1964 World Series

The 1964 World Series pitted the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals against the American League champion New York Yankees, with the Cardinals prevailing in the best of seven games. St. Louis won their seventh world championship, while the Yankees, who had appeared in 14 of 16 World Series since 1949, did not play in the Series again until 1976.

In an unusual twist, the Yankees fired Yogi Berra after the Series ended, replacing him with Johnny Keane, who had resigned from the Cardinals after the Series. His job had been threatened by Cardinals management, and it was unexpectedly saved by the Cardinals' dramatic pennant drive.

This was also the last World Series that matched the Yankees up against the Cardinals; in the previous four meetings, each team had won twice, with the Yankees winning in 1928 and 1943, and the Cardinals in 1926 and 1942.

This pennant for the Yankees concluded their remarkable run of 15 World Series appearances over 18 years. In total, they won 29 American League championships in the 44-year span from 1921 through 1964.

1964 World Series
Team (Wins) Manager(s) Season
St. Louis Cardinals (4) Johnny Keane 93–69, .574, GA: 1
New York Yankees (3) Yogi Berra 99–63, .611, GA: 1
DatesOctober 7–15
MVPBob Gibson (St. Louis)
UmpiresFrank Secory (NL), Bill McKinley (AL), Ken Burkhart (NL), Hank Soar (AL), Vinnie Smith (NL), Al Smith (AL)
Hall of FamersCardinals: Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, Bob Uecker.
Yankees: Yogi Berra (mgr), Whitey Ford, Mickey Mantle.
Broadcast
TelevisionNBC
TV announcersHarry Caray and Curt Gowdy (Games 1–2, 6–7)
Phil Rizzuto and Joe Garagiola (Games 3–5)
RadioNBC
Radio announcersPhil Rizzuto and Joe Garagiola (Games 1–2, 6–7)
Harry Caray and Curt Gowdy (Games 3–5)
World Series

Background

The 1964 World Series, and the season leading up to it, later became the subject for the David Halberstam New York Times bestseller October 1964. The Series is seen as a bellwether point in baseball history as it was the last hurrah for the 1950s Yankee Dynasty of Mantle, Maris, Ford and Berra, among others, and it demonstrated that the National League's growing enthusiasm to sign black and Latino players (such as those of the '64 Cardinals) was a permanent paradigm shift in fielding a championship team.

The Series featured the brother-against-brother match-up of Ken Boyer of the Cardinals and Clete Boyer of the Yankees, both of whom started at third base for their respective teams.

For the first time in Series history, all six umpires rotated through their positions. In all Series from 1947 through 1963, only the four infield umpires had rotated, with the last two umpires working only in the outfield throughout the Series.

Mickey Mantle, playing in his last Series, hit three home runs, raising his total to a record-setting 18, surpassing Babe Ruth's mark of 15.

Utility infielder Chet Trail, who had no prior major league experience, appeared on the Yankees' World Series roster to fill the opening created by an injury to Tony Kubek. Trail did not play in the series (Phil Linz played in place of Kubek), and Trail never appeared in a major league game during his career.[1]

Both Berra and Keane were St. Louis natives, though neither had ever played for the hometown Cardinals; Berra's entire playing career was spent in New York, while Keane played in the Cardinals' farm system but never reached the major leagues as a player.

Yankees

After winning the American League pennant in 1963, the Yankees faced strong challenges from the pitching-rich Chicago White Sox and up-and-coming Baltimore Orioles in 1964. On August 22, the Yankees were in third place, ​5 12 games out of first. Led by recently called up pitcher Mel Stottlemyre (who went 9–3), and helped by the post trade deadline acquisition of relief pitcher Pedro Ramos (2–0 with seven saves for New York) from Cleveland, the Yankees went 27–8 to take a ​3 12 game lead with five to play. After losing two games in Detroit, the Yankees clinched the pennant on the next-to-last day of the season with an 8–3 win over the Indians.

Cardinals

The Cardinals were coming off a second-place finish in 1963, and their road to the World Series was even more dramatic than that of the Yankees. After a season-long four-way race among the Cardinals, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, and Cincinnati Reds, the Phillies appeared to have the pennant in hand as they built a ​6 12 game lead with 12 games to play. But they proceeded to lose 10 straight games. With two games remaining, four teams still had a mathematical chance to win the pennant. The Giants were the first to be eliminated when they lost on October 3 to the Cubs, 10–7. The Cardinals lost to the lowly Mets, 15–5, while the Phillies ended their 10-game losing streak with a 4–3 win over the Reds. Going into the last day of the season, the Cardinals and Reds were tied for first and the Phillies were one game back; the Phillies hoped to force the first three-way tie in major league history by defeating the Reds and hoping the Mets would beat the Cardinals. The Phillies did their part by defeating the Reds, 10–0, but the Cardinals overcame an early 3–2 deficit and beat the Mets, 11–5, to win the pennant.

