The Cardinals hang on to defeat the Yankees in Game 7 at Sportsman’s Park, 7-5, to capture their seventh World Series, becoming the first team with a losing record (39-40) at the All-Star break to be World Champs. Bob Gibson, who struck out 31 batters in 27 innings during his three starts, is selected as the World Series Most Valuable Player.
At Forbes Field, Bill Mazeroski’s dramatic walk-off home run off the Yankees’ Ralph Terry breaks up a 9-9 tie, ending one of the most exciting seven game World Series ever played. Maz’s homer remains the only home run ever to a win a World Series Game 7.
Vin Scully, working his first broadcast ever, does the play-by-play when Maryland defeats Boston University at Fenway Park, 14-13. The football assignment marks the start of a 67-year career in the broadcast booth for the Hall of Fame baseball announcer, who becomes the iconic voice of the Dodgers.
The Yankees trade Joe Gordon, a future Hall of Fame second baseman who will leave the Bronx after playing in precisely 1,000 games and collecting exactly 1,000 hits, to the Indians for Allie Reynolds, who is called Superchief by his teammates due to his Creek heritage. The trade works well for both teams when Cleveland’s newest infielder plays a major role in the Tribe’s World Championship next season, with the Yankeess’ recently arrived right-hander compiling an amazing 131-60 (.686) record during his eight years with the team.
Prior to the start of Game 1 of the World Series, the Dodgers retire the uniform #19 of Jim Gilliam, their coach who died suddenly two days ago as the result of a massive brain hemorrhage. The 37-year-old former All-Star LA infielder will become the team’s first player not inducted into the Hall of Fame to receive this honor.
In Game 2 of the World Series played at Chicago’s West Side Grounds, Tigers third baseman Bill Coughlin tags out Jimmy Slagle, who is leading off the base, using the hidden ball trick. The Cubs center fielder is the first victim ever to be deceived about the location of the ball during the Series.
Boston’s Ken Brett becomes the youngest player ever to pitch in the World Series when he appears in relief against the Cardinals in Game. The 19-year-old Red Sox rookie, older brother of future Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett, tosses a scoreless eighth inning, yielding a walk in the team’s 6-0 loss at Busch Stadium.
Happy Jack Chesbro gets his 41st win of the season when the Highlanders beat Boston in New York, 3-2. Chesbro’s win total is considered to be the modern era major league mark for the most victories in a season.
Senator outfielder Heinie Manush is ejected from Game 4 of the Wotld Series, after being called out at first base in Washington’s 2-1 extra-inning loss to the Giants. First base umpire Charlie Moran takes exception when the future Hall of Famer pulls on his bow tie, letting it snap back.