1951 World Series

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 14th overall. This would be the last World Series for Joe DiMaggio, who retired afterward, and the first for rookies Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle.

This was the last Subway Series the Giants played in. Both teams would meet again eleven years later after the Giants relocated to San Francisco. They have not played a World Series against each other since. This was the first World Series announced by Bob Sheppard, who was in his first year as Yankee Stadium's public address announcer. It was also the first World Series to be televised nationwide, as coaxial cable had recently linked both coasts.

1951 World Series
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Team (Wins) Manager(s) Season
New York Yankees (4) Casey Stengel 98–56, .636, GA: 5
New York Giants (2) Leo Durocher 98–59, .624, GA: 1
DatesOctober 4–10
UmpiresBill Summers (AL), Lee Ballanfant (NL), Joe Paparella (AL), Al Barlick (NL), Johnny Stevens (AL: outfield only), Artie Gore (NL: outfield only)
Hall of FamersUmpire: Al Barlick
Yankees: Casey Stengel (mgr.), Bill Dickey (coach), Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Johnny Mize, Phil Rizzuto
Giants: Leo Durocher (mgr.), Monte Irvin, Willie Mays
Broadcast
TelevisionNBC
TV announcersJim Britt, Mel Allen, and Russ Hodges
RadioMutual
Radio announcersMel Allen and Al Helfer
World Series

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 13th 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." (On the Yankees' side, 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.

New York City became the first city to host an NBA Finals and a World Series in the same calendar year.

Summary

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

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 4 New York Giants – 5, New York Yankees – 1 Yankee Stadium 2:58 65,673[1] 
2 October 5 New York Giants – 1, New York Yankees – 3 Yankee Stadium 2:05 66,018[2] 
3 October 6 New York Yankees – 2, New York Giants – 6 Polo Grounds 2:42 52,035[3] 
4 October 8 New York Yankees – 6, New York Giants – 2 Polo Grounds 2:57 49,010[4] 
5 October 9 New York Yankees – 13, New York Giants – 1 Polo Grounds 2:31 47,530[5] 
6 October 10 New York Giants – 3, New York Yankees – 4 Yankee Stadium 2:59 61,711[6]

Matchups

Game 1

Thursday, October 4, 1951 1:00 pm (ET) 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)
Home runs:
NYG: Alvin Dark (1)
NYY: None

Monte Irvin's daring baserunning got the Giants off to a fast start in this New York – New York series. He singled in the first inning, sped to third on Whitey Lockman's RBI single, then stole home off Yankee starter Allie Reynolds. The Yankees cut the Giants' lead to 2–1 in the second when Gil McDougald doubled with one out off Dave Koslo and scored on Jerry Coleman's single. The scored remained that way until the sixth when Alvin Dark's three-run home run gave the Giants a commanding 5–1 lead. Koslo pitched a complete game to give the Giants a 1–0 series lead.

Game 2

Friday, October 5, 1951 1:00 pm (ET) 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)
Home runs:
NYG: None
NYY: Joe Collins (1)

The first three batters Larry Jansen faced were Mickey Mantle, Phil Rizzuto and Gil McDougald, all of whom singled for a quick 1-0 Yankee lead. It could have been worse, but the next batter Joe DiMaggio bounced into a 6-4-3 double play and Yogi Berra struck out. The next inning, Joe Collins's home run extended the Yankees' lead to 2–0. Monte Irvin scored in the seventh, tagging and coming home on pinch-hitter Bill Rigney's bases-loaded sacrifice fly, as the Giants got within 2-1. But winning pitcher Eddie Lopat, who pitched a complete game, helped himself to an insurance run with an RBI single in the eighth after Bobby Brown hit a leadoff single and moved to second on a groundout off George Spencer. The Yankees' 3–1 win tied the series shifting to the Polo Grounds.

Game 3

Saturday, October 6, 1951 1:00 pm (ET) at Polo Grounds in Manhattan, 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)
Home runs:
NYY: Gene Woodling (1)
NYG: Whitey Lockman (1)

The Giants struck first in Game 1 when Bobby Thomson hit a leadoff double and scored on Willie Mays's single in the second, then a five-run fifth inning was the undoing of Yankee starter Vic Raschi. Eddie Stanky walked with one out, moved to third on an error, and scored on Al Dark's single. After a Hank Thompson single, another error on Monte Irvin's fielder's choice allowed another run to score and put two on, then a Whitey Lockman three-run home run gave Giants starter Jim Hearn a comfortable 6–0 lead. The Yankees scored a run in the eighth on a bases-loaded walk to Joe Collins, then in the ninth on Gene Woodling's home run off Sheldon Jones, who retired the next two batters to end the game and give the Giants a 2–1 series lead.

