This ticket stub is one of a complete run of stubs from every New York Yankees/Brooklyn Dodgers World Series game being offered in this auction. We invite you to view our printed catalog or visit our e-book catalog online at https://online.flippingbook.com/view/961320424/ to read an excellent article on the crosstown rivalry written by SABR president Mark Armour.
Facing the prospect of going into Game 5 down three games to one, the Dodgers entered the 9th inning trailing game 4, 2-1, against Bill Bevens. Though Bevens struggled with his control the entire game, walking ten batters, he held the Yankees hitless through the entire game. The Dodgers scored a run in the fifth after two walks, a sac bunt, and a fielder's choice, but had yet to put a runner on via base hit.
Heading into the bottom of the ninth trailing 2-1, Carl Furillo walked, and Spider Jorgensen popped out, bringing Brooklyn to their final out. Al Gionfriddo pinch-ran for Furillo and Pete Reiser pinch-hit for Hugh Casey. Gionfriddo stole second, opening up first base, so the Yankees intentionally walked Reiser. Eddie Miksis pinch-ran for Reiser, and the Dodgers sent veteran Cookie Lavagetto up to pinch hit for Eddie Stanky. Lavagetto lined a double to right, the ball bounced off the wall and hit Tommy Henrich in the shoulder; Gionfriddo and Miksis would score, ending both the no-hitter and the game. Similar to the effect of Mickey Owen's dropped third strike, Lavagetto's double swung the series from a potential 3-1 Yankees advantage to a 2-2 Series tie.
It would be Lavagetto's last hit, as neither he, nor Al Gionfriddo, nor Bill Bevens, would play in the majors again after this Series. Even today, Cookie Lavagetto is remembered among the Dodgers heroes.
Graded EX-MT 6 by PSA, just one example has been graded higher than this, an outstanding, colorful example from one of the best-remembered of all the Brooklyn/Yankees World Series games.