Great Baseball Moments- 1947 World Series- Game 4. October 3, 1947. Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Bill Bevens of the New York Yankees is one out away from pitching the first no -hitter in World Series history. Bevens has been far from perfect on this day. He has walked ten hitters- but hasn’t given up a hit. The Yankees lead the Brooklyn Dodgers 2-1. Bevens has walked two hitters in the 9th. The Dodgers send up a pinch-hitter for Eddy Stanky in Cookie Lavagetto. The count of Lavagetto is no balls and 1 strike. With one swing of the bat- Lavagetto not only ended Bevens dreams of a no-hitter but ended the game in Brooklyn’s favor. Lavagetto hit a ball off of the wall in right field- the two runners Al Gionfreddo and Eddie Miksis both score. The Dodgers win 3-2. The Yankees will come back though and win the World Series in seven games.
Cookie Lavagetto may have been a World Series hero for the Dodgers- but this would end up being the final hit of his major league career. He would be released by the Dodgers in the off-season.
Below- the great Red Barber on the call-