1958 World Series

The 1958 World Series was a rematch of the 1957 World Series, with the New York Yankees beating the defending champion Milwaukee Braves in seven games for their 18th title, and their seventh in 10 years. With that victory, the Yankees became only the second team in Major League Baseball history to come back from a 3–1 deficit to win a best-of-seven World Series; the first was the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1925. (The 1903 Boston Red Sox came back from a 3–1 deficit in a best-of-nine affair.) These teams would meet again in the fall classic thirty-eight years later—by that time, the Braves had moved to Atlanta. As of 2019, this is the most recent World Series featuring the two previous Series winning teams.

1958 World Series
Team (Wins) Manager(s) Season
New York Yankees (4) Casey Stengel 92–62, .597, GA: 10
Milwaukee Braves (3) Fred Haney 92–62, .597, GA: 8
DatesOctober 1–9
MVPBob Turley (New York)
UmpiresAl Barlick (NL), Charlie Berry (AL), Tom Gorman (NL), Red Flaherty (AL), Bill Jackowski (NL: outfield only), Frank Umont (AL: outfield only)
Hall of FamersUmpire: Al Barlick
Yankees: Casey Stengel (mgr.), Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Mickey Mantle, Enos Slaughter.
Braves: Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, Red Schoendienst, Warren Spahn.
Broadcast
TelevisionNBC
TV announcersMel Allen and Curt Gowdy
RadioNBC
Radio announcersBob Wolff and Earl Gillespie
World Series

Background

This was the first year New Yorkers had only one local team to root for; both the Giants and the Dodgers were now playing their home games more than 3,000 miles (4,800 km) away (in San Francisco and Los Angeles respectively). Both returnees to the Series had no problems repeating as league champions during the regular season. Milwaukee coasted to an eight-game lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League and the Yanks bested the Chicago White Sox by ten games in the American. With no pennant race in either league, managers Casey Stengel of the Yankees and Fred Haney of the Braves could rest their aces in preparation for an exciting repeat of the 1957 World Series.

The 1958 World Series was also the first World Series filmed in color.

Summary

AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL Milwaukee Braves (3)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 1 New York Yankees – 3, Milwaukee Braves – 4 (10 innings) County Stadium 3:09 46,367[1] 
2 October 2 New York Yankees – 5, Milwaukee Braves – 13 County Stadium 2:43 46,367[2] 
3 October 4 Milwaukee Braves – 0, New York Yankees – 4 Yankee Stadium 2:42 71,599[3] 
4 October 5 Milwaukee Braves – 3, New York Yankees – 0 Yankee Stadium 2:17 71,563[4] 
5 October 6 Milwaukee Braves – 0, New York Yankees – 7 Yankee Stadium 2:19 65,279[5] 
6 October 8 New York Yankees – 4, Milwaukee Braves – 3 (10 innings) County Stadium 3:07 46,367[6] 
7 October 9 New York Yankees – 6, Milwaukee Braves – 2 County Stadium 2:31 46,367[7]

Matchups

Game 1

Wednesday, October 1, 1958 2:00 pm (CT) at County Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
New York 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 1
Milwaukee 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 10 0
WP: Warren Spahn (1–0)   LP: Ryne Duren (0–1)
Home runs:
NYY: Bill Skowron (1), Hank Bauer (1)
MIL: None

Casey Stengel called on 14-game winner Whitey Ford (14–7, 2.01) to start Game 1. Although teammate Bob Turley had a better regular season record at 21–7, the experienced, perennial winning southpaw Ford had five post-season victories under his belt. Fred Haney countered with a lefty of his own, 22-game winner Warren Spahn.

Bill "Moose" Skowron started the scoring with a home run in the top of the fourth inning, but the Braves came storming back with two of their own in the bottom of the frame. Hank Aaron walked and quickly took second on a Yogi Berra passed ball. When Joe Adcock grounded out to third, Aaron held second but advanced to third on Wes Covington's groundout. Then came three straight singles, Del Crandall to left scoring Aaron, Andy Pafko to center, and Warren Spahn to left-center scoring Crandall, to put the Braves up by one.

In the top of the fifth, Spahn retired Tony Kubek on a flyout to left but walked the opposing pitcher, Ford. Leadoff hitter Hank Bauer then deposited a Spahn fastball into the left-field bleachers to give the Yankees a 3–2 lead. Milwaukee would tie the game in the eighth on an Eddie Mathews walk, Aaron double and sac-fly by Wes Covington on a deep flyout to Mickey Mantle in left-center.

