- 1977 World Series
Infobox World Series Expanded
year = 1977
New York Yankees(4)
champion_games = 100-62, .617, GA: 2½
Los Angeles Dodgers(2)
runnerup_games = 98-64, .605, GA: 10
October 11– October 18
Reggie Jackson(New York)
television = ABC
Keith Jackson, Howard Coselland Tom Seaver
radio_network = CBS
radio_announcers = Bill White and
Nestor Chylak(AL), Ed Sudol(NL), Larry McCoy(AL), Jerry Dale(NL), Jim Evans(AL), John McSherry(NL)
HOFers = Yankees:
Catfish Hunter, Reggie Jackson.
Tommy Lasorda(mgr.), Don Sutton.
New York Yankeesover Kansas City Royals(3-2)
Los Angeles Dodgersover Philadelphia Phillies(3-1)
The 1977 World Series matched the returning
American Leaguechampion New York Yankeesagainst the Los Angeles Dodgersof the National League, with the Yankees winning the Series in 6 games. Billy Martinwon what would be his only World Series title as a manager after guiding the Yankees to a second straight pennant.
New York Yankees
New York Yankeesreturned to the Fall Classic after being swept by the Cincinnati Redsthe previous year in an effort to redeem themselves. George Steinbrenner’s reputation as a shrewd businessman was evident during baseball’s first [http://books.google.com/books?id=1jgEtGJQ040C&pg=RA1-PA337&lpg=RA1-PA337&dq=%22reentry+draft%22+baseball&source=web&ots=ank6S50VOz&sig=U7uCqVqe6tMvruXyPp9yizy5Exk reentry draft] signing slugger Reggie Jacksonfor $3 million (from Baltimore) and pitcher Don Gullett(from Cincinnati) for $2 million. Two other key players were acquired by the Yankees through trades. Shortstop Bucky Dentwas picked up from the Chicago White Soxfor outfielder Oscar Gamble, pitcher LaMarr Hoyt, and $200,000. And after only one year with the Oakland Athletics, pitcher Mike Torrezwas traded for pitcher Dock Ellis, and utilitymen, Marty Perez, and Larry Murray.
After a lackluster first half, the Yankees finished strong winning 38 of their last 51 games edging both the
Boston Red Soxand the Baltimore Oriolesby 2 ½ games. In amongst the star-laden lineup was an emerging superstar in the left arm of Ron Guidry. Early in the season Guidry was moved from the bullpen into the starting rotation, finishing with 16 wins against just 7 losses with a nice 2.82 ERA. The Yankees advanced to the World Seriesafter beating the Kansas City Royalsin an exciting 5th and final ALCSgame winning it with 3 runs in the top of the 9th on a string of singles and a costly error by George Brett.
Los Angeles Dodgers
National Leaguechampion Los Angeles Dodgerswere skippered by first-year manager Tommy Lasorda. This 1977 club featured the first foursome to hit 30 or more home runs in one Major Leagueseason ( Steve Garvey-33, Reggie Smith-32, Ron Cey-30, and Dusty Baker-30). The deep pitching staff which led the National Leaguein ERA, 3.22, were led by 20-game winner, Tommy Johnand closer Charlie Houghwith 22 saves. The Dodgers won 22 of their first 26 games winning the Western Division easily by 10 games over the Cincinnati Redsand then eliminated the Philadelphia Philliesin the NLCSin 4 games.
New York Yankees(4) vs NL Los Angeles Dodgers(2)
October 11, 1977at Yankee Stadiumin New York, New YorkLinescore
Sparky Lyle(1-0)|LP= Rick Rhoden(0-1)|SV=
The Dodgers drew first blood off
Don Gullettin the first when Davey Lopeswalked and scored on a Bill Russell triple. Ron Ceymade it 2-0 on a sacrifice fly. The Yankees answered back on consecutive two-out singles by Thurman Munson, Reggie Jackson, and Chris Chambliss, scoring Munson.
In the top of the sixth, the Dodgers looked to extend their lead.
Steve Garveybeat out a bunt and, with one out, attempted to score from first on a hit-and-run single by Glenn Burke. Centerfielder Mickey Riversthrew Garvey out at the plate, although replays clearly showed that Garvey slid safely under Munson's tag. The Yankees tied it in their half of the sixth when Willie Randolphbelted a solo homer off Don Sutton.
The Yankees took the lead in the eighth when Munson doubled home Randolph. Later in the inning, the Yankees loaded the bases with one out, but Dodger reliever
Elias Sosastruck out Lou Piniellaand retired Bucky Denton a forceout to end the threat.
The Dodgers tied it at 3-3 in the ninth.
Dusty Bakerled off with a single and was almost picked off first when pinch-hitter Manny Motafailed on a bunt attempt. Mota flied out, but Steve Yeagerwalked and pinch-hitter Lee Lacydrove Baker home with a single.
