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    • Documenting the World Series Exhibit, 2003 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Cooperstown, New York by Bernie Gallagher Cooperstown Graduate Program, 2003 11
    • Entering the World Series Exhibit: (Follow the World Series Today sign to enter the World Series Exhibit from the Old Ballparks Exhibit) (The entrance to the World Series Exhibit) 22
    • Playoff Games Text Panel: Before the institution of the League Championship Series, there were six historic playoffs resulting from first place ties at the end of the regular season. All these playoffs occurred after World War II. In the National League, teams that finished the season tied for first played a two-out-of-three-game series to determine the pennant winner, while only one game was played to crown the American League champion. Coincidentally, all four N.L. playoffs involved the Dodgers and both A.L. playoffs featured the Red Sox. The Dodgers lost to the Cardinals and a brilliant pitching performance by Murry Dickson in 1946, to the New York Giants in 1951 on Bobby Thomson’s historic home run and to the San Francisco Giants in 1962. The Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Braves for the 1959 pennant. Two exciting playoffs resolved the A.L. deadlocks. In 1948, Lou Boudreau’s inspirational leadership resulted in the Indians defeating the Red Sox and the Yankees also defeated Boston 30 years later on Bucky Dent’s three-run home run. 33
    • Photographs 1 – 7 (captions) Top Row: #1-3 1- Cardinal batter Red Shoendienst, Dodger, catcher Bruce Edwards and umpire Babe Pinelli, follow the fly ball hit by Shoendienst in the sixth inning of the 1946 National League playoff game. 2- The dotted line follows the trajectory of Bobby Thomson’s home run which won the 1951 pennant for the Giants. 3- Jubilant Giants and their fans greet Thomson at home as the Dodgers Ralph Branca dejectedly heads for the clubhouse. Middle Row #4-7 4- Dodgers Andy Carey is forced out by Giants second baseman Chuck Hiller in the 3rd inning of the 1962 National League playoff, won by San Francisco, 8-0. 5- Dodger third baseman Andy Carey tags out Giants Jim Davenport trying to steal in the 6th inning at Candlestick Park. 6- Giants baserunner, Willie Mays avoids the ball hit by teammate Jose Pagan in the 6th inning of the playoff. Mays eventually scored. Bottom #7 7- New York Yankees celebrate after winning the 1978 American League playoffs against Boston. (Comment: Other playoffs include: 1980 NL West between Houston and Los Angeles 1981 Major League playoffs due to the strike and the split season 1995 AL West between Seattle and California 1998 NL Wild Card between Chicago and San Francisco 1999 NL Wild Card between New York and Cincinnati. BG) 44
    • Objects from the New York Giants playoff game in 1951. Label 1 – New York Giants cap worn by Bobby Thomson when he hit his pennant clinching homer off the Dodgers Ralph Branca on October 3, 1951. Label 2 – Thomson’s baseball shoes. Label 3 – Baseball signed by Bobby Thomson and Ralph Branca. Label 4 – Resin bag used by Branca in playoff game. Label 5 – Official National League baseball autographed by members of the 1951 New York Giants after Bobby Thomson’s home run won the deciding game of the 1951 playoff against the Brooklyn Dodgers. On loan from Eric O’Mara of Phoenix, AZ 55
    • “The Shot Heard ‘round the World” Label – There are those who will say it was the most famous home run of all time and the circumstances give strong support to the claim. At any rate, as no one who saw it will ever forget, Bobby Thomson hit a three-run homer off Ralph Branca in the bottom of the ninth at the Polo Grounds in the third and deciding playoff game to win the 1951 N.L. pennant for the New York Giants. Brooklyn had led, 4-1, going into the final inning, had previously served up 11 home runs to the Giants during the season, including a two-run shot to Thomson that provided the margin of victory in the first playoff game in Brooklyn. 66
    • League Championship and Division Series. Label – The League Championship Series was installed in 1969 to determine the World Series participants. The original series was a best three-out-of-five- game affair but was expanded to four-out-of-seven in 1985. The LCS quickly became the make-or-break point for a team’s season, and winning the LCS and gaining a World Series berth became almost as important as winning the World Championship itself. Each league split into three divisions beginning in 1994, thus creating the need for an extra tier of playoff games – the League Division Series. This series comprises the sis division winners and one wild card team from each league, thereby doubling the number of postseason clubs and allowing more fans the hope of cheering for their favorites come October. 77
