Fenway Park Field

May 23, 1954

Before entering the decade that embedded their dynasty in baseball lore, the Yankees made a trade or two along the way. Few of them ever did anything but strengthen them.

Allie Reynolds came to New York from Cleveland in 1947 and solidified an already formidable pitching staff. His 7-0 win over the Red Sox was the 35th shutout in his 13-year career.

MIckey Mantle drove in four of the Yankees’ runs off two young, shell-shocked pitchers – Truman Clevenger and Tom Brewer.

While Mantle and Reynolds were ruining the Red Sox’ day in the Bronx, the Milwaukee Braves  were were sweeping the Cubs at Wrigley Field, 5-1 and 11-9.

And the Braves had to pull out both wins with some ninth-inning heroics.

In Game 1, Eddie Matthews sparked the rally with a two-run double, breaking a 1-1 deadlock.

In Game 2, Jim Pendleton had a pinch-hit, three-run homer to clinch it.

A fan or two must have trudged out of Fenway Park convinced that the wrong team skipped town.