I can’t even imagine a series where the Yankees outscored the Pirates 55-27, with blow-outs in all three of their wins, only to find themselves going home empty-handed after the Pirates stun the baseball world and take home the top prize in dramatic fashion.
In the three Yankee wins, they outscored Pittsburgh 38-3!!
But that didn’t matter as the Pirates won games 1, 4, 5 and 7 by the scores of 6-4, 3-2, 5-2 and 10-9, proving that it doesn’t matter how you win, taking home the championship is just as sweet!
After the Yanks tied what was a see-saw game in the top of the ninth on a wild play where Mickey Mantle avoided a tag by first baseman Rocky Nelson, allowing pinch-runner Gil McDougald to scoot home, the game was set up going into the bottom of the inning.
Yankee pitcher Ralph Terry was working his second inning after coming in to get the last out in the 8th, and was facing the Pirates lead-off hitter, second baseman Bill Mazeroski, who homered in the first game.
After a first pitch ball, Terry delivered the next, and Mazeroski followed with a home run that instantly made the baseball history books, sending a drive over the left field wall and giving the Pirates their championship, the last until they’d win it all again in 1971.