Golden Baseball Magazine

The Ultimate Game

This series presents the final game of each post-season series that went all the way.
Until 1946, that means World Series Game Sevens (none of the best-of-nine World Series went the full length).
1964 - Game 7: New York Yankees @ St. Louis Cardinals

Lou Brock

Barney Schultz

Mel Stottlemyre

Roger Craig

Yogi Berra in clubhouse before Game 1

Clete Boyer and Ken Boyer

Berra Takes Out Whitey Ford Game 1.

Bob Gibson pitches in 1964 World Series.

Jim Bouton

Pennant Races

The 1964 St. Louis Cardinals staged one of the most improbable stretch runs to capture their first NL flag since 1946 on the last day. Read a detailed account of the '64 season ...

  • After a second place finish in '63, the Redbirds were poised for a triumphant 1964. But with essentially the same team, including the best infield in baseball, St. Louis sank to 8th place in mid-June.
  • Owner Gus Busch began quietly searching for successors to General Manager Bing De­vine and Manager Johnny Keane.
  • Then came a crucial trade June 15 that turned the season around. No one, including the Cardinals themselves, could understand why Devine would trade reliable right-handed P Ernie Broglio to the Cubs for a mediocre center fielder named Lou Brock.
  • But Keane moved Brock to left field and told him he didn't want him to hit home runs but to get on base and use his speed.
  • Still, the club didn't catch fire immediately, hovering in 5th place through most of August. A less publicized deal in mid-July proved valuable down the stretch as journeyman knuck­leballer Barney Schultz joined the bullpen and saved 14 games.
  • Meanwhile, the Phillies led from mid-July through August and into September and seem­ed a solid bet to take their first pennant since 1950. But when Gene Mauch's club slumped in September, the manager panicked and started pitching his two aces, Jim Bunning and Chris Short, on two days rest.
  • With St. Louis embarked on an 18-game road trip, the Phils came home from a West Coast swing September 21 up 6.5 games on both the Reds and Cards. The front office began taking orders for World Series tickets.
  • Philadelphia proceeded to lose all seven games of the homestand before heading to St. Louis only 1.5 games on top. That started an amazing two-week streak that saw the team in first place lose each day.
  • Three more losses in the Mound City knocked them all the way to third place and put the Redbirds at the top entering the final weekend at Cincinnati, where the Phillies rallied to win both games.
  • After blowing their lead by losing two games at home to the lowly Mets, the Cardinals won on the last day to cop the crown by a single game over the Reds and Phils.

Bing Devine
1964 Cardinals' All-Star Infield

L-R: Ken Boyer, Dick Groat, Julian Javier,
Bill White

Johnny Keane
The opponent for the fifth time in Cards history would be the New York Yankees, American League champions for the fifth straight season and for the 15th time in the last 18 years.
  • The immortal Yogi Berra took over as manager of the Yankees for the '64 season fol­lowing the retirement of Ralph Houk, for whom Berra had served as a coach following his retirement after the '63 campaign.
    During his magnificent run with the Yankees from 1949 to 1960, Casey Stengel called Berra his eyes on the field. He would refer to Yogi as "Mr. Berra, which is my assistant manager."
  • The Yanks started the season a little slowly but hung in the top three of the league with the Orioles and White Sox throughout the summer.
  • The key factor that pushed the Bronx Bombers to the pennant was the call-up of P Mel Stottlemyre in August. The 23-year-old righthander with an excellent sinker went 9-3 down the stretch.
  • Another pitcher who aided the stretch run was reliever Pedro Ramos, acquired in a trade with the Indians on September 5. He appeared in 13 games with an ERA of just 1.25 and a whopping eight saves. Unfortunately, he had arrived too late to be eligible for the World Series.
  • The Yankees pulled into a tie for first on September 17 during a streak of eleven straight wins that catapulted them into a lead of four games with a week to play.
  • The final margin for the 99-63 Yanks shrank to one game over Chicago and two over Baltimore.
  • So Yogi brought his AL champs to his hometown of St. Louis to start the Series.
    17-year-old Lawrence Berra tried out with the Cardinals in 1942 and received an offer of $250 from GM Branch Rickey. But Yogi wanted the same $500 bonus that his friend and fellow C Joe Garagiola received. So he declined Rickey's offer. The next year, Berra signed with the Yankees for the $500 he had been seeking.

