Replaying the 1953 World Series

Brooklyn Eagle front page from 1953

I recently bought a new edition of the APBA Baseball game which I played (a lot) as a teenager and will be replaying the 1953 World Series just for fun over the next few days. In real life, the Yankees beat the Dodgers in six games – what will happen in the replay? Watch this space for game stories and stats. First up, the Series opener.

YANKS BOMB DODGERS 10-1, TAKE GAME 1

NEW YORK (Sept. 30, 1953) – Helped by three fielding miscues by the Brooklyn Dodgers, the New York Yankees took the first game of the 1953 World Series this afternoon at Yankee Stadium, 10-1.

After Brooklyn tied the game at 1 on Duke Snider‘s fourth-inning home run, the Yankees exploded in the bottom of the frame as the Dodgers imploded. After leadoff hitter Billy Martin struck out, Phil Rizzuto hit a fly ball to left that Jackie Robinson misplayed for an error. A passed ball on normally sharp catcher Roy Campanella moved Rizzuto to second, and first baseman Gil Hodges bobbled Allie Reynolds‘ bunt attempt, putting runners on first and second with one out. After the Dodgers intentionally walked Gil McDougald to load the bases, Joe Collins singled over Hodges’ head to plate Rizzuto and put the Yankees up to stay. Hank Bauer followed with a three-run double to right to make it 5-1. Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle then hit back-to-back home runs, knocking 20-game winner Carl Erskine out of the game and capping the seven-run inning.

The 36-year-old Reynolds (pictured, right) scattered six hits in recording the complete game victory, and Rizzuto finished the scoring with a two-run home run in the seventh off reliever Bobo Milliken.

Game two is tomorrow at Yankee Stadium, with Eddie Lopat (16-4 in the regular season) scheduled to face Brooklyn’s Preacher Roe (11-3).

1953 WORLD SERIES GAME ONE
At Yankee Stadium
1953 New York Yankees 10, 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers 1
Wednesday, September 30, 1953
1953 Brooklyn Dodgers (0-1)                              1953 New York Yankees (1-0)                             
Player          AB R  H BI BB SO  P  A  E LOB   Ave      Player          AB R  H BI BB SO  P  A  E LOB   Ave      
------          -- -  - -- -- --  -  -  - ---   ---      ------          -- -  - -- -- --  -  -  - ---   ---      
Gilliam 2b      4  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   .500      McDougald 3b    4  1  0  0  1  2  0  4  0  1   .000
Reese ss        4  0  1  0  0  1  0  5  0  0   .250      Collins 1b      5  1  1  1  0  2  8  0  0  0   .200
Snider cf       4  0  1  0  0  0  4  0  0  1   .250      Bauer rf        5  1  2  3  0  0  4  0  0  0   .400
Robinson lf     3  0  0  0  1  0  1  0  1  3   .000      Berra c         3  2  2  2  1  0  1  0  0  0   .667
Campanella c    4  0  0  0  0  0  9  0  0  1   .000      Mantle cf       4  1  3  2  0  0  9  0  0  0   .750
Hodges 1b       4  1  2  1  0  0  9  0  1  0   .500      Woodling lf     4  0  0  0  0  3  2  0  0  4   .000
Furillo rf      4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0   .000      Martin 2b       4  1  1  0  0  1  2  3  0  0   .250
Cox 3b          3  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  1   .000      Rizzuto ss      4  2  1  2  0  1  1  3  0  0   .250
Erskine p       1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   .000      Reynolds p      2  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0   .000
 Milliken p     1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   .000
 Williams ph    1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   .000
 Black p        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0   .000
                -- -  - -- -- -- -- -- -- ---                            -- -  - -- -- -- -- -- -- ---            
Totals          33 1  6  1  1  1  24 9  2  6             Totals          35 10 10 10 3  9  27 10 0  5  
                              1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9      R  H  E
                              -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -      -  -  -
1953 Brooklyn Dodgers         0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0      1  6  2  
1953 New York Yankees         0  0  1  7  0  0  2  0  x      10 10 0  
E- Hodges(1), Robinson(1)
LOB- 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers 6, 1953 New York Yankees 5
2B- Gilliam(1), Bauer(1), Mantle(1)
HR- Hodges(1), Berra(1), Mantle(1), Rizzuto(1)
RBI- Hodges(1), Bauer 3(3), Berra 2(2), Collins(1), Mantle 2(2), Rizzuto 2(2)
SH- Reynolds(1)
RLSP- Robinson, Snider, Woodling 3
 
1953 Brooklyn Dodgers            IP   H  R  ER BB SO    ERA
Erskine(L 0-1)                   3.1  8  8  1  3  6    2.70  
Milliken                         3.2  2  2  2  0  2    4.91  
Black                            1.0  0  0  0  0  1    0.00  
 
1953 New York Yankees            IP   H  R  ER BB SO    ERA
Reynolds(W 1-0)                  9.0  6  1  1  1  1    1.00  
 
Batters faced- Erskine 23, Milliken 13, Black 3, Reynolds 34
PB- Campanella
Umpires- Grieve, Stewart, Hurley, Gore, Soar, Dascoli
Kenn Tomasch

Kenn Tomasch