A Trivia, 1950 and World Series
I was counting how many current Phillies played for the Dodgers. I counted six, can you name them? Actually, Sue of
Rants, Raves and Random Thoughts counted eight! wow!
My friend LTD23 was reminding me of this incident:
In Spring Training of 2005, Jayson Werth was hit on the wrist by an A.Burnett pitch and although the wrist was broken, he came back to play 102 games. His numbers suffered considerably and after the year he was diagnosed with two torn ligaments in the wrist, causing him to miss the entire 2005 season.
Around this time I like to go back and read or re-read about World Series of the past so I took out this large coffee table book from the library.
The first World Series was played in 1903 when the Pittsburgh Pirates played against the Boston Americans. Boston won that series 5 games to 3.
Did you know that in 1904, there was no game because the New York Giants thought that their team was too good to play anyone? They considered the American League a minor league!
In World Series games, the Yankees have swept the opposition EIGHT times! wow! The teams that the Yankees have swept are the Cubs (2x), the Cardinals, the Reds, the Atlanta Braves, the Pirates and the Padres.
Yankees have been swept THREE times by the L.A. Dodgers, NY Giants, and the Reds.
The Phillies and the Yankees have only met once in a World Series. That happened in 1950 when the Yankees swept the Phillies. That year, the Phillies won the N.L. pennant on the last day of the season. In the top of the 10th inning, with two on and one out, in a 1-1 tied, Dick Sisler hit a walk-off homerun against Brooklyn Dodger Don Newcombe to clinch the first N.L. pennant in 35 years. Robins Roberts, the starter for the Phillies, who had lead off the 10th with a single, held the lead in the bottom of the inning and the Philadelphia Phillies were National League champions for the first time since 1915.
The World Series started three days later. Roberts, who pitched three times in the last five days of the regular season, was unavailable for a Game 1 start. Although the Phillies were swept, the series was close as three of the games were lost by one run. The only two homeruns in the series were by Joe Dimaggio and Yogi Berra.
Now let’s see what history is made in the 2009 World Series. This time the Phillies are well rested. Let the games begin!