    • This is the first view of the current World Series section – the line score and photograph of the celebration from the last game. (Comment – it is not immediately evident that this is about the current World Series. The line score is too high and not apparent until the next view (see below). The fence and barrier make the visitor move through a mazelike pathway. The maze allows the visitor to view the rest of the exhibit to the right. BG) 88
    • Another view of the current World Series winners. Panel contains: 1- Video monitor – continuous loop narration over World Series film/video highlights. Lists: 2- Outstanding World Series records. 3- World Series Most Valuable players 4- World Series results – winners and losers and managers (Comment – the list of facts are for the hardcore baseball fan but not fascinating. The lists grow each year. GEM is a nice nostalgic touch of an old advertiser however GEM has little connection to modern day baseball and certainly not the current World Series. BG) 99
    • 2002 National League Champions – San Francisco Giants 1- Baseball Bat 2- Newspaper 3- Game program 4- Pin Label – A Barry Bonds bat from the 2002 World Series – during the Fall Classic, Bonds hit four home runs and set records for walks (13), on-base percentage (.700) and slugging percentage (1.294) for a series lasting more than four games 10 10
    • 2002 World Series Champions – Anaheim Angels 1- Rally Monkey 2- “Yes We Can” sticks 3- Newspaper 4- Baseball shoes 5- Patch 6- Ticket 7- Pin 8- Patch 11 11
    • 9- Label 1 – Cheer Stix, used by Anaheim fans to create an extraordinary cacophony of both sight and sound at Edison Field 10- Label 2 – Anaheim’s home-grown, crowd-pleasing Rally Monkey, whose appearance in late inning situations prompted raucous cheering and seemed to fuel an astounding number of Angels’ come-from- behind victories. 11- Label 3 – Anaheim outfielder Tim Salmon kept these patches in his uniform pocket during the entire 2002 playoffs in personal tribute to two team legends, Gene Autry and Jimmie Reese. The Angels originally wore the Autry patch (26) and Reese (50) shoulder patches in 1999 and 1994, respectively, in memory of their former owner and longtime coach. Autry’s number represented his role as the Angels’ “26th player.” 12 12
    • The Season The Angels Earn Their Wings Text Panel: After finishing 41 games behind division-leading Seattle in 2001, the Anaheim Angels started the 2002 campaign with a 6-14 record and seemed headed for another year of disappointment. The team began to believe in itself, however, as the weeks that would earn a postseason Wild Card berth and set a franchise record with 99 wins. By the time team spark plug David Eckstein hammered his third grand slam of the young season on June 9, the Angels were winning games every way imaginable, from one-run nail-biters to high-scoring comebacks, seemingly fueled by their unique cheerleader. The Rally Monkey underscored the “never-say-die” attitude that would characterize the clubs’ ability to come back from seemingly insurmountable deficits. By late July the Angels had grabbed a share of the division lead, and for the rest of the season they fought down to the wire with division rivals Oakland and Seattle. Although Oakland set an American League record by winning 20 consecutive games, the Angels kept pace by winning 15 of 16 games themselves, and both teams eventually left Seattle behind. Finally on September 26, with just three games remaining, team MVP Garret Anderson’s 13 13
    • three-run homer keyed a win over Texas and carried the Angels to the postseason for just the fourth time in their 42-year history. With a Wild Card berth in hand, the Angels began erasing their franchise record of futility in the playoffs. The Postseason: Seventh Heaven Text Panel: Anaheim served notice of their intentions against the defending American League champion Yankees in the divisional playoffs. Even though 24 of the 25 Angels had no postseason experience and they trailed New York in every contest, Anaheim mixed clutch home runs, sacrifice bunts, and diving catches to win in four games. Then, exorcising the ghosts of their agonizing failure in the 1986 ALCS, the Angels eliminated Minnesota in five games behind spectacular play from the likes of Tim Salmon and Darin Erstad. Adam Kennedy’s three straight home runs in Game Five lifted rookie phenom Francisca Rodriguez to his fourth win of the postseason and brought the Angels the first pennant in their history. In the World Series, Anaheim finally matched up against San Francisco for the first-ever clash of Wild Card teams. After losing Game One for the third time in the 2002 postseason and then falling behind three games to two, Anaheim saved their best for last. With the Giants only six outs from their first World Series triumph since 1954, the Angels pulled out another trademark victory by overcoming a five-run deficit in Game Six. The win was highlighted by Scot Spiezio’s three-run homer in the seventh and Series MVP Troy Glaus’s two-run, game-winning double in the eighth. In the finale, Garret Anderson provided a three-run double while pitcher John Lackey became the first rookie starter since Babe Adams in 1909 to win a World Series Game Seven. Closer Troy Percival saved his seventh game in as many postseason chances to clinch a 4-1 victory and the Angels’ first-ever World Championship. 14 14
