1957 World Series
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The 1957 World Series featured the defending champions, the New York Yankees (American League), playing against the Milwaukee Braves (National League). The Braves had just won their first pennant since moving from Boston, MA in 1953. The Braves won the Series in seven games, behind Lew Burdette's three complete game victories, and became the first team to win a championship after relocating.
Note: Frank Secory became the sixth person to appear in the Series both as a player and as an umpire.
MVP: Lew Burdette
|1||Braves – 1, Yankees – 3||October 2||Yankee Stadium||69,476|
|2||Braves – 4, Yankees – 2||October 3||Yankee Stadium||65,202|
|3||Yankees – 12, Braves – 3||October 5||Milwaukee County Stadium||45,804|
|4||Yankees – 5, Braves – 7 (10 innings)||October 6||Milwaukee County Stadium||45,804|
|5||Yankees – 0, Braves – 1||October 7||Milwaukee County Stadium||45,811|
|6||Braves – 2, Yankees – 3||October 9||Yankee Stadium||61,408|
|7||Braves – 5, Yankees – 0||October 10||Yankee Stadium||61,207|
 Game 1
|New York (A)||0||0||0||0||1||2||0||0||x||3||9||1|
|W: Whitey Ford (1-0) L: Warren Spahn (0-1)|
In the 3rd inning, the Yankees replaced first baseman Bill Skowron, who was complaining of back pain, with Elston Howard. In the 5th inning the Braves had a runner in scoring position after an error by Howard. The Braves did not manage to capitalize on this opportunity, as second baseman Red Schoendienst grounded out. By the end of the 5th inning, the Braves had left four men on base, with the score still tied at 0-0.
The Yankees broke through that inning with a leadoff single by Jerry Coleman, followed by two ground outs which moved the runner to third base, and then a triple by slugger Hank Bauer making the score 1-0. After three consecutive batters reached first base in the Yankees' half of the 6th inning, and a run scored on Andy Carey's single, Milwaukee manager Fred Haney pulled starter Warren Spahn and replaced him with Ernie Johnson.
The Yankees scored once more in the 6th inning when Coleman utilized a squeeze play, allowing Yogi Berra to score from third base. The Braves managed to score only once, when Wes Covington scored in the 7th on a single by Schoendienst. Whitey Ford pitched a complete game for the Yankees. The final score was Yankees 3, Braves 1.
 Game 2
|New York (A)||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||7||2|
|W: Lew Burdette (1-0) L: Bobby Shantz (0-1)|
|HR: MIL – Johnny Logan (1) NYY – Hank Bauer (1)|
Hank Aaron led off the 2nd inning with a triple, then made it safe at home on Joe Adcock's single. The Braves got another run that inning; the Yankees responded with one of their own in the bottom half of the second. Again in the 3rd inning, the Yankees and Braves each scored one run, leaving the score 2-2 heading to the 4th inning. Both managers were worried about their starting pitchers, and after three straight singles from Adcock, Andy Pafko, and Wes Covington and with two runs in, Yankees manager Casey Stengel replaced Bobby Shantz with reliever Art Ditmar. Ditmar had finished the regular season with an 8-3 record, a 3.25 ERA and six saves.
Ditmar was able to prevent the Braves from scoring any more runs, but the score was 4-2 in favor of the Braves. After that, Braves starter Lew Burdette's pitching improved significantly. He only gave up four hits for the rest of the game, two of them coming in the 9th inning. After a ground out, Tony Kubek singled to right to start things off. Stengel decided to pinch hit lefty Joe Collins, who was 30-for-149 (.201) that year and was playing what turned out to be his final year, for the right-handed Coleman, who was a better 42-for-157 (.263) and also playing in his final season, to face right-handed pitcher Burdette. Collins popped to Gil McDougald at shortstop for the second out. Then, Stengel again opted to pinch hit for the pitcher, Bob Grim. Howard came up in his spot and singled to advance Kubek to second. Bobby Richardson pinch ran for Howard. Burdette recorded the final out as he got Bauer, the next batter, to ground to short, where McDougald forced out Richardson.
 Game 3
|New York (A)||3||0||2||2||0||0||5||0||0||12||9||0|
|W: Don Larsen (1-0) L: Bob Buhl (0-1)|
|HR: NYY – Tony Kubek (1, 2), Mickey Mantle (1) MIL – Hank Aaron (1)|
New York's Tony Kubek began the scoring with a one-out solo homer in the 1st inning. After that, things quickly fell apart for Bob Buhl, who had pitched quite well in the regular season (18-7, 2.74 ERA). He walked Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra, then made an error attempting to pick Mantle off at second base. After a sacrifice fly by Gil McDougald and a single by first baseman Harry Simpson, manager Fred Haney pulled Buhl and brought in rookie Juan Pizarro. Pizarro got the final out in the 1st inning, and followed that with a solid 2nd inning. In the 3rd inning, however, the Yankees began to capitalize on their lead. After allowing hits from Mantle, Berra and Jerry Lumpe, and a walk to Elston Howard, who was pinch-hitting for Simpson, Pizarro was removed from the game. Gene Conley was called in to finish the inning. He did get the last two outs, but gave up a two-run home run to Mantle in the 4th inning.