During the season the Cardinals would be involved in the Lou Brock-for-Ernie Broglio trade, later considered one of the more lopsided trades in baseball history.

Summary

NL St. Louis Cardinals (4) vs. AL New York Yankees (3)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 7 New York Yankees – 5, St. Louis Cardinals – 9 Busch Stadium 2:42 30,805[2] 
2 October 8 New York Yankees – 8, St. Louis Cardinals – 3 Busch Stadium 2:29 30,805[3] 
3 October 10 St. Louis Cardinals – 1, New York Yankees – 2 Yankee Stadium 2:16 67,101[4] 
4 October 11 St. Louis Cardinals – 4, New York Yankees – 3 Yankee Stadium 2:18 66,312[5] 
5 October 12 St. Louis Cardinals – 5, New York Yankees – 2 (10 innings) Yankee Stadium 2:37 65,633[6] 
6 October 14 New York Yankees – 8, St. Louis Cardinals – 3 Busch Stadium 2:37 30,805[7] 
7 October 15 New York Yankees – 5, St. Louis Cardinals – 7 Busch Stadium 2:40 30,346[8]

Matchups

Game 1

Wednesday, October 7, 1964 1:00 pm (CT) at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 5 12 2
St. Louis 1 1 0 0 0 4 0 3 X 9 12 0
WP: Ray Sadecki (1–0)   LP: Whitey Ford (0–1)   Sv: Barney Schultz (1)
Home runs:
NYY: Tom Tresh (1)
STL: Mike Shannon (1)

The Cardinals' scouting report indicated that injuries had taken their toll on Mickey Mantle's defense and that he could be run on.[9] They acted on this intelligence, taking extra bases repeatedly and scoring from second on singles in the second and sixth innings.[10] The Cardinals also believed that they should swing early in the count against Whitey Ford, and this strategy also paid off, as Ray Sadecki, Carl Warwick, and Mike Shannon all drove in runs on the first or second pitches of their at-bats.[11]

The Cardinals struck first in the bottom of the first off Whitey Ford on Ken Boyer's sacrifice fly after two one-out singles, but Tom Tresh's two-run home run after a single off Ray Sadecki put the Yankees up 2–1 in the second. They made it 3–1 when Clete Boyer singled, stole second, and scored on Ford's single. The Cardinals cut the lead to 3–2 in the bottom of the inning when Mike Shannon hit a leadoff single, moved to second on a groundout, and scored on Sadecki's single. Tresh's RBI double in the fifth after two two-out singles made it 4–2 Yankees, but the Cardinals sent eight men to the plate in the sixth inning. Shannon's home run after a single tied the game, then after Tim McCarver doubled, Al Downing relieved Ford and allowed a two-out RBI single to Carl Warwick and a single to Curt Flood to put the Cardinals up 6–4. The Yankees cut the lead to one in the eighth when Johnny Blanchard doubled and scored on Bobby Richardson's single off Barney Schultz, but the Cardinals padded their lead in the bottom half, loading the bases off Rollie Sheldon on two walks and an error, then Flood's RBI single and Lou Brock's two-run double off Pete Mikkelsen put them up 9–5. Schultz retired the Yankees in order in the ninth for the save. Ford pitched with severe pain and numbness in his arm for much of the 1964 season, and that day he was again in pain and missing with sliders inside. Shannon came up looking for sliders and hit one 500 feet.[12] This was the last World Series appearance by Ford, whose shoulder had been injured during the season. Ford had pitched in 22 World Series games with the Yankees, compiling ten victories, going back to the sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1950, and set a record which still stands by pitching ​33 23 consecutive scoreless innings across three different World Series (1960–62).

Game 2

Thursday, October 8, 1964 1:00 pm (CT) at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 4 8 12 0
St. Louis 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 7 0
WP: Mel Stottlemyre (1–0)   LP: Bob Gibson (0–1)
Home runs:
NYY: Phil Linz (1)
STL: None

Rookie Mel Stottlemyre, called up from the minors in August, dominated for New York and the Cardinal bullpen wilted in the late innings.[11] The Cardinals struck first in the third on Curt Flood's groundout with runners on second and third, but the Yankees tied the game in the fourth on Clete Boyer's bases-loaded sacrifice fly off Bob Gibson. After a walk and hit-by-pitch in the sixth, Tom Tresh's RBI single put the Yankees up 2–1. Next inning, Phil Linz hit a leadoff single, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Bobby Richardson's single. After moving to third on a single, Richardson scored on Mickey Mantle's groundout. Lou Brock's groundout in the eighth with runners on second and third shaved the lead to 4–2, but the Yankees blew the game open in the ninth. Linz's leadoff home run off Barney Schultz made it 5–2 Yankees. After a one-out single, Gordie Richardson relieved Schultz and allowed an RBI double to Mantle. After an intentional walk, Joe Pepitone's RBI single and Tresh's sacrifice fly made it 8–2 Yankees. The Cardinals got a run in the bottom half when Dick Groat hit a leadoff triple and scored on Tim McCarver's single, but Stottlemyre retired the next two hitters to end the game as the Yankees' 8–3 win tied the series heading to New York.

