During Game 1, Giants outfielder Monte Irvin becomes the first player to steal home in a World Series contest since 1928. Twenty-three years ago, Bob Meusel of the Yankees swiped the dish in a 7-3 victory over the Cardinals during the sixth inning of Game 3.
In the opening game of the World Series‚ the first all-black outfield in major league history makes its appearance when Monte Irvin, Willie Mays and Hank Thompson take the field for the Giants at Yankee Stadium. Leo Durocher, in a curious move, replaces the previously injured outfielder Don Mueller in right field with Hank Thompson, a third baseman by trade, and uses veteran outfielder Bobby Thomson at the hot corner.
In an eventual 11-7 victory in Game 5, Mickey Mantle sends a Russ Meyer pitch into the upper deck to become only the fourth player in World Series history to hit a grand slam. The Yankees slugger joins teammate Gil McDougald (1951), Elmer Smith (1920) and Tony Lazzeri (1936) in accomplishing the feat.
After more than half a century of futility, the Dodgers finally win a World Championship, thanks to Johnny Podres' 2-0 shutout of the Yankees in the Bronx. The turning point of the historic contest proves to be an outstanding catch by defensive replacement Sandy Amoros in the sixth inning that robs Yogi Berra of an extra base hit with two on, resulting in a rally-robbing double play.
With his 3-for-4 performance in Game 3, Hank Bauer establishes a major league record by collecting at least one hit in 17 consecutive World Series games. The Yankee outfielder sets the mark playing in three straight Fall Classics from 1956 to 1958.
When Willie Mays scores on a surprise bunt by Jose Pagan in Game 1, Whitey Ford sees his World Series consecutive scoreless inning streak come to an end at 33 2/3 innings. Clete Boyer's 7th inning home run, however, helps Ford win a record 10th and his final Fall Classic victory as the Yankees defeat the Giants, 6-2.
New York sweeps a doubleheader from Boston at Fenway Park, 5-3 and 3-1. Yankee closer Dave Righetti saves both ends of the twin bill, bringing his major league record total to 46.
At 22 years, 11 months and 19 days, Rangers slugger Juan Gonzalez becomes the youngest home run champion in baseball history. 'Juan Gone', who goes deep 43 times during the season, is 46 days younger than Joe DiMaggio, who won the crown in playing with the Yankees in 1937.
On the last day of the season in the team's 10-2 victory at Tampa Bay, the Yankees break a franchise record, thanks to Alex Rodriguez's three-run blast in the ten-run sixth inning, by hitting their 243rd homer of the season. In the same frame, A-Rod goes deep again, this time with the bases loaded, to extend the club's mark and the third baseman sets a new American League record, collecting seven RBI's in one inning.