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Columnist Mel Durslag warned Dodger fans on the possible loss of one of their effective pitchers. Durslag wrote, “It is our feeling that we won’t be seeing Larry Sherry in the sixth game, even if trouble should befall the starter, Johnny Podres. Unless it is a special spot, with just a batter or two involved, Walt Alston isn’t likely to gamble with Sherry, but will keep him for the final game as either the man who starts or the one who is first to the rescue.”80

The Dodgers’ starting lineup had one addition for Game 6 as Snider started in center field. Snider had started Games 1 and 2, but had just one plate appearance in Los Angeles limited by a sore knee. He was back in the lineup for this important game.

The first two innings were scoreless, but in the third inning, Snider put the Dodgers on the board with a two-run home run. The home run was Snider’s 11th , second only to Mickey Mantle in World Series history.

Podres kept the 2-0 lead through the third inning and the Dodgers batted in the fourth. Larker singled and Don Demeter ran for him, and Demeter was sacrificed to second. Five batters later, the Dodgers would effectively be World Champions.

Wills drove home Demeter for the third run. After a pitching change, Podres doubled to center field and Wills scored. After Gilliam walked, Neal doubled home Podres and Gilliam. Moon then homered and it was a six run inning for the Dodgers and an 8-0 lead.

The game was far from over. The White Sox may have been down 8-0, but they tried to rise up against Podres. After a hit batsmen and a walk, Kluszewski hit a three run home run. When Smith walked, Alston went to his bullpen, specifically Larry Sherry. White Sox hopes soared as the first White Sox batter singled off Sherry. With two outs, Sherry walked a runner to load the bases to face future Hall of Fame shortstop Luis Aparicio. This was the White Sox’ best chance to get back in the game, but their best hopes ended when Aparicio popped to Wills. It was the last serious threat for Sherry.

In the ninth, Essegian hit for Snider and hit his second pinch-hit home run of the World Series, a record that stands today. It had been quite a day for Southern California natives to help the Dodgers win their first World Championship in Los Angeles. Snider, from Compton, hit a two-run home run. Sherry pitched 5 2/3 innings for the win and had two hits, and Essegian hit his second pinch-hit home run. Three players who had started the season in the minor leagues had played important parts in the Game 6 Championship win, again Sherry, Essegian, and Wills.

80 Mel Durslag, Los Angeles Examiner, October 8, 1959

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A collage of moments from the 1959 Los Angeles Dodger World Championship season and Dodger Manager Walter Alston receiving the World Championship banner from Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick.

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