With no runs in the ninth, extra-innings were played, the Yankees going down 1–2–3 with Spahn still on the hill for the Braves. Ryne Duren, who came into the game to pitch the eighth inning, took his turn at-bat in the 10th and grounded out to the pitcher. Aaron started the bottom of the 10th by striking out and was barely thrown out at first base by Yogi Berra on a dropped third strike. Adcock followed with a clean single to center but Covington made the second out on a flyout to left. Crandall then singled up the middle, sending Adcock to second base. Bill Bruton, who came into the game pinch-hitting for Pafko in the ninth, lined a single into right-center, scoring Adcock with the game-winning run.

Game 2

Thursday, October 2, 1958 2:00 pm (CT) at County Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 5 7 0
Milwaukee 7 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 X 13 15 1
WP: Lew Burdette (1–0)   LP: Bob Turley (0–1)
Home runs:
NYY: Mickey Mantle 2 (2), Hank Bauer (2)
MIL: Bill Bruton (1), Lew Burdette (1)

Lew Burdette (20–10, 2.91), who won three games in the 1957 World Series, took the mound for the Braves while the Yankees went with righty Bob Turley (21–7, 2.91), who won 20 games for the only time in his career during the regular season.

Burdette started shakily, giving up a leadoff single to Hank Bauer. Eddie Mathews fielded a grounder by Gil McDougald but threw wide to the first, putting runners on second and third. Mickey Mantle was intentionally walked, loading the bases for cleanup hitter Elston Howard. Howard's groundout forced Mantle at second while Bauer came in from third with the game's first run. Burdette got the next batter, Yogi Berra, to ground into an inning ending 4–6–3 double-play; Red Schoendienst, to Johnny Logan, to Frank Torre.

A shakier Bob Turley would last only a third of an inning. The Braves lit up the scoreboard with seven first inning runs, sparked by a leadoff Bill Bruton home run; he had hit just three in the season. Schoendienst doubled to right, Hank Aaron walked and dependable Wes Covington singled home a run to right-center. Mid-season pickup Duke Maas relieved Turley to get Frank Torre to fly to right for the second out. Del Crandall walked, loading the bases, with Johnny Logan keeping up the onslaught with a two-run single. With the score already 4–1, pitcher Burdette helped his own cause with a three-run homer that left-fielder Howard thought he had a bead on, only to crash into the fence. Burdette was just the sixth pitcher (to date) with a World Series home run. Norm Siebern was summoned to take over for Howard and Johnny Kucks came in to pitch to try to stop the bleeding. The tenth batter of the inning, Bruton, lined to short but the damage was done as the Braves were staked to a 7–1 lead.

Milwaukee added to its lead in the second inning on another Covington single, this time scoring Eddie Mathews. Things would quiet down a little; Mickey Mantle's shot over the center-field fence in the fourth was the only other scoring until the seventh, when the Braves would score twice more and then thrice more in the eighth. The Yankees found some life in the top of the ninth, scoring three runs off a tiring Burdette. Hank Bauer led off with a home run, followed by a Gil McDougald single to left and then Mantle's second homer of the game, into the left-center field bleachers made it 13–5. Burdette showed some tenacity by retiring Berra, Bill Skowron, and Bobby Richardson, in order, for the win and a 2–0 series lead.

Game 3

Saturday, October 4, 1958 1:00 pm (ET) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milwaukee 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
New York 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 X 4 4 0
WP: Don Larsen (1–0)   LP: Bob Rush (0–1)   Sv: Ryne Duren (1)
Home runs:
MIL: None
NYY: Hank Bauer (3)

Arriving at the Bronx for Games 3 through 5, the Yankees found themselves at home in hopes of their first win in this Series. Milwaukee was shut down on a finely pitched game by Don Larsen with a little help from reliever Ryne Duren.

The Yankees needed this win to stay within striking distance of the seemingly run-away Braves. Hank Bauer drove in all the Yankees' runs, going 3 for 4 with four runs batted in and scoring once. Bauer singled in Norm Siebern and Gil McDougald in the fifth, to extend his Series hitting streak to 17 games, and then in the seventh hit a 400-foot (120 m) two-run homer into the left-field stands. Larsen went seven innings on a six-hitter, striking out eight with three walks. Duren closed the game for his first save, pitching two scoreless innings with three walks and a strikeout. Bob Rush pitched well for the Braves, but his loss helped the Yanks get back into the Series.

Game 4

Sunday, October 5, 1958 2:00 pm (ET) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milwaukee 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 9 0
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
WP: Warren Spahn (2–0)   LP: Whitey Ford (0–1)

Warren Spahn was at his much-needed best, winning Game 4 3–0 on a two-hit shutout over Yankee ace Whitey Ford. New York left-fielder Norm Siebern (playing for the injured Elston Howard), had trouble fielding with the afternoon sun blazing, losing fly balls in the sixth and eighth innings, accounting for two Milwaukee runs.

