1954 World Series

It was no surprise that a representative from the great city of New York was listed on the ticket stub to the 1954 World Series. However, it was surprising that the name that appeared printed was not that of the New York Yankees. After winning five consecutive Fall Classics, the "Bronx Bombers" had fallen short (despite winning one-hundred three games) and were replaced by the Cleveland Indians who boasted the strongest pitching rotation in all of baseball. Bob Lemon, Early Wynn and Mike Garcia had dominated the American League (.721 winning percentage) and were clearly favored going into the '54 contest. Their opponents, the New York Giants, had rebounded after a fifth place finish in '53 for a five-game lead over the defending National League champion Brooklyn Dodgers. Willie Mays (National League-leading .345, with forty-one home runs and one-hundred ten runs batted in) had returned from the United States Army and Johnny Antonelli (with twenty-one wins) was acquired during the off-season for a formidable 1-2 combination. Still, many had predicted that the Indians would sweep the Series due to the Giants post-season debacles of the past and Cleveland's surprise dethroning of the perennial champion Yankees.

Game 1 was held at the Polo Grounds and the fans in attendance witnessed what is considered by many to be the greatest defensive play in World Series history. With the opener tied at 2-2 (in the eighth) and two Cleveland runners on base, Willie Mays made a spinning, over-the-shoulder catch (of a 460-foot smash from Vic Wertz) in deep centerfield and fired a bullet to the infield that held the runners from tagging up and scoring. Despite a comeback rally later in the game, the Giants held on for the 5-2 win after pinch-hitter Dusty Rhodes (a .341 hitter in part-time duty) hit a three-run, tenth-inning home run off of Bob Lemon.

Rhodes continued to shine in Game 2 with a game-tying pinch single in the fifth inning and another homer in the seventh. Once again, New York emerged as the 3-1 victor, with Cleveland notching its only run on a first-pitch-of-the-game homer by Al Smith. After yielding the opening smash, Antonelli appeared unshaken and pitched effectively the rest of the way. As the Series moved to Cleveland, Manager Al Lopez's Indians hoped for a little luck and a lot of "home field advantage". Unfortunately neither would come in Game 3 as the Giants struck for a first-inning run, then got three in the third as the Series standout, Rhodes, came through with a two-run pinch single with the bases loaded. New York's Ruben Gomez and Hoyt Wilhelm combined on a four-hitter, and the hometown Indians lost, 6-2.

For Game 4, New York prepared to sweep Cleveland and led 7-0 after a mere 4½ innings. Despite his sinking ship, Hank Majeski made a last desperate attempt (in the fifth) with a three-run pinch-homer off of Don Liddle to close within three. The always-steady Antonelli stalled the rally and closed out the Tribe with 1 2/3 innings of hitless relief. For the sixth consecutive season, the World Championship title remained in New York, although this time it was in the hands of the National League. It would stay in the "Big Apple" for the next two years, sharing time in both the American and National League clubhouses.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"There's a long drive way back in center field . . . way back, back! It is . . . oh, what a catch by (Willie) Mays! The runner on second, (Larry) Doby, is able to go to third. Willie Mays . . . just brought this crowd to its feet . . . with a catch . . . which must have been an optical illusion to a lot of people. Boy!" - Jack Brickhouse of NBC-TV

1954 World Series

1954 World Series Program, Cleveland Indians Version

1954 World Series Official Program
Cleveland Indians Version

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New York Giants (4) vs Cleveland Indians (0)

Game 1
Date / Box Score
1 st Pitch
From
To
Jim Barbieri (Captain 1954 Little League Champs)
Location
Attendance
52,751
Game 2
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
49,099
National Anthem
Perry Como (Singer / TV Personality)
Game 3
Date / Box Score
1 st Pitch
Location
Cleveland Stadium
Attendance
71,555
National Anthem
Danny Kaye (Singer / TV Personality)
Game 4
Date / Box Score
Location
Cleveland Stadium
Attendance
78,102
National Anthem
Jeff Chandler (Singer / Actor)