    • Views of the rest of the World Series exhibit. Left to right. Recent World Series: 1970’s - 1990’s along with the Perfect Game and Maz’s home run. World Series: the 1940’s - 1960’s and the 1900’s – 1930. 15 15
    • Views of the rest of the World Series exhibit (continued) The Babe, the Catch, and McGraw 16 16
    • Pre-1903 World Series Text Panel: Memory lane became a dusty trail into distant archives of another century and now there are non alive who saw that first World Series in 1884. That’s what they called it, though it was unlike the post-season classics of today. The Providence Grays, champions of the National League defeated the New York Metropolitans, winners of the American Association, three in a row and Charles (Old Hoss) Radbourne pitched every victory. The leagues continued post-season play through 1890 under various arrangements, including a 15-game series in 1887. In 1892, the two leagues merged and played a split season. The Boston Red Stockings, second half winners, beat the Cleveland Spiders. Next came the Temple Cup Series, between first and second place teams, from 1894 to 1897. There was no more post-season championship play until 1903. Object Labels: Label 1 The Hall Cup of 1888 went to the New York Giants of the National League. They defeated the St. Louis Browns of the American Association in a 10-game series. Label 2 The Commissioner’s Trophy was given to the Hall of Fame following the 1996 World Series. Designed by Tiffany & Co. in 1967, the Commissioner’s Trophy revived the 19th century tradition of presenting an award to the World Champion. With minor changes, this design was used until 1999. Label 3 The McGinnity Cup. This $500 trophy was donated by the Pittsburgh Chronicle- Telegraph to the winner of a postseason series between the National League’s top two teams in 1900. The Brooklyn Superbas beat the Pittsburgh Pirates three games to one, and the trophy was awarded to Brooklyn pitcher Joe McGinnity. Historians generally have not regarded these games as part of an official World Series. 1903: The First “Modern” World Series 17 17
    • Text Panel: “The time has come for the National League and the American League to organize a World Series. It is my belief that if our clubs played a series on a best -of nine basis, we would create great interest in baseball, in our leagues, and in our players. I also believe it would be a financial success.” --Pittsburgh Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss in a letter to Boston Pilgrims owner Henry Killilea, August 1903 On Thursday, October 1, 1903, the first game in modern World Series history was played at Boston’s Huntington Avenue Grounds-4lome to the Pilgrmis (later known as the Red Sox) of the American League. The Boston club squared off against the Pittsburgh Pirates, in a best-of-nine format, as the Series finally succeeded in bringing together the winners of both leagues in an organized fashion. Games were marked by enthusiastic fans pouring onto the field and loudly singing their support. The Pilgrims were led by pitchers Cy Young and Bill Dineen, while 31-year-old Deacon Phillipe pitched 5 complete games for the Pirates, w three of them. On October 13, the first World Series ended where it all began, back at Huntington Grounds, with a Game 8 triumph by the Pilgrims. Baseball had its first Fall Classic. 18 18
    • Detail of Exhibit inset: Object with label – Ball thrown by Boston’s Bill Dineen in fanning Honus Wagner for the final out of the first World Series. 19 19
    • Giants, White Elephants and the World Series Text Panel: When the American League was founded in 1901, a dramatic rivalry developed between it and the already-established National League. The World Series intensified that drama and became a stage on which it could be played out. Between 1905 and 1913, the New York Giants (N.L.) met the Philadelphia Athletics (A.L.) on that stage three memorable times. The differences between the two major leagues and their rivalry are in many ways embodied by the managers of those two teams-- John McGraw and Connie Mack. John J. McGraw, known as the “little Napoleon” of field managers, was a short and stocky man with an aggressive style both as a player and manager. After becoming skipper of the National League’s New York Giants in 1902, McGraw went on to manage the club for thirty years. A superstitious man, McGraw ordered special black uniforms to be made for his Giants in the 1905 and 1911 World Series against a team he had labeled as “white elephants”-- Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics. Over the course of his career, John McGraw led his team to nine World Series, winning three times. Connie Mack (Cornielius McGillicuddy) reportedly shortened his name so it would fit into a box score. Tall and gaunt, Mack managed the Philadelphia A’s of the American League from their beginnings in 1901 until 1950 at the age of 87. Mack, always dressed in a coat and tie, formally directed his team from the dugout. He turned his “white elephants” into winners, leading them to eight World Series and winning five of them. Label – “Lucky” 1911 World Series uniform worn by Fred Snodgrass, centerfielder for the New York Giants. 20 20