Game 4

Monday, October 8, 1951 1:00 pm (ET) at Polo Grounds in Manhattan, 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)
Home runs:
NYY: Joe DiMaggio (1)
NYG: None

The Giants struck first in Game 4 when Al Dark doubled with one out in the first off Allie Reynolds and scored on Monte Irvin's single, but the Yankees tied the game in the second on Joe Collins's RBI single with two on off Sal Maglie. After a single and walk, Reynolds's RBI single in the fourth put the Yankees up 2–1. Joe DiMaggio's first home run of the Series followed a Yogi Berra single in the fifth extended their lead to 4–1. In the seventh, reliever Sheldon Jones allowed a single and walk, then an error on a pickoff attempt allowed one run to score before Gil McDougald's RBI single made it 6–1 Yankees. Reynolds allowed a one-out RBI single to Bobby Thomson in the ninth before getting Willie Mays to hit into the game-ending double play as the Yankees tied the series with a 6–2 win.

Game 5

Tuesday, October 9, 1951 1:00 pm (ET) at Polo Grounds in Manhattan, 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)
Home runs:
NYY: Gil McDougald (1), Phil Rizzuto (1)
NYG: None

The Giants struck first in Game 5 when Al Dark singled with one out in the first and scored on Monte Irvin's single aided by left fielder Gene Woodling's error, but starter Eddie Lopat kept them scoreless for the rest of the game while the Yankees hammered Larry Jansen, Monty Kennedy and George Spencer. After two one-out walks in the third, Joe DiMaggio's RBI single tied the game, then after an intentional walk loaded the bases, Gil McDougald's grand slam off Jansen put the Yankees up 5–1. Next inning, Phil Rizzuto's home run off Kennedy after a walk extended their lead to 7–1. In the sixth, Rizzuto singled off Spencer before Yogi Berra's single and Johnny Mize's double scored a run each, making it 9–1 Yankees. In the seventh, a bases-loaded walk to Rizzuto forced in a run, then Al Corwin threw a wild pitch that let another run score before DiMaggio's two-run double capped the game's scoring at 13–1 Yankees, who were a win away from the World Series championship as the series returned to Yankee Stadium.

Game 6

Wednesday, October 10, 1951 1:00 pm (ET) 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)

The Yankees struck first in Game 6 on Gil McDougald's bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the first off Dave Koslo. The Giants tied the game in the fifth off Vic Raschi when Willie Mays hit a leadoff single, moved two bases on a wild pitch and sacrifice fly, and scored on Eddie Stanky's sacrifice fly. Playing right field in place of Mickey Mantle, Hank Bauer benefited from a tricky Yankee Stadium wind—as well as the umpire's generous call of a ball on Dave Koslo's two-strike pitch—to belt a bases-loaded triple in the sixth inning that would be the difference. Bauer also ensured that the lead held up. Trailing 4–1 in the ninth, the Giants loaded the bases with no outs on three singles off Johnny Sain. Enter reliever Bob Kuzava, acquired in June from the Washington Senators. After two sacrifice flies and the score now 4–3, pinch hitter Sal Yvars hit a sinking liner to right. The stadium crowd gasped as Bauer momentarily lost the ball in the crowd's white shirts and the shadows. But he located it again and charged forward. Bauer, who played in nine World Series and always came through when it mattered most, slid on his knees to catch the ball inches off the ground to end the game and the 1951 World Series. Game 6 was the last baseball game ever played by Joe DiMaggio.

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

  1. ^ "1951 World Series Game 1 – New York Giants vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "1951 World Series Game 2 – New York Giants vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  3. ^ "1951 World Series Game 3 – New York Yankees vs. New York Giants". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  4. ^ "1951 World Series Game 4 – New York Yankees vs. New York Giants". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  5. ^ "1951 World Series Game 5 – New York Yankees vs. New York Giants". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  6. ^ "1951 World Series Game 6 – New York Giants vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  7. ^ "World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved June 14, 2009.

