Thursday, July 30, 2015

For Cathy: Promising Nostalgia

The Highlights of the 1964 World Series, between the New York Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals. 

 The Series went seven games between these two mighty teams, and this video below was a real joy, a treat to watch for me~ 
I'd never seen any these highlights before, so I was plenty
excited to watch these grand ballplayers in their primes. 

In an unusual twist, the Yankees fired Yogi Berra after the Series ended, replacing him with Cardinals' manager Johnny Keane, who had resigned from the Cardinals after the Series. Keane's job had been threatened by Cardinals management, yet it was unexpectedly saved by the Cardinals' dramatic pennant drive. 

The Series is seen as a bellwether point in baseball history, as it was the last hurrah for the 1950s Yankee Dynasty of Mantle, Maris, Ford and Berra, among others, and it demonstrated that the National League's growing enthusiasm to sign black and Latino players (such as those of the '64 Cardinals) was a permanent paradigm shift in fielding a championship team. The Yankees would be in last place by 1966, and they did not appear in another World Series until 1976. 

This Series featured 
the only 
brother-against-brother match-up 
in World Series history
with Ken Boyer, Cardinal
and Clete Boyer, Yankee,
both of whom started at third base for their teams. 

 As of 2014, the Cardinals are the only one of the "classic eight" National League teams to hold a winning edge over the Yankees, winning three (1926, 1942, 1964) while losing only two (1928, 1943). 

Mickey Mantle, playing in his last Series, hit three home runs, raising his WS total to a record-setting 18, surpassing Babe Ruth's mark of 15 WS homers. 

And now, I proudly present the 1964 World Series~!

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