Left-fielder Sandy Amoros made the high-light baseball news reel during the final game of the 1955 World Series with a spectacular running catch of left-handed hitting Yogi Berra’s hard-slicing line drive into the left-field corner.
Upon Further Review:
Setting the Stage for Sandy Amoros famous catch
1955 World Series Brooklyn Dodgers VS New York Yankees Game 7 at Yankee Stadium, sixth inning Johnny Podres pitching, Brooklyn leading 2-0.
In the top of the sixth, Dodgers manager Walter Alston had pinch-hit for second baseman Don Zimmer, so, in the bottom half he shifted left-fielder Junior Gilliam to second base and inserted Sandy Amoros, a left-handed throwing outfielder, into left field.
Two men on base and nobody out, and up steps Yankees slugger Yogi Berra to the plate. Yogi Berra a notorious bad ball hitter, reaches out and lines a sure double into the corner that would tie the score, when out of nowhere streaks speedy Sandy Amoros who makes a backhanded catch, thrills around and throws a perfect strike to second, doubling up Gil McDougald. The Yankees failed to score and Johnny Podres pitched a complete game, 8-hit shutout. Dodgers’ first baseman Gil Hodges had two RBIs to lead Brooklyn to a 2-0 win over their rival New Yorkers. The victory was the first world championship for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Note: In Game 5 Sandy Amoros hit a 2-run homer in a 5-3 Dodgers victory. For the Series he was 4-for-12 with 3 runs scored and 3 RBIs.
When Fidel Castro took over Cuba, Edmundo Isasi ‘Sandy’ Amoros lost his prosperous ranch and was forced to live in Miami. Later due to poor health he lost a leg and lived his life in poverty. He died in 1992 at the age of 62.