On 10/4/1959 Dodgers win first World Series game in Los Angeles

With the Dodgers having split the first two games of the 1959 World Series in Chicago, the series headed back to Los Angeles. This was the first World Series game ever played at the Coliseum and 92,000 plus watched the Dodgers win their first World Series game in Los Angeles 3 – 1 behind the pitching of Don Drysdale and Larry Sherry.

Given the histrionics about playing a World Series in a bandbox like the Coliseum, the game was scoreless until the bottom of the 7th inning when long-time Brooklyn Dodger hero Carl Furillo drove in the first two runs with a pinch-hit single.

With the Dodgers leading 2 – 0, Drysdale started the eighth inning but quickly gave up two singles putting the tying runners on base. Sherry came in and hit Billy Goodman to load the bases, but got Al Smith to hit into a double play. Klu scored and the tying run was now on 3rd. Jim Rivera hit a pop up to CF and Sherry was out of the jam.

The Dodgers would increase their lead to 3 – 1 when Wills led off with a single, was sacrificed to second by Sherry and with two outs Charlie Neal drove him in with a double. Sherry struck out the side in the 9th, and the Dodgers were up two games to one,  even though they lost the first game 11 – 0.

Drysdale ended the game going seven innings, allowing one run, eleven hits, four walks, and five strikeouts. You can tell by the box score he was in trouble the whole game, with fifteen base runners. In the 2nd he got a normal DP to end a threat, and in the fifth Roseboro threw out AL MVP Nellie Fox trying to steal 2nd while Jim Landis was striking out for the 2nd DP of the game.

The rookie Larry Sherry would go onto win the World Series MVP and much of that came from saving this game and Don’s bacon in the 8th inning.

During the season the Dodgers hit 82 home runs at the Coliseum but in the first World Series game ever played there, they did not hit a home run.  Gil Hodges would hit a home run in game four, and that would be the only home run hit by the Dodgers in the Coliseum in a World Series.

The Dodgers would not return to the World Series until 1963 and by then Dodger Stadium had been built.

Here are some nice video clips

[World Series of 1959 segments]


For you Wally Moon fans

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