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The Dodgers in the World Series: a brief history

By in Press Enterprise on October 24, 2017

By J.P. Hoornstra

Tuesday marks the Dodgers’ 19th appearance ever in a World Series. Only two franchises – the Giants and the Yankees – have appeared in more. The Dodgers’ 1988 championship took on mythic proportions during the ensuing drought, but the franchise has been here before. A lot.

Here’s a look back at the first 18:

1916: The first and so far only World Series meeting between the Dodgers and Red Sox. Brooklyn, then known as the Robins, lost in five games. In Game 2, Brooklyn starter Sherry Smith surrendered an RBI single in the 14th inning of a 1-1 game. He was outdone by his Boston counterpart, a 21-year-old lefty who also pitched a 14-inning complete game: Babe Ruth.

1920: The Cleveland Indians have won just two World Series in their history; this one came at the Dodgers’ expense. The unusual best-of-9 series was over in seven games, largely because the Dodgers scored just eight runs. Sherry Smith pitched another complete game (Game 6) only to lose 1-0.

1941: The 101-win Yankees prevailed over the 100-win Dodgers in five games, thanks in part to an all-time mishap that sank the Dodgers in Game 4: a dropped third strike that would have ended the game. Given new life, the Yankees rallied from a 4-3 deficit to win 7-4, then closed out the series the following day. Dodger catcher Mickey Owen became one of baseball’s enduring scapegoats.

1947: An all-New York thriller, capped by a 5-2 Yankee victory in Game 7 that saw the Dodgers surrender a 2-0 lead. Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese were the Dodgers’ best players, but Game 4 produced some unexpected heroics. Pinch runner Al Gionfriddo stole second base with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, then scored on a game-winning, two-run double by pinch hitter Cookie Lavagetto – the […]    

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