In the beginning the White Sox built their hopes on slickness and quickness, on poise and determination, on pitching and speed. By the time the fourth game was over it was apparent that the Dodgers were better in all of these. Sometimes they excelled by only a stride, an inch or a molecule, but they were better. Their pressing, forcing gait bullied Chicago into errors. The White Sox were nervous and tight; you could see it in their faces and in the way they played.
On Monday Roger Craig was as good a pitcher as Early Wynn and when he needed relief there was Larry Sherry. For the third time in three games the amazing Dodger rookie came in to pitch and for the third time he saved a Dodger game. This time he even got credit for winning.
But as is their way, the Dodgers made even the easy victory come hard. They led 4-0 after six innings, scoring all their runs in the third on five hits and sloppy White Sox fielding. They seemed to have the game well in hand, but in the eighth Landis singled, Fox singled, Kluszewski singled, Lollar homered and the game was tied.
At this point every Dodger run in the Series had been scored with two out. But Gil Hodges, leading off the eighth, couldn't wait. He drove Gerry Staley's second pitch on a high arc far up into the sun-baked crowd out in left center. That was the run the Dodgers needed. Sherry did the rest.
On the blackboard in the Dodger dressing room after the game someone wrote "One to Go-Go-Go!"
In the White Sox dressing room Al Lopez said, "We still have a chance."
To end it the right way for the White Sox, a miracle was required. It was too bad but the Dodgers seemed to have a corner on miracles.