It was a much-heralded pitching duel until the top of the sixth when Red Schoendienst led off tripling into deep left-center, the ball slicing between "The Mick" in center and Siebern in left. Tony Kubek, who had 28 errors during the season, let a Johnny Logan grounder slip through his legs for an error, letting in the game's first run. In the seventh, Spahn blooped a single to score Andy Pafko, who had just doubled to right. In the eighth, Logan was credited with a ground-rule double when Siebern lost a fly-ball in the sun. Eddie Mathews followed with another double, scoring Logan with the game's final run. Up three games to one, the Milwaukee Braves were on the cusp of back-to-back championships, but the indomitable New Yorkers would show that they had some fight left in them.

Game 5

Monday, October 6, 1958 1:00 pm (ET) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milwaukee 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
New York 0 0 1 0 0 6 0 0 X 7 10 0
WP: Bob Turley (1–1)   LP: Lew Burdette (1–1)
Home runs:
MIL: None
NYY: Gil McDougald (1)

Game 2 starters, loser Bob Turley and winner Lew Burdette, returned with quite different results. Good-luck charm Elston Howard also returned to take his rightful spot in left-field for ineffective Norm Siebern.

The game did not start out very promising for the Yankees as the first six batters were retired without much fanfare. The Braves didn't fare much better as a walk and a single by Schoendienst in the third was all they could muster. Second baseman Gil McDougald would open up the scoring in the bottom of the third with a home run into the screen next to the left-field foul pole. Turley kept cruising retiring the side in order in the fourth and fifth until his Yankee teammates opened the floodgates with a six-run sixth. Burdette could only get one out in the inning giving up five earned runs before being relieved by Juan Pizarro.

Hank Bauer would lead off with a single to left. After Jerry Lumpe struck out bunting a third strike foul, Mickey Mantle singled to left-center advancing Bauer to third. Yogi Berra doubled into the right-field corner scoring Bauer, Mantle stopping at third. Howard was intentionally passed loading the bases but Moose Skowron kept the rally going with a short single to right scoring just Mantle. Pizzaro relieved Burdette, who was responsible for all baserunners, and was greeted with a two-run scoring double into the Milwaukee bullpen by Gil McDougald. With runners on second and third, Tony Kubek struck out but had to be thrown out by Del Crandall at first. Turley stayed in the game to hit and delivered a single to left scoring the sixth run, Skowron, and the seventh, McDougald. Hank Bauer was the third strikeout victim in the inning but six runs had crossed the plate. The Braves would put runners on in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings but would fail to score, giving the Yanks a 7–0 victory. Milwaukee still led 3–2 in the Series.

Game 6

Wednesday, October 8, 1958 2:00 pm (CT) at County Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
New York 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 4 10 1
Milwaukee 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 10 4
WP: Ryne Duren (1–1)   LP: Warren Spahn (2–1)   Sv: Bob Turley (1)
Home runs:
NYY: Hank Bauer (4), Gil McDougald (2)
MIL: None

Milwaukee, back at home, still needed one win to sew up a second consecutive championship. Two future Hall-Of-Famers, Whitey Ford and Warren Spahn, were once again the starting pitchers.

Top of the first, two quick outs by Spahn, but then the man who would be the Series' top hitter, Hank Bauer, stepped to the plate. Bauer, who would hit .323, with four HRs and eight RBIs, hit his fourth homer into the left-field bleachers to give the Yanks an early 1–0 lead. The Braves answered with a run in the bottom of the inning on a Red Schoendienst single, a sacrifice bunt by Johnny Logan, and a run-scoring single to left by Hank Aaron. Spahn settled in and retired the Yankees without a hit in the second.

Pitching on only two days' rest, Ford quickly withered in the bottom of the second. After striking out Del Crandall, Wes Covington singled to center on a trap by center fielder Mickey Mantle. Andy Pafko singled to right, advancing Covington to third. Spahn singled to right-center. scoring Covington for a 2–1 lead. An exhausted Ford walked Schoendienst, loading the bases, and Casey Stengel had seen enough, motioning to the bullpen for reliever Art Ditmar. Ditmar faced one batter, Logan, who flied out to Elston Howard, who in turn threw home with a perfect throw to Yogi Berra, doubling up Pafko trying to score on a sac-fly. The RBI single by Spahn would be the last run scored against Ford in the World Series for 33 2/3 innings.

Milwaukee held on to the lead until the top of the sixth inning when the Yankees tied the score on a defensive replacement miscue. Bill Bruton had entered the game to play center for Pafko. After Mantle singled just over the reach of shortstop Logan's glove, Howard followed with single to center. Bruton fumbled the ball, allowing Mantle to reach third on the error. Berra hit a sacrifice fly to center, Mantle scoring after the catch, to tie the game at 2-2.