    • Fielding Plays Text panel: In baseball, a fielder and his glove can have as much impact as a slugger and his bat. In the history of the Fall Classic, clutch defensive efforts – often by little known players – have single-handedly affected the outcome of both games and entire Series. Photo captions: 1 Brooks Robinson, 1970 – The great Baltimore third baseman, Brooks Robinson, stopped everything that came his way in the 1970 Series against the Cincinnati Reds. Robinson recorded 9 putouts and 14 assists with his sensational glove work. Said Reds rookie manager Sparky Anderson, “I’m beginning to see Brooks in my sleep. If I dropped this paper plate, he’d pick it up on one hop and throw me out at first.” 2 Sandy Amoros, Game 7, 1955 – In Game 7 of the 1955 World Series, the Brooklyn Dodgers were clinging to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning when the Yankees’ Yogi Berra drove a fly ball down the left field line. Suddenly it looked like the Dodgers’ championship dream might fall through once again. But Sandy Amoros, a reserve 21 21
    • outfielder who had just been put into the game, sped towards the ball and made a spectacular catch. Thanks to Amoros’ timely fielding, the Dodgers’ first series crown was finally within reach. 3 Al Gionfriddo, Game 6, 1947 – His fame was brief, one putout in the only World Series game in which he played the field. But what a putout! A long running catch to rob Joe DiMaggio of a game-tying three run homer in Game 6, preserved the lead for the Dodgers, and sent the Series to a seventh game. Though the Yankees eventually prevailed, Gionfriddo’s clutch grab in what proved to be his last major league game, provided a lasting highlight in World Series competition. 4 Bill Wambsganss, Game 5, 1920 – With the Series tied at two games apiece, and Dodgers on first and second with none out in the fifth inning, Cleveland Indians’ second baseman Bill Wambsganss took matters into his own hands. After snaring a line drive, he quickly stepped on second and then tagged the runner who had broken from first. In an instant, Wambsganns had ended the inning by turning the only triple play in Series history – unassisted. The Indians cruised 8-1 and went onto win the remaining games for their first Series crown. Object with labels: 5 Glove worn by Dodger outfielder Al Gionfriddo when he kept Brooklyn title hopes alive by robbing Joe Dimaggio of a game-tying home run to deep left-center field in Game Six of the 1947 World Series. 6 Glove worn by Willie Mays when he made his famous catch of Cleveland Vic Wertz during the 1954 Series. Wertz blast came off Giants southpaw Don Liddle. Mays gave the glove to Liddle’s son Craig. The glove has been in his possession ever since and is on loan through the generosity of the Liddle family. 7 Ball autographed by Bill Wambsganss to commemorate his unassisted triple play in the 1920 Series 8 Willie Mays – “The Catch.” Willie Mays was pounding his glove, a signal that he had it all the way, as he ran to the deepest center field in the Polo Grounds and caught the ball over his shoulder about 460 feet from the plate to rob Cleveland Indians’ Vic Wertz of an extra base hit. From there, the Giants went on to a surprising sweep of the heavily favored Indians. 22 22
    • The Babe and the Fall Classic Text Panel: Babe Ruth began his World Series conquests as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox during the 1916 Fall Classic. In Game 2, the young southpaw went the distance in a 2-1, fourteen inning victory. This remains the longest complete-game victory for a pitcher in the post season. Incidentally, Brooklyn’s hurler in that game--Sherry Smith--also went the distance. When the Re Sox appeared in the World Series of 1918, Ruth extended his Series scoreless inning streak to 29 2/3 innings. As a Yankee, Babe Ruth became known as the Sultan of Swat and set several World Series records with his bat. In 1926 and 1928, Ruth smashed three home runs in Game 4 against the Cardinals in St. Louis’ Sportsman’s Park. The Bambino remains the only player to twice hit three home runs in one World Series game. But it was his fifteenth--and final--World Series home run that has proven to be the most memorable. In Game 3 of the 1932 World Series, before an antagonistic Chicago Cubs crowd at Wrigley Field, the slugger allegedly pointed to the centerfield stands before clouting the next pitch to that exact location. Babe Ruth’s legendary “called shot” certainly provided a fitting end t his World Series exploits. Object with label: Bat used by Babe Ruth to hit three home runs in Game 4 of the 1926 Series at St. Louis. 23 23