Game 3

Saturday, October 10, 1964 1:00 pm (ET) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
New York 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 5 2
WP: Jim Bouton (1–0)   LP: Barney Schultz (0–1)
Home runs:
STL: None
NYY: Mickey Mantle (1)

Curt Simmons and Jim Bouton were both very effective. Simmons got 17 ground-ball outs. The Yankees scored a run in the second on Clete Boyer's RBI double with two on, but Simmons's RBI single tied the game in the fifth. Bouton stranded the go-ahead run four times and held the top five hitters in the Cardinal lineup to a 2 for 21 day.[11]

In the bottom of the ninth, Mickey Mantle reached deep for one of the last ounces of Yankees magic. With the game tied at one, Mantle, the leadoff hitter, told on-deck hitter Elston Howard to go back to the clubhouse because he was going to hit a home run.[13] Mantle swung at the first pitch from Barney Schultz, a knuckleball that failed to move,[11] and hit it into the right field stands to win the game for the Yankees. Schultz had been a mainstay of the Cardinals' stretch run and Yankee scouting reports had advised that his knuckler was most vulnerable on the first pitch when he threw harder than usual to try for a strike. Mantle's home run (his sixteenth Series home run) broke Babe Ruth's record for most home runs hit in World Series play.

Game 4

Sunday, October 11, 1964 1:00 pm (ET) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 6 1
New York 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 1
WP: Roger Craig (1–0)   LP: Al Downing (0–1)   Sv: Ron Taylor (1)
Home runs:
STL: Ken Boyer (1)
NYY: None

Cardinal starting pitcher Ray Sadecki let the first four Yankees hit safely. After a leadoff double by Phil Linz, Bobby Richardson's RBI double put the Yankees up 1–0. After a single, Mickey Mantle's RBI single made it 2–0 and Sadecki was promptly removed by manager Keane. Roger Craig came in to pitch and gave up an RBI single to Elston Howard but allowed no more damage. After five innings, New York was still up 3–0 and St. Louis had only one hit off Downing.

The turning point of the game — and the Series — came in the top of the sixth. Carl Warwick led off with his third pinch-hit base hit, tying a World Series record. Curt Flood singled to put runners on first and second. After Lou Brock flied out, Dick Groat reached base on a slow roller that was bobbled by Yankee second baseman Bobby Richardson. Instead of runners on second and third with two out, the bases were loaded with one out.

In the first game, Yankee Al Downing struck Cardinal Ken Boyer out with a high changeup. Downing faced Boyer again with the bases loaded, and Boyer guessed that he'd see the high changeup again. He guessed right, and hit a grand-slam. Ron Taylor relieved Craig and gave up one hit over the last four innings. The Cardinals won the game 4–3; instead of trailing three games to one, Boyer's grand slam enabled then to even the Series at two games apiece.[11]

Game 5

Monday, October 12, 1964 1:00 pm (ET) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 5 10 1
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 6 2
WP: Bob Gibson (1–1)   LP: Pete Mikkelsen (0–1)
Home runs:
STL: Tim McCarver (1)
NYY: Tom Tresh (2)

The game was scoreless in the top of the fifth inning when the Cardinals plated two. Pitcher Bob Gibson led off the inning with a single. Center fielder Curt Flood hit a grounder to second base that Bobby Richardson fumbled. Instead of a potential double play, the Cardinals had two runners on. Lou Brock, hitless in his previous 14 at bats, singled in Gibson. Flood scored on a Bill White ground out after Phil Linz made another misplay, throwing a ball into the dirt at first on what should have been the back end of a double play.[14]

The Yankees were still down 2–0 when they rallied in the ninth inning. Mantle reached base on an error by Dick Groat. With one out and one on, Joe Pepitone smashed a bouncer off Bob Gibson's leg, the ball ricocheting towards the third-base line. Gibson recovered quickly and threw to first, and the Cardinals were one out away.[15] With two out, though, Tom Tresh crushed a long drive into the right center field bleachers and the game was tied. The game went to extra innings, and it was the Cardinals who seized the initiative. With two on and one out and lefty hitter Tim McCarver up, Berra stuck with right-hander Pete Mikkelsen rather than using lefty specialist Steve Hamilton.[16] McCarver delivered a three run home run in the tenth inning to send the Cardinals back to St. Louis with a 3–2 lead in the series.[11] Just 22 years old at the time, McCarver would go 11-for-23 (.478) in the series. For his entire career McCarver would hit .271. This was the last postseason game at Yankee Stadium before its renovation following the 1973 season.