In extra innings, the Yankees got their leadoff hitters on in both the 10th and 11th innings, but couldn't score due to failure to lay down sacrifice bunts. Finally, in the 12th, Randolph led off and doubled and Munson was walked intentionally. Yankee manager
Billy Martinat first wanted Paul Blair, the next hitter, to try to sacrifice again, but after two failed attempts, Martin had Blair hit away and Blair singled home Randolph with the game-winner.
October 12, 1977at Yankee Stadiumin New York, New YorkLinescore
Burt Hooton(1-0)|LP= Catfish Hunter(0-1)|SV=
Reggie Smith(1), Ron Cey(1), Steve Garvey(1), Steve Yeager(1)|HomeHR=|
Ron Guidryand Mike Torrezhaving both pitched in Game 5 of the ALCS, Billy Martinwas forced to use a sore-shouldered Catfish Hunterin Game 2. The Dodgers hit three homers in the first three innings off Hunter. Ron Ceyhit a two-run home run in the first, Steve Yeagera one-run home run in the second, and Reggie Smitha two-run home run in the third. Steve Garveyhit home run in the ninth. Burt Hootonpitched a five-hit complete game. Hooton would make amends for his meltdown in Game 3 of the 1977 NLCS.
October 14, 1977at Dodger Stadiumin Los Angeles, CaliforniaLinescore
Mike Torrez(1-0)|LP= Tommy John(0-1)|SV=
With the Series tied and the next three games at
Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers had to like their chances. However, the Yanks put a damper on those feelings by striking for three runs in the first off Tommy John. Knowing that John was a control pitcher that liked to keep the ball down, the Yankee hitters' strategy was to go the opposite way. And, in the first, it paid off. Mickey Riversled off with a double to right and scored on a Thurman Munsondouble to right. Reggie Jacksonsingled to left to score Munson and went to second when Dodger left fielder Dusty Bakerfumbled the ball bare-handed. Lou Piniellathen scored Jackson on an opposite-field RBI single to make it 3-0.
Baker would atone for his first-inning error by connecting for a three-run homer in the third off Yankee starter
Mike Torrez. The Yankees came back with single runs in the fourth and fifth on an RBI groundout by Rivers, who would finish the game with three hits (including two doubles), and an RBI single by Chris Chambliss. Torrez settled into a groove after Baker's home run, shutting out the Dodgers for the rest of the way. Torrez would finish with nine strikeouts in the complete-game win.
October 15, 1977at Dodger Stadiumin Los Angeles, CaliforniaLinescore
Ron Guidry(1-0)|LP= Doug Rau(0-1)|SV=
Reggie Jackson(1)|HomeHR= Davey Lopes(1)|
Don Suttonneeding another day of rest, Dodger manager Tommy Lasordastarted left-hander Doug Rauto combat the Yankees' left-handed power. Rau was rusty, having only pitched in relief in one game of the 1977 NLCS, and it showed. After a relatively easy first inning, Reggie Jacksongreeted Rau with a leadoff double in the second. Lou Piniellasingled Jackson home with the first run and was doubled to third by Chris Chambliss. Lasorda then pulled Rau in favor of Rick Rhoden, resulting in a heated argument between the two on the mound. The Yankees would score two more runs in the inning on an RBI groundout by Graig Nettlesand an RBI single by Bucky Dent.
The Dodgers pushed across two in the third. Rhoden, a good hitting pitcher, hit a ground-rule double to left and
Davey Lopesfollowed with a two-run homer off Yankee starter Ron Guidry. The Dodgers would get nothing else off Guidry, as he settled down and pitched a four-hit complete game.
The Dodgers almost tied the game in the fourth when
Ron Ceysent a drive to deep left that Lou Piniellaleaped up and caught, robbing him of a home run. Jackson would end the scoring with an opposite-field solo homer off Rhoden in the sixth.
October 16, 1977at Dodger Stadiumin Los Angeles, CaliforniaLinescore
Don Sutton(1-0)|LP= Don Gullett(0-1)|SV=
Thurman Munson(1), Reggie Jackson(2)|HomeHR= Reggie Smith(2), Steve Yeager(2)|
Needing a win to stave off the embarrassment of losing the World Series at home, the Dodgers took out their frustrations in Game 5 off
Don Gullett. Davey Lopesled off the first with a triple and came home when Bill Russell singled. In the fourth, the Dodgers broke the game open on an RBI single by Dusty Bakerand a three-run homer by Steve Yeager. Baker added another RBI single in the fifth, Lee Lacysingled home a run, and Yeager batted in another run with a sacrifice fly. Reggie Smithcompleted the rout with a two-run homer in the sixth.
The Yankees pushed across two runs each in the seventh and eighth; the two runs in the eighth coming on back-to-back homers by
Thurman Munsonand Reggie Jackson. Nevertheless, Dodger starting pitcher Don Suttonpitched a complete game for the win.
Jackson's solo shot in the eighth came on the first pitch from Sutton, setting the stage for a memorable finale.
