The Brooklyn Dodgers faced off with the New York Yankees for the 6th time in 10 years.
Game 1, the Dodgers won 6-3 behind the 9-hit pitching of Sal 'the Barber' Maglie. 'The Bums' Gil Hodges hit a 2-run and Jackie Robinson a solo homer. Yankees' Mickey Mantle whacks a 2-run homer and Billy Martin a solo homer; Whitey Ford takes the loss.
Game 2, with the Yankees up 6-0, led by Yogi Berra's grand slam, the Dodgers rally to win 13-6. Duke Snider smashed a 3-run homer.
Game 3, Whitey Ford pitches again and leads the Yankees to a 5-3 win, aided by a 3-run Enos Slaughter homer.
Game 4, Yankee starter Tom Sturdivant hurled a complete game 6-hitter, 6-2 victory at Yankee Stadium. Mantle homers again, and Hank Bauer lined a 2-run home run. Carl Erskine is the losing pitcher.
Game 5, Yankees' Don Larsen hurled a perfect no-hitter, 2-0 win, backed by a backhand running-catch in deep left center by Mickey Mantle, who also hits another home run off loser Sal Maglie.
Game 6, although not perfect, Dodgers Clem Labine shutouts the power-packed Yankees 1-0 in 10 innings. Bob Turley got the loss despite allowing only 4-hits. Enos Slaughter misjudged a fly ball with 2-outs to set up the winning run.
Game 7, The New York Yankees pounded the Dodgers 9-0 at old Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Yogi Berra hit two 2-run homers, Bill 'Moose' Skowron hit a grand slam, and Elston Howard a solo-blast. Johnny Kucks pitched a complete game 3-hitter to bring the New York Yankees another Championship Ring. In the Series: Yankees Yogi Berra batted .360, 3 Hrs, 10 RBIs; Mantle hits .250 but lined 3 homers, 6 RBIs and Enos Slaughter hit .350. The Dodgers are led by Gil Hodges, who hit .304. Despite all the hitting, the 1956 Series is best remembered for Don Larsen perfect pitching gem - a no-hitter, and no one reached base. baseballhistorian.com - Archives
Perfect Game... Don Larsen
Larsen Pitches Perfect Game... World Series 1956
Don Larsen created headlines news on Oct 8, 1956 by having the best day of any pitcher in the history of baseball.
The baseball world watched the same two clubs battle for the second year in a row in the World Series - the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees.
The Dodgers, possibility baseball's best hitting club at the time, beat the Yankees in the '55 World Series and the odds-makers figured the "Bums" would win again. The Dodgers had a line-up of compelling hitters: Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson, Carl Furillo, Gil Hodges, Junior Gilliam and Pee Wee Reese.
Larsen, who went 7-12 in 1953 with the old St. Louis Browns, his first major league season, was 3-21 in '54 when the Browns moved to Baltimore. He was traded to the Yankees in '55 and in 1956 collected a 11-5 record, 3.26 ERA as a spot starter and reliever.
Casey Stengel decided Larsen "was my go to guy" and called on him to start Game 5. The 6'4", 225-pound, right-hander using the barest of windups, set down hitter after hitter. By the 6th-inning everyone in the crowd of 64,519 at Yankee Stadium knew what might happen, they just couldn't believe the perfect game would continue.
By the time the 8th-inning, Larsen's every pitch captured the attention and brought a roaring ovation said to be "unequaled in Yankee Stadium history."
In the top of the ninth, Larsen later told reporters, "I was so weak in the knees out there in the ninth inning, I thought I was going to faint. I was so nervous I almost fell down. My legs were rubbery and my fingers didn't feel like they were on my hand. I said to myself, 'Please help me out, somebody."
The ninth inning unfolded with Furillo flying out. Campanella grounded out to short. Then pandemonium set in - Dale Mitchell, the eight toughest man to strike out in baseball's long history, took a third called strike - Larsen had pitched a perfect game... no-hits, no-runs, no one reached base...and in the World Series!