1959 World Series

Los Angeles Dodgers (4) vs Chicago White Sox (2)

The 1950's had witnessed many changes throughout Major League baseball and as the game prepared to move into the '60's many had hoped that they would even the chances for parity across both leagues. New York Yankees had dominated the entire decade, appearing in eight out of the last ten World Series. As a result, the Office of the Commissioner had unsuccessfully attempted to limit the "dynasty syndrome" and tired predictability of the postseason. First the league underwent its first alignment switch in fifty years in '53 with the transfer of the Boston Braves to Milwaukee. Then the St. Louis Browns moved to Baltimore in '54 followed by the shifting of the Philadelphia Athletics to Kansas City in '55. biggest move however took place in '58, when the Brooklyn Dodger's moved to Los Angeles and their cross-town rival Giants left for San Francisco leaving the Yankees as the only remaining ball club in America's biggest city.

The California fans were eager for the arrival of their new franchises, especially Los Angeles, where the Dodgers were riding high after winning four National League pennants in six years. However, the newly penned "west coast rookies" crashed and burned their debut season, finishing two games out of last place. After some adjustment and changes in the clubhouse, the former "Bums from Brooklyn" rebounded for their seventh flag in thirteen years rising to the top of the National League in '59. In doing so they had also dethroned the two-time defending National League champs by beating the Milwaukee Braves in two consecutive games in a best-of-three playoff after the clubs finished in a first-place tie with 86-68 records. 1959 also saw the long-time return of the Chicago White Sox to the Fall Classic. The American League champs had not made a post-season appearance in four decades after the 1919 "Black Sox" scandal. Regardless, this year's effort was forty years coming and promised to be a legit outing.

Game 1 featured a standout effort from Chicago's Luis Aparicio who contributed at the plate (and around the bases) while pitchers Early Wynn (seven-plus innings) and Gerry Staley who took care of business the mound. Ted Kluszewski, (a late-August acquisition who hit forty or more home runs in a National League season three times) drove in five runs with a pair of two-run homers and a run-scoring single as Chicago embarrassed Los Angeles, 11-0.

In Game 2, Chicago right-hander Bob Shaw was guarding a 2-1 lead with two out in the seventh when Dodgers Manager Walter Alston sent up Chuck Essegian to bat for Johnny Podres (who had clinched Brooklyn's previous title in '55, but missed the entire '56 season due to military service.) Essegian came up clutch and launched a game-tying blast to left field. Jim Gilliam followed with a walk and Charlie Neal kept pace with a two-run homer to center. Larry Sherry (a twenty-four year old right-hander) was then called in to finish the final three innings and responded by holding the Sox to one run and three hits. The victory had sparked the National League champs as they eagerly returned to their new home for Game 3.

When the Dodgers last played at home in a World Series game it was in the cramped settings of Ebbets Field in front of 33,782 fans. This year they were sprawled out in the spacious Memorial Coliseum with an attendance of 92,394. In the "decade of change" it was no surprise that the line-up had also been modified significantly over the four year span. Roy Campanella, a '56 Series standout was now in a wheelchair after a 1958 automobile accident. In addition, Pee Wee Reese was now the team's coach and Don Newcombe, who had led the Dodger's rotation, was now in Cincinnati pitching for the Reds. Both teams remained in a deadlock for seven innings until Carl Furillo broke through with a two run single for a 3-1 win that also debuted the postseason pitching of a young Don Drysdale. Things remained quite the same for Game 4 as Los Angeles managed once again to break another tie late in the eighth for a 5-4 victory.

Anticipating ending the Series at home, the Dodgers introduced another up-and-coming talent from their young rotation, a twenty-three year old named Sandy Koufax. He was chosen to face Bob Shaw who had an 18-6 record during the regular season. The young lefty had not yet matured into the hall of famer that we know today and had compiled an unspectacular 28-27 record. Shaw, getting 1 2/3 innings of crucial help from reliever Dick Donovan, managed a 1-0 win in a game where the only run was scored on a double-play grounder (Lollar, in the fourth). The score would have been higher if not for a great defensive play from the Sox's Jim Rivera in the seventh. Inserted into the game just minutes earlier, the reserve right fielder made an outstanding running catch of Charlie Neal's two out blast that carried near the fence in center, with runners at both second and third.

