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On August 8, they stood with a record of 71-36. They had scored more runs than any team in either league. They actually had 100+ runs more than five of the other AL teams. With that they had allowed the fewest runs of any team in MLB. It was all downhill from there.
They also game back from 2-0 in 1978.
They had pitching and speed and absolutely nothing else
It was in a supermarket and he was promoting fruit pies for Hostess. You had to get one to get an autograph so my dad bought me a cherry pie. It was the best cherry pie I ever had.
Honestly, I just think those Yankee teams are somewhat overrated. They were a good team, obviously. The 1936-43 Yankees were incredible. The Yankees of 1952-59 were a very good team. They were better than the Dodgers until 1952 or so, but the Dodgers were better after that. The Yankees beat them in 3 of 4 World Series in this period. It happens.
The Yankees had three inner circle Hall of Fame players that allowed them to dominate an historically weak league. They deserve all the credit in the world for that, and history has credited them.
I would say any one WS result is probably pretty random. I mean why did the Dodgers win in '55? They weren't as good as the Yankees, but they were good enough to win one or two of the six they played, and that year it broke right for them.
But when you go 8-2 in the WS in 12 years, that's talent.
That 1958 Series was ideal for watching in the East, since all seven games except game 5 were either on the weekend or had 3:00 starting times, which was when school let out. Turley's performance in those last three games, especially considering his arm problem, was nothing less than extraordinary. For those last three games he was a throwback to the 1952 Allie Reynolds: A complete game start in game 5, a clutch save in game 6, and a long relief win in game 7. And best of all from a revenge standpoint, those game 5 and 7 wins were at the expense of the Yankee nemesis Lew Burdette.
I don't know when he lived in Alpharetta, but he lived in our Atlanta neighborhood in the 1967-70 timeframe. That area is now called Brookhaven. I don't remember ever meeting him but think his house had one of they typical mailboxes of the time with the metal nameplate above it and my father telling me who he was, and that he had done well financially after his baseball career was over.
But these were not all the same team. The 1952-1960 teams (which also were not all the same team) went 4-3 in the World Series and every matchup went either six or seven games. Saying that the Yankees were a lesser team in most of the those World Series is defensible in my view. They were a better team in 1960, likely.
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