Pittsburgh went on to a 13–12 triumph, and, after the game—which had featured angry battles between the Dodgers and the umpiring crew—Brooklyn manager Chuck Dressen lost his temper and witheringly questioned Palica's courage in "on the record" remarks to the assembled media. Having lost confidence in Palica, Dressen used him in only four more games and 4​1⁄3 innings pitched in August 1951. Palica did not pitch after August 27, as the archrival Giants roared back from a 13​1⁄2-game mid-August deficit to tie the Dodgers and force a playoff, which they won on Bobby Thomson's famous walk-off homer.

By that point, Palica was in the United States Army performing military service during the Korean War. He missed the 1952–53 seasons completely, and returned in 1954 to appear in 25 games for new Dodger manager Walter Alston, most of them as a reliever. During the offseason of 1954–55, he was traded to the Orioles, a second-division American League team that gave Palica a chance to reclaim a starting pitcher role. He got into 62 games over two seasons with Baltimore, 39 as a starter, but posted only a 9–22 record. During his big-league career, Palica allowed 806 hits and 399 bases on balls in 839​1⁄3 innings pitched. He struck out 423, threw 20 complete games and three shutouts, and was credited with a dozen saves.

Palica spent the final seven seasons of his pro career (1957–63) back in the minors, winning 15 games three different times in the top-level Pacific Coast League.

In retirement, Palica worked as a longshoreman in Southern California, and died from a heart attack at age 54 in Huntington Beach.

Jack Banta (baseball)

Jackie Kay Banta (June 24, 1925 – September 17, 2006) was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947 to 1950.

Banta won the game which clinched the 1949 National League pennant for the Dodgers, and made three appearances in relief in the 1949 World Series against the New York Yankees.

Joe Page

Joseph Francis Page (October 28, 1917 – April 21, 1980), nicknamed Fireman and The Gay Reliever, was a Major League Baseball relief pitcher. Page, who was left-handed, played with the New York Yankees from 1944 to 1950 and with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1954.

Johnny Lindell

John Harlan Lindell (August 30, 1916 – August 27, 1985) was an American professional baseball player who was an outfielder and pitcher in Major League Baseball from 1941 to 1950 and from 1953 to 1954 for the New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates. Lindell stood 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) tall and weighed 217 pounds (98 kg); he threw and batted right-handed.

Luis Olmo

Luis Olmo (August 11, 1919 – April 28, 2017) was a major league baseball outfielder and right-handed batter. Olmo played in the majors with the Brooklyn Dodgers (1943–45, 1949) and Boston Braves (1950–51).

Major League Baseball on DuMont

Major League Baseball on DuMont refers to the now defunct DuMont Television Network's coverage of Major League Baseball. More specifically, DuMont broadcast the World Series (during its very early years as a televised event) from 1947-1949.

Marv Rackley

Marvin Eugene Rackley (July 25, 1921 – April 24, 2018) was an American baseball player who was an outfielder in Major League Baseball. He played from 1947 to 1950 with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Cincinnati Reds. He appeared in the 1949 World Series as a member of the Dodgers.

Preacher Roe

Elwin Charles Roe (February 26, 1916 – November 9, 2008), known as Preacher Roe, was a Major League Baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals (1938), Pittsburgh Pirates (1944–47), and Brooklyn Dodgers (1948–54).

Rex Barney

Rex Edward Barney (December 19, 1924 – August 12, 1997) was a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1943 and from 1946 through 1950.

As a teenage phenom, Barney was signed by the Dodgers at the age of 18, in 1943. He pitched 45 innings that year.

Enlisting in the Army in 1943, Barney eventually served in the Europe receiving 2 Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star Medal.Barney returned to the majors in 1946. He was one of the hardest throwers in the league but struggled with wildness early in his career. In 1948, however, he gained control of his fastball and had his greatest season; he won 15 games and finished second in the National League with 138 strikeouts. The highlight was hurling a no-hitter against the New York Giants on September 9. He had to sit through a one-hour rain delay and showers in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings to finish the game. The next season, Barney pitched semi-effectively while suffering lingering effects from a leg injury suffered while sliding into second base.

Barney appeared in 3 games in the 1947 World Series – starting and losing the fifth game – against the New York Yankees. He got knocked out early in his 1949 World Series start, also against the Yankees, after just 2​2⁄3 innings. In 1950, he walked 48 batters in just 33 innings and never played in the majors again. He ended his career with a 35–31 record and a 4.31 earned run average.

After his retirement as a player, Barney briefly worked as a broadcaster, calling games for Mutual radio in 1958. That same year he also teamed with Al Helfer to call several Philadelphia Phillies games on New York station WOR-TV, helping to fill that city's void of National League baseball following the departure of the Dodgers and Giants to the West Coast.Barney also teamed with Ted Patterson in 1982 and 1983 to cablecast 16 Baltimore Orioles games per year on the SuperTV channel.

Subway Series

The Subway Series is a series of Major League Baseball (MLB) rivalry games played between the two teams based in New York City, the Yankees and the Mets. Previously, this applied to the Giants and Dodgers as well, before they moved out of New York City. Every historic and current venue for such games has been accessible via the New York City Subway, hence the name of the series.

The term's historic usage has been in reference to World Series games played between the city's teams. The New York Yankees have appeared in all Subway Series games as they have been the only American League (AL) team based in the city, and have compiled an 11–3 all-time series record in the 14 championship Subway Series.

