Brooklyn Muscles Up to Tie the ’55 Series against the Yankees

Duke Snider hit a three-home run in Game 4.

Duke Snider hit a three-home run in Game 4.

(Red Reilly is a fictitious character who works for a fictitious radio station. This is his third appearance in the Dazzy Vance Chronicles.)

By Glen Sparks

–Red Reilly Sports Report–

Brooklyn–“Good evening, sports fans. This is Red Reilly, senior correspondent for the American Radio Sports Network. I’m reporting today from cozy Ebbets Field in the busy borough of Brooklyn. The Dodgers and the New York Yankees have just completed Game 4 of the World Series.

The Dodgers muscled out three long balls and beat the Yankees 8-5. The victory ties this Series at two games apiece, with Game 5 scheduled for tomorrow afternoon back here in Brooklyn.

As for a brief recap of Game 4—

The veteran right-hander Carl Erskine started the game for Brooklyn. He won 11 games during the regular season. It was a bit of a down year for the hurler from Indiana. Erskine won 18 games last season and 20 during the 1953 campaign.

Big Don Larsen started for the Yankees. The 6-foot-4-inch right-hander finished an impressive 9-2 in his first season in the Bronx. Last year, he went a dismal 3 wins and 21 losses for the Baltimore Orioles.

Neither pitcher brought his good stuff to the ballpark. Larsen lasted just four innings and gave up five runs. The Yankees chased Erskine with nobody out in the fourth. Carl gave up three hits and three runs.

The Yankees broke out with single runs in the first inning and in the second. Gil McDougald belted a solo home run in the first. Phil Rizutto-Scooter-hit a run-scoring single in the second.

Brooklyn made it 2-1 in the third inning on an RBI double from Jim Gilliam, the talented and versatile young Dodger infielder. Billy Martin, one of the most competitive players you’ll ever meet on a ballfield, got the Yanks ahead by two runs once again with his single that plated Joe Collins.

Finally, the hard-hitting Dodgers began to swing for the fences. Roy Campanella, the probable MVP in the National League this season, slammed a solo shot to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning. Gil Hodges added a two-run homer. The Dodgers took a 4-3 lead.

Roy Campanella slammed a fourth-inning solo shot for Brooklyn.

Roy Campanella slammed a fourth-inning solo shot for Brooklyn.

Duke Snider, who banged out 42 homers during the regular season, cracked a three-run round-tripper in the fifth inning. Brooklyn went ahead 7-3. If Campy doesn’t win that Senior Circuit MVP award, the Duke just might. The young man from Los Angeles has emerged as one of the game’s great sluggers. He has now topped the 40-homer mark in three straight seasons. In addition, he drove in a league-high 136 runs.

The Yankees kept this game close. RBI hits by Martin and Eddie Robinson cut the Dodger lead to 7-5. Brooklyn, though, held on and Hodges added a run-scoring hit in the seventh to make it 8-5.

The winning pitcher today was Clem Labine. The lanky right-hander out of Woonsocket, R.I., pitched 4 1/3 innings in relief and gave up two runs. Clem won13 ballgames for the Dodgers this season and lost only five. He has a rubber arm and a good sinker. The Dodgers’ brass really likes this young man.

Larsen was the losing pitcher. Now, the Series is knotted up with one more game here in Brooklyn before we go back to the Bronx and to Yankees Stadium. Can the Dodgers finally do it? Can they finally break through after so many heart-breaking losses in the World Series to the Bronx Bombers?

One thing you can say is that this team will never give up. Neither will the fans. They cheered their Dodgers from the first pitch to the last pitch. I can still hear Hilda Chester’s cowbell ringing in my ears.

Well, so long for now. This is Red Reilly with the American Radio Sports Network.”

Final score:

Dodgers: 8

Yankees: 5

Ebbets Field

Attendance: 36,242

Time of the game: 2:47

Winning pitcher: Clem Labine

Losing pitcher: Don Larsen

Home runs: Roy Campanella (Brooklyn)

Duke Snider (Brooklyn)

Gil Hodges (Brooklyn)

Gil McDougald (New York)

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