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OCTOBER 10, 1961

Scoring five runs in the first and five more in the fourth, the New York Yankees swamped the Cincinnati Reds 13-5 at Crosley Field to wrap up the storied franchise’s 19th World Championship.

Mickey Mantle did not play in the deciding Game Five due to his surgically-repaired right hip, an achy Yogi Berra also sat out, and Roger Maris collected just one single and a walk, but the rest of the club brought their bats, collecting 15 hits and drawing six walks.

Hector Lopez blasted a three-run homer and drove in five runs and John Blanchard added three hits, including a two-run shot. Bill Skowron had three RBI and Elston Howard contributed two hits and scored three times.

In addition, Bobby Richardson went 1-for-6 to increase his hits total to nine, which tied a record for a five-game Series.

Monday’s game was never in doubt, as New York rocked Joey Jay for four runs on four hits in just two-thirds of an inning.

All the damage came after two of the first three hitters had been retired, and the entire inning’s damage could have been avoided had the Reds been able to successfully execute a two-out pickoff play. But Gordy Coleman mishandled Jay’s throw, allowing Richardson to move to second, and Blanchard immediately connected for a two-run homer.

In the end, the Reds used a new record of eight pitchers in a futile attempt to keep the series alive before a capacity crowd of 32,589.

Only once did the Reds put on a brave face, scoring three runs in the third to end starter Ralph Terry’s day.

In fact, Terry was the only pitcher in the series that the Reds could do anything with. After defeating him 6-2 in Game Two, they collected six hits off him in 21/3 frames yesterday. Frank Robinson’s three-run shot to straightaway center field led Ralph Houk to remove Terry in favor of long man Bud Daley.

The Reds put men on second and third against Daley with two out in the third, but Johnny Edwards popped up to end the inning. New York immediately erupted for five runs off Bill Henry in the fourth.

Bill Skowron’s bases-loaded single scored a pair of runs to increase the lead to 8-3, and Lopez followed with his home run to center, which ended Henry’s outing and brought on Sherman “Roadblock” Jones.

Wally Post homered to left with a man on to pull Cincinnati within 11-5 in the fifth, but that was all the damage Daley would permit; he pitched the final 62/3 frames and allowed only those two runs, which were unearned, on five hits, fanning three and not walking a batter.

It was an especially sweet triumph for Daley, who started the year with the benighted Kansas City Athletics, joined the Yankees in a June 14 trade, and struggled to an 8-9 mark and 3.96 ERA while in pinstripes.

The hurler also figured in the games’ final scoring, which took place in the sixth. Two Cincinnati errors led to a pair of unearned runs, with one coming across on Lopez’ squeeze bunt and the other on Daley’s sacrifice fly.

Robinson’s seventh-inning double was the Reds’ last hit, and the NL champs went out meekly in the eighth and ninth to end the 3:05 contest.

In a series not renowned for great plays or thrilling games, Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford unsurprisingly garnered Most Valuable Player honors for his 14 scoreless innings of work and his two victories.

While this game brings to a close baseball’s 1961 hijinks, it’s hardly the end of the game’s activity. Today in Cincinnati, the National League’s expansion draft will take place. The new Houston Colt .45s and New York Mets will stock their rosters with high-priced rejects from the other eight NL clubs.

OCTOBER 9, 1961

Whitey Ford and Jim Coates combined on a five-hit shutout on Sunday as the New York Yankees, though battered and bruised, asserted control of the World Series, winning Game Four 7-0 to take a three-games-to-one lead.

Nearly 33,000 fans at Crosley Field left disappointed in their club, as New York broke a scoreless duel in the fourth and pulled away in the later innings. The Yankees wrap up the series if they win today.

Bobby Richardson and Bill Skowron each had three hits and an RBI for the Bronx Bombers, who also got a pair of RBI from both Hector Lopez and Clete Boyer.

In going five-plus innings before having to retire due to a bum ankle, Ford established a new record by reaching 32 consecutive scoreless frames in World Series play. Ford did not walk a batter and fanned one on Sunday, retiring eight batters by the grounders and six on fly balls.

Babe Ruth’s old record of 292/3 blank Series innings is now second-best in baseball annals. Coates threw the final four frames and surrendered just a hit and a walk.

Cincinnati starter Jim O’Toole held the Yankees scoreless through the first three, but walked Roger Maris to begin the fourth. Mickey Mantle singled—his first hit of the series—moving Maris to third. Mantle, in obvious distress from his still sore right hip, left in favor of pinch-runner Lopez. When Elston Howard rolled into a double play, Maris crossed the dish with the game’s first run.

Control problems led to another New York run in the fifth. With two out, O’Toole walked Ford, who advanced to second on Richardson’s hit then sped home when Tony Kubek singled to short left-center.

O’Toole departed after the fifth, having been touched for two runs on five hits and three walks. Reliever Jim Brosnan ran into immediate trouble in the sixth as Elston Howard doubled with one out. The Reds elected to walk Yogi Berra intentionally, and Skowron’s infield single filled the bases.

