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Willie McCovey Lines out to Bobby Richardson, October 16, 1962 
 

 

Yogi Berra, who has seen it all, said:" When McCovey hit the ball, it lifted me right out of my shoes. I never saw a last game of a World Series more exciting." 
Famed restaurateur Tracy Nieporent recalled: "I can still remember being in the playground the fall of 1962. We were playing stickball. The radio was on. Willie McCovey hit the line drive to Bobby Richardson, if Richardson didn't catch it, the Giants would win the Series. But Richardson did catch it and the Yankees did."   

Three days of rain had finally ended. Candlestick Park was finally dry. But the wind, as was the practice there, was whipping, gusting. Outfielders were at its mercy.
Game seven matched New York's Ralph Terry, winless in four World Series decisions, against San Francisco's 24-game-winner Jack Sanford who he had lost to in Game Two.

With two outs in the sixth inning, Terry had a perfect game going and the Yankees were clinging to a 1-0 lead. Relaxing out in the Giants bullpen was "Mr. Perfect Game," Don Larsen. He saw Sanford's single breaking up Terry's bid for the perfecto. Entering the bottom of the ninth, Terry had allowed only two hits to the Giants.

With two outs the Giants had runners at second and third. It could have been worse. Willie Mays, off a 49-homer, 141-RBI season, doubled to right, but Roger Maris ran and grabbed the bounding ball. His quick throw to cutoff man Bobby Richardson forced Matty Alou to hold at third base.

The 26-year-old Terry, two years earlier, had been the goat in the World Series. Now, he had a chance to make up for it. With first base open, Giants cleanup hitter Willie McCovey moved towards the plate. In the on deck circle was Orlando Cepeda.
Yankees Manager Ralph Houk decided to let right-hander Terry pitch to the left-handed-hitting McCovey, who had tripled in his previous at-bat .  The count was one and one on the big Giant they called "Stretch." 

The next pitch was inside and McCovey hit a line drive. It was about 5 feet off the ground when it blurred by the pitcher's mound. But Yankees second baseman Bobby Richardson was perfectly positioned. Moving slightly to his left, he threw up his glove. A second straight world championship - New York Yankees.

Terry, who wound up with a four-hitter and gave up no walks, was jubilant and also modest. "I was thankful to have the opportunity to pitch a seventh game and have a real shot at redemption."

 

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The Yankees baseball team uniforms were quite different than how they are today.

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