October 5th, 2012

Billy Loes

October 5, 1952 – The Dodgers took a 3-2 lead in the World Series with a 6-5 victory over the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the Fall Classic. The Dodgers appeared poised for their first championship with Games 6 and 7 at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field. But the Dodgers lost the final two games by scores of 3-2 and 4-2. Brooklyn pitcher Billy Loes, the losing pitcher in Game 6, got in trouble before the Series when asked who would win the title. “I’d like to pick the Dodgers, but I have to go along with the Yankees in six games,” he said. When Dodger manager Chuck Dressen asked Loes if the quote was true, Loes said he had been misquoted and said he told the reporter the Yankees would win in seven games. The following year, Loes said it wasn’t a good idea for a pitcher to win 20 games. “If you win 20 games, they expect you to do it every year,” he said.