5. Allie Reynolds, Game 4, 1952 World Series
Allie Reynolds helped delay Brooklyn’s glory days for the Yankees.
Before anybody cared about the Boston Red Sox and their ongoing World Series drought, Yankees fans were all about making sure the Brooklyn Dodgers never got a taste of glory.
It seemed like Dem Bums had a fairly clean shot at the Yanks in ’52, taking a 2-1 series lead. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, Allie Reynolds was lurking.
The unappreciated stalwart of the Yankees’ dynastic decade across the ’40s and ’50s came up huge, throwing a complete-game shutout, allowing four hits, three walks, and whiffing 10 men.
This was a 1-0 game until the bottom of the eighth inning, when Mickey Mantle rocked a triple to center and scampered home on an error by the shortstop, creating a pseudo inside-the-parker. Reynolds, spotted an insurance run headed to the bottom of the ninth, held the line spectacularly, setting down Duke Snider, Jackie Robinson, and Roy Campanella in order. He even hung a backwards K on Jackie in the process.
Unfortunately for the Yankees, the Dodgers refused to pack it in after Reynolds’ dominance, and won Game 5 in the Bronx, heading home with a 3-2 series advantage. No problem! The Bombers took Games 6 and 7 on the road, with Reynolds winning the final game in relief of Eddie Lopat, too.
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