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1963 World Series
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The 1963 World Series matched the two-time defending champion New York Yankees against the Los Angeles Dodgers, with the Dodgers sweeping the Series in four games to capture their second title in five years.
Starting pitchers Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Johnny Podres and ace reliever Ron Perranoski combined to give up only four runs in four games. Koufax started it off with a then record 15-strikeout performance in Game 1. It bested fellow Dodgers pitcher Carl Erskine's mark, set in 1953, by 1, and would be surpassed by Bob Gibson in 1968. Koufax also tied a World Series record when he fanned the first five Yankees batters he faced in that game. Since "K" is the time-honored scoring symbol for "strikeout" (Vin Scully once remarked that "Koufax's name will always remind you of strikeouts"), some newspapers' headlines for the game coverage consisted simply of Koufax's surname prefixed by 15 K's.
The World Series Most Valuable Player Award went to Koufax who started two of the four games and had two complete game victories.
Series MVP: Sandy Koufax (Los Angeles)
|1||Dodgers – 5, Yankees – 2||October 2||Yankee Stadium||69,000|
|2||Dodgers – 4, Yankees – 1||October 3||Yankee Stadium||66,455|
|3||Yankees – 0, Dodgers – 1||October 5||Dodger Stadium||55,912|
|4||Yankees – 1, Dodgers – 2||October 6||Dodger Stadium||55,912|
 Game 1
|Los Angeles (N)||0||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||9||0|
|New York (A)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||2||6||0|
|W: Sandy Koufax (1-0) L: Whitey Ford (0-1)|
|HR: LAD – Johnny Roseboro (1) NYY – Tom Tresh (1)
 Game 2
|Los Angeles (N)||2||0||0||1||0||0||0||1||0||4||10||1|
|New York (A)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||7||0|
|W: Johnny Podres (1-0) L: Al Downing (0-1) S: Ron Perranoski (1)|
|HR: LAD – Bill Skowron (1)|
 Game 3
|New York (A)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||0|
|Los Angeles (N)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||x||1||4||1|
|W: Don Drysdale (1-0) L: Jim Bouton (0-1)|
 Game 4
|New York (A)||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||1||6||1|
|Los Angeles (N)||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0||0||2||2||1|
|W: Sandy Koufax (2-0) L: Whitey Ford (0-2)|
|HR: NYY – Mickey Mantle (1) LAD – Frank Howard (1)|
 Composite Box
|Los Angeles Dodgers||3||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||0||12||25||3|
|New York Yankees||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||2||1||4||22||1|
|Total Attendance: 247,279 Average Attendance: 61,820|
|Winning Players' Share: – $12,794 Losing Players' Share – $7,874|
 Popular culture
This is the World Series that Jack Nicholson's character R.P. McMurphy lobbies unsuccessfully to watch on television (and subsequently "announces" by imagining the action) in Miloš Forman's 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. He imagines quite a different scene than what occurred, however, as he describes Bobby Richardson, Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle and the Yankees knocking Koufax out of the box. In reality, the Yankees never led at any time in the Series, and only once in the entire Series (and that only for a half-inning) were the Yankees and Dodgers tied at a score other than 0-0. Later in the film, a brief clip of Ernie Harwell's NBC Radio broadcast of Game 2 can be heard.
 Low scoring
World Series Teams With Less Than Ten (10) Runs Scored (Through 1963) World Series Team League Runs 1954 World Series Cleveland Indians (A.L.) 9 1943 World Series St. Louis Cardinals (N.L.) 9 1938 World Series Chicago Cubs (N.L.) 9 1918 World Series Boston Red Sox (A.L.) 9 1939 World Series Cincinnati Reds (N.L.) 8 1920 World Series Brooklyn Dodgers (N.L.) 8 1914 World Series Philadelphia Athletics (A.L.) 6 1907 World Series Detroit Tigers (A.L.) 6 1950 World Series Philadelphia Phillies (N.L.) 5 1963 World Series New York Yankees (A.L.) 4 1905 World Series Philadelphia Athletics (A.L.) 3
The Dodgers win 2-1 and sweep the series in 4 straight, never before in all of their wonderful years had the Yankees lost 4 in a row in the World Series. - Vin Scully narrated the final out of the World Series from the 1963 World Series highlight film.
I waited seventeen years to bat in a World Series and when it finally happened, everyone was rooting for me to strike out! - Harry Bright, Yankees' pinch-hitter and 15th strikeout victim of Koufax in the first game. Bright had played in his first professional game when Sandy was 10 years old.
- David S. Neft and Richard M. Cohen: The World Series, 1st ed., St Martins Press, New York, NY, 1990, pp. 298-301.
- 1963 World Series at WorldSeries.com (MLB.com)
- 1963 World Series at Baseball-Almanac.com
- 1963 World Series box scores and play-by-play at Retrosheet.org
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