Wait is over - Dodgers finally beat Yanks in Series

Updated: October 17, 2005, 4:27 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Oct. 4, 1955

Finally, it's next year for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Losers of their previous seven World Series, the Bums are celebrating in the penthouse after winning their first world championship.

Losers of five Series to the Yankees since 1941, the Dodgers win today's seventh game, 2-0, behind the eight-hit pitching of left-hander Johnny Podres and a spectacular catch by left-fielder Sandy Amoros.

The 23-year-old Podres, who was 9-10 during the season, is the first Brooklyn pitcher to ever win two games in the same Series. He pitched a complete-game in beating the Yankees, 7-3, in Game 3.

"Hey, Pee Wee," Podres shouts across the jubiliant locker room to shortstop Pee Wee Reese. "What did I tell you? I said they wouldn't get a thing off me, didn't I?"

With a hand from Amoros, the Yankees don't. The Dodgers have a 2-0 lead in the sixth inning (courtesy of Gil Hodges' run-scoring single and sac. fly) when left-handed hitter Yogi Berra slices a drive deep down the left-field line with Yankees on first and second. Amoros, who had come into the game that inning in a double switch, races across the field and at the last second, sticks out his right (glove) hand and makes the catch. Then he fires to Reese, whose throw to first doubles off Gil McDougald.

Three innings later, it's catcher Roy Campanella picking up Podres after the final out. No longer is it wait 'til next year in Brooklyn.