1952 October

1st  In Game 1 of the WS, the Dodgers defeat the Yankees 4–2 at Ebbets Field behind relief ace Joe Black, who started only 2 games during the season.

2nd  The Yanks tie up the WS behind the masterful 3-hit pitching of Vic Raschi, who defeats Carl Erskine 7–1. Raschi strikes out 9.

3rd  Brooklyn’s Preacher Roe wins in Yankee Stadium 5–3. Brooklyn scores 2 runs in the 9th on Yogi Berra’s passed ball.

4th  The Yankees draw even at home 2–0 behind the shutout pitching of Allie Reynolds. Johnny Mize, inserted at 1B, clubs a HR, single, double, and walk in 4 at bats.

In the famed Little World Series, the Rochester Red Wings (IL) defeat the Kansas City Blues (AA) 4–3.

5th  At Yankee Stadium, the seesaw WS battle continues as Brooklyn wins 6–5 in 11 innings when Duke Snider doubles home Billy Cox. Carl Erskine goes all the way for the win.

6th  At Ebbets Field, the Yankees even it up for the 3rd time, as Raschi and Reynolds combine for a 3–2 win in Brooklyn. Berra’s homer ties the game in the 7th and Mickey Mantle’s homer in the 8th becomes the winner. At age 20, Mickey is the youngest player to hit a homer in the post-season, a mark that will stand for 44 years. RF Carl Furillo robs Johnny Mize of a HR in the 9th.

7th  In Game 7 the Yankees take their 4th consecutive WS championship, as Allie Reynolds, one of 3 relievers, defeats Joe Black 4–2. Billy Martin saves the day by snaring a 2-out, bases-loaded IF pop off the bat of Jackie Robinson. Gil Hodges goes hitless again and is 0-for-21 in the Series. Each Yank will receive a winners’ share of $6,026, and each Dodger, a losers’ share of $4,200.

14th Welcome to the Bigs. The Giants recall Gail Henley from Tulsa and trade him to the Reds for P Frank Hiller. Tomorrow, Cincy will bundle Henley with Cal Abrams and C Joe Rossi and trade the trio to Pittsburgh for 22-year-old OF Gus Bell. Pittsburgh will then pack Henley back to the minors, bringing him up for 14 games in 1954.

23rd  The PCL announces a 176-game schedule for 1953.