Game 6

Wednesday, October 14, 1964 1:00 pm (CT) at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 5 0 8 10 0
St. Louis 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 10 1
WP: Jim Bouton (2–0)   LP: Curt Simmons (0–1)   Sv: Steve Hamilton (1)
Home runs:
NYY: Roger Maris (1), Mickey Mantle (2), Joe Pepitone (1)
STL: None

The Cardinals struck first in Game 6 on Bill White's double play with runners on first and third in the first off Jim Bouton, but the Yankees tied the score in the fifth when Tom Tresh hit a leadoff double and scored on Bouton's two-out single off Curt Simmons. Back-to-back home runs by Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle put the Yankees up 3–1 in the sixth before they blew the game open in the eighth. With two on and two outs off Barney Schultz, Elston Howard's RBI single made it 4–1 Yankees. After a walk loaded the bases, Gordie Richardson relieved Schultz and allowed a grand slam to Joe Pepitone to put the Yankees up 8–1. The Cardinals scored a run in the bottom of the inning on Bill White's RBI groundout with runners on second and third and no out, then in the ninth, Bob Skinner hit an RBI single with two on off Steve Hamilton (the run charged to Bouton) before Curt Flood hit into the game-ending double play. The Yankees' 8–3 win forced a deciding Game 7.

Game 7

Thursday, October 15, 1964 1:00 pm (CT) at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 5 9 2
St. Louis 0 0 0 3 3 0 1 0 X 7 10 1
WP: Bob Gibson (2–1)   LP: Mel Stottlemyre (1–1)
Home runs:
NYY: Mickey Mantle (3), Clete Boyer (1), Phil Linz (2)
STL: Lou Brock (1), Ken Boyer (2)

"Something had to give" in Game 7, as the Yankees had lost back-to-back World Series only once (to the New York Giants in 1921–22), and were in danger of doing so again, having lost to the Dodgers in 1963; and the Cardinals had never lost a World Series Game 7.

Bob Gibson pitched his third start in this Series on two days rest. He was tired but deliberately worked fast to hide his fatigue from the Yankees.[17] In the bottom of the fourth the Cardinals scored three times. Again the Yankees botched a double play when Linz's throw to first went wide, and Bill White scored. McCarver then scored from third on a double steal.[10][18] Al Downing came in for the fifth after Stottlemyre developed shoulder stiffness,[19] and Lou Brock hit his first pitch for a home run. Two more runs made it 6–0.

Mantle cut the gap in half with a three-run homer in the sixth, adding to his own record for total home runs in the World Series. Ken Boyer responded with a home run in the seventh that pushed the lead to 7–3. Bobby Richardson broke a World Series hit record in the seventh with his 13th hit, later tied by Brock in 1968 and Marty Barrett in 1986. Gibson continued to tire, but manager Keane left him in.[20] Ken Boyer's brother Clete hit a home run for New York with one out in the ninth, making the score 7–4. Pinch-hitter Johnny Blanchard struck out. Linz hit another home run, pulling New York to within two, 7–5, but the next batter, Richardson, popped up to second baseman Dal Maxvill and the Cardinals won the Series.

Bob Gibson won the Series MVP award for his 2–1 record, 3.00 ERA, and 27 IP. Jim Bouton, pitching for the Yankees, started two games and won them both, compiling a 1.56 Series ERA. Six years later, he would write the classic baseball memoir, Ball Four. After the series, the Yankees fired manager Yogi Berra and replaced him with the Cardinal manager, Keane, who quit St. Louis due to his differences with Cardinal owner Gussie Busch. Yogi Berra would go on to join the New York Mets, the following season and be re-united with Casey Stengel as a player/coach.

The 1964 Cardinals were the only team between 1962 and 1972 to win the World Series when owning home-field advantage.

Game 7 was the last postseason game to be played at the first Busch Stadium, and the last such game to be played in St. Louis until 1967 (at Busch Memorial Stadium, which opened during the previous season), when the Cardinals defeated the Boston Red Sox to win their next world championship. The first non-World Series postseason games to be played in St. Louis occurred in 1982, when the Cardinals defeated the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS and the then-American League Milwaukee Brewers in the World Series. The Cardinals also ended their first season at the current Busch Stadium with a World Series win over the Detroit Tigers in 2006; the Yankees (then in their first season at the current Yankee Stadium) did the same thing in 2009 by defeating the Philadelphia Phillies in that year's World Series.

