The 1955 World Series matched the Brooklyn Dodgers against the New York Yankees, with the Dodgers winning the Series in seven games to capture their first championship in franchise history. It would be the only Series the Dodgers won in Brooklyn (the team relocated to Los Angeles after the 1957 season).
This was the fifth time in nine years that the Yankees and the Dodgers met in the World Series, with the Yankees having won in 1947, 1949, 1952, and 1953; the Yankees would also win in the 1956 rematch.
This Series also marked the end of a long period of invulnerability for the Yankees in World Series. It was the Yankees' first loss in a World Series since 1942 and only their second since 1926. While the Yankees were 15–2 in Series appearances during that time, they would lose again in 1957, 1960, 1963, and 1964, for a record of 4–5 in World Series over the next decade.
NL Brooklyn Dodgers (4) vs. AL New York Yankees (3)
The Yankees took Game 1 behind two homers from Joe Collins and one by rookie Elston Howard in his first World Series at bat. Carl Furillo homered for Brooklyn and Duke Snider hit his first of the Series, all of which would eventually help establish a new HR record for a seven-game series (17). Jackie Robinson stole home, but Whitey Ford won with relief help in the ninth from Bob Grim.
Tommy Byrne tossed a five-hit complete game victory and singled in New York's final run during the Yanks' big four-run fourth inning, putting New York up 2–0.
Johnny Podres went all the way and won with home run help from Roy Campanella. A limping Mickey Mantle hit his only home run of the Series. This was the last World Series game to take place in the month of September.
Brooklyn evened the Series at 2–2 as Roy Campanella, Gil Hodges and Duke Snider all hit home runs.
Sunday, October 2, 1955, at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York
Duke Snider hit two home runs (four in the Series) and Sandy Amorós helped the Dodgers beat the Yankees for the third straight day. Dodgers rookie Roger Craig won in his first World Series start. Bob Cerv and Yogi Berra hit Yankee homers off Craig and reliever Clem Labine.
Snider became the only player from either league with four home runs in two different Series.
Whitey Ford held the Dodgers to four hits and a single run while striking out eight as the Yankees evened the series at 3–3. New York scored all five runs in the first inning, led by Bill Skowron's three-run blast.
The Dodgers scored one run in the fourth and sixth innings on a single and sac fly, both by Gil Hodges.
With runners on first and second and one out, left fielder Sandy Amorós made a dramatic game-saving catch of a deep fly ball down the left field line off the bat of Yogi Berra in the sixth inning, to start a double play. Amorós then threw to Pee Wee Reese and Reese relayed to Gil Hodges, who tagged Yankee Gil McDougald before McDougald could get back to first. This stymied possibly the Yankees' best chance of the day.
Elston Howard grounded out to Reese for the final out; the two shared the dubious record for playing in the most losing World Series (six each).
This would be the only time in Jackie Robinson's career when he did not play in his team's World Series game. Don Hoak replaced Robinson in the line-up, and played third base.
For the first time in Series history, an MVP was selected—Johnny Podres (winning Games 3 and 7). He was 2–0, with two complete games and an ERA of 1.00, Game 7 was a shutout.
1955 World Series (4–3): Brooklyn Dodgers (N.L.) over New York Yankees (A.L.)