See also

References

  • Cohen, Richard M.; Neft, David S. (1990). The World Series: Complete Play-By-Play of Every Game, 1903–1989. New York: St. Martin's Press. pp. 234–239. ISBN 0-312-03960-3.
  • Reichler, Joseph (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.). Macmillan Publishing. p. 2159. ISBN 0-02-579010-2.

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1951 National League tie-breaker series

The 1951 National League tie-breaker series was a best-of-three playoff series at the conclusion of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 1951 regular season to decide the winner of the National League (NL) pennant. The games were played on October 1, 2, and 3, 1951, between the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers. It was necessary after both teams finished the season with identical win–loss records of 96–58. It is most famous for the walk-off home run hit by Bobby Thomson of the Giants in the deciding game, which has come to be known as baseball's "Shot Heard 'Round the World".

This was the second three-game playoff in NL history. After no tiebreakers had been needed since the American League (AL) became a major league in 1901, this was the third such tie in the previous six seasons. The Dodgers had been involved in the previous one as well, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1946 season in two straight games. In addition to the 1946 series, the AL had a one-game playoff in 1948.

The Giants won game one, while the Dodgers came back to win game two. After trailing for most of game three, the Giants rallied to win the game and the series. Consequently, they advanced to the 1951 World Series, in which they were defeated by the New York Yankees. In baseball statistics, the tie-breaker series counted as the 155th, 156th, and 157th regular season games by both teams; all events in the games were added to regular season statistics.

1951 New York Giants (MLB) season

The 1951 New York Giants season was the franchise's 69th season and saw the Giants finish the regular season in a tie for first place in the National League with a record of 96 wins and 58 losses. This prompted a three-game playoff against the Brooklyn Dodgers, which the Giants won in three games, clinched by Bobby Thomson's walk-off home run, a moment immortalized as the Shot Heard 'Round the World. The Giants, however, lost the 1951 World Series to the New York Yankees in six games.

1951 New York Yankees season

The 1951 New York Yankees season was the 49th season for the team in New York, and its 51st season overall. The team finished with a record of 98–56, winning their 18th pennant, finishing five games ahead of the Cleveland Indians. New York was managed by Casey Stengel. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium. In the World Series, they defeated the New York Giants in 6 games.

This year was noted for a "changing of the guard" for the Yankees, as it was Joe DiMaggio's final season and Mickey Mantle's first. The 1951 season also marked the first year of Bob Sheppard's long tenure as Yankee Stadium's public address announcer.

Al Corwin

Elmer Nathan "Al" Corwin (December 3, 1926 – October 23, 2003) was an American professional baseball player, a right-handed pitcher who appeared in Major League Baseball between 1951 and 1955 for the New York Giants. The Newburgh, New York, native stood 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and weighed 170 pounds (77 kg).

Corwin signed with the Giants in 1948 and 1953 was his only full year in the big leagues. As a Giant, he appeared in 117 games pitched, 22 as a starter. He compiled a won–lost record of 18–10 and an earned run average of 3.98 in 289​1⁄3 innings pitched, allowing 289 hits and 156 bases on balls, with 142 strikeouts and five saves. Corwin made one appearance in the 1951 World Series. In Game 5, in a mop-up relief role, he hurled 1​2⁄3 scoreless innings in a 13–1 victory by the eventual champion New York Yankees.

Corwin retired in 1960 after 13 professional seasons.

Bob Muncrief

Robert Cleveland Muncrief (January 28, 1916 – February 6, 1996) was an American Major League Baseball pitcher with the St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and the New York Yankees between 1937 and 1951. He batted and threw right-handed.

He helped the Browns win the 1944 American League Pennant, the Indians win the 1948 World Series and the Yankees win the 1951 World Series. He was named to the 1944 American League All-Star Team. He finished 34th in voting for the 1944 American League MVP for having a 13–8 win-loss record, 12 complete games and a 3.08 ERA. He finished 22nd in voting for the 1945 AL MVP for having a 13–4 win-loss record, 10 complete games and a 2.72 ERA.