Composite box

1964 World Series (4–3): St. Louis Cardinals (N.L.) over New York Yankees (A.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
St. Louis Cardinals 2 1 1 3 6 8 1 5 2 3 32 61 4
New York Yankees 3 4 0 1 2 6 2 6 9 0 33 60 9
Total attendance: 321,807   Average attendance: 45,972
Winning player's share: $8,622   Losing player's share: $5,309[21]

Notes

  1. ^ Slusser, Susan (October 11, 2006). "A's Notebook: Kiger Arrives". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on October 28, 2006. Retrieved October 13, 2006.
  2. ^ "1964 World Series Game 1 – New York Yankees vs. St. Louis Cardinals". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  3. ^ "1964 World Series Game 2 – New York Yankees vs. St. Louis Cardinals". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  4. ^ "1964 World Series Game 3 – St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  5. ^ "1964 World Series Game 4 – St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  6. ^ "1964 World Series Game 5 – St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  7. ^ "1964 World Series Game 6 – New York Yankees vs. St. Louis Cardinals". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  8. ^ "1964 World Series Game 7 – New York Yankees vs. St. Louis Cardinals". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  9. ^ Halberstam 318
  10. ^ a b "Speed Won the World Series", Sports Illustrated, Oct. 26, 1964
  11. ^ a b c d e f "An Even Series—With Some Fresh Faces", Sports Illustrated, October 19, 1964
  12. ^ Halberstam 320
  13. ^ Halberstam 329
  14. ^ Halberstam 339
  15. ^ Halberstam 340
  16. ^ Halberstam 340–1
  17. ^ Halberstam 345
  18. ^ Halberstam 347
  19. ^ Halberstam 348
  20. ^ Halberstam 349
  21. ^ "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. 302–306. ISBN 0-312-03960-3.
  • Reichler, Joseph (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.). Macmillan Publishing. p. 2172. ISBN 0-02-579010-2.

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1964 New York Yankees season

The 1964 New York Yankees season was the 62nd season for the Yankees. The team finished with a record of 99–63, winning their 29th pennant, finishing 1 game ahead of the Chicago White Sox. New York was managed by Yogi Berra. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium. In the World Series, they were defeated by the St. Louis Cardinals in 7 games. It would also be their last playoff appearance until 1976.

Yogi Berra, taking over as manager from Ralph Houk, who in turn moved up to general manager, had a difficult early season, with many veterans missing games due to injury. Doubts about his ability to manage his former teammates were brought into the open with the Harmonica Incident in late August, in which he clashed with utility infielder Phil Linz on the team bus following a sweep by the Chicago White Sox that appeared to have removed the Yankees from pennant contention. The team rallied behind Berra afterwards, and won the pennant. However the incident may have convinced the team's executives to replace Berra with Johnny Keane, manager of the victorious Cardinals, after the season.

This season is considered to be the endpoint of the "Old Yankees" dynasty that had begun with the Ruppert–Huston partnership and then continued with the Topping–Webb partnership. The Yankees would soon undergo ownership changes and front office turmoil, and would not be a serious factor in the pennant chase again until the mid 1970s. For television viewers and radio listeners, the sudden removal of Mel Allen following that season marked the end of an era of Yankees television and radio broadcasts.

1964 St. Louis Cardinals season

The 1964 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 83rd season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 73rd season in the National League. The Cardinals went 93–69 during the season and finished first in the National League, edging the co-runners-up Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies by one game each on the last day of the regular-season to claim their first NL pennant since 1946. They went on to win the World Series in 7 games over the New York Yankees.

1976 Major League Baseball season

The 1976 Major League Baseball season was the last post 1961-season until 1993 in which the American League (AL) and the National League (NL) had the same number of teams. The season ended with the Cincinnati Reds taking the World Series Championship for the second consecutive season by sweeping the New York Yankees in four games. It would be the Reds' last title until Lou Piniella guided the club in 1990, and the second time that the Yankees were swept in World Series history. The only team to do it before was the 1963 Los Angeles Dodgers.

Al Smith (umpire)

William Alaric Smith (June 11, 1925 - November 14, 2006) was a professional baseball umpire who worked in the American League from 1960 to 1964. Smith umpired 798 major league games in his 5-year career. He umpired in the 1964 World Series, and two All-Star Games (1961 and 1963).

Barney Schultz

George Warren "Barney" Schultz (August 15, 1926 – September 6, 2015) was an American professional baseball player and coach. He was a knuckleball pitcher in the Major Leagues for all or parts of seven seasons between 1955 and 1965 for the St. Louis Cardinals, Detroit Tigers, and Chicago Cubs. In October 1966 he was briefly reactivated by the Cardinals so that he could receive a Major League pension.

He was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1944 after playing at Burlington City High School. Throughout much of his career, Schultz lived in Beverly with his wife and children, working in the off season as a carpenter and haberdasher.Schultz was strictly a relief pitcher, appearing in 227 games overall without any starts. He was an early specialist in the knuckleball. He had two good years with the Cubs, then was traded to the Cardinals where he had his best season, 1964, with 14 saves (a significant quantity in those days) and a 1.64 earned run average. Probably his most visible moment was in Game 3 of the 1964 World Series, in which he gave up a game-winning home run to Mickey Mantle in the nationally televised Saturday game. However, he had been credited with a save in Game 1, and the Cardinals ultimately won the Series in seven games.

