Shibe Park, Philadelphia, PA, October 4, 1950 – It’s the first inning of the first game of the 1950 World Series and Phillies’ pitcher Jim Konstanty’s pitch to the Yankees Phil Rizzuto is just a bit outside (channeling Bob Uecker). Konstanty, a relief pitcher during the season, is starting his first game ever as a Phillies pitcher and admirably holds the Yanks in check over eight innings giving up just four hits and one earned run.
Unfortunately his counterpart, New York’s Vic Raschi, outshined him by limiting the Phillies to just two hits and no runs for a complete game 1-0 win. The Yanks only run coming on a Jerry Coleman sacrifice fly in the 4th inning scoring Bobby Brown.
This marked the third consecutive year that the World Series opened with a 1–0 game, and the third consecutive year a two-hitter was thrown in the opening game of the World Series.
As for the series, the Yankees would sweep the Phillies in four games. The Phillies batted .203 as a team and scored only five runs in the four-game series, with two of those runs being unearned. The World Series win would be the Yankees 13th and second of a record five straight titles for New York (1949–1953).
-Ron A. Bolton