Spahn was still on the mound for the Braves going into the 10th, despite throwing 290 regular season innings and another 19 in the post-season. Gil McDougald, who was having a fine series himself, led off the 10th by hitting a Spahn fastball over the left-field fence. Bauer almost went back-to-back but Bruton made the catch in deep center. Mantle grounded to second for the second out but Howard and Berra followed with singles, setting up runners on first and third. Haney called on Don McMahon to replace Spahn. Moose Skowron struck a single to right, scoring Howard for a two-run lead. Pitcher Ryne Duren stayed in the game to hit but struck out to end the inning.

The Braves made some noise in the bottom of the 10th but it wasn't enough to overcome the Yankee lead. Logan, on first after a walk and with two outs, went to second on the defensive team's indifference (not a stolen base). The ever-dependable Aaron singled to left, scoring Logan, and the Braves were within one run of tying the game. Joe Adcock then singled, sending Aaron to third. Bob Turley came in to relieve Duren and Felix Mantilla pinch-ran for Adcock. With two outs, two on, Frank Torre, pinch-hitting for Del Crandall, lined out to McDougald at the very edge of the outfield grass to end the game and Milwaukee's chance to win the Series here.

Game 7

Thursday, October 9, 1958 2:00 pm (CT) at County Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 6 8 0
Milwaukee 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 5 2
WP: Bob Turley (2–1)   LP: Lew Burdette (1–2)
Home runs:
NYY: Bill Skowron (2)
MIL: Del Crandall (1)

For the fourth straight year, the World Series went the distance. Trying to beat fantastic odds and come back from a 3–1 deficit, Yankee manager Casey Stengel again chose Don Larsen to start Game 7. Larsen had only lasted ​2 13 innings starting Game 7 in the 1957 World Series and once again lasted ​2 13 innings in 1958. Lew Burdette, who pitched a complete game win in Game 2 but gave up six runs in a Game 5 loss, started for Milwaukee.

The Yankees failed to score in the first while the Braves tallied a single run on some lack of control by Larsen. Red Schoendienst led off with a single to left, Bill Bruton walked and Frank Torre sacrificed up both runners, Jerry Lumpe to Gil McDougald, who was covering first base. Hank Aaron walked loading the bases; things looking pretty good for the Braves thus far. Wes Covington grounded out to first but Schoendienst scored on the play. Eddie Mathews took an intentional pass but Del Crandall struck out ending the threat.

The Yankees struck back. Cleanup hitter Yogi Berra led off with a walk. Slow-footed but hustling Elston Howard laid down a sacrifice and, incredibly, was called safe on a poorly tossed throw by Torre to pitcher Burdette. Jerry Lumpe grounded again to Torre, who again threw too high to Burdette for another error, loading the bases. The left-handed hitting Torre got the start in place of veteran right-hander Joe Adcock, who may have been more sure-handed in the field. The next batter, Bill Skowron, forced Lumpe at second, scoring Berra and moving Howard to third. Tony Kubek lifted a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Howard giving the Yankees a 2–1 lead, which would hold up until the sixth.

Two singles in the bottom of the third brought Stengel out to replace Larsen with a short-rested Bob Turley. The stocky right-hander escaped a bases-loaded situation and pitched superb ball the rest of the way. As in Game 6, the score was tied 2–2 after six innings of play when, with two outs, Del Crandall homered into the left-field stands, giving Braves fans a reason to cheer and promise of another championship.

But that hope would fade as the Yankees came to bat in the top of the eighth inning. With tiring Lew Burdette looking for another complete-game victory, the "Bronx Bombers" started an improbable two-out rally. After a McDougald fly-out and Mickey Mantle looking at a called strike three, Berra doubled off the wall in the right-field corner. Howard followed with a run-scoring single to center. Andy Carey singled off Eddie Mathews' glove. Moose Skowron then delivered the crushing blow, a three-run homer to left-center field, to cap a storybook comeback. Milwaukee went quietly to sleep, giving the Yankees their 18th World Championship.

Hank Bauer (a nine-Series veteran) led with most runs scored (six), most hits (10), most home runs (four) and most runs batted in (eight). He also topped the Yankee sluggers with a .323 average. Despite less-than-stellar stats in his first four Classics (7-for-57 with a .123 avg.), he combined for 18 hits, six home runs, 14 RBIs and a .290 average against the Braves in '57 and '58. Turley became the first relief pitcher to be named World Series MVP, going 2–1 with a save.