    • (Nine photographs above the 1900’s – 1930’s display case) Photo Captions: 1– Future Hall of Famer, Goose Goslin, in his last World Series at bat, hit a single to win the game and the 1935 Series for Detroit. 2– President Franklyn [sic] Roosevelt throws out the first ball of the 1933 Series as managers Joe Cronin of Washington and Bill Terry of New York look on. 3– In game seven of the 1934 Series, Joe Medwick slid hard into Tiger third baseman Marve Owen in the sixth inning. When he went back to the outfield position in the bottom of that inning, angry fans pelted him with trash. Commissioner Landis, in attendance of the game, removed Medwick from play in order to quell the disturbance. 4– Babe Ruth is greeted by Lou Gehrig after clouting his “called shot” home run in the third game of the 1932 Series. It was Ruth’s last World Series round tripper. 24 24
    • 5– The Pirates Kiki Cuyler delivered the 1925 championship for Pittsburgh with an eighth inning double off Walter Johnson. 6– Roger Peckinpaugh of the Yankees and Dave Bancroft of the Giants review ground rules before the opening game of the 1921 Series. This was the first Series to be played in its entirety in one park – Polo Grounds. 7– In the first inning of game five in the 1920 Series, Cleveland’s Elmer Smith hit the first grand slam homer in World Series history. 8– Boston’s Tris Speaker is tagged out at second base by Philadelphia’s Bert Niehoff. The action took place in the first inning of the second game of the 1915 Series. 9– (Not visible in photograph) In the 1909 Series, Fred Clarke became the first player/manager, of three all told, to hit a home run in World Series competition. Clarke hit two. 25 25
    • Detail section of the 1900’s – 1930’s World Series display case. Objects with labels: 1- Bat wielded by Giants centerfielder, Mike Donlin, while hitting .316 in the 1905 Series. 2- Silver cup presented to the 1909 World Series Champion Pirates by the Businessman’s League of Hot Springs, Arkansas. 3- Banner depicting members of the Red Sox’ 1912 championship team. 4- Glove worn by Danny Murphy with the Athletics in the 1910, 1911 and 1912 World Series. 5- Ball from the final game of the 1906 Series between the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs 26 26
    • 6- Ball from the second game of the 1910 Series, won by the Athletics, 9- 3. 7- Ball from the second game of the 1912 Series. This game was called after 11 innings due to darkness, ending in a 6-6 tie. 8- Ball from the Athletics’ 3-1 win in the fifth and final game of the 1913 World Series 9- Gold medal presented to shortstop Joe Tinker and other members of the 1907 World Champion Cubs by the National Commission 10-Gold medal with the inscription, “World Champions”, presented to Red Sox pitcher, Carl Mays. 11-Gold watch presented to Boston owner Harry Frazee by A.L. President Ban Johnson to mark the Red Sox triumph over Brooklyn in the 1916 Series. 27 27
    • Detail section of the 1900’s – 1930’s World Series display case. Objects with labels: 1- Home run ball, hit by Red Sox outfielder, Harry Hooper, in the final game of the 1915 series. 2- Ball from the third game of the 1911 Series, played at the Polo Grounds, won by the A’s 3-2. 3- 1914 World Series ball, from Braves shortstop Rabbit Maranville, who hit .308 in the Series 4- Bat used by Boston’s Harry Hooper while hitting .333 in the 1916 Series 5- Ball from the final game of the 1917 Series, between the Giants and the White Sox, won by Chicago, 4-2. 6- Ball signed by the 1918 World Champion Red Sox. 28 28
    • 7- First ball used by the infamous 1919 World Series between the Chicago White Sox and the Cincinnati Reds. 8- Ball signed by the 1920 Cleveland Indians 9- Trophy given to manager John McGraw by his Giants players after winning the 1921 World Series 10-Bat with which Pirates Kiki Cuyler delivered the Series-winning double off Washington’s Walter Johnson in the final game of the 1925 Series. 29 29
    • Detail section of the 1900’s – 1930’s World Series display case. Objects with labels: 1- St. Louis Cardinals uniform belt worn by Grover Cleveland Alexander during the 1926 Series. 2- Ball from game 4 of the 1924 Series, won by the Senators, 7-4. 3 Ball used in game 1 of the 1925, won by the Senators, 4-1. 4 Glove worn by Senators “Boy Wonder”, player-manager, Bucky Harris. 5 Trophy, made from polished coal, to commemorate the Cardinals’ 1926 world championship 6 Glove used by Lefty Grove 7 Second to last ball used by Cardinals’ reliever, Grover Cleveland Alexander when retiring Yankees’ Tony Lazzeri with the bases loaded in the 7th inning. 30 30
    • Detail section of the 1900’s – 1930’s World Series display case. Objects with labels: 1- Bat used by Yankees outfielder Earle Combs in the 1927 Series. 2- Glove used by Cardinals’ Pepper Martin in the 1931 Series 3- Trophy awarded to the World Champion Philadelphia Athletics, 1930 4- Last ball used in the 1930 World Series, autographed by Cardinals pitcher Jesse Haines, who at age 37 pitched a complete-game victory in Game Four 5- Ball used in game 7 of the 1931 Series. 6- Ball used in the 1927 World Series between the Yankees and the Pirates 7- Glove used by Giants pitcher Hal Schumacher during the 1933 Series. 31 31
