Dodgers, Gibson highlight MLB's K-Day

Updated: October 17, 2005, 4:26 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to

Oct. 2, 1953/1963/1968

Just call it K Day ...

1953: Brooklyn Dodgers right-hander Carl Erskine, who lasted just one inning in the World Series opener two days ago, sets a Series record by fanning 14 New York Yankees -- including Mickey Mantle and Joe Collins four times each -- and wins 3-2 in Game 3.

1963: Exactly 10 years later, another Dodgers pitcher (though the team is now located in Los Angeles), left-hander Sandy Koufax, breaks that record in Game 1 of the Series. Koufax, who struck out a then-National League record 306 this season, fans the first five Yankees and finishes with 15 strikeouts in a 5-2 victory.

1968: Koufax's record lasts exactly five years. St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Bob Gibson, the National League MVP and Cy Young Award winner with a 1.12 ERA, fans 17 Tigers in a five-hit, 4-0 whitewashing of Detroit in the Series opener. Gibson gets the record in the ninth inning when he strikes out the side -- Al Kaline, Norm Cash and Willie Horton.