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October 10, 1955
Jackie Robinson's steal of home in first game raised rhubarbs and first glimpse of what a rousing World Series it was to be
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October 10, 1955

Robinson Was Safe

Jackie Robinson's steal of home in first game raised rhubarbs and first glimpse of what a rousing World Series it was to be

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That vivid competitor, Jackie Robinson, got the World Series off to a steaming start by stealing home and instantly provoking a rhubarb: Was he really safe as Umpire Bill Summers called him—or out, as Yankee Catcher Yogi Berra burningly insisted (see inset cut)? Newspaper photographs, several taken from distorting angles, made him seem out. The two Associated Press pictures on the opposite page confirm the umpire's decision and settle the case. Meanwhile, the Yankees took a commanding lead by winning first two games, only to have Brooklyn come back to win the next three—a feat without precedent in the Series. But, back in their own park again, the Yankees evened matters with the help of Whitey Ford's masterful pitching, thereby forcing Series to full seven games.

Dodger comeback at Ebbets Field after loss of opening games was sparked by electrifying base running of Robinson, here shown terrorizing Yankee Pitcher Bob Turley from long leadoff at third. In the closeup below he is letting out a bloodcurdling yell as Turley stretches

Grinning Jackie, self-described as "old, fat and gray," rewrote his part as creaking 36-year-old and made 1955 Series one of the best he has ever played.

The racing silhouette of Billy Martin frames Reese's futile dive for hard-hit ground ball that scored Collins, put Yanks out in front in the second game

Happy occasion for the Dodgers was Johnny Podres' birthday (his 23rd). He stopped a Yankee landslide and brought Brooklyn first victory with a seven-hitter

A Yankee misfortune was the leg injury which hobbled Mickey Mantle, caused him to pull up in pain on bases, and led to his benching for most of the Series

A Yankee boon was performance of 35-year-old Tommy Byrne, who confused Dodgers with his pitching and chatter, smothered their power with a five-hitter

Stunned Campanella watches his dropped ball and Skowron bounce across home plate together in this third-game tableau

Speeding Pee Wee Reese beats Kucks to first base in fourth-game play which Casey Stengel bemoaned as a crucial one

Game-saving center field catches by Dodgers' Duke Snider on fourth day (above) were eclipsed only by his slugging next day. Greeted below by Campanella, the Duke jogs home after his fourth Series homer

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