Great Baseball Moments: 1955 World Series: Game 7: October 4, 1955. For the Brooklyn Dodgers it was always ‘Wait Til Next Year’- Next year finally came on Sunday October 4, 1955. 1. The Dodgers had never in their history won a World Series. 2- In 1947, 1949, 1952 and 1953 the bullies from The Bronx-the New York Yankees had beaten them in the World Series. Early on the 1955 World Series looked to be the same- with the Yankees winning the first two games at Yankee Stadium. Then in Game 3- young Johnny Podres stepped up for the Dodgers pitching them to victory. The Dodgers would win all three games at Ebbets Field. The final two games were at Yankee Stadium. The home team continued to be successful in Game 6 with a 5-1 Yankee win. It came down to a final game. Yankee Stadium and 62,465 in attendance. Young Johnny Podres was back on the mound for the Dodgers. With the Dodgers leading 2-0 in the bottom of the 6th- Sandy Amoros is in left field as a defensive replacement. There are Yankees on first and second and one out. The Yankees Yogi Berra is up- Berra is a pull hitter- and Amoros position in left- is shaded towards center field. Berra hits the ball deep and along the left field line. Surely there is no way Sandy Amoros is going to get there in time. Big trouble for the Dodgers. Amoros does get there- makes one of the great catches in World Series history- and relays the ball to shortstop Pee Wee Reese- who throws to Gil Hodges at first doubling up the runner who was at first. The Yankee threat in the 6th has ended. The Dodgers behind the shutout pitching by 23 year old Johnny Podres win 2-0- and are the World Champions of baseball- finally. It would end up being their only World Series Championship in Brooklyn. In 1956 the Yankees and Dodgers would play again in the series- with the Yankees winning in seven. After the 1957 season- the Dodgers moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles.
Note- the Dodger fans in Los Angeles didn’t have to wait long for their first championship- in their second season in LA- the Dodgers won the 1959 World Series over the Chicago White Sox.