In 12 seasons he had an 80–82 win-loss record, 67 complete games, 11 shutouts, 9 saves, 525 strikeouts and a 3.80 ERA. He died in Duncanville, Texas, at the age of 80.

Bobby Hogue

Robert Clinton Hogue (April 5, 1921 – December 22, 1987) was an American professional baseball player, a right-handed relief pitcher who appeared in 172 Major League games over five seasons (1948–52) for the Boston Braves, St. Louis Browns and New York Yankees. The native of Miami, Florida, stood 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall and was listed at 190 pounds (86 kg) during his pitching career. He was a United States Navy veteran of World War II.In his rookie MLB season with the 1948 Braves, Hogue appeared in 40 games and compiled an 8–2 record, an earned run average of 3.23 and two saves to help Boston win its last National League pennant. In his only starting assignment, on July 8 against the Brooklyn Dodgers, he pitched ineffectively and lasted only two innings, but the Braves came back to win the contest, 7–4. He did not appear in the 1948 World Series. During his tenure with the Braves, Hogue learned to throw the knuckleball, which became an effective pitch in his repertoire.Three seasons later, Hogue bounced from the Braves to the second division St. Louis Browns of the American League to the powerhouse Yankees' Triple-A Kansas City Blues into mid-August. But on August 20, 1951, the Yankees recalled Hogue and another player from the Blues for the stretch run, and each contributed to New York's third straight AL pennant. (The other player was a 19-year-old rookie centerfielder named Mickey Mantle.) During the rest of the American League season, Hogue appeared in seven games in relief for the Yanks, allowing four hits and no runs in 7​1⁄3 innings pitched and winning his only decision. In the 1951 World Series, Hogue appeared in two games (both Yankee losses) in relief, but only allowed one hit, a single to former teammate Eddie Stanky in Game 3, and did not allow any inherited baserunners to score. Those two games were the only games lost by the Yankees in a six-game triumph over their NL neighbors, the New York Giants.

His MLB career ended in 1952, as the Yankees put him on waivers and he was claimed by the Browns, who used him in eight games during August and September.

Dave Koslo

George Bernard "Dave" Koslo (né Koslowski, March 31, 1920 – December 1, 1975) was a professional baseball left-handed pitcher over parts of twelve seasons (1941–1942, 1946–1955) with the New York Giants, Baltimore Orioles and Milwaukee Braves.

On April 18, 1947, Koslo gave up Jackie Robinson's first major league home run, hit in the third inning.Koslo was the National League ERA champion in 1949 with New York. For his career, he compiled a 92–107 record in 348 appearances, with a 3.68 ERA and 606 strikeouts.

Koslo was the winning pitcher in the opening game of the 1951 World Series and the losing pitcher of its final game.

Koslo served in World War II as a member of the 13th Airborne Division of the United States Army from 1943 to 1945. After recovering from a stroke in 1957, he worked in sales. He was born in Menasha, Wisconsin, and later died there at the age of 55.

Eddie Stanky

Edward Raymond Stanky (September 3, 1915 – June 6, 1999) was an American professional baseball second baseman, shortstop and manager. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Braves, New York Giants, and St. Louis Cardinals between 1943 and 1953. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.It took Stanky eight years to reach the major leagues at age 27, after starting out at Greenville, Mississippi, in the East Dixie League, where he was a teammate of future St. Louis Cardinals star Harry Brecheen, whom Stanky would manage in St. Louis in 1952.

Ewell Blackwell

Ewell Blackwell (October 23, 1922 – October 29, 1996) was an American right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. Nicknamed "The Whip" for his sidearm, snap-delivery, Blackwell played for the Cincinnati Reds for most of his career (1942; 1946–52). He also played with the New York Yankees (1952–53) and finished his career with the Kansas City Athletics (1955).

Giants–Yankees rivalry

The Giants–Yankees rivalry is a Major League Baseball rivalry between the San Francisco Giants of the National League and the New York Yankees of the American League. It was particularly intense when both teams not only inhabited New York City but also, for a time, the same ball park. During that era the opportunities for them to meet could only have been in a World Series. Both teams kicked off the first Subway Series between the two leagues in 1921.