Since 1997, the term Subway Series has been applied to interleague play during the regular season between the Yankees and New York City's National League (NL) team: the New York Mets. The Mets and Yankees also played each other in the 2000 World Series, in which the Yankees won.

Tommy Brown (baseball)

Thomas Michael Brown (born December 6, 1927) is a retired American professional baseball player. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he made his Major League Baseball debut with his hometown Dodgers at 16 years and 241 days old, starting at shortstop at Ebbets Field against the Chicago Cubs on August 3, 1944, during the World War II manpower shortage. Brown thus became the youngest non-pitcher to ever play in a major league game, and the second-youngest overall after Joe Nuxhall, who was 15 years and 316 days old when he first appeared as a hurler for the Cincinnati Reds on June 10, 1944. In Brown's debut game, he collected his first big-league hit, a double off the Cubs' Bob Chipman, and in the field handled three chances, with one error, as the Dodgers fell, 6–2.Nicknamed "Buckshot", Brown threw and batted right-handed, stood 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and weighed 170 pounds (77 kg). He had signed with the Dodgers after a 1943 tryout and spent the first four months of the 1944 season with Newport News of the Class B Piedmont League, where he collected 101 hits and a league-leading 11 triples and batted .297 before his recall to Brooklyn in August. Brown played in 46 games for the Dodgers through the end of that season. The following year, 1945, Brown batted a creditable .286 with ten home runs in 85 games in the top-level American Association, and appeared in another 57 contests for Brooklyn, becoming a 103-game big-league veteran before his 18th birthday. Brown became the youngest player ever to hit a home run in the major leagues on August 20, 1945, at the age of 17.Brown spent 1946 in the United States Army, then in 1947, the second postwar season, returned to a Dodger team with a set lineup that included Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop Pee Wee Reese. He became a utility man for the remainder of his MLB career, appearing in 166 games as a shortstop, 94 as an outfielder, 50 as a third baseman, 24 as a second baseman and 21 as a first baseman. The Dodgers traded him to the Philadelphia Phillies in June 1951, and the Phils sold his contract to the Chicago Cubs a little more than a year later.

As a hitter, Brown batted over .300 twice in part-time duty (1949 and 1952). The highlight of his career, however, came on September 18, 1950, against the Cubs at Ebbets Field. Starting in left field and batting lead-off, Brown hit three home runs and a single, with a base on balls, in five plate appearances, scoring three runs and collecting five runs batted in. The Dodgers, however, lost the game, 9–7.

Brown's big-league career came to an end September 25, 1953, as a member of the Cubs; he had played in 494 games during all or parts of nine National League seasons, and was 25 years of age. Brown's 309 MLB hits included 39 doubles, seven triples and 31 homers. He hit .241 lifetime with 159 runs batted in. Brown appeared as a pinch hitter in the 1949 World Series and went hitless in two at bats, as Brooklyn fell to the New York Yankees in five games. He played minor league baseball through 1959 before retiring.

Tommy Henrich

Thomas David Henrich (February 20, 1913 – December 1, 2009), nicknamed "The Clutch" and "Old Reliable", was an American professional baseball player of German descent. He played his entire Major League Baseball career as a right fielder and first baseman for the New York Yankees (1937–1942 and 1946–1950). Henrich led the American League in triples twice and in runs scored once, also hitting 20 or more home runs four times. He is best remembered for his numerous exploits in the World Series; he was involved in one of the most memorable plays in Series history in 1941, was the hitting star of the 1947 Series with a .323 batting average, and hit the first walk-off home run in Series history in the first game of the 1949 World Series.

World Series

The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball (MLB) in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League (AL) champion team and the National League (NL) champion team. The winner of the World Series championship is determined through a best-of-seven playoff, and the winning team is awarded the Commissioner's Trophy. As the series is played during the fall season in North America, it is sometimes referred to as the Fall Classic.Prior to 1969, the team with the best regular season win-loss record in each league automatically advanced to the World Series; since then each league has conducted a championship series (ALCS and NLCS) preceding the World Series to determine which teams will advance. As of 2018, the World Series has been contested 114 times, with the AL winning 66 and the NL winning 48.

The 2018 World Series took place between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox from October 23–28, with the Red Sox winning in five games to earn their ninth title. This was the first World Series meeting between these two teams since 1916. Having previously lost to the Houston Astros in the 2017 World Series, the Dodgers became the 11th team to lose the World Series in consecutive seasons.In the American League, the New York Yankees have played in 40 World Series and won 27, the Philadelphia/Kansas City/Oakland Athletics have played in 14 and won 9, and the Boston Red Sox have played in 13 and won 9, including the first World Series. In the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals have appeared in 19 and won 11, the New York/San Francisco Giants have played in 19 and won 8, the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers have appeared in 20 and won 6, and the Cincinnati Reds have appeared in 9 and won 5.

As of 2018, no team has won consecutive World Series championships since the New York Yankees in 1998, 1999, and 2000—the longest such drought in Major League Baseball history.

Until 2002, home-field advantage in the World Series alternated from year to year between the National League and American League. From 2003 to 2016, home-field advantage was given to the league that won that year's All-Star Game. Starting in 2017, home-field advantage is awarded to the league champion team with the better regular season win-loss record.

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