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Oct. 1, 1959: The ball pops from the glove of Dodgers center fielder Duke Snider, right, as he and left fielder Wally Moon collide in the third inning of opening game in 1959 World Series. They were trying to catch the White Sox's Sherm Lollar fly ball. The White Sox won the first game 11-0.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Oct. 2, 1959: Chicago White Sox outfielder Al Smith is drenched by a cup of beer as fans try to catch Los Angeles Dodgers' Charlie Neal's fifth inning home run during the World Series game in Chicago. Neal's home run tied the game 2-2. The Dodgers won 4-3.


Oct. 2, 1959: About 4,500 Dodgers fans meet the team at Los Angeles International Airport after they returned from Chicago with the 1959 World Series tied 1-1.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Fry / Los Angeles Times

Oct. 4, 1959: Dodgers third baseman Gim Gilliam (19) and shortstop Maury Wills chase the White Sox Jim Rivera's high foul in fourth inning of game three, 1959 World Series.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times

Oct. 5, 1959: Dodgers catcher John Roseboro slides hard into second base and knocks the ball out of White Sox Luis Aparicio's hand in the third inning. Roseboro got a single and run battled in, Aparicio an error. The Dodgers won game 4 of the 1959 World Series, 5-4.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Sharkey / Los Angeles Times

Oct. 5, 1959: In game four, Dodger Charlie Neal has stepped on second, forcing Ted Kluszewski, but has a problem getting throw away as Kluszewski slides toward him. Neal escapes and completes a double play to first. The first two photos from Associated Press were combined with a third photo by Los Angeles Times staff photographer Larry Sharkey in the Oct. 6, 1959, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Oct. 5, 1959: White Sox Luis Aparicio steals second ahead of throw to Maury Wills, left, from Wally Moon in game four of the 1959 World Series. This photo was published in the Oct. 6, 1959, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times

Oct. 6, 1959: Chicago White Sox infielders Nellie Fox, right, and Luis Aparicio are on a collision course as they race into short left field in pursuit of Dodger Gil Hodges' second-inning fly. The players collided but Aparicio, after falling backward, held on to the ball for an out. These photos were published in the Oct. 7, 1959, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Sharkey / Los Angeles Times

Oct. 6, 1959: Dodger Charlie Neal whips the ball to Gil Hodges for a double play as Jim Landis barrels into second base during a fourth-inning play that produced a lone run. The fifth game of the 1959 World Series was won by the White Sox 1-0.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Sharkey / Los Angeles Times

Oct. 6, 1959: Dodger Wally Moon comes into third base during the eighth inning, advancing from first on Gil Hodges' single. Umpire Frank Secory and Bubba Philips of the Chicago White Sox are waiting. Dodgers couldn't bring Wally home. The White Sox won game five, 1-0.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times

Oct. 6, 1959: The Los Angeles Coliseum during the fifth game of the World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox. 92,706 people attended the game to set a new World Series attendance record.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press / Associated Press

Oct. 6, 1959: Dodger catcher Johnny Roseboro battles the White Sox's Nellie Fox for possession of first base in fourth inning. Roseboro had trailed Fox to first, after the latter singled, and nearly picked him off on Wally Moon's throw. Fox scored in the same inning.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times

Oct. 8, 1959: Dodger Maury Wills scores from first base on a fourth-inning double by Johnny Podres. White Sox catcher Sterm Lollar waits for the ball. The Dodgers scored six runs in the inning for a 9-3 victory in game 6 of the 1959 World Series. This photo was published in the Oct. 9, 1959, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Oct. 8, 1959: Dodgers relief pitcher Larry Sherry celebrating with catcher Johnny Roseboro (44) after their 1959 World Series finale victory over the Chicago White Sox.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Oct. 8, 1959: Larry Sherry, the Dodgers' winning relief pitcher, is surrounded by teammates, upper right, after a 9-3 final-game victory over the White Sox in Chicago. On Sherry's right is Manager Walt Alston. Charley Neal (left) is congratulated by Don Zimmer as Gil Hodges (14) and Duke Snider, in foreground, leave the field together. This photo was published in the Oct. 9, 1959, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Oct. 9, 1959: The Los Angeles Dodgers are greeted at Los Angeles International airport by 5,000 fans after winning the 1959 World Series.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ben Olender / Los Angeles Times

April 17, 1960: Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick, left, presents the 1959 World Championship pennant to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Accepting are, from left, Charlie Neal, Gil Hodges, Wally Moon and Manager Walt Alston.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times

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The Los Angeles Dodgers won the 1959 World Series, beating the Chicago White Sox in six games.

Games three, four and five were the first World Series games played on the West Coast. Played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the three games averaged over 90,000 fans. Game five’s attendance of 92,706 is still a World Series record.

The 1959 World Series was the first in which a starting pitcher – for both teams – failed to toss a complete game. Dodgers relief pitcher Larry Sherry won Most Valuable Player honors. With two wins and two saves, Sherry appeared in all four Dodgers wins.

On Oct. 8, 1959, the Dodgers won game six by the score of 9-3. Times staff representative Frank Finch reported in the Oct. 9, 1959, Los Angeles Times:

CHICAGO, Oct. 8 – Boyish-looking Larry Sherry, who began his baseball career as a second baseman for good ol’ Fairfax High, today earned a place in the front row of the majestic parade of pitching giants who hurled their way into World Series immortality.

In his fourth appearance of the 56th series, the 24-year-old native Angeleno pitched 5 2/3 innings of shutout ball as the Dodgers crushed the Chicago White Sox, 9-3, to capture their second world championship.

With homers by Duke Snider, Wally Moon and Chuck Essegian more than compensating for mighty Ted Kluszewski’s third round-tripper of the set, the Dodgers took the series, four games to two.

A six-run spree in the fourth inning clinched the Dodgers’s most rewarding victory of all time.

And they did it right here in Comiskey Park, where the now long-gone Sox vowed that they’d win it all after their harrowing experiences in the Los Angeles Coliseum.

The Dodgers took two out of three games in the “real” ball park and took two out of three in their own bailiwick so the Sox have no excuses now.

The better team won.

When Klu powered his three-run home in the fourth inning to take a big bite out of Johnny Podres’ 8-0 lead, the iron-armed Sherry was waved in from the bull pen by manager Walt Alston, who also was the Dodger boss when they won their first World Series from the Yankees in 1955.

Larry was greeted by Bubba Phillips’ single as the turn-away mob of 47,653 fans whooped it up, but they didn’t get many chances to cheer their heroes after that introductory swat.

Chicago was to get only three more hits and a walk from Sherry, who pitched his way into his second World Series win. Sherry also won the fourth game for the Dodgers. …

During the Dodgers’ drive to the pennant Sherry posted seven consecutive victories and saved three other games. In relief his earned-run average was a microscopic 0.74.

And in tying a series record with two wins in relief against Chicago, Sherry lowered his ERA to an even more minute 0.71.

In four appearances the kid with the blazing fast ball, big curve and sinker gave up only eight hits, one run and a base on balls in 12 2/3 innings. He also fanned five. …

A key play – and famous image – was covered in this previous From the Archives post:  ’59 Dodger home run helped drench a Sox lead, and outfielder, in beer.

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