Still alive (and at Comisky Park) for Game 6, Chicago planned to force a Game 7, but unfortunately, the Dodger's had other plans for the home team. Duke Snider led the charge with a two run homer off of Early Wynn in the third and Wally Moon added a two run shot off of Donovan in the fourth. While starter Podres failed to be the pitcher of record this time around in the Dodgers' Series-clinching victory (lasting only 3 1/3 innings and surrendering a three run homer), Larry Sherry came through once more in relief. Pitching 5 2/3 innings of four hit baseball, he tallied his second victory of the contest. The Dodgers won the game (and the Series) 9-3, with Essegian "icing the cake" in the ninth with an unprecedented second pinch-hit homerun.

In the end, Chicago may have finished with Ted Kluszewski putting up record setting numbers (10 RBIs and a Series high .375 average), but the Dodgers went home with something a little more important than big numbers.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"With (Larry) Sherry closing the door in one key situation after another and batterymate (Johnny) Roseboro making a big contribution despite a .095 batting mark (he helped limit Chicago to two stolen bases over the six games), the 'Go-Go' team was gone-gone." - The Sporting News

1959 World Series

1959 World Series Program

1959 World Series Official Program
Los Angeles Dodgers Version

1959 World Series Program

1959 World Series Official Program
Chicago White Sox Version

1958 | Los Angeles Dodgers (4) vs Chicago White Sox (2) | 1960

Game 1
Date / Box Score
Location
1 st Pitch
From
To
Red Faber (White Sox Pitcher)
Ray Schalk (White Sox Catcher)
Attendance
48,013
National Anthem
Tony Martin (Actor / Singer)
Game 2
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
47,368
National Anthem
Nat King Cole (Jazz Pianist / Singer)
Game 3
Date / Box Score
Location
Memorial Coliseum
1 st Pitch
Zack Wheat (Hall of Fame Dodger)
Attendance
92,394
National Anthem
John Raitt (Actor / Athlete)
Game 4
Date / Box Score
Location
Memorial Coliseum
Attendance
92,650
National Anthem
John Raitt (Actor / Athlete)
Game 5
Date / Box Score
Location
Memorial Coliseum
Attendance
92,706
National Anthem
John Raitt (Actor / Athlete)
Game 6
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
47,653
National Anthem
Vivian Della Chiesa (Opera, Radio, and Nightclub Singer)
1959 World Series Fast Facts

1959 World Series
Game 1

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 3
Chicago 2 0 7 2 0 0 0 0 x 11 11 0
Roger Craig (L)
Chuck Churn (3 rd )
Clem Labine (4 th )
Sandy Koufax (5 th )
Johnny Klippstein (7 th )
Early Wynn (W)
Gerry Staley (S, 8 th )
-
-
-
None
-
Ted Kluszewski (3 rd )
Ted Kluszewski (4 th )

1959 World Series
Game 2

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 4 9 1
Chicago 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 8 0
Johnny Podres (W)
Larry Sherry (S, 7 th )
Bob Shaw (L)
Turk Lown (7 th )
Charlie Neal (5 th )
Charlie Neal (7 th )
Chuck Essegian (7 th )
None
-
-

1959 World Series
Game 3

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 12 0
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 x 3 5 0
Dick Donovan (L)
Gerry Staley (7 th )
Don Drysdale (W)
Larry Sherry (S, 8 th )
None None

1959 World Series
Game 4

1959 World Series Game 4 Ticket

1959 World Series Game 4 Ticket

Line Score / Box Score

Team
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
R
H
E
Chicago
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
4
10
3
Los Angeles
0
0
4
0
0
0
0
1
x
5
9
0
Gil Hodges (8 th )

1959 World Series
Game 5

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Bob Shaw (W)
Billy Pierce (7 th )
Dick Donovan (S, 8 th )
Sandy Koufax (L)
Stan Williams (8 th )
-
None None

