The 1952 World Championships and the tackle that helped the Yankees win the title


Through five matches in 1952 World ChampionshipThe Yankees They were in some trouble. While the two teams had fallen back and forth in the first four matches, Dodgers She finished fifth in what should have been a disappointing way for the Yankees. The AL Champions lost a late lead and then lost in extra innings after not registering any kind of primary runner after the fifth inning.

Now, they’re down 3-2 in the series with Game 6, and the potential Game 7 is set to be at Ebbets Field. On the one hand, 52 Yankees had already come out of a tough spot, winning the AFC Champions League after spending all of September narrowly ahead without errors. However, needing two wins on the road against another great team is not where you want to be.

The 1952 Yankees beat the odds, but it took a little help.

With their backs against the wall, the Yankees handed the ball to bowler Vic Rashi. Despite allowing his first blow to double, Rashi gave the Yankees everything they could hope for. The Dodgers had put down at least one runner in four of the first five rounds, but Rashi kept finding ways to escape. This was significant, as the Yankees were similarly unable to push against Billy Luce of Brooklyn.

On the sixth, the Dodgers finally broke the stalemate. Duke Snider led the half with Raschi’s Homer. Now, they were only nine teams away from losing the World Championship.

Armageddon for this particular team didn’t end up that far, as Yogi Bera followed suit by leading him to Part VII with Homer of the Loes, tying things up. However, it was a series of plays right after that that had a huge impact on the series.

Immediately after Beira’s home race, he chose Gene Woodling. On the next hit, Loes let the ball slip out of his hand as he wrapped up. He fell to the ground due to a shell, which lifted Woodling to the scoring center. Luz bounced back to hit Irv Noreen and push Billy Martin to appear, leaving the halfway to the bowler’s place. The Yankees held on to Raschi instead of the hacker’s hitter, and one of them lined up in the middle who hit Loes before rolling between a pair of fielders. Rashi arrived safely, but more importantly, Woodling came to score, giving the Yankees the lead.

After Raschi returned to the hill, he was able to work around Loes, and gave him a bait of his own medicine, making him stranded in the second after a single and stolen base. Then, Mickey Mantle advanced from the eighth place lead with a race at home, giving the Yankees a two-fold advantage.

This ended up being very significant as Snider hit his second Homer of the day at the bottom of the eighth. After George Chuba’s double put a tie in the scoring position, Casey Stingel brought in Allie Reynolds, who got out of the predicament, then threw a goalless ninth to win 3-2 and force Game 7.

The next day, Mantell led two straight runs as Rachi and Reynolds knocked out the Bulls to help the Yankees win 4-2. This completed a comeback, and the Yankees were crowned champions for the fourth year in a row.

Let’s go back to the bad situation in Game 6 for a moment. The last margin in that game was a one-run, and the Yankees got one of their runs almost entirely because of that handicap. Woodling got the scoring center because of it. Had he still been at the start, he might have ended up going from number one to number three in a rashi song, but that still left him 90 feet away. Loes eventually took the final game of the inning on a penalty kick, which means that if the same turn was played the same way, only without a handicap, that would take away a round, eliminating the Yankees’ advantage in the final score. That extra run didn’t necessarily stop the Yankees from losing, but it probably did. Who knows how this game would play out if it went to extra innings tied in two? Nothing is guaranteed, and it is entirely possible that the Yankees will lose the game and the series that day.

So, no, technically the Yankees didn’t win the 1952 World Championship because of a handicap, but they didn’t win the World Championship because of one.

Sources

The New York Times, October 7, 1952

https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/BRO/BRO195210060.shtml

https://www.baseball-reference.com/postseason/1952_WS.shtml

https://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/NYY/1952.shtml


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