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On This Day In History | 1961

October 9, 2012

Ford pitches in the opening game of the series (Associated Press)

On this day 51 years ago the Yankees won their 19th World Series crown in a 13-5 game 5 drubbing of the Reds at Crosley Field.  After a 7-0 shutout the day before, the Bombers got on the board quickly in the clincher, posting 5 runs in the top half of the 1st on a home run by Johnny Blanchard, a single by Bill Skowron, a triple by Hector Lopez, and and a double by Clete Boyer.  After a Roger Maris double scored Tony Kubek in the 2nd, the Yanks countered a 3-run Cincinnati 3rd with 5 more runs in the 4th.  Skowron’s second single scored Kubek and Blanchard and a Lopez 3-run home run to centerfield all but secured the victory.  Bud Daley got the win with 6.2 innings of scoreless ball in relief of Ralph Terry.  The series MVP was Whitey Ford who won his both of his starts, allowing 0 runs and just 6 hits over 14 innings.

The Yankees also won World Series on October 9th in 1928, 1938, 1949, and 1958.

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