1955 Dodgers beat Yankees World Series
Casey Stengel manager, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Hank Bauer, Moose Skowron, Andy Carey, Joe Collins; Pitchers- Whitey Ford, Bob Turley, Tommy Byrne, Don Larsen, Tom Morgan, Ed Lopat, Tom Sturdivant, Jim Konstanty and Johnny Kucks.
The 1955 New York Yankees won their 6th pennant in seven years, finishing 3 games ahead of the Cleveland Indians, last year's pennant winners. Casey Stengel's switching of players and his rotating of the Yankee pitchers brought the pennant back to the Bronx.
Catcher "Yogi" Berra was voted the Most Valuable Player with a .272 batting mark, 27 homers and 108 RBI's. Star Mickey Mantle batted .306, 37 homers, and 99 RBI's- the "Mick" led the AL in homers and slugging pct- .611. Bill "Moose" Skowron hit .319. Yankee pitchers' Tommy Byrne, 16-5, 3.15 ERA, "Bullet Bob" Turley went 17-13, 3.06 ERA and ace "Whitey" Ford was 18-7, 2.63 ERA. Ford's 18 wins tied for the league lead.
After years of frustration, the Brooklyn Dodgers finally beat the Yankees in the World Series in 7 games. The Dodgers were led by Duke Snider, Jackie Robinson, Gil Hodges and "Pee Wee" Reese. Pitcher Johnny Podres - two complete game victories including a 2-0 seventh game win- were two much for the Yankees in 1955. Clem Labine and Roger Craig picked up the Dodgers' other two wins.
Dodger centerfielder Duke Snider was the series' batting hero with four home runs, 7 RBI's and a .320 BA. Yankee mound star "Whitey" Ford picked up two WS's wins in a losing cause.
Hall of Fame - Joe DiMaggio
'The Yankee Clipper' Elected to the Hall of Fame; June 25, 1955
Joe DiMaggio, baseball's superhero, was elected to the Hall of Fame on June 25, 1955. Regarded by many as the finest player of his time, the Yankee Clipper played 13 years with the Yankees. Joe DiMaggio helped the Yankees win ten pennants and 9 World Series' Championships.
He twice led the American League in batting, including .381 in 1939. Three times he was the league's Most Valuable Player. DiMaggio career batting average was .325, with 361 homers and 1537 RBI's. In his autobiography, Ted Williams stated, 'In my heart I have always felt I was a better hitter than Joe, but I have to say that he was the greatest ballplayer of our time. He could do it all'.
Bullet Bob Turley
Starting Pitcher Right-handed; Mid-90 mph Fastball; New York Yankees 1955-1962
Bullet Bob Turley, 6ft 2 inches, 215 lbs, was traded to the Yankees in the winter of 1954 from the Baltimore Orioles. In 1954, he led all AL hurlers in strikeouts and was the main man in a 18 player trade. In 1955, his first full season in a Yankee pinstripe, Turley, with his' mid-90 mph fastball went 17-13, a 3.06 ERA. The next two seasons he battled arm stiffness but did managed to go 13-7 in 1957.
Bob Turley's fastball was humming for Casey Stengel in 1958, he won the Cy Young Award by going 21-7, .750 pct, 168 K's, he started 31 games, completed 19 and hurled 6 shutouts. Bob Turley pitched in 5 different World Series with the Yankees from 1955-1962. His WS record: 53 innings, 4-3 record, 3.19 ERA. "Bullet Bob" Turley career: 101-85, 24 shutouts, 3.64 ERA, 1265 strikeouts in 1713 innings.
Pitcher. Bob Grim
Pitcher; New York Yankees 1954-1957; Rookie of the Year
Bob Grim was an instant news maker in his rookie season with the New York Yankees. He was voted the 1954 Rookie of the Year by becoming the first Yankee rookie to win 20 games since 1910. His 20-6 record 3.26 ERA included eight games won in relief. In 1955, he saved Game 1 of the World Series but was the losing pitcher in Game 5, allowing three Dodger home runs.
Bob Grim relied on his' fastball and threw a hard slider, which eventually injured his' pitching arm and limited his pitching chores. After that, he was used mainly in relief and was traded by the Yankees at the end of 1957. In his' career he recorded a 61-41 record. baseballhistorian.com
Pitcher, Yankees - Tom Morgan
Pitcher, Starter & Reliever; New York Yankees 1951-52, 1954-56
Tom Morgan joined the Yankees in 1951, and the first few seasons was mainly their fifth starter, starting on average 15 games per/year. He was 9-3 in 1951 and 11-5 in 1954. Beginning in 1955, Tom Morgan was manager Casey Stengel top middle reliever. He pitched in 40 games in 1955, 72 innings, 3.25 ERA, picked up 10 saves and recorded a 7-3 record.
Morgan pitched on four Yankee pennant winners and was highly effective in saving key games in late September. Tom Morgan was traded to the Kansas City Athletics in early 1957 and pitched on various teams until 1963.