The 1956 World Series pitted the New York Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Dodgers won the first two games and the Yankees won the next two. Game 5 was played at Yankee Stadium and was to prove to be one of the most historic in baseball. Don Larsen was the starting pitcher for the Bronx Bombers and Sal Maglie for the Dodgers.
Both pitchers authored perfect games through the first three innings. Larsen then pitched a perfect fourth. Maglie retired the first two Yankees in the bottom of the frame when Mickey Mantle stepped to the plate. The Dodgers employed a modified “Ted Williams Shift” when Mantle batted lefty. Three infielders and two outfielders played on the right side of the field and left only one infielder and one outfielder to cover the left side of the field. With a count of two balls and two strikes, Mickey lashed the next pitch just inside the right field foul pole for a home run that broke up Maglie’s perfect game and put the Yankees ahead 1-0.