    • 8- Silver trophy presented to Dr. Harrison J. Weaverby – St. Louis Cardinals World Champion, 1934 32 32
    • (Eight photographs above the 1920’s – 1930’s display case) Photo Captions: 1- Bob Gibson pitching in the 1968 Series. Between 1964 and 1968, Gibson won a record seven consecutive Series games. The streak ended with a complete game loss in game seven. 2- Outfielder Tommy Agee, of the Mets, made several outstanding catches in game 3 of the 1969 Series. In addition, Agee homered in the first inning to help New York to a 5-0 victory. 3- Shortstop Chuck Hiller, of the Giants crosses the plate, in the seventh inning of game 4 of the 1962 Series, after clouting the first National League grand slam in series competition. 4- 92,706 spectators, the largest crowd ever to attend a World Series game filled the Los Angeles Coliseum for game 5 of the 1959 Series. 5- Fans who couldn’t get tickets to see the opening game of the 1948 Series watch the action on some of the 100 television sets installed on Boston Common. 6- Negro Leagues immortal, Satchel Paige, makes his World Series debut, the first by a black hurler in game 5 of the 1948 Series. 33 33
    • 7- Enos Slaughter of St. Louis races from first to home in the eighth inning of game 7 in 1946 to give the Cardinals the margin of victory over Boston. 8- Tommy Henrich, of the Yankees, reaches base safely in the ninth inning of game 4 in the 1941 series. New York went on to win the game and, eventually, the championship. 34 34
    • Detail section of the 1940’s – 1960’s World Series display case Objects with labels: 1. Ball that the Tigers’ Goose Goslin hit for the 1935 Series-winning RBI in the 9th inning of game 6. It was Goslin’s last at bat in World Series competition. 2. Glove used by Cardinals’ pitcher Bill Hallahan during the 1934 Series. 3. Ball used in game 2 of the 1938 Series between the Yankees and Cubs, won by the New York Yankees, 6-3. 4. Goose Goslin’s Detroit uniform, worn in the 1935 Series. 35 35
    • Detail section of the 1940’s – 1960’s World Series display case Objects with labels: 1. 1940 Reds uniform worn by reliever Witt Guise during the World Series. 2. Ball signed by 1940 World Series Champion Cincinnati Reds. 3. Portable radio given to Cincinnati players for winning the 1940 Series 4. Bat used by the Yankees’ Charlie Keller to hit the game-deciding double in Game Four of the 1941 World Series, scoring Tommy Henrich who had reached base on a passed ball third strike with one out left in the game 36 36
    • Detail section of the 1940’s – 1960’s World Series display case Objects with labels: 1. Glove used by Cardinals’ Enos Slaughter in the 1946 World Series. 2. First ball from the 1948 Series 3. Ball pitched for the final out of Game Three of the 1953 World Series by the Dodgers’ Carl Erskine, who fanned 14 Yankees in the 3-2 victory. 4. Glove used by Cardinals’ pitcher Harry Brecheen while winning three games in the 1946 Series. 5. Home plate in Cleveland Stadium, used during the 1948 Series. 37 37
    • 6. Japanese World Series press badge for the 1950 Series between the Yankees and the Phillies. 7. Ball used in game 3 of the 1959 Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox. This was the first Fall Classic game to be played on the West Coast. Image Label: In the late 1950’s the Chicago White Sox befriended a young boy, 8. Robert Powell of Galveston, Texas. Robert, shown here with Manager Al Lopez, was left without the use of his legs following surgery as an infant. Robert was the White Sox mascot during the 1959 World Series. 38 38
    • Detail view of the 1940’s – 1960’s World Series display case Objects with labels: 1- Robert Powell’s 1959 White Sox mascot uniform. 2- Jim Gilliam’s glove, worn when he made a spectacular play at third base for the Dodgers during game 7 of the 1965 Series at Minneapolis. 3- Glove worn by Twins’ outfielder, Bob Allison to make a spectacular catch during game 2 of the 1965 Series. 4- .First ball from the first World Series game played in Baltimore, on October 8, 1966 – the Orioles beat the Dodgers, 1-0. 5- Ball hit by Giants’ Willie McCovey for the final out of the 1962 Series. It was a line drive caught by second baseman, Bobby Richardson (Not pictured – the 1970’s – 1990’s full display case and the eleven photographs above the case.) 39 39