By the bottom of the 5th inning, the score was 7-1 in favor of the Yankees. Logan led off with a single, and Eddie Mathews flied to left. Hank Aaron stepped to the plate and hit one of his six postseason homers to make the game 7-3. After a Covington walk, Joe Adcock and [[Bob Hazle] each made outs to end the 5th. Yankees relief pitcher Don Larsen had his comfortable lead cut down to just four runs.
In the 7th inning the Yankees secured their lead with a five-run inning against reliever Bob Trowbridge. The five runs started with a two-run bases-loaded single by Bauer and a three-run home run by Kubek. The score was 12-3 heading in to the bottom of the 7th.
There was only one more hit in the rest of the game, a single by Aaron in the 9th. Del Crandall made the last out and the series was on to Game 4 with the Yankees up 2-1. Left fielder Kubek was only the second rookie in history to hit two home runs in a World Series game.
 Game 4
|New York (A)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||1||5||11||0|
|W: Warren Spahn (1-1) L: Bob Grim (0-1)|
|HR: NYY – Elston Howard (1)|
After a game with 2 homers and 4 RBIs, Tony Kubek led off the 1st inning for the Yankees. Kubek bunted, which ultimately led to a run after Mickey Mantle reached on a fielder's choice, Yogi Berra walked, and Gil McDougald singled.
The 2nd inning started with a single by Hank Aaron and then a stolen base by Wes Covington, but they could not convert. The 4th inning began with a walk to Johnny Logan. Eddie Mathews doubled to right field, which sent Logan to third. Aaron then hit a three-run home run which completely cleared the stadium. The next batter, Covington, grounded out. This was followed by a solo shot off the bat of Frank Torre, a part-time first baseman who was giving Joe Adcock a day off. The Braves were then up 4-1 against Yankees starter Tom Sturdivant.
The next four innings for the Yankees were plagued by double plays. Warren Spahn was getting ground out after ground out and the Yankees looked helpless until the 9th. With two outs and a three-run deficit in the top of the 9th, New York found new life in two back-to-back singles. Spahn gave up one to Berra, followed by one to McDougald. With two runners on, Howard hit a three-run homer to tie the game.
Left-handed Tommy Byrne had replaced right-handed Johnny Kucks in the 8th inning for New York. This prompted Haney to pinch hit Adcock for Torre. Adcock grounded to shortstop and Milwaukee went 1-2-3 that inning. The game thus went on to extra innings.
Milwaukee starter Spahn came out for the 10th. Kubek got his second hit in the top of the 10th, followed by a triple by Hank Bauer to score a run. After Mantle flied to right, the Braves got ready for the bottom of the 10th down 1. Spahn was due up first for the Braves, and Haney opted to pinch hit with Nippy Jones, who had played in just 30 games that year. In what turned out to be his final appearance, Jones was part of a pivotal play in the inning. A wild Tommy Byrne pitch bounced near Jones, but umpire Augie Donatelli initially called a ball. After an argument hinging on a spot of shoe polish on the baseball, Jones convinced the umpire that he had been hit on the shoe.
The inning continued with Felix Mantilla running for Jones. Red Schoendienst hit a sacrifice bunt to advance Mantilla, who scored the tying run on a double by Logan. Mathews followed with a towering two-run home run to win it for the Braves, 7-5, and tie the series at two games apiece.
 Game 5
|New York (A)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||7||0|
|W: Lew Burdette (2-0) L: Whitey Ford (1-1)|
With the opposing team's top two pitchers, Whitey Ford and Lew Burdette, facing each other, Game 5 was expected to be a low-scoring affair. However, the game started out with the Yankees looking to score in the 1st inning. After a leadoff single by Hank Bauer and a sacrifice bunt by Tony Kubek, Gil McDougald hit a line drive that turned into the second out of the inning. Yogi Berra then grounded out. After that, Burdette only allowed multiple Yankee baserunners in the 4th inning.
At the start of the 6th inning, the game was still scoreless. In the bottom of the 6th with two outs and nobody on, Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, and Joe Adcock singled, scoring Mathews and giving the Braves a 1-0 lead that would hold up for the rest of the game.
The Yankees' best scoring chance came in the 8th inning after a hit by Jerry Coleman to right field. Mickey Mantle came in to pinch-run for Coleman, but was caught stealing at second base by catcher Del Crandall. Ford was then taken out and Yankee reliever Bob Turley came in, striking out two batters while giving up no hits in the inning.
