Trailing three games to one in a best of seven series is usually a death knell. The Cubs were in that very situation entering Sunday, but managed to stave off elimination with a 3-2 victory over the Indians. To break the franchise’s more than a century long championship drought, the club will have to win games six and seven on the road in Cleveland. It’s not an impossible task, but certainly still a lot to ask at this juncture.
Two Yankees teams have accomplished the feat of winning games six and seven on the road. The 1952 Bombers did so against the Brooklyn Dodgers. In 1958, the Yankees did the same against the Milwaukee Braves. That ’58 club not only won games six and seven on the road, but was also on the brink of elimination in game five, just like the Cubs were last night. Let’s take a more detailed look back at how those two famous Yankee clubs overcame unlikely odds, just like the Cubs hope to by the end of Wednesday’s potential game seven.
1952 World Series
The Yankees and Dodgers alternated victories in the first five affairs, leaving Brooklyn up 3-2 and with an opportunity to finish off their crosstown rivals at home. The Dodgers were poised for their first title in franchise history and to obtain sweet revenge after World Series losses to the Yankees in 1941, 1947, and 1949.
Game Six (Yankees win 3-2, full broadcast on YouTube):
Ebbets Field was the host of a pitchers duel between Yankees hurler Vic Raschi and adversary Billy Loes. Neither side broke through for a run until the bottom of the sixth, when Duke Snider launched a solo home run to right. That left the Dodgers nine outs away from the organization’s elusive first title. Continue reading