Cardinals' utility catcher Bob Uecker was sometimes called upon to catch when Schultz was brought in to pitch. It was from that experience that Uecker drew some of his material when joking about the difficulties of catching the knuckler.

In between, Schultz played winter ball in Venezuela for the Gavilanes de Maracaibo club of the Western Professional Baseball League, where he won seven consecutive strikeout titles from 1954 through 1960.After his playing career ended, Schultz was the Cardinals' roving minor league pitching instructor from 1967 to 1970 and Major League pitching coach from 1971 to 1975. He was a member of the Chicago Cubs' coaching staff in 1977.

Schultz was a resident of Edgewater Park Township, New Jersey, where his home was filled with memorabilia of his baseball career.Schultz is a member of the South Jersey Baseball Hall of Fame. He died on September 6, 2015, the 50th anniversary of his final MLB game.

Bob Gibson

Robert Gibson (born November 9, 1935) is an American retired baseball pitcher who played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals (1959–75). Nicknamed "Gibby" and "Hoot" (after actor Hoot Gibson), Gibson tallied 251 wins, 3,117 strikeouts, and a 2.91 earned run average (ERA) during his career. A nine-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion, he won two Cy Young Awards and the 1968 National League (NL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award. In 1981 he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. The Cardinals retired his uniform number 45 in September 1975 and inducted him into the team Hall of Fame in 2014.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Gibson overcame childhood illness to excel in youth sports, particularly basketball and baseball. After briefly playing under contract to both the basketball Harlem Globetrotters team and the St. Louis Cardinals organization, Gibson decided to continue playing only baseball professionally. Once becoming a full-time starting pitcher in July 1961, Gibson began experiencing an increasing level of success, earning his first All-Star appearance in 1962. Gibson won two of three games he pitched in the 1964 World Series, then won 20 games in a season for the first time in 1965. Gibson also pitched three complete game victories in the 1967 World Series.

The pinnacle of Gibson's career was 1968, when he posted a 1.12 ERA for the season and then followed that by recording 17 strikeouts during Game 1 of the 1968 World Series. Over the course of his career, Gibson became known for his fierce competitive nature and the intimidation factor he used against opposing batters. Gibson threw a no-hitter during the 1971 season, but began experiencing swelling in his knee in subsequent seasons. After retiring as a player in 1975, Gibson later served as pitching coach for his former teammate Joe Torre. At one time a special instructor coach for the St. Louis Cardinals, Gibson was later selected for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999. Gibson is the author of the memoir Pitch by Pitch, with Lonnie Wheeler (Flatiron Books, 2015).

Bob Humphreys

Robert William Humphreys (born August 18, 1935) is an American former professional baseball player and executive. A right-hander, Humphreys was a relief pitcher over all or parts of nine Major League Baseball seasons (1962–1970) with the Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Washington Senators and Milwaukee Brewers. Humphreys was a member of the 1964 World Series champion Cardinals. An alumnus of Hampden-Sydney College, Humphreys was born in Covington, Virginia, and graduated from high school in Montvale. He was listed as 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall and 165 pounds (75 kg).

Humphreys' pro pitching career began in the Tigers' organization in 1958 and lasted through 1971. After trials with Detroit (1962) and St. Louis (1963), Humphreys was recalled from the Triple-A Jacksonville Suns in July 1964, and worked in 28 games out of the Redbird bullpen. He won his only two decisions (both coming in during the September pennant race) and posted two saves with a low 2.53 earned run average as St. Louis overcame the faltering Philadelphia Phillies to win the National League championship. In Game 6 of the 1964 World Series, he worked the ninth inning and retired the New York Yankees in order; it was Humphreys' only post-season appearance. The Cardinals won the Series' deciding seventh game a day later.

Humphreys was traded to the Cubs just prior to the 1965 campaign. In his only season with Chicago, he appeared in 41 games and again posted a 2–0 record. Then, prior to 1966, he was traded to the Senators, where he played four full years and part of a fifth. In 214 games pitched as a Senator, he compiled a 21–15 record with 14 saves. Released by Washington in June 1970, he caught on with Milwaukee, where he finished his MLB career and was credited with three more saves.

All told, Humphreys compiled a 27–21 record with 20 saves and a 3.36 earned run average in 319 major league appearances, all but four of which came as a relief pitcher. In 566 innings pitched he allowed 482 hits and 219 bases on balls. He struck out 364.

After his playing career ended, Humphreys remained in baseball as a player development director and minor league field coordinator for the Brewers, Cardinals and Toronto Blue Jays. He was also the head baseball coach at Virginia Tech.

Bob Skinner

Robert Ralph Skinner (born October 3, 1931) is an American former professional baseball outfielder / first baseman, manager, coach, and scout, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for three National League (NL) teams. In all, Skinner spent over 50 years in the game.

