GAME 1 MASTERFUL MR. SPAHN
GAME 2 BURDETTE, BRUTON AND 7 RUNS
GAME 3 THE POINT OF SOME RETURN
GAME 4 TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY
GAME 5 STENGEL DEFIES THE ODDS
GAME 6 SAD END FOR MASTER SPAHN
At the close of our account of the fifth game of the 1958 World Series last week we said:
"Casey was still down, three games to two. He had an almost impossible job ahead, but his head was up and his voice was loud, and he was smiling as he headed for Milwaukee."
Everyone tolerated Casey Stengel's brave smile and admired his courageous tone of voice, but no one really believed that he and his New York Yankees had a chance. In fact, a good part of the sixth game went by before the onlookers began to realize that Stengel was not only defying the odds (which insisted that he had only the barest hope of winning the Series), he was changing them.
Warren Spahn, who had been superb in the first game of the Series and invincible in the fourth, was pitching against Stengel's Yanks again, for the third time in six games. By the second inning he had a 2-1 lead—which should have been greater except for some fairly stupid base running on Milwaukee's part—but in the sixth inning, Spahn, perhaps in subconscious reaction to his teammates' failure to supply him with just a little better lead, just a small cushion, gave up the tying run to the Yankees on two hits, an error and a long fly ball.