Tuesday, December 15, 2015

TURN BACK THE CLOCK 1952: BILLY MARTIN SAVES THE SERIES FOR THE YANKEES

Today’s “Turn Back the Clock” card is a 20th Anniversary card for the 1972 Topps set celebrating Billy Martin and his World Series (and World Championship) saving grab in the seventh game of the 1952 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Check it out:


The Yankees were gunning for their fourth straight championship, and incredibly, this was their FIRST to go seven games in the run.
On October 7th, 1952, with the Yanks nursing a two-run lead and the bases loaded with Dodgers, Jackie Robinson came to the plate in the seventh with two out and popped up in the infield.
What should have been a simple pop-out turned into a circus as first baseman Joe Collins lost sight of the ball in the sun, forcing second baseman Billy Martin to come dashing in at full speed, barely snatching the ball before it hit the ground.
That play allowed the Yanks to get out of the inning with their slim lead still intact.
If you want a good read on the specifics of the moment, check out the following link, they did a great job:
http://sabr.org/gamesproj/game/october-7-1952-billy-martin-saves-series
The Yankees would go on to win the series, their fourth of an incredible FIVE championships in a row.
This was also the beginning of a historical run that would see them win four more championships by 1962, for a total of TEN World Series wins between 1947 and 1962.
Amazing stuff...

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