1953 October

1st  The Yankees go 2 up as Eddie Lopat beats Preacher Roe 4–2, despite the Dodgers’ 9–5 edge in hits. Mantle’s 2-run shot in the 8th inning breaks a 2–2 tie.

Bill Veeck resigns as Browns president.

2nd  The WS moves to Ebbets Field as Carl Erskine establishes a new Series strikeout record by fanning 14 Yanks, including Mickey Mantle and Joe Collins 4 times each. Roy Campanella breaks a 2–2 tie with a game-winning solo HR in the 8th for a 3–2 Brooklyn win

3rd The Dodgers even up the WS at 2 games apiece, as Duke Snider drives in 4 runs in a 7–3 victory.

4th  In Game 5, Mickey Mantle hits a 3rd-inning grand slam off Russ Meyer, and the Yanks hold on to win 11–7 in a game that features 25 hits and 47 total bases.

5th  The Yanks end the WS in 6 as Billy Martin’s 12th WS hit, a record-breaking single to CF in the bottom of the 9th, gives the Yankees their 5th championship in a row. Carl Furillo had tied it up in the 9th with a 2-run HR.

7th  Bill Veeck tells stockholders that he faces bankruptcy unless they drop their suit to block the move to Baltimore. The Browns stockholders will drop their suit against Veeck.

8th  Cuba defeats Venezuela 4–0 before 32,000 partisan fans in Caracas’s University Stadium.

The city of Birmingham, AL, bars Jackie Robinson’s Negro-White All-Stars from playing there. Robinson gives in and drops the white players from his group.

13th  The Yankees buy the contracts of black players Elston Howard and Vic Power from the Kansas City Blues. Power hit .349 for the Yankee farm club, while Howard hit .286. Howard will spend next year in Toronto (International League) while Power is trade bait.

14th  The Dodgers force Charley Dressen’s resignation as manager when he refuses to sign anything less than a two-year contract. The club reportedly offered him a $7,500 raise, but on the insistence of his wife he tried for a 2-year contract and lost. Dressen immediately signs to manage the Oakland Oaks in the PCL.

17th  Bill Veeck wastes no time getting a new job. He becomes a special adviser to Phil Wrigley of the Cubs.

18th  The Orioles agree to pay the International League $48,749 for its territorial rights in Baltimore.

The Giants leave on a one-month tour of Japan, Korea, and the Philippines.

22nd  Red Sox pitcher Mickey McDermott opens a two-week singing engagement at Stauban’s dining and dance spot in downtown Boston. The tenor gets paid $300 a week.

28th  The “Old Redhead,” Red Barber, resigns from the Dodger broadcast booth and takes a job with the rival New York Yankees.

31st  After touring Japan with the Giants, Commissioner Ford Frick says that Japanese baseball is the equivalent of Class A in the U.S.