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October 17, 2011

Yankees Take Care of Reds in 1961 World Series

by @ 3:15 pm. Filed under 1961 Yankees

With the differences between these two teams, it was almost like the World Series was a formality.  The Yankees took care of the Reds 4-1 and there really wasn’t much doubt who the better team was.  Game two involved a two hit shutout by Whitey Ford and while the Reds tied it up in Game 2, some of that almost had to do with the three errors the Reds made as much as it was the Reds just beating the Yankees.

Game three was at close and the Yankees had to come back from one run deficits on two different occasions.  Game four involved a combined shutout between Whitey Ford and Jim Coates.  Ford pitched the first five and the Coates was probably even better with four innings of shutout relief.

Game five was a blowout.  The Yankees scored five in the first and then never looked back.  The Reds actually gave them a little bit of a scare when they scored three in the third but the Yankees got the scoring going again and finished out the series.

Roger Maris never could get on track.  He hit just .105 in the series but his home run in the top of the ninth in game three proved to be the game winner.

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