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On This Day In History | 1923

October 10, 2012

Stengel as a Giant in the 1920s (Major League Baseball)

On this day 89 years ago the first World Series game in Yankee Stadium saw the New York Yankees and New York Giants meet in the 3rd consecutive Subway Series between the clubs.  The Yanks’ National League rivals took the ’21 series in 8 games (you read that correctly) and the ’22 series in 5, but, after the first 2 innings it looked as though the Yankees might change the script, taking a 3-0 lead on a double by Bob Meusel and a 2-run single by Whitey Witt.  However, in the 3rd the Giants pinned 4 runs on Waite Hoyt to take a 4-3 lead.  The Yanks would tie it in the 7th when a Joe Dugan triple plated Bullet Joe Bush.

But in the top of the 9th, the Yanks’ October nemeses came through in the clutch once again.  With Bush on the mound, a veteran center fielder named Casey Stengel (yep, our Casey Stengel) laced a shot to centerfield and raced around the bags for an inside-the-park home run to steal the opening game, 5-4.  The Yanks would go on to win 4 of the next 5 games and take their first World Series crown while Stengel would go on to manage the Bombers to 10 pennants and 7 World Series titles from 1949-1960.

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