(Neft and Cohen 270–273)

Composite line score

1958 World Series (4–3): New York Yankees (A.L.) over Milwaukee Braves (N.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
New York Yankees 2 2 1 2 4 7 2 4 3 2 29 49 3
Milwaukee Braves 9 2 0 2 0 2 3 5 0 2 25 60 7
Total attendance: 393,909   Average attendance: 56,273
Winning player's share: $8,759   Losing player's share: $5,896[8]

Records

Notes

  1. ^ "1958 World Series Game 1 – New York Yankees vs. Milwaukee Braves". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "1958 World Series Game 2 – New York Yankees vs. Milwaukee Braves". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  3. ^ "1958 World Series Game 3 – Milwaukee Braves vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  4. ^ "1958 World Series Game 4 – Milwaukee Braves vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  5. ^ "1958 World Series Game 5 – Milwaukee Braves vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  6. ^ "1958 World Series Game 6 – New York Yankees vs. Milwaukee Braves". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  7. ^ "1958 World Series Game 7 – New York Yankees vs. Milwaukee Braves". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  8. ^ "World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares". Baseball Almanac. Archived from the original on May 2, 2009. 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. 270–274. ISBN 0-312-03960-3.
  • Reichler, Joseph (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.). Macmillan Publishing. p. 2166. ISBN 0-02-579010-2.

External links

1958 Major League Baseball season

The 1958 Major League Baseball season was played from April 14 to October 15. It was the first season of play in California for the Los Angeles Dodgers (formerly of Brooklyn) and the San Francisco Giants (formerly of New York City). Three teams had relocated earlier in the decade: (Milwaukee, Baltimore, Kansas City). New York went without a National League team for four seasons, until the expansion Mets began play in 1962.

1958 Milwaukee Braves season

The 1958 Milwaukee Braves season was the sixth in Milwaukee and the 88th overall season of the franchise. The Braves finished first in the National League with a 92–62 record and returned to the World Series for the second consecutive year, losing to the New York Yankees in seven games. The Braves set a Major League record which still stands for the fewest players caught stealing in a season, with 8.

1958 New York Yankees season

The 1958 New York Yankees season was the 56th season for the team in New York, and its 58th season overall. The team finished with a record of 92–62, winning their 24th pennant, finishing 10 games ahead of the Chicago White Sox. In the World Series, they defeated the Milwaukee Braves in 7 games. New York was managed by Casey Stengel. The Yankees played their home games at Yankee Stadium. In 1958, the Yankees became New York City's only professional baseball team after the Brooklyn Dodgers moved to Los Angeles and the New York Giants left for San Francisco. The Yankees would hold this distinction until 1962, when the New York Mets began play.

Al Helfer

George Alvin "Al" Helfer (September 26, 1911 – May 16, 1975) was an American radio sportscaster.

Nicknamed "Mr. Radio Baseball", Helfer called the play-by-play of seven World Series, ten All-Star Games, and regular season broadcasts for several teams (among them the New York Yankees, Brooklyn Dodgers and Oakland Athletics) and the Mutual network. He also did the broadcast of the Army–Navy Game during the 1940s and 1950s, and several Rose Bowl games.

Bob Rush (baseball)

Robert Ransom Rush (December 21, 1925 – March 19, 2011) was a professional baseball player who pitched in Major League Baseball from 1948 to 1960.

Rush played for the Milwaukee Braves, Chicago Cubs, and the Chicago White Sox.

On June 11, 1950, Rush and pitcher Warren Spahn of the Braves each stole a base against each other; no opposing pitchers again stole a base in the same game until May 3, 2004, when Jason Marquis and Greg Maddux repeated the feat.Rush was an All-Star selection in 1950 and 1952.

Late in the 1957 season, while Rush was warming up in the Wrigley Field bullpen during a game, a wild pitch he threw went into the stands and injured a spectator, who sued him and the Cubs, one of the few times in Major League Baseball history when a player has been named as a defendant by a fan injured by an object that left the field. The court granted Rush summary judgement which was affirmed on appeal a decade later; however it held that the Baseball Rule, which generally immunizes teams against suits by fans injured by foul balls who sit in seats outside the backstop's protection, did not extend to an errantly thrown ball and that a jury could decide if the Cubs had adequately anticipated the risk of one leaving the field and striking a fan.

He was the Milwaukee starting pitcher for Game 3 of the 1958 World Series. Rush gave the Braves six strong innings, allowing the New York Yankees only three hits. But control problems proved costly, Rush's three walks loading the bases for Hank Bauer's two-run single. Those were all the runs Yankee starter Don Larsen needed in a 4-0 win.

Rush was born in Battle Creek, Michigan, and died in Mesa, Arizona.