Clete Boyer then rammed a double off the left-field fence to score a pair. Ford then fouled a ball off his right foot—which aggravated an ankle injury he’d suffered when he stepped into a hole in the fourth inning—before hitting into a double play.

In the bottom of the sixth, Elio Chacon led off with a bloop single to left, prompting Ford’s exit. New York left fielder Yogi Berra dove for Chacon’s hit but fell hard and his sunglasses opened up a cut over his right eye. Berra remained in the game.

Any momentum Cincinnati might have gained from Ford’s untimely exit quickly faded as Coates set down the NL champs with no damage.

New York rallied for three more off Brosnan in the seventh. Richardson singled up the middle and moved to second when Vada Pinson kicked the ball. After an out and an intentional pass, Brosnan flung a wild pitch, sending the runners to second and third. Lopez obligingly singled to send both home. Later in the inning Skowron singled to plate Lopez for a 7-0 advantage.

Coates set down eight in a row before a walk and a single in the ninth inning, but he allowed no scoring as Gene Freese fanned and Gordy Coleman flied out to bring the game to an end.

Joey Jay will attempt to stave off elimination today for Cincinnati, while the Yankees send Ralph Terry to the hill. The game begins at 1:00 PM Eastern time and is telecast by NBC-TV and broadcast over NBC radio.

OCTOBER 8, 1961

The New York Yankees came back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to edge the host Cincinnati Reds 3-2 in Game Three of the World Series Friday afternoon before 32,589 at Crosley Field.

Roger Maris, heretofore a non-factor in the Fall Classic, delivered the deciding blow, a leadoff homer in the ninth off Reds starter Bob Purkey to snap a 2-2 tie and send New York to a two games to one series lead.

Injured Mickey Mantle returned to the New York lineup, playing center field. He fielded just one chance, and went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts. While Mantle took some good hacks, he appeared in some pain following last week’s hip surgery.

Struggling for runs, the Yankees knotted the contest 2-2 in the eighth when John Blanchard delivered a pinch-homer with nobody on and two out.

Cincinnati scored first, pushing a run across in the third against Bill Stafford. Leadoff man Elio Chacon laid down a bunt single and went to second on Stafford’s bad throw. With two outs, Chacon raced home on Frank Robinson’s double.

Purkey had allowed only one hit and one walk through the first six innings, using just 46 pitches, but New York burst that bubble in the seventh. Tony Kubek led off with a single up the middle. Maris flied out, and during Mantle’s at-bat, Johnny Edwards permitted a passed ball on a Purkey knuckler, allowing Kubek to scamper to second.

That became important when, after Mantle fanned, Yogi Berra dumped a little pop-fly just out of reach of both Chacon and Robinson, knotting the score. Robinson later said he might have caught it, but Chacon made a full-on dash into short right-center and threw the right fielder off his track.

The Reds wasted no time in regaining the lead. Edwards doubled with one out. Stafford fanned Purkey then intentionally walked Jerry Lynch, who was batting for Chacon. Eddie Kasko slashed a line single to left, bringing in Edwards. Ralph Houk yanked Stafford for Bud Daley at this point.

With just six outs to go, Purkey couldn’t nail down the tent pegs. Blanchard’s homer into the right-field stands evened the score, and Maris’ heroics gave Luis Arroyo, who pitched the final two innings, the victory.

While Maris hadn’t yet gotten a hit in the series, he certainly came up big when needed. He crushed a 2-1 slider well into the bleachers in right. The ball disappeared and with it, much of the Reds’ hopes.

The Yankees’ relief ace did have some tense moments in the ninth. With one out, Leo Cardenas batted for Edwards and lined a double off the auxiliary scoreboard in right-center, just a few feet from the stands. But Arroyo set down Dick Gernert on a routine groundout and got Gus Bell on a hard comebacker.

In a rematch of Game One starters, Whitey Ford toes the rubber for the Yankees this afternoon and be opposed by Jim O’Toole.

Ford has not allowed a run in his last 27 post-season innings. That’s just 22/3 innings short of Babe Ruth’s record.


The Associated Press on Friday learned the identities of the 16 men—two per each NL club—who will be made available to the new expansion Mets and Colt .45s as premium $125,000 choices.

Following their draft of 24 players each either at $50,000 or $75,000 both expansion clubs must select four premium players. Each established team can lose just one player.

Here are the players made available on the “premium list.” Note that they are NOT eligible for the first two rounds of the draft.

All the drafts will take place the day following the conclusion of the World Series, in either New York or Cincinnati.

Cubs: Pitchers Jim Brewer and Barney Schultz.

Reds: Infielder Don Blasingame and either infielder Elio Chacon or outfielder Gus Bell.

Dodgers: Infielder Daryl Spencer and pitcher Turk Farrell.

Braves: Catcher/outfielder Bob Taylor and pitcher Don McMahon.

Phillies: Outfielder Lee Walls and pitcher Dallas Green.

Pirates: Catchers Don Leppert and Hal Smith.

Cardinals: Infielder Alex Grammas and pitcher Bob Miller.

Giants: Pitchers Dick LeMay and Billy O’Dell.