Having won the pennant on the last day, the Cardinals quickly prepared for the World Series that started three days later. Only three of the 1964 Redbirds had postseason experience.

  • Roger Craig participated in three World Series with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • SS Dick Groat and OF Bob Skinner played for the Pirates in the 1960 Classic.
The Cards approached the Series with the same confidence they had shown all season.
White in his autobiography: "We knew these guys. We had shared the same field in St. Petersburg before the Yankees had moved to Fort Lauderdale, and even after they moved we played them often in spring training. We knew their weaknesses as well as their strengths. To be frank, we also thought of them as a bunch of prima donnas, stars who just went through the motions in spring training and even in the regular season. By con­trast, Johnny Keane made certain that we were in shape and ready to play by the end of spring training, and that we stayed that way throughout the regular season.
'We beat these guys so many times in spring training,' Johnny told us before the series. 'There's no reason we can't go out and beat them now.'"

Bob Gibson emerged down the stretch as the Cards' ace.

  • But Keane had to use him in relief to close out the final game after Bob pitched a com­plete game two nights earlier.
  • So Johnny turned to 20-game-winner Ray Sadecki to start Game One. If the Series went seven games, it appeared that Sadecki would start three games instead of Gib­son.

Berra had no such problems in his homecoming to his native St. Louis.

  • Yogi went with southpaw Whitey Ford (17-6), the undisputed leader of the staff.
  • However, the 35-year-old Ford might not be able to start three times with only three days rest between starts.
  • But the Yanks had two reliable young starters in Stottlemyre and Jim Bouton, the staff leader with 18 wins.
  • With Mantle gimpy with his chronic leg problems, Berra played Roger Maris in center field and Mickey in right field throughout the Series.

Series Results
  1. Wednesday, October 7 @ St. Louis: Cardinals 9 Yankees 5
    WP: Ray Sadecki; LP: Whitey Ford
  2. Thursday, October 8 @ St. Louis: Yankees 8 Cardinals 3
    WP: Mel Stottlemeyer; LP: Bob Gibson
  3. Saturday, October 10 @ New York: Yankees 2 Cardinals 1
    WP: Jim Bouton; LP: Barney Schultz
  4. Sunday, October 11 @ New York: Cardinals 4 Yankees 3
    WP: Roger Craig; LP: Al Downing
  5. Monday, October 12 @ New York: Cardinals 5 Yankees 2
    WP: Gibson; LP: Pete Mikkelsen
  6. Wednesday, October 14 @ St. Louis:Yankees 8 Cardinals 3
    WP: Bouton; LP: Curt Simmons

Story of Games 1, 2, and 3 | Story of Games 4, 5, and 6
Video highlights of the 1964 World Series

Game 7: Thursday, October 15 @ St. Louis

After Game 6, Keane announced that he planned to start Gibson in Game 7 on two days rest.

  • If Gibby couldn't go, Sadecki was second choice. Both hurlers said they would wel­come the chance to start.
  • Stan Musial, a club vice president in his first year of retirement, expressed confidence. "All good things are worth waiting for. Winning the seventh game of the series will be a sweet victory."
  • Groat, the Cardinals' captain, was not surprised the Series was going the distance. "I said at the start of this series that it could do down to the wire just like the 1960 series when I was with Pittsburgh."
  • Berra would go with Stottlemyre, also on two days rest with "everybody in the bull pen." Yogi liked the way Mel kept the ball down in a hitters' park. However, Busch Stadium was notorious for its rock hard infield, which many players considered the worst in the league.
  • Ford had started the first game a week earlier but complained of a sore arm after pitching seven innings and had not appeared again. However, after the Yankees described the injury as a sore heel, Ford held a press conference before Game 7 to announce that he had a sore arm, a reoccurrence of a condition he had had off and on for years.
    Berra admitted the charade. I thought it might keep them [the Cardinals] off balance, not knowing whether Ford could pitch or not. And, of course, I hoped that it might get better.
    Some writers have described Whitey's problem as a circulatory ailment that prevent­ed him from gripping the ball properly.
  • If trends meant anything, the Cardinals had been in four seventh games and had won all of them - 1926, 1931, 1934, and 1946.
New York Lineup
Phil Linz SS
Bobby Richardson 2B
Roger Maris CF
Mickey Mantle RF
Elston Howard C
Joe Pepitone 1B
Tom Tresh LF
Clete Boyer 3B
Mel Stottlemyre P
St. Louis Lineup
Curt Flood CF
Lou Brock LF
Bill White 1B
Ken Boyer 3B
Dick Groat SS
Tim McCarver C
Mike Shannon RF
Dal Maxvill 2B
Bob Gibson P


Roger Maris at Busch Stadium

Mickey Mantle

Tom Tresh

Mike Shannon

Dal Maxvill

McCarver scores in 4th as ball gets away from Howard.