Del Crandall

Delmar Wesley Crandall (born March 5, 1930 in Ontario, California) is an American former professional baseball player and manager. He played as a catcher in Major League Baseball and played most of his career with the Boston & Milwaukee Braves. Considered one of the National League's top catchers during the 1950s and early 1960s, he led the league in assists a record-tying six times, in fielding percentage four times and in putouts three times.

Del Rice

Delbert Rice Jr. (27 October 1922 – 26 January 1983) was an American professional baseball player, coach and manager. He played for 17 seasons as a catcher in Major League Baseball from 1945 to 1961, most notably for the St. Louis Cardinals. Although Rice was a relatively weak hitter, he sustained a lengthy career in the major leagues due to his valuable defensive abilities.

Don Larsen

Don James Larsen (born August 7, 1929) is an American retired Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher. During a 15-year MLB career, he pitched from 1953 to 1967 for seven different teams. Larsen pitched for the St. Louis Browns / Baltimore Orioles (1953–54; 1965), New York Yankees (1955–59), Kansas City Athletics (1960–1961), Chicago White Sox (1961), San Francisco Giants (1962–64), Houston Colt .45's / Houston Astros (1964–65), and Chicago Cubs (1967).

Larsen pitched the sixth perfect game in MLB history, doing so in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series. It is the only no-hitter and perfect game in World Series history and is one of only two no hitters in MLB postseason history (the other Roy Halladay's in 2010). He won the World Series Most Valuable Player Award and Babe Ruth Award in recognition of his 1956 postseason.

Duke Maas

Duane Frederick "Duke" Maas (January 31, 1929 – December 7, 1976) was an American professional baseball baseball player and right-handed pitcher who spent all or parts of seven seasons (1955–1961) in Major League Baseball with the Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Athletics and New York Yankees. Born in Utica, Michigan, he was listed as 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall and 170 pounds (77 kg).

Maas was a member of the 1958 World Series champion Yankees. He saw action in one game, relieving Bob Turley during the first inning of Game 2 when the Milwaukee Braves scored seven runs.

After making his big-league debut in 1955 with Detroit and then struggling through an 0-7 season in 1956, Maas put together a 10-win season in 1957. In a midseason transaction the following June, he and fellow pitcher Virgil Trucks were traded to the Yankees for outfielder Harry "Suitcase" Simpson and pitcher Bob Grim.

Maas got seven wins for New York in the second half of that pennant-winning season, then went 14-8 for them in 1959. He also pitched two innings of relief for the Yankees in the 1960 World Series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

He was chosen by the Los Angeles Angels in the American League expansion draft prior to the 1961 season, but never played for them in a regular season game before being traded back to the Yankees, with whom he concluded his career.

For his career, he compiled a 45–44 record with a 4.19 earned run average and 356 strikeouts in 195 appearances.

Maas died in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, at the age of 47 from complications due to arthritis.

Edward Lockyer

Edward Russell Lockyer (25 December 1899 – 5 October 1958) was a Canadian businessman and politician. Lockyer served as a Progressive Conservative party member of the House of Commons of Canada. He was born in rural Manitoulin Island, Ontario.

In 1918, he moved to Toronto and entered the clothing business, but switched industries by 1929, creating a fuel company. He eventually became president of Northern Fuel and Automatic Heating Ltd. He also joined the Bedford Masonic Lodge.Lockyer was elected at the Trinity riding in the March 1958 general election and served for several months in the 24th Canadian Parliament when died in Toronto on October 1958. He was stricken with heart disease while viewing a telecast of the fourth game of the 1958 World Series.

Harry Hanebrink

Harry Aloysius Hanebrink (November 12, 1927 – September 9, 1996) was a backup second baseman/left fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Milwaukee Braves (1953, 1957–1958) and Philadelphia Phillies (1959). Listed at 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m), 165 lb., Hanebrink batted left-handed and threw right-handed. He was born in Saint Louis, Missouri.

In a four-season career, Hanebrink was a .224 hitter (71-for-317) with six home runs and 25 RBI in 177 games, including seven doubles, two triples and one stolen base.

He also was a member of the Braves team that lost the 1958 World Series to the New York Yankees.

Hanebrink died in Bridgeton, Missouri, at the age of 68.

Jerry Lumpe

Jerry Dean Lumpe (June 2, 1933 – August 15, 2014) was a Major League Baseball second baseman for the New York Yankees (1956–59), Kansas City Athletics (1959–63) and Detroit Tigers (1964–67).Lumpe was a member of the 1958 World Series championship team, appearing in six games for the Yankees. He started three of them at third base, including the decisive Game 7 victory over the Milwaukee Braves. He also played for New York in the previous year's World Series, won in seven games by the Braves.

