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Fernando wins Game 3 of 1981 World Series

Fernando wins Game 3 of 1981 World Series

Oct. 23, 1981: Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela , No. 34, is congratulated by teammates Mike Scioscia (14)  and Ron Cey (10) after pitching a complete game to beat the New York Yankees, 5-4, at Dodger Stadium in the third game of the 1981 World Series.

After losing the first two games in New York,  the Dodgers needed a strong performance from Valenzuela to stop the Yankees.

Times staff writer Mark Heisler reported the next morning:

The Fernando Nation popped up on Elysian Park Ave. one last time, armed with Fernando pennants and T-shirts, and the carnival was off and running once more, although in a somewhat more adventurous form.

This time, Fernando Valenzuela, the 20-year-old hope of the franchise, pitched a tidy little nine-hitter and walked another seven, but in the end it was still his round form out there firing. It took him 146 pitches to do it, but he beat the Yankees, 5-4, Friday night before 56,236, the largest crowd ever to see a baseball game in Dodger Stadium.

Fernando’s victory turned around the series. The Dodgers won the next three games, capturing the title in six games.

For more on Fernando Valenzuela, check out this Fernandomania photo gallery.

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