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October 10, 2007

Braves Win 1957 World Series

by @ 7:13 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 World Series

October 10, 1957 at Yankee Stadium
Braves 5, Yankees 0
Braves Win Best of Seven Game Series 4-3

The Braves won the 1957 World Series behind another spectacular outing by Lew Burdette.  In his second straight shutout and his third win of the series, Burdette held the Yankees to seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts.  The three wins were good enough for him to pick up the World Series MVP.

The Braves did most of their damage early in the game with four runs in the third inning.  Burdette led off the game with a pop up before Bob Hazle singled.  Johnny Logan then reached on an error by Tony Kubek before Eddie Mathews cleared the bases with a two run double.  Hank Aaron then singled home Mathews and Aaron later scored on Joe Torre’s fielders choice.

The Braves added a fifth run in the eighth on Del Crandall’s solo homer but by then, the game was in the bag.  The Braves had their first World Championship since the team played in Boston back in 1914.

October 9, 2007

Yankees Touch Up Bob Buhl, Force Game Seven

by @ 7:12 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 World Series

October 9, 1957 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 3, Braves 2 
Best of Seven Game Series Tied 3-3

The Braves failed to wrap up their series and in the process, they were now forced to play a winner take all game seven.  The offense was held to a mere four hits by Yankees starter Bob Turley and while the Braves bullpen threw a decent game, it wasn’t good enough.

The Yankees drew first blood in the third inning on a two run homer by Yogi Berra.  Buhl let two more runners reach base and he was pulled to prevent further damage.  The move paid off because Ernie Johnson came in and got the final out to strand the two baserunners.

The Braves didn’t put their first run on the board until the fifth inning.  Joe Torre hit his second homer of the series and the solo shot cut the Yankees lead in half.  The Braves then tied the game in the seventh inning on Hank Aaron’s third homerun of the World Series.

The tie game was short lived because Ernie Johnson ran out of gas in the bottom of the seventh.  Hank Bauer took him deep to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead which turned out to be the final score.  The Braves put the leadoff man on in the ninth when Eddie Mathews drew a walk but that rally was squashed when Wes Covington hit into a game ending double play.

October 7, 2007

Lew Burdette Pitches Braves to Game Five Win

by @ 7:11 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 World Series

October 7, 1957 at County Stadium
Braves 1, Yankees 0
Braves Lead Best of Seven Game Series 3-2

The Braves took their first lead in the series with a win in what turned out to be an exciting pitcher’ s duel between Lew Burdette and Whitey Ford.  The game was scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning when the Braves picked up their only run of the game.  With two outs, Eddie Mathews kept the inning alive with a single and he moved to third on a Hank Aaron single.  Then Joe Adcock singled home Mathews for what turned out to be the game winning run.

Burdette won his second game of the series with a complete game, seven hit shutout.  He didn’t walk a single batter and he struck out five and all seven hits by the Yankees were singles.

October 5, 2007

Yankees Blow Out Braves In Game Three

by @ 7:07 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 World Series

October 5, 1957 at County Stadium
Yankees 12, Braves 3
Yankees Lead Best of Seven Game Series 2-1

It definitely wasn’t a homecoming as the Yankees took the wood to Bob Buhl and the Braves bullpen.  Buhl took the loss and he gave up three runs before getting out of the first inning while four different relievers were tagged for at least two runs.  Bob Trowbridge was particularly hit hard and he gave up five runs in the seventh inning.

Hank Aaron hit his first World Series homerun with a two run blast in the fifth inning.  Red Schoendienst had a team high three hits and he drove in the other run for the Braves.

October 3, 2007

Braves Edge Yankees to Even World Series

by @ 8:20 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 World Series

October 3, 1957 at Yankee Stadium
Braves 4, Yankees 2
Best of Seven Game Series Tied 1-1

The Braves bounced back and evened their series against the Yankees in a game where it seemed like the Yankees answered when the Braves put runs on the board.  Lew Burdette got the start for the Braves and it was Shantz for the Yankees.  The Braves put the first run of the game on the board in the second inning when Hank Aaron led off with triple and he then scored on Joe Adcock’s single.  The Yankees answered with a run in the bottom of the second on Jerry Coleman’s RBI single.

The Braves once again took the lead in the third inning.  This time it was Johnny Logan who went deep with a solo homer to make it 2-1.  Like the Braves first lead, this was short lived because in the bottom of the third, Hank Bauer belted a solo homer of his own to tie the game 2-2.

The Braves finally opened the game up in the fourth.  Joe Adcock, Andy Pafko and Wes Covington all singled to start the inning off and Adcock and Pafko scored on that final single by Covington.  He did have some help on an error by Tony Kubek but from that point on, the game remained 4-2.  Burdette calmed down and pitched six scoreless innings to close out the game.

October 2, 2007

Braves Held to Single Run In World Series Opener Against Yankees

by @ 8:19 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 World Series

October 2, 1957 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 3, Braves 1
Yankees Lead Best of Seven Game Series 1-0

The Braves offense faltered against Yankees starter Whitey Ford as they dropped the first game of their seven game series against the Yankees.  The Braves didn’t score their run until the seventh inning when already down 3-0 and the run scored on an RBI single by Red Schoendienst.

Warren Spahn didn’t have his best stuff and he was gone before the end of the sixth inning.  He gave up a single run in the fifth and two in the sixth on seven hits and a walk.  Oddly, he didn’t strike out a single batter in his 5 1/3 innings of work.

September 6, 2007

Braves Even Series With Ten Inning Drama

by @ 7:08 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 World Series

October 6, 1957 at County Stadium
Braves 7, Yankees 5
Best of seven Game Series Tied 2-2

In what was the most exciting game of the series to date, the Braves gave up a big lead in the ninth inning only to come back and win it in the tenth inning.  Warren Spahn got his second start of the series and he faced Yankees hurler Sturdivant.

The Yankees got on the board early when in the first inning, Gil McDougald singled home Mickey Mantle.  It wasn’t until the fourth inning before the Braves finally got their bats going.

Johnny Logan led off the fourth with a walk and he moved to third on Eddie Mathews double.  Then Hank Aaron gave the Braves the lead with a huge three run blast, his second homer of the series.  Joe Torre followed that up later in the inning with a solo shot to give the Braves a nice 4-1 lead.

Warren Spahn continued to dominate but he finally ran into trouble in the ninth inning.  With two men on, Elston Howard took Spahn deep to tie the game up at 4-4.  Even worse, Spahn gave up a run in the tenth on a Hank Bauer tripled that scored Tony Kubek.

Nippy Jones led off the tenth by being hit by the pitch.  Red Schoendienst moved him over to second base with a bunt before Johnny Logan tied the game up with a double.  Eddie Mathews then came through with the game winner and he went yard with a two run shot to end the game.

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