The 1959 World Series featured the National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers beating the American Leaguechampion Chicago White Sox, four games to two. Each of the three games played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum drew record crowds, Game 5’s attendance of 92,706 continues to be a World Series record to this day.
It was the first pennant for the White Sox in 40 years (since the 1919 Black Sox Scandal). They would have to wait until their world championship season of 2005 to win another pennant. The Dodgers won their first pennant since moving from Brooklyn in 1958 by defeating the Milwaukee Braves, two games to none, in a best-of-three-games pennant playoff. It was the Dodgers’ second World Series victory in five years, their first in Los Angeles, and marked the first championship for a West Coast team.
It was the first World Series in which no pitcher for either side pitched a complete game.
As Vin Scully remarked at the beginning of the official World Series film, “What a change of scenery!” This was the only Series from 1949 through 1964 in which no games were played in New York City, breaking the streak of the city that documentary filmmaker Ken Burns later called the 1950s’ “Capital of Baseball”.
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