1958 October

st  In the WS, the Braves pick up where they left off the previous year, defeating the Yankees behind Warren Spahn 4–3 in 10 innings.

2nd  The Braves erupt for 7 runs in the first and go on to defeat the Yankees 13–5. Lew Burdette is shaky but beats New York for the 4th consecutive time. He also chips in with a 3-run HR.

The Orioles acquire OF Dick Williams from Kansas City for SS Chico Carrasquel.

3rd The Cardinals ship OF Del Ennis, SS Eddie Kasko, and P Bob Mabe to the Reds for George Crowe, P Alex Kellner and SS Alex Grammas.

4th  Yankee pitchers Don Larsen and Ryne Duren combine for a shutout as New York wins 4–0. Yankee OF Hank Bauer accounts for all 4 runs, including a 2-run homer in the 7th.

A Tokyo schoolboy star named Sadaharu Oh is signed by the Yomiuri Giants for a bonus of Y13,000,000 (about $55,000). Oh will become one of the most famous players in baseball, setting many world hitting records.

The Sporting News names Washington OF Albie Pearson and Yankee P Ryne Duren as its AL Rookies of the Year; the Giants 1B Orlando Cepeda and P Carl Willey of the Braves as its NL Rookies of the Year.

5th  Milwaukee goes up 3 games to one with a 3–0, 2-hit shutout by Warren Spahn, who allows just 2 hits. The Braves stop Hank Bauer’s 17-game WS hitting streak, dating back to 1956.

6th  The Yankees finally solve Lew Burdette, scoring 6 runs in the bottom of the 6th and winning 7–0 behind the 5-hit pitching of Bob Turley.

7th  The Yanks pull even at 3 games, as Hank Bauer hits his 4th HR of the Series and New York wins 4–3 in 10 innings.

The Cards keep shuffling as they send C Hobie Landrith, P Bill Moffett, and 3B Benny Valenzuela to the Giants for pitchers Marv Grissom and Ernie Broglio.

8th  The Yankees win the WS handily on Moose Skowron’s 3-run HR off Lew Burdette in the 8th that puts the game on ice 6–2. Eddie Mathews strikes out for the 11th time, a record that will stand until l980 when broken by Willie Wilson of Kansas City. The Braves’ 53 strikeouts are also a new WS record. This is Casey Stengel’s 7th championship, tying him with Joe McCarthy for the most Series won.

9th  Twenty members of the Cardinals embark on an Asian goodwill tour, stopping in Manila and Tokyo.

12th  At Yankee Stadium, the Willie Mays-led National Leaguers beats a team of Mantle American Leaguers, 6-2, in front of a crowd of 21,000. In a promotion for Sports Illustrated, George Plimpton is scheduled to pitch against both lineups in a pre-game exhibition with the team with the most hits receiving $1,000. Plimpton is only able to pitch to the National League batters. Although he retires several batters, Plimpton’s pitches are battered around the ballpark, especially by Frank Thomas who hits an upper deck home run to left. After proving himself incapable of throwing a strike to Bill Mazeroski, the 8th National League batter, Plimpton is relieved by Yankee coach Ralph Houk who then pitches to the American League batters. In the regular game, the pitchers are Bob Friend, Turk Farrell, and Johnny Podres for the NL and Billy Pierce, Whitey Ford, and Dick Donovan for the AL. Mays and Richie Ashburn star, combining to go 7 for 9 with two stolen bases.

13th  The commissioner fines 22 Milwaukee players $50 each for divulging their WS share.

The ML fines Yankees P Ryne Duren $250 for giving the “choke” sign to an umpire during the WS.

21st  P Kazuhisa Inao posts his 4th consecutive win in the Japan Series to bring the Nishitetsu Lions to a dramatic win after losing the first 3 games to the Yomiuri Giants.