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On This Day In History | 1923

October 15, 2012

A ball signed by the ’23 Champs (Business Week)

On this day 89 years ago the Yankees’ dynasty began with a 6-4 win at the Polo Grounds in game 6 of the World Series.  The victory secured their first World Series championship and came against the team that had foiled them in the last two Fall Classics.  The Yanks jumped on the board first when Babe Ruth smashed a 2 out, full count pitch deep into the seats in right.  The Giants tied the game in their half of the 1st inning when a single by Ross Youngs scored Heinie Groh.  The Giants then tagged Herb Pennock for a run in the 4th, 5th, and 6th innings to take a 4-1 lead.

The Giant lead stood as the game moved to the 8th.  Art Nehf induced a popup from Aaron Ward and with just 5 outs to work with, the Yankees mulled the possibility of a game 7.  Wally Schang and Everett Scott followed with singles, and when Fred Hoffman drew a 4-pitch walk hope remained.  “Bullet” Joe Bush followed with a 4-pitch walk to cut the deficit to 4-2 as Nehf struggled to find the strike zone.  Rosy Ryan came in relief of Nehf and with a 3rd 4-pitch straight walk to Joe Dugan, leaving the bases loaded with 1 out, the Yankees down 4-3, and the “Sultan of Swat” at the plate.  Ruth struck out on 4 pitches as Ryan moved his team to within an out of getting out of trouble, but Bob Meusel had other plans.  He stroked a single into center field that scored 3 after a throwing error by center fielder Bill Cunningham.

The Yankees surged to a 6-4 lead with a 5-run inning and reliever Sam Jones made sure it stood up as he allowed just 1 hit over the last 2 innings.

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