    • Photo Captions: 1- The Reds Billy Hatcher streaks towards a triple in game 1 of the 1990 Series. Hatcher blistered Oakland pitching for a .750 average and made a record 7 consecutive hits. 2- 1994 3- In his only appearance of the 1988 Series, Kirk Gibson homered to end game 1 and propel the Dodgers to a rout of the heavily favored Athletics. 4- 1986 Series MVP, Ray Knight, rounds first base after homering to seal the Mets championship win over Boston. 5- Detroit skipper, Sparky Anderson, became the first man in history to manage champions in both the American and National Leagues when Detroit beat San Diego in 1984. 6- The Brewers’ Paul Molitor raps out one of his record-setting 5 hits in game one of the 1982 Series. 7- Willie Mays Aikens became the first player in history to record two 2-home run games in a series as the Royals lost to the Phillies in 1980. 8- 1979 Series MVP< Willie Stargell delivers a 2-run home run. Stargell led the Pirates to the Championship with a record setting 7 extra base hits. 9- Left fielder Joe Rudi of Oakland makes a spectacular game-saving catch in the 9th inning of the gane[sic] of the 1972 Series. 10- Pirates manager, Danny Murtaugh stands at home plate prior to game 1 of the 1971 Series. It was the first night game in Series history. 40 40
    • Detail view of the 1970’s – 1990’s World Series display case Objects with labels: 1- Glove belonging to New York Mets outfielder Tommy Agee, who made several outstanding plays in the field during the 1969 Series. 2- First ball from the first night game in World Series history, October 13, 1971. This was game 4 between the Orioles and Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium, won by Pittsburgh, 4-3. 3- First ball of the 1972 Series, thrown out by A’s immortal Lefty Grove. 4- Glove worn by A’s second baseman, Dick Green during the 1974 Series. 5- Glove used by Oakland’s Reggie Jackson during the 1973 Series 6- Pirates cap worn by reliever Kent Tekulve during the 1979 Series. 7- Uniform worn by Oakland reliever, Rollie Fingers during the 1974 Series. 41 41
    • Detail view of the 1970’s – 1990’s World Series display case Objects with labels: 1- Bat used during the 1980 Series by the Royals’ Willie Mays Aikens, who twice had two-home-run games in the Series. 2- Bat used by Ron Cey of the Dodgers during the 1981 Series. Cey shared MVP honors with teammates Steve Yeager and Pedro Guerrero. 3- Cap worn by 1983 MVP, Rick Dempsey of the Orioles. 4- Uniform worn by 1982 MVP Darrell Porter of the Cardinals. 5- Shoes worn by St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Ozzie Smith during the 1982 World Series. 42 42
    • Detail view of the 1970’s – 1990’s World Series display case Objects with labels: 1- Bat used by Tiger shortstop, Alan Trammel to hit 2 home runs in game 4 of the 1984 Series. Trammell was named MVP of the Series. 2- Bat used by Royals’ Darryl Motley when he hit a two-run home run in game 7 of the 1985 Series. 3- Bat used by Cincinnati’s Billy Hatcher for the last of his 7 consecutive base hits in the 1990 Series. 4- Cap worn by 1985 World Series MVP Bret Saberhagen of the Kansas City Royals. 5- First ball pitched in the 1992 Series at Sky Dome in Toronto on October 20, the first World Series played outside of the United States. 6- Home jersey worn during the 1996 World Series by John Wetteland, who earned Series-MVP honors becoming the first reliever in history to save all four of his team’s victories. 7- Ball hit by Twins Gene Larkin to drive in the winning run in the 10th inning of game 7 of the 1991 series. 43 43
    • Perfect! Text Panel: In Game 5 of the 1956 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers, 27 year-old Yankee pitcher Don Larsen achieved baseball immortality. By retiring 27 consecutive Dodgers, Larsen became the first man to toss a perfect game in World Series history. This remarkable feat remains the only Fall Classic no-hitter. Interestingly, this “first” was also a “last” for two other men involved. Larsen’s final victim that afternoon was Dale Mitchell, an eleven year veteran with a career .312 batting average. Mitchell, a two-time all star, had been picked up by Brooklyn in the middle of the 1956 season and was now pinch-hitting for Dodger pitcher Sal Maglie with two outs in the ninth. In what would be his last major league at-bat, Mitchell took a called third strike. The man who made the call was National League umpire Babe Pinelli. Pinelli, who had been an umpire for 21 years, was working in his last game behind the plate when he signaled strike three on Mitchell and sent Larsen into the record books. Objects with labels: 1- Don Larson’s cap from perfect game 2- Glove used by Mickey Mantle during Don Larson’s perfect World Series game in 1956. 3- Don Larson’s rosin bag from perfect game On loan from Frank Prudenti, Bronx, NY 4- Indicator used by home plate umpire Babe Pinelli during Don Larson’s perfect game 44 44
    • Home Runs Text Panel: The home run is one of the most exciting events in sports. When it happens in October though, a homer has the potential to be unforgettable. In the history of the Fall Classic, a series has been won on a home run only twice. Here are some of the “unforgettable” clouts, including the two World Series winners: Maz Helmut and bat used by Bill Mazeroski for the first home run ever to win a World Championship in the last at-bat. His ninth-inning blast in Game Seven of the 1960 Series remains one of baseball’s greatest moments. Although the New York Yankees outscored Pittsburgh 55-27 for the Series, Mazeroski’s shot lifted the Pirates to their first world championship in 35 years. Rosin bag used by Yankees’ pitcher, Ralph Terry, when he gave up the series winning home run to Bill Mazeroski. (Not pictured – three photographs of “unforgettable” home runs.) 45 45