Hank Bauer

Henry Albert Bauer (July 31, 1922 – February 9, 2007) was an American right fielder and manager in Major League Baseball. He played with the New York Yankees (from 1948 to 1959) and Kansas City Athletics (from 1960 to 1961); he batted and threw right-handed. He served as the manager of the Athletics in both Kansas City (1961–62) and in Oakland (1969), as well as of the Baltimore Orioles (1964–68), guiding the Orioles to the World Series title in 1966, a four-game sweep over the heavily favored Los Angeles Dodgers. This represented the first World Series title in the franchise's history.

Larry Jansen

Lawrence Joseph Jansen (July 16, 1920 – October 10, 2009) was an American right-handed pitcher and coach in Major League Baseball. A native of Oregon, he played minor league baseball in the early 1940s before starting his Major League career in 1947 with the New York Giants. Jansen played nine seasons in the big leagues, and was twice an All-Star, winning 122 games in all. He later coached in the Major Leagues and minor leagues. Jansen is a member of the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame and the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame.

Monte Kennedy

Montia Calvin Kennedy (May 11, 1922 – March 1, 1997) was an American professional baseball player, a left-handed pitcher who appeared in the Major Leagues from 1946 to 1953 for the New York Giants. A native of Amelia, Virginia, Kennedy stood 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and weighed 185 pounds (84 kg).

Kennedy worked in 249 games over his MLB career, 127 as a starting pitcher. In his rookie campaign in 1946 he led the National League in bases on balls, with 116 in 186​2⁄3 innings pitched. Towards the end of his career, he became a swing man, appearing as a relief pitcher and spot starter. He was a member of the 1951 Giants, the team that overcame a 13​1⁄2-game deficit on August 11 to tie the Brooklyn Dodgers and force a three-game playoff. While Kennedy did not appear in the playoff (he last pitched on September 20), he contributed to the Giant cause during their surge by allowing only one earned run in 7​1⁄3 innings of relief over five games.The Giants famously won the 1951 pennant on Bobby Thomson's three-run "walk off" home run to make the 1951 World Series against the New York Yankees. Kennedy appeared in two games in relief in the Fall Classic. He pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning in Game 4, striking out Joe DiMaggio and Gene Woodling, but the following day, relieving starting pitcher Larry Jansen in Game 5, he surrendered a two-run home run to Phil Rizzuto. The Yankees won both games, as they took the Series' final three contests to come from behind to defeat the Giants in six games.

During his regular season MLB career, Kennedy allowed 928 hits and 495 bases on balls in 961 innings pitched, with 411 strikeouts. In the World Series, he compiled a 6.00 earned run average, allowing two earned runs in his three innings pitched.

Monty Kennedy worked for the Richmond Police Department until his retirement. He died in Midlothian, Virginia, at age 74.

Sheldon Jones

Sheldon Leslie "Available" Jones (February 2, 1922 – April 18, 1991) was an American professional baseball player, a right-handed pitcher who played in the Major Leagues from 1946 through 1953 for the New York Giants, Boston Braves and Chicago Cubs. He earned his nickname from a character in the Li'l Abner comic strip and because of his durability as both a starting pitcher and a reliever early in his MLB career as a member of the Giants. The native of Tecumseh, Nebraska, stood 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and weighed 180 pounds (82 kg).

Jones' professional career began in 1941 and was interrupted by three years of service (1943–45) in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. When he returned to baseball after the war, he posted back-to-back stellar seasons in the minor leagues, winning 32 of 44 decisions in 1946–47 before his permanent recall to the Giants.

In 1948, Jones appeared in 55 games played (fourth that season among National League pitchers), 21 as a starter and 34 in relief, worked in 201​1⁄3 innings, and won 16 of 24 decisions, with five saves and eight complete games, while posting a creditable earned run average of 3.35. The following year, 1949, Jones was mostly a starter (27 of his 42 games). He appeared in 207​1⁄3 innings, won 15, lost 12, and had 11 complete games. He registered no saves, but still finished nine games, and lowered his ERA to 3.34. Finally, in 1950, Jones worked in 40 games, 28 as a starter. He logged 199 innings, 11 more complete games and two saves, but his effectiveness diminished, as he posted a losing record (13–16) and a poor 4.61 ERA.

Jones pitched one more season in New York as a member of the 1951 National League pennant winners, and although again ineffective during the regular season, he pitched well during the 1951 World Series, appearing in two contests and saving Game 3 for Giants' starter Jim Hearn. In World Series play, he allowed one run in 4​1⁄3 innings pitched, posting an earned run average of 2.08, against the eventual champion New York Yankees.

