SERIES – Historic Comiskey Park is host to its
first World Series in 40 years as Game 1 unfolds and Early Wynn
opposes Roger Craig. After scoring twice in the first inning,
the Sox pound across seven runs in the third and two more in
the 4th on two titanic home runs by first baseman Ted Kluszewski.
White Sox bang the ball all over the park and rout Dodgers 11-0!
2 features Bob Shaw vs. Johnny Podres. Again the Sox jump out
to a quick 2-0 lead and hold it until the fifth when Charlie
Neal homers for the first Dodger run of the series. A spectacular
camera shot shows a full cup of beer dropping into leftfielder
Al Smith’s face as he watches the ball settle into the
left field stands above him! With the game tied 2-2 in the sixth,
Neal hits his second HR of the day to put the Dodgers ahead
for the first time, 4-2. During a Sox uprising in the eighth
against Larry Sherry, Al Smith doubles to left with two men
on, however in the bonehead play of the series, Sherm Lollar
is out by a mile at the plate trying to score, and the Dodgers
still lead. It’s the turning point of the series, as Sherry
closes the door in the ninth to wrap up a save and give the
win to Podres.
The three games in the Los Angeles
Coliseum drew World Series record crowds that will never be
equaled, with the fifth game packing in 92,706! It’s Dick
Donovan vs. Don Drysdale in Game 3 and both pitchers throw goose
eggs thru six, Donovan giving up only 1 hit! However, Donovan’s
control deserts him in the 7th and with the bases loaded, Furillo
bats against reliever Staley and singles in two runs to put
the Dodgers in front. After Drysdale gives up a run in the 8th,
Sherry comes in to relieve and shuts down the Sox as the Dodgers
game pitchers Wynn and Craig face each other again in the fourth
game, a 5-4 Dodger victory. Lollar’s homer caps a game-tying
8th inning for the Sox, but Gil Hodges blasts one only a few
minutes later to give the Dodgers and reliever Larry Sherry
the first time in series history, three pitchers combine for
a shutout as White Sox starter Bob Shaw, Billy Pierce and Dick
Donovan all stop the Dodgers 1-0 in game 5, which sends the
series back to Chicago. The game’s only run scores in
the fourth off starter Sandy Koufax, when Nellie Fox scores
as Lollar hits into a double play.
victory in game 5 gives the Sox hope heading home to again play
in a “real ballpark”, but the change in scenery
is no help. Pitcher of the year Early Wynn, starting with only
two days rest, goes against Podres, but after scoring two runs
in the third off him, the Dodgers break open the game with six
runs in the fourth for an 8-0 lead. Podres, however, is also
knocked out in the 4th by Chicago’s last gasp, another
towering home run by the Sox’ leading hitter in the series,
Ted Kluszewski. In the 9th, Chuck Essegian sets a series record
with his second pinch homer of the series, and the Dodgers capture
the World Championship, 4 games to 2.
“THE WHITE SOX AT COMISKEY”
a bonus on this 1959 World Series DVD, we’ve added a 25-minute
collection of Chicago White Sox B & W news footage from
the heart of the “Go-Go” era, 1956-1960! All 13
games have narration to identify all players, and you’ll
even hear Bill Veeck’s exploding scoreboard celebrate
a Minnie Minoso home run against the hated New York Yankees!
In fact, over half of the games are against the Yanks, and most
of the rest are against the Cleveland Indians. Here’s
what you’ll see:
1956 – Opening Day at Comiskey Park, Billy Pierce
vs. Bob Lemon. Sox beat Cleveland before 16,773. Jim Busby HR
for Tribe. Managers Marty Marion and Al Lopez.
June 27, 1956
– Red Sox at Comiskey. Boston wins slugfest, 11-9. Chicago
reliever Dixie Howell hits first ML homer! Third baseman Fred
Hatfield also connects for Pale Hose!
May 5, 1957
– Red Hot White Sox are 11-2 so far in ’57 and over
41,000 pack in to see first Yankee invasion of the year! But
Johnny Kucks twirls 3-0 three-hitter vs. Jack Harshman in this
2nd game as Yanks sweep doubleheader.
June 11, 1957
– The Sox are back in first place by five games when Yanks
return, and huge crowd witnesses tremendous first inning Mickey
Mantle HR to dead centerfield! Sox are in classic “Go-Go”
mood, and big argument follows Minoso’s attempted steal
of home! Despite Sox hustle, Yanks squeak by and win, 3-2.
14, 1957 (2nd game DH) – Dick Donovan can’t
hold 4-0 Sox 9th inning lead for DH sweep vs. Yanks and Whitey
Ford. With Jim Wilson in relief, Bill Skowron pinch-hits a grand
slam homer to bring Yanks 6-4 comeback win!
1957 – Sox-killer Moose Skowron drives in three
of the Yanks first 5 runs as Yanks beat Sox 12-6 in night game.
Nellie Fox and Mickey Mantle shown in close-ups.
1957 – After more than an hour rain delay the
very next night, Don Larsen and Billy Pierce square off in front
of almost 37,000. With Bob Turley in relief, Yanks again win
tight game, 5-4, as Sammy Esposito strikes out with the bases
loaded in the last of the ninth! Home Run, Earl Torgeson and
close-ups of Skowron and Gil McDougald.
May 10, 1959
– Billy Pierce beats Jim Grant and Cleveland
Indians 5-4 in front game of DH in 11 innings! Sox third baseman
Bubba Phillips is the real hero of the game however, with a
homer, plus game-winning hit in the last of the 11th, when never-say-die
Sox come from behind after trailing in extra innings!
May 26, 1959
– One the same night Harvey Haddix is pitching his 12
perfect innings some 90 miles to the north, club owner Bill
Veeck arranges for “Martians” to land before the
game to entertain crowd of over 40,000! But Tribe lefthander
Don Ferrarese drives in two runs with two doubles off Donovan
and Indians spoil Sox festivities at Comiskey, with 3-0 whitewash!
April 28, 1960 – Al Smith has five straight hits going
into this game and collects three more in 3-1 White Sox victory
by Billy Pierce over Gary Bell and Indians at Comiskey Park.
Pierce tosses 5-hitter. Close-ups of Smith, Nellie Fox and Woodie
Held of Cleveland.
19, 1960 (2nd game DH) – John Gabler vs. Russ
Kemmerer. Yanks, with Ryne Duren in relief, beat Sox 5-3. Brand
new Sox Left Field Picnic Area is shown! Minnie Minoso’s
solo HR in the 5th sets off Veeck’s new exploding scoreboard!
June 22, 1960
– Just two nights later, Early Wynn beats young Jack Fisher
and Orioles 3-1 in night game. Sox score all three runs in the
third. Al Lopez argues as Nellie Fox is called out on controversial
1960 – Three-run White Sox 5th inning is all
Billy Pierce and Sox need to beat Whitey Ford and Bronx Bombers
9-1 at Comiskey park. Pierce throttles Yanks on only 4 hits,
and strikes out old Sox nemesis Moose Skowron to end the ballgame!
Close-ups of Minoso, Fox and first baseman Roy Sievers.
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