1959 October

1st  The Go-Go Sox change character at home and hammer the LA Dodgers 11–0 in the first game of the World Series, as Ted Kluszewski has 2 HRs and 5 RBI. Early Wynn and Gerry Staley combine for the shutout. Yankee manager Casey Stengel, sitting out only his 2nd Series since 1947, covers the game as a reporter.

Commissioner Ford Frick bars a Chicago auto dealer’s plan to give out a free auto for every HR hit by a White Sox player.

2nd  In Game 2, the Dodgers get a 2-out pinch homer and score 3 in the 7th to win 4–3 and even up the Series. Charlie Neal has 2 HRs for the Dodgers, including one in the 5th that becomes a famous photograph by Ray Gora when a fan named Melvin Piehl tries for the ball and accidentally knocks over a cup of beer on Al Smith’s head.

4th  In Los Angeles, the Dodgers win 3–1 behind the pitching of Don Drysdale and Larry Sherry. Carl Furillo’s pinch 2-run single in the 7th is the difference. The 92,394 in attendance sets a new WS mark.

The Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame, next to Korakuen Stadium in Tokyo, is dedicated.

5th  In Game 4, the Dodgers edge the White Sox 5–4, as Larry Sherry wins in relief of Roger Craig. The Sox tie the game at 4–4 after spotting the Dodgers a 4–0 lead. The previous day’s record-crowd is bested by today’s attendance of 92,650.

6th  White Sox hurler Dick Donovan keeps the Series alive with a splendid 1–0 win over the Dodgers. Sherm Lollar’s DP grounder scores the only run. The attendance mark falls for the 2nd day in a row, as 92,706 fans jam the Coliseum.

8th  The Los Angeles Dodgers win 9–3 to take the series in Chicago, again behind Sherry in relief of Johnny Podres. The Dodgers have an 8–0 lead after 4 innings and hold on despite Ted Kluszewski’s 3-run HR. The round-tripper gives the slugger a new 6-game RBI record of 10. Chuck Essegian hits his 2nd pinch HR to establish a new record, later equaled by Bernie Carbo of the Red Sox in 1975. Each Dodger receives a record $11,231 winning share. The White Sox get a record $7,275 for losing.

20th  Clark Griffith of the Senators says the team will not move the franchise.

21st  The Players Association approves 2 All-Star Games in 1960, to be held in Kansas City and New York. The players would like to have them within 4 days of each other.

President Branch Rickey says that a Continental League franchise will be awarded to Buffalo. Montreal, Atlanta, and Dallas/Ft. Worth are still in the running for the remaining 2 slots.

29th  The Nankai Hawks of the Pacific League win the Japanese WS by sweeping the Yomiuri Giants 4–0.

Early Wynn of the White Sox wins the Cy Young Award, getting 13 of the 16 votes.