1959 World Championships – Dodgers & White Sox

Ron Griffiths

Contribution of a columnist

In October 1959, the Los Angeles Dodgers (88-68) under Walt Alston with Buzzy Bavasi as general manager, after defeating the Milwaukee Braves in a three-game playoff, the Chicago White Sox (94-60) led by Al Lopez met with general manager Johnny Rigney.

In their second year in Los Angeles after moving from Brooklyn, the Dodgers were playing in their 13th World Series and were led by attacking Jill Hodges (25H), Duke Snyder (23 HR, 88 RBI, .308 BA), and Wally Moon (.302) and Jim Gilliam (23 SB).

Their starts are Don Drysdale 17-13, Jonny Baudres 14-9, Sandy Kovacs 8-6, who hit 173 hits in 153 runs, Roger Craig 11-5, 2.06 Era, Danny McDevitt 10-8 and Clem Labin with 8 saves. in bulls.

The White Sox appeared in their fourth and first World Championships since 1919, and were attacked by catcher Sherme Lolar (22H) and Nellie Foxx (.306 BA) while their team was well established by an Early Wynn 22-10, Bob Shaw 18-6, Barry Lattman 8-5 with Jerry Staley 8-5 and left Lawn 9-2 in the bulls game.

The first match was at the original Comiskey Park in Chicago where Early Wynn started against Roger Craig. The game was all from the White Sox as Wynn had his goodies and made seven goalless runs while Gerry Staley added two more for the Sox’s 11-0 win.

Former Cincinnati Red star Ted Kloszewski, acquired from Pittsburgh mid-season, contributed two home runs and drove in five runs with Chicago.

In Game Two, Los Angeles regrouped and Johnny Baudres and Larry Sherry held the White Sox by three runs while the Dodgers put together the seventh inning for three runs to win 4-3 to tie the series with a 1-1 draw.

Chuck Isegian and Charlie Neal contributed to the individual running of the winners.

The third game was at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The runway is built in an oval shape as it is 250 feet below the left field line and extends to 420 feet in the center and right fields. The game was goalless in six and a half games with Don Drysdale pitching for Los Angeles. Carl Furillo hit a one-two-stroke driving pinch at the bottom of the seventh inning which is all Drysdale needed and the Dodgers won 3-1 to lead the series 2-1.

In the fourth game, Wayne and Craig are back for starters and into this game. Early Wayne experienced roughness for four games in the third inning as the Dodgers took a 4-0 lead until Sherme Lawlar reached the top of seventh place with two riders on board to tie the score 4-4.

However, Jill Hodges hit back at the bottom eighth with a home singles career and Larry Sherry came to finish his third game in the series to win Los Angeles 5-4 to advance 3-1.

Game five was a bowling duel between Sandy Koufax and the White Sox Bob Show, and the only round of the game came as a fourth-place finish when Nelly Fox scored on a two-ball played by Sherme Lawlar. The White Sox’s 1-0 victory made them one game with Los Angeles in the series, 3-2.

The sixth game returned to Comiskey Park in Chicago, and Dodger’s bats came back to life for nine runs including three on their home ground. One each for Duke Snider, Chuck Essegian, and Wally Moon as Early Wynn made his third debut in the series but only lasted three roles and only one third.

Ted Kloszewski took his third ground of the series, a three-lap race, on all White Sox races.

Larry Sherry earned the series MVP and the Dodgers returned to the World Championship in 1963 against the Yankees while the White Sox had to wait forty-six years until 2005 to reach the fall classic again.

For Ted Kluszewski, that world championship was a glimpse into his former glory as he had 40, 47, 49 and 35 years with the Reds before he was bothered by back problems. He later became the Reds’ hitting coach for many years.

Roger Craig is best known for promoting the finger-splitting Fastball as a pitching coach and teaching it to young shooters. One particularly skilled student was Mike Scott who I remember making a playoff bet against the Mets in 1986 and his team’s tiebreak was almost unbeatable as Scott won two playoff games.

The statistics for this article are from baseball-reference.com.