Berra blasts two home runs in '56 World Series, Game 7.
Oct. 10, 1956 - The 1956 World Series is best remembered for Don Larsen's perfect performance in Game 5. But when the Dodgers won the next day, 1-0 in 10 innings, it all came down to today's seventh game. The Yankees sent second-year righthander Johnny Kucks, who had gone 18-9 during the season but was making his first Series start, against 27-game winner and Cy Young Award winner Don Newcombe.
What appeared to be a match in Brooklyn's favor took a decided turn for the Bronx Bombers when Kucks' batterymate, Yogi Berra, homered over the rightfield scoreboard at Ebbets Field in the top of the first with Hank Bauer on base. Then, with Billy Martin on first in the third, Newcombe appeared to have Berra struck out to end the inning, but Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella failed to hold onto a foul-tip third strike, giving Berra a second life. The Yankees catcher took advantage and put another Newcombe pitch over the rightfield screen to double the Yankees' lead to 4-0.
Berra's blasts were more than enough for Kucks, though Elston Howard hit a solo homer and Moose Skorown a grand slam following an intentional walk to Berra. Kucks finished with a three-hitter as the Yankees won, 9-0, for their 17th world championship.
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