1954 World Series
Game 1

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Cleveland 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 0
New York 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 9 3
Bob Lemon (L)
-
-
Sal Maglie
Don Liddle (8 th )
Marv Grissom (W, 8 th )
None Dusty Rhodes (10 th )

1954 World Series
Game 2

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 0
New York 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 x 3 4 0
Early Wynn (L)
Don Mossi (8 th )
Johnny Antonelli (W)
-
Al Smith (1 st ) Dusty Rhodes (7 th )

1954 World Series
Game 3

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 1 0 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 6 10 1
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 4 2
Ruben Gomez (W)
Hoyt Wilhelm (S, 7 th )
-
-
Mike Garcia (L)
Art Houtteman (4 th )
Ray Narleski (6 th )
Don Mossi (9 th )
None Vic Wertz (7 th )

1954 World Series
Game 4

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 2 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 7 10 3
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 4 6 2
Don Liddle (W)
Hoyt Wilhelm (7 th )
Johnny Antonelli (S, 8 th )
-
-
Bob Lemon (L)
Hal Newhouser (5 th )
Ray Narleski (5 th )
Don Mossi (6 th )
Mike Garcia (8 th )
None Hank Majeski (5 th )

1954 World Series

Composite Hitting Statistics

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4
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3
4
4
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17
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1
9
3
18
3
14
18
6
11
11
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11
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7
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3
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1
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.412
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.222
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.111
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.286
.389
.667
.364
.273
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1
0
0
0
0
1
0
4
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1
7
1
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2
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1
1
2
1
3
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
130
33
3
0
2
21
20
.254
17
24
1

1954 World Series

Composite Hitting Statistics

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4
2
1
15
3
16
0
2
0
13
0
6
6
2
0
0
0
0
8
3
3
12
14
9
16
7
2
2
0
2
0
1
0
2
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
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3
3
0
8
1
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
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0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
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1
1
0
0
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1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
2
0
3
0
0
.133
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.125
.000
.500
.000
.154
.000
.000
.167
.000
.000
.000
.000
.000
.125
.000
.333
.250
.214
.000
.500
.143
.500
2
1
2
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
1
2
0
2
1
0
1
0
4
0
1
0
1
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
3
1
0
0
2
2
2
3
1
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0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
138
26
5
1
3
9
9
.190
16
23
0

1954 World Series

Composite Pitching Statistics

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1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
1
1
2
1
2
1
1
0
1
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
10.2
7.1
2.2
7.0
7.0
2.1
0.84
2.45
0.00
1.29
2.57
0.00
8
4
1
5
7
1
12
2
2
2
2
3
1
2
0
1
2
0
7
3
3
1
2
0
Totals
4
0
9
4
1
2
0
37.0
1.46
26
23
6
16

1954 World Series

Composite Pitching Statistics

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0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
2
0
0
0
1
2
1
2
3
2
1
1
1
0
2
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5.0
2.0
13.1
4.0
4.0
0.0
7.0
5.40
4.50
6.75
0.00
2.25
Infinite Earned Run Average
3.86
6
2
16
3
1
1
4
4
1
11
1
2
0
5
3
1
10
0
1
1
3
4
1
8
0
1
1
2
Totals
0
4
12
4
1
0
0
35.1
4.84
33
24
19
17
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Did you know that Hank Thompson set a World Series record for bases on balls received during a four game Series with seven AND Bob Lemon set a World Series record for bases on balls given up during a four game Series with eight?

This was the first time the Cleveland Indians had been swept in a World Series and the second time the New York Giants swept an opponent — their first occurred during the 1922 World Series (though there was a tie during that Series).

Kodak, in association with The Sporting News, hosted a YOU RANK 'EM contest and "The Catch" by Willie Mays during the eighth inning of Game 1 finished in ninth place.

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