 Game 6
|New York (A)||0||0||2||0||0||0||1||0||x||3||7||0|
|W: Bob Turley (1-0) L: Ernie Johnson (0-1)|
|HR: MIL – Frank Torre (2), Hank Aaron (3) NYY – Yogi Berra (1), Hank Bauer (2)|
Bob Buhl started for the Braves but would not last very long. In the 1st two innings, no one scored, although there were some opportunities, including the Yankees' 1st inning when Enos Slaughter reached third and Yogi Berra got to second on Buhl's wild pitch. Fortunately, Buhl would strike out Gil McDougald to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 3rd, the Yankees took the lead on a Berra two-run homer, scoring Slaughter. After that Ernie Johnson mercifully replaced Buhl. Johnson then held the Yankees scoreless until the 7th inning.
The Braves cut the lead in their half in the 5th on Frank Torre's solo home run, his second of the series. The Braves then tied it in the top of the 7th with a solo homer by Hank Aaron, his third. The game was now tied and Braves' pitcher Johnson was holding the Yankees to just one hit in 3 and 1/3 innings. Leading off the 7th, pitcher Bob Turley was out on a bunt attempt with two strikes. Then, right fielder Hank Bauer hit a solo home run off the left-field foul pole, which would prove to be the game-winning hit, to give the Yankees a one-run lead.
 Game 7
|New York (A)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||7||3|
|W: Lew Burdette (3-0) L: Don Larsen (1-1)|
|HR: MIL – Del Crandall (1)|
After two scoreless innings, the Braves broke through in the 3rd, started by a Bob Hazle single and an error by Tony Kubek at third base; one of three Yankee errors in the game. The inning continued with a hard-hit Eddie Mathews double, which prompted Casey Stengel to take out starter Don Larsen and bring in lefty Bobby Shantz. Shantz then gave up an RBI single to Hank Aaron and a single by Wes Covington advancing Aaron to third. Frank Torre grounded into a fielders' choice which scored Aaron. Felix Mantilla then flied to Hank Bauer in right to end the inning, ending the Braves' scoring at four runs.
The Yankees' best chance came in the 6th, when they had runners on first and second with two outs after a Mickey Mantle single and an error by Mathews at third. Gil McDougald then grounded out forcing Mantle at third to end the inning and the threat.
In the 9th, after Milwaukee made it 5-0 on a Del Crandall homer, the Yankees attempted to mount a rally. With two outs and McDougald on first base, Jerry Coleman singled to right. Then, Tommy Byrne singled to load the bases for Bill Skowron. With the tying run on deck, Lew Burdette retired Skowron on a ground out to third with Mathews making the final out.
In the game, the Yankees were limited to seven hits and one walk. Burdette was named the Series MVP after pitching three complete games and two shutouts.
 Composite Box
|New York Yankees||4||1||5||2||1||2||6||0||3||1||25||57||6|
|Total Attendance: 394,712 Average Attendance: 56,387|
|Winning Player’s Share: – $8,924 Losing Player’s Share – $5,606|
 MVP Lew Burdette's Series Statistics
- Games - 3
- Games started - 3
- ERA - 0.67
- Wins - 3
- Losses - 0
- Complete games - 3
- Shutouts - 2
- Innings pitched - 27 (3 Complete Games)
- Hits - 21
- Earned runs - 2 (both in Game 2)
- Strikeouts - 13
- Walks - 4
 Quotes of the Series
- "I exploit the greed of all hitters." - Lew Burdette (on how he was able to start three games, win three games, and throw two shutouts)
- Prior to Game 7, the Milwaukee media asked Lew Burdette about pitching on two days' rest. He replied, "I'll be all right. In 1953, I once relieved in sixteen games out of twenty-two. I'm bigger, stronger and dumber now."
- The Braves' win in Game 2 was the first World Series game won by a non-New York City team since 1948. In every World Series between 1948 and 1957, either both teams were from New York City or a New York City team won in a sweep (1950 and 1954).
- Of the previous 10 World Series, the Yankees had participated in eight of them and won seven.
- Hank Aaron led all regulars with a .393 average and 11 hits, including a triple, three home runs and seven RBI.
- Lew Burdette tossed two shutouts during the 1957 World Series, becoming the first pitcher since Christy Mathewson to do so in a World Series.
 Further Reading
- Thad Mumau: An Indian Summer: The 1957 Milwaukee Braves, Champions of Baseball, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2007.
- David S. Neft and Richard M. Cohen: The World Series, 1st ed., St Martins Press, New York, NY, 1990, pp. 265-269
- 1957 World Series at WorldSeries.com (MLB.com)
- 1957 World Series at Baseball-Almanac.com
- 1957 World Series box scores and play-by-play at Retrosheet.org
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