Jones wrapped up his MLB career with 61 games played, mostly in relief, for the Braves and Cubs. All told he surrendered 909 hits and 413 bases on balls (and amassed the same number of strikeouts) in 920 innings pitched during his Major League tenure. Of his 260 games pitched, 101 were as a starter and 159 came in relief. He finished with 12 saves.

Stubby Overmire

Frank W. Overmire (May 16, 1919 – March 3, 1977) was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played ten seasons for the Detroit Tigers (1943–49), St. Louis Browns (1950–52), and New York Yankees (1951). In ten seasons, Overmire won 58 games and lost 67 with a 3.96 earned run average. Because of his stature, 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m) and 170 pounds (77 kg), the left-hander was nicknamed "Stubby."

Born in Moline, Michigan, Overmire attended Western State Teachers College, now known as Western Michigan University, where he played for the then Hilltoppers from 1938 to 1941. [1]

Overmire signed with the Detroit Tigers after in 1941 as an undrafted free agent. He debuted for the Tigers in April 1943 and won 7 games with 8 complete games and 3 shutouts in his rookie season. In his second season, Overmire pitched 11 complete games, 3 shoutouts, and had his career-low ERA at 3.07.

In 1945, Overmire started 22 games, and won 9, for the American League pennant winning Tigers. He was the Tigers' starting pitcher in Game 3 of the 1945 World Series against the Chicago Cubs, Despite giving up only 2 runs in 6 innings, Overmire took the loss as the Tigers were shut out 3–0.

Overmire's best season was 1947, when he won 11 and lost 5 for the Tigers with a 3.77 earned run average. His 3 shutouts and won-loss percentage of .688 were both fifth best in the American League.

Overmire went on to pitch for the St. Louis Browns from 1950 to 1952 with a short stint with the New York Yankees at the end of the 1951 season. Stubby pitched in 15 games for the Yankees in 1951 and won his second World Series ring, as the Yankees beat the Giants in the 1951 World Series.

After his playing career ended, Overmire became a manager in the Tigers' minor league organization. Through the 1950s, he served as a manager in Little Rock, Terre Haute, Montgomery, Valdosta, and Decatur. In 1959 as manager of the Decatur Commodores of the Midwest League, Overmire was named Manager of the Year. He moved on to Durham in 1960 and Jamestown in 1962. From 1963 to 1966, he was a coach in the Major Leagues for the Tigers. In 1967, he managed Lakeland, and in 1970, he returned as the manager for Montgomery. He finished his career as a manager in Lakeland, Florida, where he served as manager from 1971 to 1975.

Overmire died on March 3, 1977 after suffering a stroke.

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.

Wes Westrum

Wesley Noreen Westrum (November 28, 1922 – May 28, 2002) was an American professional baseball player, coach, manager, and scout. He played for 11 seasons as a catcher in Major League Baseball for the New York Giants from 1947 to 1957 and was known as a superb defensive catcher. He served as the second manager in the history of the New York Mets, replacing Casey Stengel in 1965 after the latter fractured his hip and was forced to retire.

World Series ring

A World Series ring is an award given to Major League Baseball players who win the World Series. Since only one Commissioner's Trophy is awarded to the team, a World Series ring is an individual award that players and staff of each World Series champion team get to keep for themselves to symbolize the victory. World Series rings are uniquely commissioned by the winning team each year and presented to deserving players and staff early in the next season. The rings have been made by companies that include Jostens, Tiffany & Co., Dieges & Clust, and L.G. Balfour Company.

The first World Series ring was given to members of the New York Giants after winning the 1922 World Series. By the 1930s, each winning team gave their players a ring. Though the ring started off simple, usually containing only one diamond, rings over time have become more elaborate and ornate, with the 2003 World Series ring containing over 200 diamonds.

In addition to their inherent value, World Series rings also carry additional value as sports memorabilia. A World Series ring belonging to Casey Stengel sold for $180,000. Lenny Dykstra's 1986 World Series ring sold for over $56,000 during his bankruptcy proceedings. Other rings sold in auctions have sold for over $10,000 apiece. Replica rings given to fans have sold for as much as $300.

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