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Yankees Come Back To Take Title!

The 1956 Series was a mirror image of 1955. With both teams repeaters as league champions,the Yankees this year followed Brooklyn's winning pattern of the previous Series: losing the first two games, winning the next three,then splitting the final pair.

Sal Maglie outlasted Yankee ace Whitey Ford in the
opener. Maglie gave up nine hits and three runs (on
homers by Mickey Mantle and Billy Martin), but
struck out ten and took the win as Jackie Robinson
and Gil Hodges contributed homers for four of
Brooklyn's six runs. Dodger ace Don Newcombe
was blown out by six Yankee runs (capped by Yogi
Berra's grand slam) in the first two innings of Game
Two. But Brooklyn came back with six unearned
runs in their half of the second (three of them on
Duke Snider's homer) and proceeded to run through
seven Yankee pitchers for a 13-8 win and a
two-game Series edge.

Whitey Ford tried again in Game Three, and this
time held on for a complete-game 5-3 win, supported
by Billy Martin's game-tying solo homer in the
second and forty-year-old Enos Slaughter's
go-ahead three-run shot in the sixth. Tom Sturdivant
duplicated Ford's effectiveness and success the
next day with a six-hit 6-2 win to even the Series.

Sal Maglie pitched Game Five for Brooklyn and
improved on his winning performance of Game One,
yielding only two runs and holding New York hitless
until Mantle's two-out homer in the fourth inning. But
no one was a match for Yankee pitcher Don Larsen
that day. There was a close out on a deflected
Dodger liner in the second inning, and center fielder
Mantle made a fine running catch to prevent a hit in
the fifth. But Larsen retired the rest routinely, and
when Dale Mitchell fanned in the ninth Larsen had
his perfect game--a feat still unique in World Series
history.

Brooklyn reliever Clem Labine was started in Game
Six against Yankee fastballer Bob Turley. No runner
scored for either side until the last of the tenth inning
when, with two out, Jackie Robinson lined a Turley
pitch over the head of the left fielder, scoring Jim
Gilliam from second and forcing New York into a
seventh game.

The finale proved an anticlimactic disaster for
Brooklyn. Once again Dodger starter Newcombe
was driven out--this time by Yogi Berra's two
two-run homers and Elston Howard's solo shot. By
the time it was over, Bill Skowron had increased the
Yankee run total to nine with a grand slam, and
Yankee starter Johnny Kucks had shut Brooklyn out
on three singles. For New York it was world title
number seventeen.

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