October 18, 1977at Yankee Stadiumin New York, New YorkLinescore
Mike Torrez(2-0)|LP= Burt Hooton(1-1)|SV=
Reggie Smith(3)|HomeHR= Reggie Jackson3 (5), Chris Chambliss(1)|
56,407 fans filled
Yankee Stadiumin hopes of seeing the Yankees close out the series.
The Dodgers didn't go down without a fight.
Steve Garveyput the Dodgers on the board first with a two-out, two-run triple in the first off Mike Torrez. The Yankees came back and tied it in the second on a Chris Chamblisstwo-run homer after Reggie Jacksonwalked on four pitches. Reggie Smithput the Dodgers up 3-2 with his third homer of the Series, a solo shot in the third.
Jackson hit a two-run homer in the fourth on the first pitch he saw from starter
Burt Hootonto give the Yankees the lead. Lou Piniellamade it 5-3 by adding a sacrifice fly.
Once again, in the fifth with a man on, Jackson connected on the first pitch off
Elias Sosato make the score 7-3.
Finally, in the eighth, Jackson strode to the plate, amid the chants of "REG-GIE, REG-GIE, REG-GIE!", and drove the first
Charlie Houghknuckleball he saw 475 feet into the stands. The score was now 8-3.
With his Game 5 first-pitch homer and his four-pitch walk in the second inning of Game 6, Jackson would homer on his last four swings of the bat in the Series, each off a different Dodger pitcher.
The Dodgers pushed across a run in the ninth, but that would hardly matter as unsung hero Torrez would pitch his second complete game win of the Series.
1977 World Series (4-2):
New York Yankees(A.L.) over Los Angeles Dodgers(N.L.)Linescore
New York Yankees
Los Angeles Dodgers
Total Attendance: 337,708 Average Attendance: 56,285 | Winning Player’s Share: – $27,758 Losing Player’s Share – $20,899cite web|url=http://www.baseball-almanac.com/ws/wsshares.shtml|title=World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares|accessdate=2008-05-07|publisher=Baseball Almanac]
This was the first World Series televised by the ABC network since 1949, and the first since television of the Series started in 1947 not to be televised, at least in part, by rival network NBC. NBC had been the exclusive television network of the Series from 1950-1976, and had covered that year's Yankees-Royals and Dodgers-Phillies playoff series that year.
It was also the first time that the participating teams' local announcers were not featured during game play on the network telecast, though the Yankees' Bill White and the Dodgers' Ross Porter did pre-game TV features and White handled the post-game celebration in the Yankee cluhouse after they clinched the title. White and Porter would also do portions of the CBS Radio play-by-play for the Series.
1977 World Series in film
The 1977 New York Yankees is one of the key plot points, along with the
Son of Samand the New York City Blackout of 1977, in the movie " Summer of Sam" directed by (Yankees fan) Spike Lee.
In by|2007, the 1977 New York Yankees were the subject of the ESPN mini-series "
The Bronx Is Burning".
Billy Martinand Dodgers manager Tommy Lasordahad actually been involved in a well known fist fight years before when both were still players.
*Neft, David S., and Richard M. Cohen. The World Series. 1st ed. New York: St Martins, 1990. (Neft and Cohen 365-370)
*Reichler, Joseph, ed. (1982). "The Baseball Encyclopedia" (5th ed.), p. 2203. MacMillian Publishing. ISBN 0-02-579010-2.
*cite web |author=Forman, Sean L. |title=1977 World Series |date= |work=Baseball-Reference.com - Major League Statistics and Information. |url=http://www.baseball-reference.com/postseason/1977_WS.shtml |accessdate=2007-12-09
* [http://www.baseball-reference.com/postseason/1977_WS.shtml 1977 World Series at Baseball-Reference.com]
* [http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/history/postseason/mlb_ws_recaps.jsp?feature=1977 1977 World Series at "WorldSeries.com (MLB.com)"]
* [http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/baseballs_best/mlb_bb_gamepage.jsp?story_page=bb_77ws_gm6_ladnyy Coverage of Game 6 at MLB.com]
* [http://www.baseball-almanac.com/ws/yr1977ws.shtml 1977 World Series at Baseball-Almanac.com]
* [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/baseball/mlb/features/1997/wsarchive/1977.html REGGIE REGGIE REGGIE at SI.com]
* [http://www.sportingnews.com/archives/worldseries/1977.html History of the World Series - 1977 at SportingNews.com]
* [http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/YPS_1977.htm 1977 World Series box scores and play-by-play at Retrosheet.org]
* [http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/teams/1977yankees.stm The 1977 New York Yankees at baseballlibrary.com]
* [http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/teams/1977dodgers.stm The 1977 Los Angeles Dodgers at baseballlibrary.com]
* [http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070814&content_id=2148053&vkey=news_nyy&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy MLB.com review on 1977 World Series DVD set]
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