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October 18, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 8, Dodgers 4
Yankees Win Best of Seven Game Series 4-2
Reggie Jackson had a historic day as the Yankees won their first World Series since 1962. Jackson became the first player to homer three times in a World Series game with long balls in the fourth, fifth and eighth innings. He finished with five RBIs and four runs and he played a role in all eight Yankees runs.
Chris Chambliss had a great game but by comparison, it was nothing compared to Jackson’s. He went two for four with a homerun, a double, two RBIs and two runs.
Mike Torrez went the distance and he won his second game of the series. He gave up four runs (two earned) on nine hits and two walks with six strikeouts in the complete game win.
October 16, 1977 at Dodger Stadium
Dodgers 10, Yankees 4
Yankees Lead Best of Seven Game Series 3-2
Don Gullett was pummelled by the Dodgers as the Yankees failed to wrap up the World Series in game five. They still had two more chances at home you had to wonder whether a lot of people thought whether the blowout might stop some of the Yankees momentum. Gullett gave up seven runs in 4 1/3 innings and both Ken Clay and Dick Tidrow were tagged for runs as well.
Don Sutton held the Yankees in check at the plate. Thurman Munson and Reggie Jackson hit back to back solo shots in the eighth inning and Jackson continued to heat up with two hits and two runs. Graig Nettles singled, doubled and drove in a run in the loss.
October 15, 1977 at Dodger Stadium
Yankees 4, Dodgers 2
Yankees Lead Best of Seven Game Series 3-1
The Yankees took game four and they gave themselves three chances to take home the World Series and they did it behind the solid arm of Ron Guidry. The lefthander gave up just a pair of runs on only four hits to make his contribution to the Yankees championship hopes.
The Yankees big inning was the second and they actually scored enough runs to win it in just that inning. Reggie Jackson led off with a double and he scored on Lou Piniella’s single. Chris Chamblis then doubled before Piniella scored on Graig Nettles ground out. Bucky Dent then singled home Chambliss to make it 3-0.
The Dodgers answered in the third inning when they finally got to Guidry. Davey Lopes belted a two run homer but that was the extent of the Dodgers scoring in the entire game. The Yankees added a run on a Reggie Jaskon solo homer in the sixth inning but the run proved to be neccesary.
The Yankees had just one more game in Los Angeles but they were hoping it’d be the last of the series. Don Sutton would throw for the Dodgers and the Yankees would have Don Gullett on the mound.
October 14, 1977 at Dodger Stadium
Yankees 5, Dodgers 3
Yankees Lead Best of Seven Game Series 2-1
The Yankees scored a bunch of runs in the early innings and they got enough to take of the Dodgers in game three of the World Series. And while Mike Torrez had his bad inning, he pitched just well enough to walk away with the win in this one.
The Yankees got off to a nice start when Mickey Rivers led off the game with a double. He moved to third on Willie Randolph’s ground out and then Thurman Munson doubled home Rivers. Reggie Jackson singled home Munson for the second run of the game and he moved to second on an error. Then Lou Piniella singled home Jackson to make it 3-0 before the Dodgers even had a hitter come to the plate.
Mike Torrez then ran into trouble in the third inning and he gave up a three run blast to Dusty Baker to tie the game up. The Yankees didn’t waste time in answering though and Mickey Rivers drove home a run in the fourth on a ground out. Chris Chambliss singled home a run in the fifth to give the Yankees some insurance but Mike Torrez calmed down after the three run thrd and threw a nice game the rest of the way.
Torrez went the distance and if you take out the three hit, three run third inning, he gave up just four hits in eight shutouts innings the rest of the time. The Yankees could put another nail in the Dodgers coffin tomorrow and they had Ron Guidry on the mound to hopefully get it done.
October 12, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Dodgers 6, Yankees 1
Best of Seven Game Series Tied 1-1
The Yankees were taken to task by the Dodgers as Burt Hooten was held in check while Catfish Hunter was hammered for five early runs. Hunter didn’t even make it through the third inning and by then, the Dodgers had five runs, just as many hits as the Yankees picked up against Hooten. The pen did a nice job with Dick Tidrow and Ken Clay combining to throw 5 2/3 shutout innings but the offense just couldn’t heat up.
The Yankees lone run came in the fourth inning. Willie Randolph and Thurman Munson singled to lead off the inning before Reggie Jackson bounced into a double play that scored Randolph. Unfortunately, that was it.
Things would now shift to Los Angeles. Mike Torrez would get the start against Tommy John.
October 11, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 4, Dodgers 3
Yankees Lead Best of Seven Game Series 1-0
The Yankees needed extra innings to take care of the Dodgers but it was well worth it in front of a home crowd as took care of business to take a 1-0 lead. Things got off to a rough start when the Dodgers tagged Don Gullett for two runs in the first inning but the Yankees cut that lead in half in the bottom of the first when Chris Chambliss drove in Thurman Munson with Don Sutton on the mound. The Yankees tied the game up in the on a solo homer by Willie Randolph and then the Yankees took a 3-2 lead in the eighth on Thurman Munson’s RBI double.
With Gullett still on the mound, the Dodgers put two runners on with one out before Billy Martin went to his pen to bring in Sparky Lyle. Lyle then gave up a single that tied the game up, but after, he didn’t allow a hit in 3 2/3 innings.
The Yankees finally put the game away in the bottom of the twelth inning. With Rick Rhoden on the mound for the Dodgers, Willie Randolph led off with a double and then Reggie Jackson was given a free pass before Paul Blair singled home Randolph to win it.
Alright, I recently received a copy of the Yankees 1977 World Series Collectors Edition and this set is nothing short of awesome. I haven’t watched every game yet, but you get it all. All six games of the World Series AND that big come from behind win in game five of the ALCS against the Royals.
I did take the time to watch that classic game six. Reggie’s three homers sent shivers up my spine and I also watched the Yankees scored three runs in the ninth inning in that game against the Royals to win the pennant. If you’re a Yankees fan, BUY THIS DVD. If you think the Yankees had a great team in the late 1990s, then you didn’t live through the late 1970s when the Yanks won back to back titles.
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