1959 World Series
Game 6

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 2 6 0 0 0 0 1 9 13 0
Chicago 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 1
Johnny Podres
Larry Sherry (W, 4 th )
-
-
-
-
Early Wynn (L)
Dick Donovan (4 th )
Turk Lown (4 th )
Gerry Staley (5 th )
Billy Pierce (8 th )
Ray Moore (9 th )
Duke Snider (3 rd )
Wally Moon (4 th )
Chuck Essegian (9 th )
Ted Kluszewski (4 th )
-
-

1959 World Series

Los Angeles Dodgers

Composite Hitting Statistics

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c
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4
6
4
6
6
1
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1
6
6
6
1
3
1
6
5
4
1
6
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0
3
12
2
3
3
4
25
23
0
2
0
16
23
27
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4
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21
4
10
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20
1
0
0
3
0
2
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6
9
0
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6
10
0
2
0
2
2
2
0
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
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0
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0
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0
0
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4
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0
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.000
.250
.000
.667
.000
.250
.240
.391
.000
.000
.000
.188
.271
.370
.000
.500
.000
.095
.500
.200
.000
.250
.000
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
2
1
0
0
0
2
2
0
0
0
1
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
2
3
2
1
1
1
2
2
0
1
0
3
2
1
0
0
0
2
1
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
Totals
203
53
3
1
7
21
19
.261
12
27
5

1959 World Series

Chicago White Sox

Composite Hitting Statistics

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p
3b
2b
3b
1b
of
c
p
of
p
3b-3,of-1
p
of
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p
of
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1b-1
p
6
4
3
2
6
5
6
6
6
3
3
1
3
3
5
1
2
6
4
3
3
26
4
3
2
24
13
23
24
22
0
5
0
10
0
11
1
4
20
1
1
5
8
0
1
0
9
3
9
7
5
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
1
5
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
3
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
4
1
5
6
3
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
10
1
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
.308
.000
.333
.000
.375
.231
.391
.292
.227
.000
.000
.000
.300
.000
.000
.000
.250
.250
.000
.000
.200
2
0
0
0
4
0
2
1
1
0
1
0
0
0
3
0
0
4
1
1
0
3
2
1
1
1
5
0
7
3
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
2
4
1
0
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
199
52
10
0
4
23
19
.261
20
33
2

1959 World Series

Los Angeles Dodgers

Composite Pitching Statistics

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0
1
0
0
0
1
2
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
2
1
1
2
1
2
4
1
0
2
1
0
1
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
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0
0
0
0
0
0
0
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2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0.2
9.1
7.0
2.0
9.0
1.0
9.1
12.2
2.0
27.00
8.68
1.29
0.00
1.00
0.00
4.82
0.71
0.00
5
15
11
1
5
0
7
8
0
0
8
5
2
7
1
4
5
1
2
9
1
0
1
0
5
1
0
0
5
4
0
1
0
6
2
2
Totals
4
2
15
6
0
2
0
53.0
3.23
52
33
19
20

1959 World Series

Chicago White Sox

Composite Pitching Statistics

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0
0
0
1
0
1
1
0
0
0
1
1
1
3
3
1
3
2
4
3
1
0
0
0
2
0
3
0
0
0
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0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
8.1
3.1
1.0
4.0
14.0
8.1
13.0
5.40
0.00
9.00
0.00
2.57
2.16
5.54
4
2
1
2
17
8
19
5
3
1
3
2
3
10
5
0
1
0
4
2
8
3
1
0
2
2
0
4
Totals
2
4
19
6
0
2
0
52.0
3.46
53
27
20
12
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baseball almanac fast facts

Game 3 , Game 4 and Game 5 were: The first three (3) ever played on the West Coast, the first ever played in Memorial Coliseum, the first games in World Series history to exceed 90,000 in attendance each, and when it was all over — the first World Championship for a West Coast team.

Did you know that Larry Sherry of the Los Angeles Dodgers was now the fourth pitcher in World Series history to win both variations of the World Series Most Valuable Player Award ?

World Series MVP Pitchers (Both Variations)
Johnny Podres Brooklyn N.L. 1955 World Series
Don Larsen New York A.L. 1956 World Series
Lew Burdette Milwaukee N.L. 1957 World Series

Ted Kluszewski played for the losing "Pale Hose", but still managed to drive in a World Series record (most RBI in a 6-game series) ten runs, the second player to have double-digit RBI total for any length Series. Who was first? [ Answer ]

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