Al Downing

Roland Sheldon

Ken Boyer scores in 5th inning.

Hector Lopez

Steve Hamilton

John Blanchard

The 30,346 who paid to get into Busch Stadium on a beautiful 72° afternoon saw the beginning of the Bob Gibson legend.

1st inning

  • Bob started Phil Linz with a curve for a strike, then whizzed in a fast ball for another called strike. Phil stepped out to slow down the big righthander. Then he grounded to 3B Ken Boyer.
    Bobby Richardson led everyone with 11 hits, one shy of the World Series record. Gibson took only three pitches to get the Yankee 2B on a called third strike. The strikeout tied Series record for whiffs by a pitcher.
    Roger Maris bounced the first pitch to SS Dal Maxvill. Gibson ended the inning with eight strikes and no balls, a necessary economy of effort for someone pitching on two days rest.
  • Curt Flood (6-for-25, .240) ran the count full, hit a foul, then hit a high hopper to 3B Clete Boyer who backed up to grab it and threw hurriedly and accurate to get the speedy runner.
    LF Lou Brock dropped the first delivery for a bunt down the first base line but got it too close to the mound. Stottlemyre threw hit out.
    The hitter in the biggest slump of the series, Bill White (1-for-23, .043) smacked the ball over Maris's head in center field for a standup double.
    Boyer (3-for-23, .130) fell behind 0-2, fouled off a pitch, then took a good curve for strike 3.
    White: "It was an exciting series. But for me it was also the worst hitting performance of my entire baseball career. In the first six games I had one hit in twenty-three at-bats.
    "The problem was that I had fallen back into my old habit of trying to pull every ball, and the Yankees responded by pitching me outside. I was hitting a lot of easy grounders and pop-ups. Finally after Game 5, I call my old batting guru Harry Walker ... He gave me the same advice he gave me before: Lay back a little, wait for the ball, hit it straight away instead of trying to pull every pitch."
2nd inning
  • The first batter was Mantle, playing in his eighth Game 7. Gibson set a modern record for World Series strikeouts when he got Mickey swinging on a 2-2 changeup. The 24th strikeout broke Sandy Koufax's mark set just the previous October against the Yankees in only two starts.
    Playing in St. Louis reminded Mantle of 1946, the last time the Cardinals had been in the World Series. "I had listened to that Series on the radio in the hospital in Oklahoma City, while the doctors tried to save my leg from osteomyelitis. The Cardinals had been my boyhood team."
    Year later, Gibson recalled how Mantle's body lnguage factored into his approach against the Yankee slugger in the World Series: "I noticed when I pitched him outside, his knee would buckle a little. So he didn't want to reach out and go after it. He wouldn't swing as hard at the ball away from him as he did at the ball inside. So I kept it away and had good success."
    Elston Howard (6-for-20, .300) grounded a single just to the right of SS Dick Groat.
    The crowd booed Joe Pepitone (4-for-22, ...), who hit a grand slam in Game 6. They cheered the first two pitches, both strikes. Joe popped a curve to Boyer in foul territory.
    Tom Tresh (5-for-20, .250) led both teams in RBIs with seven. He got good wood on a fast ball and lined the ball just past Groat's glove. Brock knelt down to make sure he blocked the ball and held Howard at second.
    Working carefully with the pitcher up next, Gibson fell behind Clete Boyer 2-0. After two strikes, Clete grounded to Groat who took his eye off the ball to see if Maxvill was at second and bobbled the ball. The error loaded the bases with two outs.
    Gibson wasted no time with his opposing moundsman, dispatching him swinging on three pitches. Tim McCarver dropped the ball but stepped on home plate for the forceout instead of throwing to first.
  • Groat grounded to Pepitone, who was shading toward second. Stottlemyre took the toss.
    McCarver (10-for-21, .476) walked on a 3-2 pitch that was way outside.
    In those days before the major league draft, the Yankees had tried hard to sign McCarver out of Christian Brothers High School in Memphis.
    Mike Shannon (5-for-24, .208) strike out swinging on a slow curve.
    Dal Maxvill (3-for-17, .177), replacing the injured Julian Javier at second throughout the Series, continued the trend of making Stottlemyre work, fell behind 0-2 but fouled off several pitches before flying to left field.

Bob Gibson at work in Game 7.

3rd inning

  • The top of the Yankee order faced Gibson for the second time but with not much better success than in the 1-2-3 first.
    Gibson again got ahead of Linz 0-2. After several fouls, Phil broke his bat on a grounder far to Boyer's left and barely beat the throw to first. White, thinking he had the out, fired to McCarver and almost threw it away.
    Richardson hit a medium speed grounder to Groat, who threw to Maxvill. Despite Linz barreling down on him, Dal fired to first to complete the double play.
    Maris hit the 0-1 pitch to Boyer, who made another good play to throw Roger out.
  • Continuing to throw mainly curves, Stottlemyre got his good-hitting mound opponent on a fly to Maris in center field.
    Flood hit a grounder down the third base line. Clete Boyer fielded it backhanded right at the bag and, despite his momentum taking him into foul territory, threw Curt out. Keane came out to argue but both the third base and home plate umpires agreed it was a fair ball.
    Brock lined a 3-1 delivery into center field.
    The Yankees now had to worry about Lou, who had the green light from Keane to steal at any time. Mel immediately threw to 1B, and Brock barely dived back safely. With the fans yelling "Go, go!," another throw was not close. White ended the suspense by grounding out 4-3.
4th inning
  • Still pitching Mantle mostly away, Gibson got Mickey to tap back to the mound on a checked swing.
    Howard grounded the 1-2 delivery to Maxvill for an easy out.
    Staying ahead of the hitters, the Cardinal righthander got Pepitone to pop to second.
  • Boyer started what would prove to be the crucial rally by singling over second base on the first pitch. The ball just missed the pitcher's right knee.
    Here's where Keane's batting Groat fifth instead of second in the order paid off. Stottlemyre threw twice to first to try to pick him off–and nearly did–to minimize the danger presented by the Cards' ace hit-and-run man. But, as often happens, the distracted pitcher walked the batter on four pitches.
    Southpaw Al Downing (the Yankees' first African-American pitcher) and righty Roland Shelton began warming up in the Yankee bullpen.
    McCarver hit a hard grounder wide of first that Pepitone fielded on the run. He snapped an underhanded throw to Linz at second for the forceout on Groat. But when Linz fired back to first, the throw went wide past Stottlemyre, who fell down trying to keep his foot on the bag and reach for the throw as McCarver sped by. Boyer scored from second, and Tim held first as Richardson fielded the carom off the wall.
    Mantle: "Stottlemyre hurt his shoulder in the fourth, when he covered first on a double play attempt and had to dive for a low throw from Linz. ... his arm stiffened and Yogi replaced him an inning later. 'If Whitey had been available,' said Yogi, 'he would have been in there.' But Ford had hurt his arm in the first game, and never reappeared."
    Shannon lined the second pitch into right-center field for a single, sending the fleet Cardinal catcher to third.
    On the first pitch to Maxvill, Shannon surprised the Yanks by breaking for second. Dal missed on a hit-and-run play, and Howard threw to second where Richardson just missed tagging Mike as he slid past. Bobby immediately fired the ball back to Howard as McCarver came racing down the line from third, but the ball got by the catcher to allow the second run to score. The official scorers credited Shannon and McCarver with a double steal on the play.
    After taking a ball, the light-hitting second sacker hit a single to right field. Shannon beat Mantle's throw to the plate with a sweeping slide, the batter taking second.
    But that's all the Cards would get as Gibson popped to first, and Flood grounded to second. Cardinals 3 Yankees 0

5th inning

  • With Stottlemyre scheduled as the third hitter, Downing continued warming.
    Tresh worked the count full, then took the first walk from Gibson.
    Clete Boyer popped to Flood in short left-center field.
    Mike Hegan, on the roster in place of the injured Tony Kubek, hit for the pitcher as his father Jim, the bullpen catcher, looked on. Hegan took ball four on a 3-2 pitch.
    That brought action in the Cardinal bullpen as Roger Craig got up.
    But no sooner had he started throwing than Linz hit a liner to short right field. Shannon made a running catch and fired to Groat who snapped up the short hop to double Tresh off second to end the threat. Fine play on both ends.
  • Brock belted Downing's first delivery 400' to the roof of the grandstand in right-center field.
    White smacked the next pitch, another high fast ball, into center field for a single.
    Boyer drove the second pitch off the wall in right-center field for a double that sent Bill to third. Richardson's relay throw to the plate went over Howard's head, but Downing backed up.
    Sheldon hurried in from the bullpen.
    Berra had to play the infield in to avoid further damage. But Groat still managed to get the run in from third with a slow bouncer up the middle. Richardson decided he didn't have a play on White at home or Boyer at third and threw to first.
    McCarver looped a fly ball into right field. Mantle raced in for the catch, but Boyer scored from third.
    Sheldon struck out Shannon on a breaking ball. Cardinals 6 Yankees 0
    Mantle: "It was 6-0, with Gibson in command, and in the stands the St. Louis fans started celebrating. I'm proud of the fact that we didn't roll over."

6th inning

  • The lights were turned on, and the Yankees finally broke through against Gibson.
    Keane had Ron Taylor throwing in the bullpen.
    beat out a single toward third for his 12th hit to tie the Series record.
    After just holding up on the 0-2 pitch, Maris ran the count to 2-2 and bounced a single into right field, the base runner holding at second.
    The Yanks could cut the lead in half with one swing of Mantle's bat, and that's exactly what happened. After taking a good cut and fouling off the first pitch, Mickey clouted an outside fastball into the left-center field bleachers. It was his second homer in two days and his 18th in the dozen World Series in which "the majestic invalid" had played. With it, he tied one Series record and broke another. He equaled Yogi's mark of 39 RBI and surpassed Berra's 41 runs scored.
    Mantle: "Gibson threw me a high hard one that may have been outside the strike zone, but I reached for the ball and poked it to the opposite field for a three-run homer. That trimmed the score to 6-3 and Gibson was annoyed. He shook his head later and said, 'That man has power.'"
    With Craig joining Taylor in the pen, Keane visited the mound but left Gibson in.
    Johnny expained later that he visited Gibby on the mound "to look into his face and see if he still had that determined look."
    Bob powdered the first pitch past Howard, then got him to foul off the next one. Ellie looked at a 1-2 fastball on the outside corner.
    Pepitone went for a pitch in on his hands and hit a soft liner to Maxvill.
    Tresh worked a full count walk.
    Still popping the fast one in McCarver's glove, Gibson stuck out Boyer.
    Cardinals 6 Yankees 3
  • Sheldon made quick work of the Cardinals.
    Maxvill struck out.
    Gibson flied to left, Tresh and Maris almost colliding.
    Prolonging his at-bat to give Gibson some rest, Flood lined to Mantle.
7th inning
  • Ray Sadecki joined Craig in the St. Louis bullpen.
    Hector Lopez
    batted for Sheldon. It was hard to come off the bench and catch up with Gibson's fast ball. The pinch hitter threw his bat at a 2-2 pitch, striking out as the bat made Bob skip rope on the mound.
    Linz flied to Shannon on the first pitch.
    Richardson stayed hot, lining a record-breaking single to center.
    Maris hit a hard liner to right field that Shannon snagged running toward the line.
  • 6'7" lefty Steve Hamilton took the mound for the Yankees.
    With Clete Boyer in close at third as usual, Brock struck out on a sidearm curve.
    White, who had broken out of his slump with a double and single, took a third strike on another sidearm delivery.
    Having dispatched two lefthanded batters with ease, Steve now faced a righthander. Boyer clobbered a 2-1 curveball into the left field bleachers.
    Groat hit a hot grounder that Clete handled at third and threw to first
    Cardinals 7 Yankees 3

8th inning

  • Sadecki and Craig threw again as Gibson faced the 4-5-6 hitters in the Yankee lineup.
    Mantle hit a high fly to Flood.
    Howard fanned on a 1-2 fastball–Gibby's seventh K.
    Pepitone popped to Maxvill in short center.
  • McCarver battled Hamilton to a full count, then bounced a grounder to Pepitone's right that he knocked down. Joe's throw to Hamilton was too late. The single gave Tim the Series' leading batting average, .478 (11-for-23).
    After fouling a run-and-bunt play, Shannon grounded to Boyer, but the usually sure-handed third sacker bobbled the ball. Instead of a possible double play, the Cards had men on first and second with none out.
    Boyer and Pepitone sneaked in from the corners, but Maxvill sacrificed successfully anyway, Clete to Richardson covering first.
    The crowd gave Gibson a standing ovation. But before he batted, Berra brought in righty Pete Mikkelsen.
    The Yankee infield came in tight to snuff off any additional runs.
    Gibson pulled the first pitch deep but foul down the left field line. Three pitches later, he hit a grounder to Clete Boyer. Running on contact, McCarver got caught in a rundown, but the return throw hit Tim and bounced away. Boyer retrieved the ball and looked toward Shannon, who was caught between second and third. When McCarver started home again, Clete threw to Mikkelsen who ran Tim back to third where Linz made the tag.
    Flood lined the first pitch right at Boyer.
9th inning
  • Three outs to go. Sadecki and Craig resumed tossing the bullpen.
    Tresh swung at the 0-2 pitch and foul-tipped it. The ball knocked McCarver's glove off, but Tim caught it with his bare hand.
    Boyer got back the run his brother gave St. Louis by poling a 3-2 fastball into the left field bleachers.
    Reserve C John Blanchard, a lefthanded pull hitter, stepped in to hit for Mikkelsen and went down swinging. It was Gibson's 9th K and his 31st of the Series to add to his record.
    Linz, of all people, walloped one right down the left field line inside the foul pole to pull the Yanks within two.
    A 22-year-old teacher in Mobile listened nervously on a transistor radio at his ear as he moved down the aisles checking his students' algebra I work. He could taste his beloved Cards' first World Series triumph since he was five years old and too young to understand.
    Keane paced in the dugout but made no move toward the mound. He trusted Gibson more than anyone in his bullpen.
    New York hopes now rested on Richardson with his record 13 hits. If he could prolong the inning, Maris and Mantle would be next. But Bobby popped to Maxvill to set off mass rejoicing in St. Louis.
    Gibson recalled: "The hitter was Bobby Richardson, who was hitting pretty good all Series, especially against me. [Seven of Bobby's 13 hits came off Gibby.] I was pitch­ing him wrong. The scouting reports had instructed us to pitch him away, and he kept wearing me out by hitting the ball back through the middle. McCarver had a sugges­tion."
    "He's been hitting the ball away pretty good," Tim said. "Let's try something different. Let's come in on him."
    "By this time, I had lost all faith in scouting reports, and I was willing to try something different, so I quickly agreed. ... I threw him a fastball in tight, and he hit it off his fists and popped it up on the right side of the infield."
    "Don't let it hit you on the coconut, Max," Groat shouted.
    "And Dal Maxvill didn't. He squeezed that ball and everybody went wild. We were world champions."
    Berra speculated after the game that if Richardson got on in the 9th, with Maris and Mantle coming up, Gibson would have been taken out.

Busch Stadium erupted into shouting, chanting, singing, bugle-blaring, and fireworks as fans emptied the grandstand.

Thus did the Yankees lose the World Series two years in a row for the first time since 1921-22.


Cardinals Clubhouse

  • Outside the Cardinals locker room, hundreds of fans swirled around the metal staircase that climbed past the vistors' locker room and into the Redbirds' nest. "We want Gib­son!" they screamed. And later, "We want White!"
  • The Cardinals brought the players' wives into the locker room to get them away from the rejoicing crowd.
  • Keane, his head dripping with champagne, praised Gibson as "a man who threw his heart out for us. Gibson got a real good start, and that's why I left him in, when I saw how strong he was going and how courageously he was throwing. When the Yankees were hitting him, they were hitting his good stuff."
  • Gibson won the tenth annual Sport magazine Corvette award as the Series' outstanding player. "It's nice to know I set a World Series strikeout record, but I'd rather have the money. ... I'll tell you this. I thought my stuff was faster at the end than it was at the start. The pitches the Yanks hit for homers in the ninth inning were good fast balls–right over the plate. We had a big lead then. At a time like that, you go with your best, which in my case is the fast ball. You throw it hard and over the plate, daring them to swing on it. After all, how many times are these guys going to lean back and hit the ball into the stands like they did in the ninth?"
    marveled over Mantle's three-run homer in the 6th. "He hit a fast ball away from the plate and rode it to left. That man has power. But we still had a 6-3 lead, and it didn't worry me too much, although I was a little concerned." Gibby added, "Kenny Boyer sort of made up for his brother's homer. He cracked it pretty good."
    Gibson gave some insight into his competitive nature when he said, "You know, the one thing I've got on my mind now is getting home to Omaha to see my two little girls. My wife is here, but I've probably been pretty tough on her lately. I think all this tension has made me a bit snappy."
    According to Gibson, Keane told him in the clubhouse before any reporters arrived, "You're on your way, Hoot. Nothing can stop you now!" What Gibby didn't know was that Johnny was saying goodbye.

Groat and Gibson rejoice.

Yankees Clubhouse

  • Berra: "It was a good Series, but the key to it was every break they got, they capitalized on; every error we made, they scored right after."
  • Stottlemyre: "I'm satisfied with the year. But the ending could have been better." Then he mumbled something about letting the team down. But Ford and Howard scoffed at that and came over to console him. "A fielding collapse, a fielding collapse," Elston insisted.
  • Linz: "Yeh, I had a good Series until the last day. That would have been the double play of the year." Then he slammed the offending throwing hand against his wire-cage locker.
  • Bobby Richardson said that he would play again in 1965 after strongly considering retiring. "Just last week, something personal came up." So he and his wife decided he would return to the diamond.
  • Stan Musial came in to say some nice things to old friends. Screams of "We want Boyer!" (Ken, not Clete) came through the open door.

The total attendance of 321,807 produced a winner's share of $8,622 each and $5,309 to each member of the Yankees.

Within days of the Series, both teams changed managers.
  • In early September, when the Yankees sat in third place, GM Ralph Houk decided to fire Berra and contacted Keane to see if he was interested in replacing Yogi. Irritated by Augie Busch's firing of General Manager Bing Devine and figuring he was next, Johnny told Houk he would take the job and, in fact, secretly signed a contract on September 28 before the regular season ended.
  • So the day after the final game, Houk called Berra and told him he was fired.

The next day, both the Yankees and Cardinals held press conferences.

  • The Cards planned to announce that Keane had signed a contract extension. But 15 minutes before meeting the press, Keane handed Busch a letter announcing his resignation.
  • Johnny then hopped a plane to New York where Houk told the press he had fired Yogi Berra. When asked if Keane was on his list of possible replacements, Houk acted surprised but said he would add him to the list. The next day, he introduced Johnny as his new manager of the Yankees.
  • Faced with a public relations disaster, Busch responded with a master stroke. He hired longtime fan favorite, Red Schoendienst, as manager.

The Cardinals ended up the better off of the two 1964 World Series clubs.

  • The Cardinals kept chugging and won the pennant in both 1967 and 1968.
  • Keane took over the Yankees just as the aging team was about to decline, thanks in large measure to the lack of prospects in the farm system.
    Ford: "The dumbest thing the Yankees ever did was fire Yogi Berra. They had to wait another twelve years before they could get back to another World Series."
    Mantle: "Even though we had won the pennant, the front office decided that the club lacked discipline, and Yogi would not be able to provide it. Keane would. Maybe he did, but he was totally wrong for the Yankees. Keane was a quiet and decent man, but aloof and a believer in keeping his distance from the players."
References: Dynasty: The New York Yankees 1949-1964, Peter Golenbock (1975)
The World Series
, David S. Neft & Richard M. Cohen (1990)
All My Octobers: My Memories of 12 World Series When the Yankees Ruled Baseball,
Mickey Mantle with Mickey Herskowitz (1994)

The Spirit of St. Louis: A History of the St. Louis Cardinals and Browns, Peter Golenbock (2000)
The Seventh Game, Barry Levenson (2004)
Uppity: My Untold Story about the Games People Play, Bill White with Gordon Dillow (2011)
Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee, Allen Barra (2009)

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