Pivotal World Series Moments
Stengel Strikes Again
1923 World Series Game 3: New York Giants @ New York Yankees
The crosstown rivals split the first two games of the Series. Slightly built southpaw Art Nehf (13-10 during the season) would pitch Game 3 for the Giants at Yankee Stadium. Called a "money pitcher," Nehf had won the deciding games of both the 1921 and '22 World Series.
His Yankee counterpart was Sad Sam Jones (21-8), another of the players the Yank­ees acquired from the Red Sox from 1920-23. Some thought Jones's curveball was as good as anyone's in the American League. He pitched a no-hitter September 4 against the Philadelphia Athletics without striking out a single batter.
Yanks Miss Chance in Fourth
Both hurlers were on their game, Jones deftly changing speeds and Nehf working the corners. Neither side scored in the first six innings. The Giants rapped four hits while the Yankees got only two. The home team had the best chance to score but squandered the chance.
3B Joe Dugan smacked a double to start the bottom of the fourth. Nehf then walked Babe Ruth. That brought up LF Bob Meusel, the cleanup hitter. Yankee Manager Miller Huggins gave the bunt sign, figuring that would avoid a double play and put runners on second and third with 1B Wally Pipp and 2B Aaron Ward coming up. But Meusel ignored the sign. He not only failed to bunt but hit the first pitch right to SS Dave Bancroft to start a 6-4-3 double play. Pipp's groundout stranded the runner at third. That would be the last time the Yankees got a runner to third the rest of the afternoon.

L-R: Art Nehf, Sad Sam Jones, Joe Dugan, Bob Meusel
Stengel Breaks Scoreless Tie
Jones retired Irish Meusel on a liner to his brother in left field to start the top of the seventh. That brought up CF Casey Stengel. He had been the Giants hero two days earlier in the first game with his inside-the-park home run in the top of the ninth that broke the 4-4 tie and won the game. Despite those heroics, Manager John McGraw sat the left-handed batter in Game 2 against the Yankees' ace southpaw Herb Pennock. As a result, Babe Ruth took center stage with his two home runs to even the series at a game apiece. But Stengel was back in the lineup against Jones.
Stengel lined out to center and drew a walk in his first two plate appearances in Game 3. As his manager required, Stengel looked to McGraw for a signal before each pitch of his third at-bat. If he saw McGraw strike one of the utility players on the nose with a bat, Casey said to himself, "The old man says this is going to be a strike." So he swung at the first pitch but missed. Before the next two deliveries, McGraw bawled out the utility player. That meant the next pitch would be a ball. So Stengel let both go by to run the count to 2-1. Before the fourth pitch, Stengel got the hit sign again. When Jones tried to sneak an inside fast ball past him, Casey smashed it into the bleachers in right field. Casey's "elated parade" around the bases was in direct contrast to his mad dash in Game 1.

L-R: Casey Stengel, Wally Schang, Everett Scott, Aaron Ward
It was now up to Nehf to make the run hold up. The Yankees got two runners on in the bottom of the 7th on a walk to Pipp and a single by C Wally Schang. But Nehf got 3B Everett Scott to ground into a forceout to end the threat.
The Yanks got two men on again in the 8th. With one out, CF Whitey Witt got an infield hit with one out and, after a forceout at second, Ruth walked as Nehf wasn't about to give him anything good to hit. Meusel hit a long fly to center that Stengel ran back and caught.
After Hinkey Haines grounded out to open the bottom of the 9th, the Yankees went berserk when home plate umpire Dick Nellin called Ward out on strikes. Led by Huggins, Yankees surrounded Nellin and gave him a tongue-lashing. The ump listened patiently, then put his mask on and walked away. When Schang grounded out, the Giants had a two-to-one lead in the Series.