It occurred to me that, without having specifically intended to, I’ve managed to learn something about every World Series since WWII ended. And, having acquired so much knowledge, it seems to me that it would be a pity not to
inflict it on share it with the rest of the world. We’ll go decade by decade.
The Cardinals led by Stan Musial, defeat the Red Sox, led by Ted Williams, 4-3. Game Seven was also 4-3, and could have gone either way, but, you know, Red Sox. Neither team will play in the Series again until the 1960s.
Jackie Robinson, in his rookie season, helped take the Dodgers to the Series. We’ll be seeing a lot of them over the next decade. But the Yankees beat the Bums 4-3, and we’ll be seeing even more of them.
The Cleveland Indians’ last championship, beating the Braves (still in Boston) 4-2. The Indians had been the first AL team to integrate, and featured Larry Doby and Satchel Paige, as well as Lou Boudreau and Bob Feller. On the other side, it was a classic “Spahn and Sain and pray for rain” Braves team. We won’t see them again until they’re in Milwaukee.
This year’s Yankees were a combination of beaten-up veterans and untried rookies, managed by a guy who had never won anything and talked funny to boot. The result was a 97-57 record, a 4-1 Series victory over the Dodgers, and the growing understanding that Casey Stengel was the smartest man in baseball.