He was traded on May 26, 1959 by the Yankees along with pitchers Johnny Kucks and Tom Sturdivant to the Kansas City A's in exchange for outfielder Hector Lopez and pitcher Ralph Terry.

Late in his career, in his first season with Detroit, he was named to the 1964 American League All-Star team.

Lumpe was raised in Warsaw, Missouri. He and future Yankee teammate Norm Siebern had been basketball players together for Missouri State University, when the school was known as Southwest Missouri State, where they won two NAIA Championships in 1952 and 1953, although both needed to miss some tournament games to report to baseball spring training camp. Lumpe maintained strong ties to the university and died in 2014 in Springfield, Missouri, the school's home.

He finished 25th in voting for the 1962 American League MVP for playing in 156 Games and had 641 At Bats, 89 Runs, 193 Hits, 34 Doubles, 10 Triples, 10 Home Runs, 83 RBI, 44 Walks, .301 Batting Average, .341 On-base percentage, .432 Slugging Percentage, 277 Total Bases, 6 Sacrifice Hits and 9 Sacrifice Flies.

In 12 seasons he played in 1,371 Games and had 4,912 At Bats, 620 Runs, 1,314 Hits, 190 Doubles, 52 Triples, 47 Home Runs, 454 RBI, 20 Stolen Bases, 428 Walks, .268 Batting Average, .325 On-base percentage, .356 Slugging Percentage, 1,749 Total Bases, 57 Sacrifice Hits, 36 Sacrifice Flies and 21 Intentional Walks.

Little League World Series

The Little League Baseball World Series is an annual baseball tournament in the eastern United States for children (typically boys) aged 10 to 12 years old. Originally called the National Little League Tournament, it was later renamed for the World Series in Major League Baseball. The Series was first held 72 years ago in 1947 and is held every August in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. (Although the postal address of the organization is in Williamsport, the Series itself is played at Howard J. Lamade Stadium and Volunteer Stadium at the Little League headquarters complex in South Williamsport.)

Initially, only teams from the United States competed in the Series, but it has since become a worldwide tournament. The tournament has gained popular renown, especially in the United States, where games from the Series and even from regional tournaments are broadcast on ESPN. The United States collectively as a country has won a plurality of the series, although from 1969 to 1991 teams from Taiwan dominated the series, winning in 15 out of those 23 years. Taiwan's dominance during those years has been attributed to a national effort to combat its perceived diplomatic isolation around the world. From 2010 to the present, teams from Tokyo, Japan, have similarly dominated the series, winning five of the last nine matchups.

While the Little League Baseball World Series is frequently referred to as just the Little League World Series, it is actually one of twelve tournaments sponsored by Little League International, in twelve different locations. Each of them brings community teams from different Little League International regions around the world together in baseball (five age divisions), girls' softball (four age divisions), and boys' softball (three divisions). The tournament structure described here is that used for the Little League Baseball World Series. The structure used for the other World Series is similar, but with different regions.

Little League World Series in Mexico

Mexico participated in the Little League World Series as part of the Latin America Region from 1957 to 2000. In 2001, when the LLWS expanded to sixteen teams, the Mexico Region was created (as one of eight international regions), so that each year the Mexico Little League championship team has an automatic berth in the World Series. The country currently has about 450 active leagues, making it the third-largest country in Little League participation.Mexican teams have won three championships (1957, 1958 and 1997) and been runner-up three times (1964, 1985 and 2008).

In the 1985 World Series, the Mexicali Little League (Mexicali, Baja California. Mexico) represented the West Region of the United States. Because of its proximity to the El Centro/Calexico area in Southern California (the potential players from that region could have played for that city's leagues), Mexicali competed in and represented California's District 22 in the Southern California division, won the West Region tournament, eventually became the United States champion, and was runner-up to the International champion (National Little League, Seoul, South Korea). After the 1985 Series, Mexicali was shifted from California leagues to Mexico leagues.

Marv Throneberry

Marvin Eugene Throneberry (September 2, 1933 – June 23, 1994) was an American Major League Baseball player. Affectionately known as "Marvelous Marv", he was the starting first baseman for the 1962 New York Mets, a team which set the modern record for most losses in a season with 120.

Mel Roach

Melvin Earl Roach (born January 25, 1933) is a retired American professional baseball player. His career derailed by his bonus player status, military service and injury, he appeared in 227 games played over all or parts of eight years in Major League Baseball as a utilityman for the Milwaukee Braves (1953–54 and 1957–61), Chicago Cubs (1961) and Philadelphia Phillies (1962). Roach was born in Richmond, Virginia; he threw and batted right-handed and was listed as 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and 190 pounds (86 kg).