    • Photo Captions: Carlton Fisk, Game 6, 1975 In the twelfth inning of a four hour thriller between the Red Sox and Reds – many people call this the best World Series game ever played – Carlton Fisk did all he could to urge his long fly ball to stay fair. When it hit the left field foul pole for a home run, the crowd at Fenway Park erupted with joy. On the verge of elimination, Boston had come back and tied the Series at three games apiece. Joe Carter, Game 6, 1993 With his team, the Toronto Blue Jays, leading the Series 3 games to 2, but trailing 6-5 in a crucial Game 6, Joe Carter, stepped up to the plate against Philadelphia Phillies reliever Mitch Williams. Carter rocked a Williams pitch into the left field stands to end the game and the Series. Not since Bill Mazeroski in 1960, had a player won the World Series with a home run. Carter’s memorable blast sent the sellout crowd at the Toronto Skydome into a frenzy. Bill Mazeroski, Game 7, 1960 Although Pittsburgh had been outscored by the mighty Yankees 55-26 over the course of the Series, the Pirates had made their runs count and pushed the Series to seven games. As Pittsburgh second baseman Bill Mazeroski led off the bottom of the ninth in the decisive contest, the score was tied 9-9. Two pitches later, the score was 10-9 and the Pirates were World Champions for the first time since 1925. Mazeroski’s dramatic clout at Forbes Field marked the first time that a World Series ended with a home run. Reggie Jackson, Game 6, 1977 A great World Series hitting star of the New York Yankees, Reggie Jackson put on one of the finest home-run exhibitions ever seen when he hit three successive round-trippers, each on the first pitch, against three different Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers in Game 6. By becoming the only player since Babe Ruth to hit three home runs in one World Series game, Reggie helped the Yankees to their first world championship in fifteen years and earned the nickname of “Mr. October.” 46 46
    • Unsung Heroes A number of times in World Series play, the deeds of a performer have been overshadowed by those of a teammate or opponent. In some cases, without the actions of these forgotten men, the eventual heroes would not have had the opportunity to make history. Photo captions: 1 Duffy Lewis – Harry Hooper hit 2 home runs in the decisive fifth game, one in the ninth inning, to give the Red Sox the 1915 championship, but it was fellow outfielder, Duffy Lewis who made Hooper’s heroics possible. Lewis hit a two-run homer in the eighth to tie the game. 47 47
    • Lewis had also driven home the winning runs in games 2 and 3, both decided by 2-1 scores. Both of Lewis’ outfield mates, Hooper and Tris Speaker, were eventually elected to the Hall of Fame. 2 Dusty Rhodes – Everyone remembers Willie Mays’ great catch in the first game of the 1954 Series. But it was pinch hitter Dusty Rhodes who carried the Giants to the championship. The back-up outfielder won games 1 and 2 with pinch hit home runs and put his team ahead to stay with a 2-run, bases-loaded pinch single in game 3 to lead New York to a 4-game sweep of heavily favored Cleveland. 3 Hal Smith – Bill Mazeroski’s helmet-waving trip around the bases in 1960 would have been meaningless if not foe catcher Hal Smith. Smith capped a 5-run Pirate rally in the eighth inning with a clutch 3-run home run, thus setting the stage for Mazeroski’s ninth inning shot. 4 Bernie Carbo – Carbo, a free-spirited outfielder, who kept a stuffed gorilla in the Red Sox dugout, stepped to the plate in the eighth inning of the memorable sixth game of the 1975 Series. Carbo hit a two-strike, two-out, three run home run in dead center field at Fenway Park. Four innings later, Carlton Fisk homered off the foul pole in left field to send the series to seven games. 48 48
    • Mound Masters Text Panel: Pitchers can dominate a game and occasionally an entire series. While several players have turned inn sparkling mound performances over the years, there is a select list of only 12 pitchers who have won three games in a single World Series. Photo captions: 1- Bill Dineen, Boston Pilgrims – 1903, 3-1. 2- Deacon Phillipe, Pittsburgh Pirates – 1903, 3-2 (only pitcher to win three Series games in a losing effort.) 49 49
    • 3- Christy Mathewson, N.Y. Giants –1905, (3 shutouts) 4- Babe Adams, Pittsburgh – 1909 5- Jack Coombs, Philadelphia A’s – 1910 6- Smokey Joe Wood, Boston Red Sox – 1912, 3-1 (8 games played in this Series, Game 2 ended in a tie). 7- Urban Faber, Chicago White Sox – 1917, 3-1 8- Stan Coveleski, Cleveland Indians – 1920 9- Harry Brechen, St. Louis Cardinals – 1946 10- Bob Gibson, St. Louis Cardinals – 1967 11- Mickey Lolich, Detroit Tigers – 1968 50 50