1955 October

1st  Surprise Brooklyn starter rookie Roger Craig pitches 6 innings for the 5–3 win. Two HRs by Duke Snider and one by Sandy Amoros in the first 5 innings prove too much for New York. Snider, who hit 4 HRs in the 1952 WS, becomes the first player in history to do this more than once.

2nd  The Yanks kayo lefty Karl Spooner, a surprise pick by manager Alston, in the first with 5 runs on 2 walks, 2 singles and Moose Skowron’s HR. Ford goes all the way for the 5–1 victory. It is Spooner’s last ML appearance, the victim of an arm injury in spring training.

3rd  No more “wait till next year” as Brooklyn, behind the 2-0 pitching of Johnny Podres, brings its first WS championship to Brooklyn in 8 tries. Sixth-inning replacement Sandy Amoros races over to the wall in LF to one-hand an opposite-field bid for extra bases by Yogi Berra with the tying runs on. Amoros turns and fires to SS Pee Wee Reese who throws a bullet to Gil Hodges at 1B for the DP on Yankee base runner Gil McDougald. Brooklyn pulls off 12 DPs in the WS, a new record.

6th  The Cards name Frank “Trader” Lane as their new GM, succeeding Richard Meyer, who doubled as a Card official and an executive with Anheuser-Busch. Meyer is named Executive veep. Yesterday, Vice-President Bill Walsingham resigned after 29 years with the team. He was the nephew of one-time owner Sam Breadon.

9th Pitcher Howie Fox, out of the majors in 1955, is knifed to death in a bar fight in San Antonio, Texas. The 34-year-old was 1–2 in 1954.

12th  The Cardinals give manager Harry Walker his hat and replace him with Fred Hutchinson. With the departure of Walker, who pinch hit for the Cards during the season, the 1956 season will be the first one in NL history without a player-manager. The AL first went to all bench managers in 1930, then repeated in 1951.

18th Home run slugger and future Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner calls it quits. Kiner hit just 18 homers for the Indians in 1955.

25th  Baseball great Branch Rickey steps down as GM of the Pirates and moves into an advisory role with the Pirates. Joe L. Brown, son of the actor, replaces him.

With Luis Aparicio waiting in the wings, the White Sox trade SS Chico Carrasquel and Jim Busby to the Indians for Larry Doby.

27th Hall of Fame pitcher Clark Griffith dies at the age of 85. Griffith had been owner and president of the Washington Senators since 1919.