Entering Game 6 of the World Series in the fifth inning, Yankee right-hander George Frazier, relieving starter Tommy John, gives up three go-ahead runs in the team’s 9-2 elimination loss to the Dodgers at Yankee Stadium. The 27-year-old right-hander becomes the first pitcher to lose three games in a best of seven World Series, and the second hurler to drop that many decisions in any Fall Classic, joining White Sox southpaw Lefty Williams, who also lost a trio of games in the best-of-nine series played in 1919. Dave Winfield, the Yankees big Free Agent much the Erie of team owner George Steinbrenner wears goat horns as well going 1-21 in the series.
Burt Hooton, started and won his 4th game of the 1981 playoffs, Steve Howe pitched 3.2 innings for the save. Pedro Guerrero drives in five runs for Los Angeles, who avenge two six-game World Series defeats to the Yankees in 1977 and 1978. Guerrero, Ron Cey and Steve Yeager share the Series MVP Award. Hooton had won the NLCS MVP.
The victory marks the third time this postseason that Los Angeles will come from behind to win a series, having been down 0-2 against the Astros in the five-game strike-necessitated NLDS, and 1-2 behind the Expos in the NLCS five-game series.
The championship was the Dodgers’ fifth overall, first since 1965, and one of two the franchise would win during the 1980s. Game 6 of the 1981 World Series was the final time Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Cey and Bill Russell would start together.
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