Brock for Broglio

The phrase "Brock for Broglio" is sometimes used in the sport of baseball to signify a trade that in hindsight, turns out to be an extremely lopsided transaction.The names in the phrase refer to Lou Brock and Ernie Broglio respectively, the centerpieces of a June 15, 1964, six-player deal: Brock, Jack Spring and Paul Toth were traded from the Chicago Cubs to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for Broglio, Bobby Shantz, and Doug Clemens.It was thought initially the Cubs had done better in the deal, as Broglio was coming off some impressive seasons while pitching for the Cardinals, while Brock had been considered a disappointment for the Cubs.Almost immediately the effects of the trade were felt, as Brock batted .348 for the Cardinals and led them to winning the 1964 World Series. Brock also helped the Cardinals to another World Series title in 1967, a pennant in 1968, and played successfully for St. Louis through 1979, amassing 3,023 hits and 938 stolen bases (at the time becoming baseball's all-time leader in stolen bases) en route to his Hall of Fame election in 1985. Meanwhile, Broglio went only 4-7 with a 4.04 ERA for the Cubs, and by 1966 was out of Major League Baseball. Broglio did not tell anyone at the time, but he was suffering from an injured elbow since the second half of the 1963 season, and in November 1964, had his ulnar nerve reset.This is sometimes referred to as the most lopsided trade in baseball history.The Emil Verban Society, an association of Cubs fans in the Washington, D.C. area, which includes national political leaders and journalists, occasionally recognizes bad decision-making with the "Brock-for-Broglio Judgment Award"—presented, for example, to Saddam Hussein for his invasion of Kuwait in 1990.

Carl Warwick

Carl Wayne Warwick (born February 27, 1937) is an American former professional baseball outfielder. He played six seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1961 to 1966 for the Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Colt .45s, Baltimore Orioles, and Chicago Cubs. During the 1964 World Series, he set a record by reaching base in his first four plate appearances (three singles and one base on balls) as a pinch hitter, as he helped his Cardinals defeat the New York Yankees in seven games.

Charlie James (baseball)

Charles Wesley James (born December 22, 1937) is a retired American professional baseball player. James was an outfielder over all or parts of six Major League Baseball seasons (1960–65) with the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds, appearing in 510 games. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he grew up in suburban Rock Hill and graduated from Webster Groves High School. James was also a letterman as a football halfback for the University of Missouri Tigers in 1956 and 1957 before starting his professional baseball career. He later earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis.

James threw and batted right-handed and was listed as 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and 195 pounds (88 kg). He signed with his hometown Cardinals and began his baseball career in the high minors in 1958, where he collected 104 runs batted in in the Double-A Texas League and made the Triple-A International League's All-Star team in successive seasons.

The Cardinals recalled him in August 1960, and he spent the rest of his baseball career in the majors. James platooned in right field with left-handed hitter Joe Cunningham in 1961, then was the Redbirds' most-used right-fielder in 1962, starting 95 games and hitting a career-best .276. In 1963, he shared the left field job with Baseball Hall of Famer Stan Musial in Musial's last season in the game. He began 1964 as the Cardinals' regular left fielder, but after he had started 40 games, St. Louis acquired future Hall of Famer Lou Brock from the Chicago Cubs on June 15, and Brock took command of the position, hitting .348 and leading the Cardinals into the 1964 World Series. James spent the rest of the season as an occasional right fielder and frequent pinch hitter, and his batting average fell to .223. In the World Series against the New York Yankees, James was hitless in three at bats as a pinch hitter, but the Cardinals prevailed in seven games and James earned a championship ring.

James was traded to the Reds that offseason but his playing load was reduced even further in 1965. He appeared in only 26 games and collected only eight hits in 39 at bats. Although he went to spring training with the 1966 Reds, he did not make the early-season 28-man roster, and retired rather than report to Triple-A.In his 510 MLB games, James batted .255 with 358 hits, 56 doubles, nine triples, 29 home runs, and 172 runs batted in. With his degree in electrical engineering, he built a successful business career as the president of a Missouri-based manufacturing company, retiring in 1998.

Chet Trail

Chester Borner Trail (born January 19, 1944) is an American former professional baseball infielder and clergyman. Although Trail never played in Major League Baseball, he was declared eligible for the New York Yankees roster for the 1964 World Series.

Gordie Richardson

Gordon Clark Richardson (born July 19, 1938) is an American former professional baseball player, a left-handed pitcher who played in the Major Leagues from 1964–66 for the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets. He stood 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and weighed 185 pounds (84 kg) as an active player.

