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Desperately needing a win to stop the Dodgers' momentum in this series, the Yankees trotted out their ace, Ron Guidry. Together with Gossage, he managed to hold Los Angeles to four meaningless hits on the road to a 3-0 victory. The New York Yankees had been in the hunt for more World Series Championships than any other team in professional baseball and the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers were their favorite prey.
This allowed Bob Lemon to start Tommy John opposite Dodger starter Burt Hooton. The Dodgers won the Series in six games in a mirror image of the two teams' last two Series meetings in 1977 and 1978; it was the Dodgers' first title since 1965, their first victory over the Yankees since 1963, and third World Series win over the Yankees, overall.
Randolph smashed a two-out solo homer in the second and Rick Cerone batted in a run with a single in the third for a 4-0 Yankee lead. Ron Guidry held the Dodgers to four hits and a run (on a Steve Yeager homer) through seven innings.
NL Los Angeles Dodgers (4) vs AL New York Yankees (2), Tuesday, October 20, 1981 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York.
Righetti would later move to the bullpen saving over 400 games from 1984 to 1990. Graig Nettles led off the inning with a double. The Los Angeles Dodgers were the first National League team in World Series history to lose the first two games, then sweep their opponent during the next four contests. The 78th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff played between the American League (AL) champion New York Yankees and the National League (NL) champion Los Angeles Dodgers. Author Stanley Cohen in The Man in the Crowd (1981) Baseball Almanac Box Scores. Baseball Wiki is a FANDOM Lifestyle Community. Bob Welch drew for the start for Game 4, but failed to retire a single batter as Los Angeles fell behind 6-3 early on. Both home runs were hit on sliders almost to the same place in left-center. With a lead and the Dodger Stadium crowd behind him, Valenzuela appeared to finally settle down. Lou Piniella chased Reuss with an RBI single in the third, and Dodger reliever Bobby Castillo walked four batters in the fourth to give New York a 5-0 lead.
Tommy John would be on the mound opposing Burt Hooton. The Dodgers gave Valenzuela the lead back in the bottom of the fifth off Frazier when Pedro Guerrero doubled in Steve Garvey to tie it, and Cey scored on a double play grounder by Mike Scioscia. It marked their third meeting in the Series in five years as well as a record 11th Series meeting overall and last Series meeting to date.
After the series, Steinbrenner issued a public apology to the City of New York for his team's performance, while at the same time assuring the fans that plans to put the team together for 1982 would begin immediately. . The 1981 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 1981 season. The quartet performed the song on an episode of Solid Gold, the syndicated TV-show. The Yankees pushed across two more in the eighth off Steve Howe on a RBI single by Bob Watson and a sacrifice fly by Randolph.
Jackson injured himself running the bases in Game 2 of the ALCS and missed the first two games of the World Series, but was medically cleared to play Game 3.
Michaels became ABC's lead baseball play-by-play announcer (and exclusive World Series announcer) by the time the network next aired the World Series in 1983. Baseball was marred this summer by a two month player's strike starting at 12:30 a.m. on June 12 finally resuming play on August 10. After Dusty Baker reached on an error by Nettles, loading the bases again, Guerrero singled in two more runs.
Reliever Goose Gossage recorded 20 saves with an 0.77 ERA, striking out 48 in 47 innings. The outlook wasn't brilliantfor the Yankees in L.A.The score stood 4-3, two out,one inning left to play.But when Dent slid safe at secondand Blair got on at firstEvery screaming Dodger fan hadcause to fear the worst.For there before the multitude —Ah destiny! For the first time, there were co-MVP's in a World Series: Cey (.350 avg., 7-for-20, HR, 6 RBIs), Yeager (.286 avg., 4-for-14, 2 HR's), and Guerrero (.333 avg, 7-for-21, 2 HR's, 7 RBIs) shared the award. After Hooton retired the next two batters, he intentionally walked Larry Milbourne to face John (there was no designated hitter in this series). After fanning Dusty Baker, Guidry surrendered back-to-back solo home runs to Pedro Guerrero and Steve Yeager. In the National League, the Dodgers led the National League West prior to the strike.
Oct 27, 1986, Attendance: 55032, Time of Game: 3:11. The Dodgers got to the Series with help from Mexican-born rookie phenom Fernando Valenzuela, who won his first eight games including five by shutout. The Yankees, managed by Bob Lemon (in his second stint, having replaced Gene Michael), had a losing second-half (25–26) but won the first-half (34–22) to qualify for the playoffs. The Yankees mounted their final threat in the eighth when Aurelio Rodriguez and Milbourne led off with back-to-back singles. Where what happened yesterday is being preserved today. As reliever George Frazier came in to pick up the pieces, he was quickly taken for three runs in the fifth.
