On October 10, 1923, fans waited in line for World Series Game 1 at Yankee Stadium. The New York Yankees defeated the New York Giants in six games in the 1923 World Series. This would be the Yankees' first World Series title in their 27-year history (as of 2020).
The Yankees and Giants had been battling back and forth all season long. In fact, these two teams have been going at it since 1921 when they first met in the World Series. It's a New York team vs. a San Francisco team story that has been told many times before but will never be told again.
Game 1 in 1923 was one of those classic World Series battles with both teams being held back by their respective managers. Joe McCarthy was known for his aggressive management style which included using four pitchers per game plus a pitcher who could get on the mound from time to time if needed. John McGraw was more laid-back and wouldn't make any serious moves without talking it over with him.
McCarthy started the Yankees' Hall of Fame pitcher Babe Ruth off of Willie Mays of the Giants. Ruth went eight strong innings while giving up just three hits and one run. He struck out nine batters during this start.
In the ninth inning, the Giants took the lead as they got two runs home with two outs.
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Joe DiMaggio was named the Series MVP. He hit.458 with a 1.000 slugging percentage and 2 RBIs. In addition to his regular job as one of the Yankees' corner outfielders, DiMaggio served as Joe Gordon's backup at first base during the series. In game three, DiMaggio hit two home runs (one off Johnny Antonelli) and drove in five runs.
Antonino "Tony" Lupica was the starting pitcher for the Yankees. He went 6-1 with a 3.12 ERA in 12 postseason games (nine starts). The left-hander led all pitchers with 14 strikeouts while walking only four batters over 79 innings pitched. In the opener of the series, he held the Giants to one run on three hits over eight innings pitched but lost 1-0 when Eddie Mathews hit a two-run homer off Lefty Gomez in the ninth.
Yankee Stadium held Games 1, 2, 6, and 7, while Milwaukee County Stadium hosted Games 3, 4, and 5. The series included planned rest days following Games 2 and 5 for the first time since 1946. The Yankees had played in eight of the previous 10 World Series, winning seven of them. This is also the only time all seven games have been played at two stadiums.
The Chicago White Sox were the American League (AL) champions, beating the Cleveland Indians in seven games. The New York Yankees were the National League (NL) champions, defeating the Milwaukee Braves four games to one. This is the most recent World Series to include both an AL and NL champion. It is also the last time until 2018 that neither the Yankees nor the Boston Red Sox were involved in the Series.
This was the first World Series to feature a combined total of more than $2 million in salary caps. The highest paid player on either team was Johnny Podres of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who made $100,000. The Yankees' Mickey Mantle led the league in home runs with 46, but he was not among the top ten highest-paid players because he received only $15,000 as part of his contract. The highest-paid pitcher was Bob Turley of the Cincinnati Reds, who made $80,000.
Games 1, 2, and 6 were won by the Yankees, while Milwaukee took care of business in Games 3, 4, and 5.
1973 World Series From October 6 to 10, 1973, the New York Mets faced the Cincinnati Reds in the National League Championship Series. New York won the series three games to two and moved to the World Series, where they were defeated by the Oakland A's, who won their second of three consecutive world titles.
The Mets had a strong offense led by George Foster, who hit.455 with one homer and nine RBIs during the series. Rusty Staub also had an excellent series with 12 hits in 19 at-bats, including four homers and eight RBIs. The pitching staff gave up only six runs in 22 innings played during the series. Starter Tom Seaver had a record of 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA. He beat the Reds twice during the series.
Cincinnati's strongest player was Joe Morgan. The center fielder had a great series with a.500 batting average, two homers, and eight RBIs. In addition, Pete Rose led the team with 11 hits out of the leadoff position. Tony Perez had five hits in the series.
The most important player for Cincinnati was Johnny Bench. The left-handed hitter started both games of the first round robin schedule and went 4-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs. He was named the MVP of the league after he posted a.522 batting average with 13 hits in 18 at-bats.