1954 World Series Program
New York Giants version
The 1954 Word Series matchup was between the New York Giants and the Cleveland Indians. There were 4 games played in the World Series. The Cleveland Indians were the favorite to win the World Series. Since the World Series started in 1903 this would be the Cleveland Indians 2nd appearance. Games 1 and 2 were played in New York while Games 3 and 4 were played in Cleveland, Ohio. Willie Mays was one the best hitters in baseball with a batting average of .345 and 41 home runs and he came back to the New York Giants after serving in the United States Army. The New York Giants had pitcher Johnny Antonelli., who was a 21 game winner.
Game 1 of the World Series started in New York at the Polo Grounds. Bob Lemon would be the starting putcher for the Cleveland Indians and Sal Maglie would be the starting pitcher for the New York Giants. It would not be the pitching that wins this game for the New York Giants. It would be Willie Mays defensive spinning over the shoulder catch in deep center field that was hit by Cleveland Indians player Vic Wetrz that went 460 feet. This catch would go down in baseball history as the greatest defensive catch in World Series history. The New York Giants won game 1 5-2.
Game 2 of the World Series was also played in New York at the Polo Grounds and would be the last game played at the Polo Grounds in 1954. The Cleveland Indians starting pitcher would be Early Wynn and the the New York Giants would have Johnny Antonelli on the mound. The New York Giants would win game 2 3-1.
How collectible is the 1954 World Series New York Giants version?
The 1954 World Series New York Giants version is highly sought after for Cleveland Indians fans and World Series fans. This is the 2nd appearance for the Cleveland Indians. There were 2 games played at Polo Grounds. making this rare and hard to find item. Condition is key on the value of this item. The programs in good condition are more valuable.