Davis walked Steve Garvey intentionally, and then gave up an RBI force-out to pinch-hitter Derrel Thomas. Randolph smashed a two-out solo home run in the second and Rick Cerone batted in a run with a single in the third for a 4–0 Yankee lead. They would also appear in the World Series in 2018 against the Boston Red Sox, which they also lost.
"For First Baseman Garvey, a .417 hitter in this Series, the win represented, 'the end of a very sentimental journey. Then, Lopes lifted a fly ball to right that Jackson lost in the sun and dropped for an error.
This refers to the fact that the team with the best overall record, the Cincinnati Reds did not make the playoffs due to a modified playoff schedule established by the Commissioner Bowie Kuhn due to a midseason strike. The Dodgers won the Series in six games for their first title since 1965, and their first victory over the Yankees since 1963. Ron Davis gave up two in the eighth by walking Derrel Thomas and Davey Lopes to lead off.
In the NL East, the St. Louis Cardinals had the best overall record, but failed to make the playoffs after finishing second in each half. The Dodgers won the Series in six games for their first title since 1965, and their first victory over the Yankees since 1963. The skipper had been eagerly awaiting the chance to introduce their new rookie sensation Fernando Valenzuela to the Yankees and Game 3 provided the perfect opportunity.
This is the last World Series that a team won after losing the first two games on the road. Guidry was sharp through six innings, holding the Dodgers to two singles. Despite his outstanding numbers, the inexperienced twenty year-old surrendered nine hits (including homers to Watson and Rick Cerone) and seven walks, but somehow managed to hold on for the 5-4 win on Cey's three run blast in the first, Pedro Guerrero's RBI double in the fifth and Mike Scioscia's run-producing double-play grounder that followed.
Color commentary was handled by Howard Cosell and Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jim Palmer; Palmer would later join ABC's baseball broadcast team after retiring as a player. NL Rookie of the Year Fernando Valenzuela pitched a gutty game, going the distance despite allowing nine hits and walking seven and constantly pitching out of trouble.
May gave up a double to Steve Garvey and an RBI single to Cey in the fifth, but the Yankees countered with two in the sixth on RBI singles by Oscar Gamble and Watson off Tom Niedenfuer. Reggie Jackson, continuing his torrid hitting, helped provide Guidry a lead by doubling to left in the second off Jerry Reuss, moving to third on a Davey Lopes error, and scoring on an Lou Piniella groundout.
The core of the position players remained intact with perennial all-star Steve Garvey at first, Davey Lopes at second, Bill Russell at shortstop, and team leader in home runs with 13, Ron Cey at third. The injury caused him to miss Games 3, 4, and 5, but he played in Games 2 & 6. Valenzuela stranded two runners in this inning. Wednesday, October 28, 1981 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York. The decision proved devastating as New York failed to score in the inning and John was rendered ineligible for the rest of the contest. Bob Watson smashed a three-run homer off Jerry Reuss in the first to get the Yankees started. In both innings, Valenzuela issued two-out intentional walks to Larry Milbourne in order to pitch to Dave Righetti and George Frazier.
Though the teams with the best record in the American League East and West did win their divisions, the Yankees finished 3rd overall in the AL East while the Kansas City Royals finished 4th overall with a losing 50-53 record. Pedro Guerrero was then walked intentionally. The Yankees jumped all over Bob Welch, as he faced four batters without recording an out before being relieved by Dave Goltz. John managed to strand Guerrero in scoring position to end the seventh and pitched the last two innings, but closer Gossage never got in the game. In the seventh, the Dodgers got two off George Frazier on a sacrifice fly by Steve Yeager and an RBI single by Lopes. Lopes followed with an infield single that drove Monday home for an 8–6 lead. Pinch-hitter Bobby Murcer attempted a sacrifice bunt, but popped it foul.
update=copyright.getFullYear(); On Reuschel's second pitch, Lopes and Russell pulled a double steal. As one of the television commentators during a game played in Yankee Stadium, Howard Cosell, in a context clearly referring to the Yankees, used the term "our pitchers." Prior to this game, Yankee manager Bob Lemon made a questionable move by not playing Reggie Jackson.
Dave Winfield stumbled on the wet grass, fell forward, and uncorked an errant throw. St. Louis Cardinals 2, Minnesota Twins 4.
In both the third and fifth innings, the Dodgers were helped by the Yankees' being unable to use a designated hitter (since it was used in last season's Series).
Frazier would take the loss and become the second pitcher to lose three games in a World Series (the first being Lefty Williams, a member of the Chicago White Sox team that threw the 1919 World Series).
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