Brooklyn Dodgers won Game 2 of the 1949 World Series at Yankee Stadium.
This week, the Los Angeles Dodgers will make their first regular-season
visit to the Bronx," ap
6/15/13, "Dodgers and Yankees: A Gathering Made for Autumn,
" Dave Anderson, NY Times
"When the Dodgers
played in Yankee Stadium, it was always the World Series back in the
day. Back in the decades, actually, from 1941 to 1981.
In Series history
, the 11 Yankees
-Dodgers duels are the most between two franchises; the Yankees and the Giants are next, with seven Series meetings.
But interleague baseball has intruded on the autumn ritual. On Tuesday
and Wednesday nights, the Dodgers will be at the Stadium for
regular-season interleague games for the first time.
No Series is in sight this year. The Yankees are in third place in the
American League East; the Dodgers are wallowing in last in the National
League West. And in another twist, Don Mattingly, once a Yankees idol as
their first baseman, is the Dodgers’ manager.
This happened before. Leo Durocher, although no Yankees idol as an infielder on their 1928 championship team, was the Brooklyn Dodgers
manager in 1941 when the Series rivalry began. In a reverse situation,
Casey Stengel, the Old Perfessor in four Yankee triumphs in five Series
against the Dodgers from 1949 to 1956, had been a popular outfielder and
unsuccessful manager in Brooklyn.
In the teams’ 11 Series matchups, the numbers favor the Yankees. They
won eight of the Series, and in games at the Stadium, they were 15-5
against Brooklyn and 7-4 against Los Angeles for a dominant 22-9 over
all. In games at Ebbets Field in Flatbush, the Yankees had a 12-11 edge;
at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers had an 8-3 advantage. In Brooklyn and
Los Angeles, the Dodgers were 19-15 over all.
Whatever the won-lost numbers, the rivalry’s quality of talent must be
appreciated. Those 11 Series showcased 23 players who became Hall of
Famers (14 Yankees and 9 Dodgers).
The Yankees: Joe DiMaggio, Bill Dickey, Joe Gordon, Phil Rizzuto, Red
Ruffing, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Johnny Mize, Enos
Slaughter, Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, Rich Gossage and Dave
Winfield. The Dodgers: Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese,
Duke Snider, Billy Herman, Joe Medwick, Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale and
Each Series had moments that have endured in baseball history, mostly
good for the Yankees, some good and some bad for the Dodgers.
In 1941, the Dodgers appeared to have tied the Series at 2-2 when Tommy
Henrich swung at and missed the right-hander Hugh Casey’s curveball for
the final out of a 4-3 victory at Ebbets Field. But when the ball
skipped past catcher Mickey Owen, Henrich hurried to first. DiMaggio
singled. Charlie Keller doubled. Dickey walked. Gordon doubled. The
Yankees won, 7-4, for a 3-1 lead and won again the next day."...