Thanks to Podres, Dem Bums were Dem Champs in 1955 (courtesy of http://gothamist.com)
When Johnny Podres took the mound for Game 7 of the 1955 World Series in Yankee Stadium, he wasn't just pitching for himself.
He wasn't just pitching for his Dodgers teammates. No, he was pitching for the entire tortured borough of Brooklyn.
The little brother that had been picked on, Brooklyn had faced the New York Yankees five times in the World Series.
Five times the Dodgers had lost.
Sending a rookie pitcher who had gone 9-10 in the regular season did not do much to engender confidence.
But Podres had gotten the Dodgers back into the series with a complete 8-3 win over the Yankees in Game 3. Now, with the series tied 3-3, he would be faced by Tommy Byrne.
Scoreless through three innings, Brooklyn scored first on a Gil Hodges single. Hodges hit a sacrifice fly off of reliever Bob Grim, and the Dodgers led 2-0.
In the fateful sixth inning, the Yankees put together a rally. After walking future Yankees manager Billy Martin, Podres watched Gil McDougald place a perfect bunt, and suddenly there were runners at first and second with Yogi Berra coming to the plate.
The switch-hitting Berra's appearance caused the Dodger outfield to shift to the right. Podres threw a pitch off the outside corner that Berra smashed for what appeared to be a double in the left field corner.
But out of nowhere, left fielder Sandy Amaros raced over and, sticking his glove out (on his right hand, which was so critical), snared Berra's shot. Instead of at least one RBI and runners on second and third with a one-run game, both runners had to return to their bases.
From there, Podres closed the door, going the distance and bringing Brooklyn its one and only world championship.