Tuesday, October 27, 2009

1951 Bowman #184 Eddie Sawyer MG

1950 World Series Game 4 - October 7
Yankees 5, Phillies 2

Rookie pitcher Whitey Ford allowed just two unearned runs to a lethargic Phillies offense as the Yankees completed the World Series sweep and won their 13th World Championship. The Phillies countered with rookie starting pitcher Bob Miller who retired just one batter in the 1st inning before being replaced with Jim Konstanty.

The Phillies scored their only two runs of the game when Yankees left fielder Gene Woodling dropped a 9th inning fly ball from Andy Seminick, allowing Puddin' Head Jones and pinch-runner Ken Johnson to score. Following the sweep, Phillies manager Eddie Sawyer remarked the team "played only fair baseball."

The Phils would have to wait another 26 years until they reached the Postseason again, and their fans would have to wait exactly 30 years for the franchise to win its next World Series game - accomplished in Game 1 of the 1980 World Series.

When the 2009 Phillies take to the new Yankee Stadium field tomorrow night, they'll be looking to do something their beloved counterparts couldn't do 59 years ago. Win.

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