As a rookie in 1964, Richardson made a substantial contribution to the eventual National League and 1964 World Series champion Cardinals. After a stellar 9–3 record and 1.55 earned run average for the Triple-A Jacksonville Suns, he was recalled by the Cardinals and made his MLB debut as a starting pitcher against the first-place Philadelphia Phillies on July 26 at Connie Mack Stadium. Richardson responded with a complete game, 6–1 victory in which he gave up only five hits and three bases on balls. It was Richardson's only complete game in the Majors. He also recorded his first Major League save against the Phils on September 30 at St. Louis, preserving an 8–5 win for Redbird lefthander Curt Simmons. Richardson's efforts were crucial, as they enabled the Cardinals to overtake the Phillies to finish in first place in the NL by a single game.

Richardson appeared in 19 games for the 1964 Cardinals, 13 in relief, fashioning a 4–2 record and a 2.30 earned run average in 47 innings pitched. However, he was not effective in the 1964 World Series, giving up three earned runs in two-thirds of an inning over two appearances.

Traded to the Mets during the offseason, Richardson appeared in parts of the 1965 and 1966 seasons for New York, largely as a relief pitcher. All told, Richardson gave up 105 hits and 37 bases on balls, with 86 strikeouts, in 118 MLB innings. He retired from baseball after the 1966 season, his tenth as a professional.

Hal Reniff

Harold Eugene "Porky" Reniff (July 2, 1938 – September 7, 2004) was a professional baseball player who pitched in the Major Leagues from 1961 to 1967. Reniff debuted with the New York Yankees during the 1961 season and pitched for the Yankees into the 1967 season. He ended his career in 1967 with the New York Mets.

In seven seasons, he was 21–23 with 45 saves and a 3.27 ERA in 471.1 innings pitched. He recorded a career-high 18 saves in 1963 for the Yankees. He pitched in the 1963 and 1964 World Series with the Yankees, and his career World Series numbers are a 0.00 ERA in 3​1⁄3 innings pitched.

Jerry Buchek

Gerald Peter Buchek [boo'-check] (May 9, 1942 – January 2, 2019) was an American middle infielder and third baseman who played for the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets over all or parts of seven seasons spanning 1961–1968. Buchek threw and batted right-handed, stood 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall and weighed 185 pounds (84 kg). He was born in St. Louis, Missouri.

Jim Bouton

James Alan Bouton (; March 8, 1939 – July 10, 2019) was an American professional baseball player. Bouton played in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a pitcher for the New York Yankees, Seattle Pilots, Houston Astros, and Atlanta Braves between 1962 and 1978. He was also a best-selling author, actor, activist, sportscaster and one of the creators of Big League Chew.

Bouton played college baseball at Western Michigan University, before signing his first professional contract with the Yankees. He was a member of the 1962 World Series champions, appeared in the 1963 MLB All-Star Game, and won both of his starts in the 1964 World Series. Later in his career, he developed and threw a knuckleball.

Bouton authored the baseball book Ball Four, which was a combination diary of his 1969 season and memoir of his years with the Yankees, Pilots, and Astros.

Pete Mikkelsen

Peter James Mikkelsen (October 25, 1939 – November 29, 2006) was a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1964 through 1972 for the New York Yankees (1964–65), Pittsburgh Pirates (1966–67), Chicago Cubs (1967–68), St. Louis Cardinals (1968) and Los Angeles Dodgers (1969–72). Mikkelsen batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Staten Island, New York.

A sinker-ball specialist, Mikkelsen filled various relief roles coming out from the bullpen, as a closer or a middle reliever, and as a set-up man as well. He reached the majors in 1964 with the New York Yankees, spending two years with them before moving to the Pirates, Cubs, Cardinals and Dodgers. He finished 7–4 with a 3.56 ERA and 12 saves in his rookie season, but in the 1964 World Series against St. Louis he allowed a Tim McCarver game-winning three-run home run in the 10th inning of Game Five. His most productive season came in 1966 with Pittsburgh, when he posted a 3.07 ERA and set career-highs with nine wins, 14 saves, 76 strikeouts, 126 innings, and 71 games pitched. He also gave four years of good service for the Dodgers with 24 wins and 20 saves in 155 appearances. In 1969–70 he averaged a 2.76 ERA for each season.

In a nine-season career, Mikkelsen posted a 45–40 record with a 3.38 ERA and 49 saves in 364 games.

Pete missed the start of the 1970 season after contracting infectious hepatitis, allegedly during a hunting trip before spring training.Mikkelsen died from cancer in Mabton, Washington, at the age of 67.

Phil Linz

Philip Francis Linz (born June 4, 1939) is an American former professional baseball player. Linz played in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees (1962–1965), Philadelphia Phillies (1966–1967), and New York Mets (1967–1968). He batted and threw right-handed, and was listed at 6 feet (72 in) and 180 pounds (82 kg), during his playing days.

The utility player is more likely remembered for the infamous (Yankees) "Harmonica Incident" than anything he accomplished in his seven-year major league career.

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