Still, after all the close plays and tight pitching, the classic moment came with the score tied in the bottom of the ninth and Mantle at bat against Barney Schultz. Schultz had come in after Simmons left for a pinch hitter in the top of the inning. Probably more than any other player, Schultz was responsible for the Cardinals' first pennant in 18 years. Keane had recalled him from Jacksonville on Aug. 1 when the Cards needed bullpen help desperately, and his knuckle ball saved 11 games and won one through the Cardinals' late surge.
Keane felt Schultz was his most reliable reliever, and the two-month record indicates he was right. In 20 years of baseball Schultz has been with 18 teams, some of them two or three times; when Keane sent him to Jacksonville early this year, he was almost ready to quit. All the St. Louis players were sorry to see him go, because he is a pleasant 38-year-old with a fine sense of humor. They put the oversize mitt that had been used to catch his knuckler in the team's mailbox under his name, and every day when they came to work it served to remind them of an old pro's dedication.
Schultz threw just one pitch to Mantle—"a knuckler that didn't knuckle"—and Mantle hit it into the third tier of the right-field stands. Schultz stood on the mound, looking in toward home plate for a long moment, and then he slowly walked to the dressing room, sat down and cried.
Mantle's homer was his 16th in Series competition, and it broke Babe Ruth's record. If it seems that a long string of Yankees have been winning Series games with homers in the bottom of the ninth inning, the fact is that Mantle's was only the second in 161 Series games. "When I hit the ball," he said, "I thought it might go foul." It was fair by 40 feet.
As quick as you can say Linz, Richardson, Maris and Mantle—all of whom got consecutive hits—starting Pitcher Ray Sadecki was out of the fourth game and the Yankees had a 2-0 lead. Keane brought in Roger Craig, and Howard hit Craig's first pitch for a single to right center, making the score 3-0 but also driving in the last Yankee run of the game. Thereafter, except for a brief lapse in the third, Craig's curve worked beautifully; 17 of 22 pitches following Howard's hit were strikes. The day before the Series started, Carolyn Craig had said in St. Louis: "Roger has three World Series rings already, and when he gets the fourth he can line them up just like the Beatles." Whatever Craig does with the fourth ring, he earned it.
In the third, with two out, he walked Mantle and Howard but made up for that quickly. Pitching to Tresh, he noticed that Mantle was taking such a long lead off second that he could see daylight between Mantle and Groat's right hip. The pickoff went on: Craig wheeled and threw to second, and Groat made a good tag on Mantle's hand for the third out of what might have been another disastrous inning for St. Louis.
Craig struck out three Yankees in the fourth and had an easy fifth before Keane pulled him for a pinch hitter at the start of the sixth. He felt he was doing too well to come out, but pitchers who hit like Roger Craig are not often allowed to lead off a World Series inning when their team is three runs behind.
Carl Warwick went up instead and singled for his third pinch hit of the Series, tying a record. Flood followed with a single that moved Warwick to second and, after an out, Groat hit a bouncer to Richardson. As he hit the ball Groat said to himself, "There goes a double play." Richardson moved well on the ball, but it stuck momentarily in his glove; his late flip to Linz, covering second, went over Linz's left shoulder and the Cards had the bases loaded with one out and Boyer coming to bat.
Downing's second pitch to Boyer was a high changeup, and Boyer was expecting it, because Downing had struck him out with the same pitch in the first game. He drove it into the left-field stands for a grand slam homer, and the Cardinals had a 4-3 lead. Lanky Ron Taylor replaced Craig and, using the hazy, checkered background to perfect advantage ("The worst background I've ever hit against," Groat said later), he pitched right to the Yankee power and got 12 of the last 13 batters out. No one could see the ball well, and only Roger Maris hit it hard. Maris slammed a grounder back at Taylor in the eighth, and Taylor partially deflected it. Groat, shading over toward second, picked up the flight of the ball as it came off Maris' bat. He went three steps to the right of second base, lunged and got the ball, swiveled quickly and threw Maris out. It was the best play of the series so far, and the fourth good one by Groat.