1941 BASEBALL HISTORY – BROOKLYN DODGERS’ MICKEY OWENS’ LEGENDARY DROPPED 3RD STRIKE
INCREDIBLE FRONT PAGE HEADLINES AND GRAPHIC PHOTOS OF THE LEGENDARY PLAY!
The Boston Post
October 6, 1941
Of all the rare newspapers we have EVER owned (and this includes Babe Ruth’s 60th Home Run), this complete issue of the Boston Post is one of our personal favorites. One glance at the scans will convince you–it is simply chilling! My father told me a great deal of Major League Baseball lore, and Mickey Owens muff of what should have been the final strike in the 9th inning was the one I really remembered. But, to actually see it in print as those did back in 1941 when this newspaper was put out on the stands–priceless!!
As the beginning of the front page report opens, “It could have happened only in Brooklyn.” Mickey Owens couldn’t catch pitcher Hugh Casey’s low curveball to Tommy Henrich (who had swung and missed for the third strike and final out of the game), who ended up on first base. Casey never recovered after this play as the Bronx Bombers, starting with Joe DiMaggio, belted the Dodger hurler for four runs to win the fourth game of the 1941 World Series, 7-4. The front page contains two huge graphic photos of the play while the Sports page continues the massive game coverage with three additional photos, big headlines and even a large cartoon. The complete story of the game is included plus the box score and composite WS box score. The hapless “Bums” never recovered from the 9th inning debacle as the Yankees would go on to win the Series, 4 games to 1.
This remarkable issue has other news and features as well including the Death of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, a great photo of Shirley Temple and a huge (3/4 of a page) Oldsmobile advertisement (it just leaps out at you)!
This is the complete 18-page newspaper as printed back in 1941 – one of the top sports newspapers (for my money, that is) I’ve yet seen. Condition is very fine with no problems or tears noted. I’d recommend reading it cover to cover a few times, show my friends, and then have it framed!