A standout second baseman at the University of Virginia, he signed a $40,000 contract with Milwaukee in 1953 but was compelled by the era's Bonus Rule to spend his first two professional years on the Braves' major-league roster, appearing in only eight games and going hitless in six total plate appearances. Then, he lost two full seasons (1955–56) to service in the United States Navy. When his pro career began in earnest in 1957, Roach hit .304 in 107 games in the high minors. After his early-August recall by the 1957 Braves—en route to the world championship—he sat on the bench as a seldom-used pinch hitter and backup infielder. He appeared in only six regular-season games, and was idle during the 1957 World Series.

In 1958, Roach made the Braves' roster out of spring training and an early-season injury to centerfielder Bill Bruton opened a spot for Roach as the right fielder in the Milwaukee lineup (with Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron switching from right-field to Bruton's position). Roach started three games and collected seven hits in 15 at bats (.467), but when the roster had to be trimmed from 28 to 25 players in mid-May, Roach was optioned to Triple-A Wichita, where he appeared in 20 games over a full month before getting recalled to majors. Over the next two months he got into 39 games, largely as a backup to Hall of Fame second baseman Red Schoendienst, and was hitting .309 with 42 hits and three home runs on August 3 when a hard slide by Daryl Spencer of the San Francisco Giants badly injured Roach's left knee. He underwent surgery, missing the remainder of 1958 (and the 1958 World Series), and the first two months of the 1959 campaign.

Although the knee injury didn't end Roach's career, as had been initially feared, his diminished infield range damaged his chances of regular second base duty. He batted only .097 in 19 games for the 1959 Braves and spent more time as a utility outfielder and third baseman as his career progressed. In 1960, he produced a near-carbon copy of his 1958 campaign. Appearing in 42 total games, he batted an even .300 with three home runs and 42 hits. But he was destined for journeyman status for the remaining two years of his MLB tenure. On May 9, 1961, the Braves dealt Roach to the Chicago Cubs straight-up for veteran outfielder Frank Thomas. After a half-season in Chicago, the Cubs traded Roach to the Phillies during spring training of 1962. Although he spent both 1961 and 1962 in the majors, Roach lost his batting stroke, hitting only .147 and .190 respectively, then retired from baseball after the 1962 campaign.

In all or parts of his eight MLB seasons, Roach played in 227 games and had 499 at-bats, 42 runs, 119 hits, 25 doubles, seven home runs, 43 RBI, one stolen base, 24 walks, .238 batting average, .275 on-base percentage, .331 slugging percentage, 165 total bases and nine sacrifice hits.

Norm Siebern

Norman Leroy "Norm" Siebern (July 26, 1933 – October 30, 2015) was a Major League Baseball player for the New York Yankees, Kansas City Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, California Angels, San Francisco Giants, and Boston Red Sox from 1956 to 1968. His best season came in 1962 with the A's, when he hit 25 home runs, had 117 runs batted in and a .308 batting average. He might be most remembered however, as being one of the players the Yankees traded for Roger Maris. He was signed by Yankees scout Lou Maguolo.Siebern played for the 1956 and 1958 World Series champion Yankees, and nine years later returned to the '67 Series with the Red Sox.

On December 11, 1959, he was part of a seven-player trade that sent him along with World Series heroes Don Larsen and Hank Bauer to the Kansas City A's in exchange for outfielder Roger Maris and two other players. Maris ended up breaking Babe Ruth's single-season home run record in 1961.

The Orioles acquired Siebern on November 27, 1963 in an exchange of starting first basemen, sending Jim Gentile and $25,000 to the Athletics. He spent two seasons in Baltimore, losing his starting spot in the middle of 1965 to Boog Powell, who successfully made the transition from the outfield. Siebern was traded to the Angels on December 2, 1965 for outfielder Dick Simpson. Seven days later, Simpson would be one of three players sent to the Cincinnati Reds for Frank Robinson.Siebern made the American League All-Star teams in 1962, 1963 and 1964.

He had 1,217 hits for his career, with 132 home runs and a lifetime batting average of .272. Defensively, his career fielding percentage was .991. At first base his fielding percentage was .992 and as an outfielder was .984.

Siebern attended Southwest Missouri State, where he played basketball with future New York baseball teammate Jerry Lumpe on a team that won two NAIA Championships in 1952 and 1953. Both players had to miss some tournament games to report to baseball spring training camp with the Yankees.

Zach Monroe

Zachary Charles Monroe (born July 8, 1931 in Peoria, Illinois) is a former professional baseball player. He was a pitcher over parts of 2 seasons in Major League Baseball (1958–59) with the New York Yankees. Monroe was a member of the 1958 World Series champion Yankees. An alumnus of Bradley University, for his career he compiled a 4–2 record with a 3.38 earned run average and 19 strikeouts in 24 appearances.

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