1958 World Championships – Braves and Yankees

Written by Ron Griffiths

Columnist contribution

In October 1958, the defending World Championship Milwaukee Braves (92-62) led by Fred Haney met general manager John Quinn with the New York Yankees (92-62-1) headed by Casey Stengel along with general manager George Weiss.

The Braves were led on the offensive by Hank Aaron (30 HR, 95 RBI, .326 BA, 109 RS, 196 H), Ed Mathews (31 HR, 97 RS), Wes Covington (24 HR, .330 BA), Frank Tory, Older brother of Joe Torre (.309 BA), Joe Adcock (19 HR) and hunter Del Crandall (18 HR).

Their pitch crew was backed by Warren Spahn 22-11, Lew Burdette 20-10, Bob Rush 10-6, Carl Willey 9-7, Juan Pizarro 6-4 and Joey Jay 7-5, who two years later would be a superstar. For Cincinnati Reds. In the Bulls game they had Don McMahan 7-2 with 8 saves and Gene Conley, who played professional basketball with the Boston Celtics in the 1958-59 season with 3 saves.

The Yankees, who made their eighth World Championship appearance in the 1950s, were led by Mickey Mantle (42 HR, 97 RBI, .304 BA, 127 RS, 18 SB), catcher Yogi Berra (22 HR. 90 RBI) and Norm Siebern (.300 BA), Elston Howard (.314 BA) and 42-year-old backup defensive player Enos Slaughter (.304 BA).

The New York crew was led by right-hander Bob Turley 21-7, 2.97 ERA, left-handed Witty Ford 14-7, 2.01 ERA, Don Larsen 9-6, Duke Masses 7-3 and Reign Doren 6-4, 2.02 ERA in the bulls.

It was the first game at County Stadium in Milwaukee with two of the greatest left-handed bowlers of their day facing each other at Whitey Ford and Warren Spahn. It was a tight match and they tied after nine games, 3-3. However, Bill Broughton singled out Joe Adcock for a winning round in the bottom ten of Rennes Doreen as the Braves took a 4-3 win and a 1-0 lead in the series. Spahn pitched all ten innings to the Braves.

Bill Skorron and Hank Bauer both ran their home for the Yankees.

The Braves continued their momentum from Game One into Game Two as Bill Broughton pulled off a home run, and Homer’s three-stroke starter Le Burdet assisted Milwaukee with a 13-4 win and a 2-0 lead.

Mickey Mantell added twice at home and Hank Bauer had one for the Yankees as teams switched to the original Yankee Stadium in the Bronx in New York City for game three.

In the third game, the Yankees reunited behind superstar Don Larson who made the only perfect match in World Championship history in 1956 and gave seven goalless rounds to unite with Rennes Doreen for a 4-0 win in New York.

Hank Bauer contributed a home race with the Yankees.

Game four was the second of three consecutive Finals, this time by 37-year-old Warren Spahn who carried the Yankees just two strokes to win 3-0 and advance 3-1.

The fifth game featured five full blows to Bob Turley of the Yankees for a 7-0 win. With the help of Jill McDougald at home, the New York team managed to pull out in one game of the Braves 3-2.

For Game Six, the two teams traveled back to Milwaukee as Warren Spahn made his third start streak, having already run ten runs and nine full runs for two wins.

He was also sharp in this game as he only allowed two runs in nine innings but the score was tied and he went into the 10th inning for the second time in the series.

This time he gave up his home run to Jill McDougald to lead the inning, taking the next hitter, but gave up two singles and was replaced by Don McMahon who gave up a single by Bill Skorone and Yogi Berra scored in the second inning and the Yankees lead 4-2.

The Braves had one run over Hank Aaron’s RBI at the bottom of the inning but the Yankees won 4-3 to tie the series in three games each.

Game seven was another close match as it was tied 2-2 by entering the eighth inning until New York broke the open game by three Bill Skorron ran home and behind Bob Turley, who had been saved the day before, came onto the field six and two-thirds in relief. The Yankees won the game 6-2, their 18th World Championship title and sixth in the 1950s.

Hank Bauer was named World Player of the Year. While the Yankees returned in 1960 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Braves didn’t return until 1991 when they were the Atlanta Braves.

For Warren Spahn, it was the last World Championship appearance in his 21-year career and he won 20 or more matches 12 times. He finished with 363 wins, the most ever by a left-wing player and the most for a pitcher in the modern era which is sometime after 1920.

The statistics for this article are from baseball-reference.com.

%d bloggers like this: