World Champion Brooklyn Dodgers

“This is next year.”
Comment made when the Dodgers won their first World Series

This is the 60th anniversary of the Dodgers one World Championship team in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Dodgers had won National League Pennants in 1941, 1947, 1949. 1952, and 1953. Each time they were beaten by the Yankees in the World Series. The “cry” in Brooklyn always was, “Wait till next year!”

When Johnny Podres shut out the Yankees in Game 7 of the 1955 World Series, the Dodgers finally had won the World Series. It was then said in Brooklyn, “This is next year!”. The Dodgers had future Hall of Famers: Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson, and Duke Snider. In Carl Erskine they had one of the top pitchers in the National League, fine players like Carl Furillo and Billy Cox, and the first-ever Cy Young Award winner in Don Newcombe. Those players and those teams were loved by Brooklynites. Red Barber broadcast the Dodgers games from 1939 to 1953. Vin Scully broke in with the Dodgers in 1950, and it was said on many days you could walk up and down the streets of Brooklyn and “not miss a pitch” as the Dodger games were broadcast on radio. The Dodgers were affectionately known as “The Bums.” As Carl Erskine once said to me, “Only in Brooklyn could calling someone a “bum” be a term of endearment”. When the Brooklyn Dodgers won the World Series, Brooklynites said, “Whose a bum now!” After the 1957 season, the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles, and the borough of Brooklyn was devastated.

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