Dodgers History

Rookie vs. Mr. October

October 11, 1978 – In one of the most famous at-bats in World Series history, Dodger rookie Bob Welch fanned Yankees’ slugger Reggie Jackson to preserve a 4-3 victory in Game 2 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium. The 21-year-old Welch entered the ninth inning with one out after Terry Forster had allowed a single and walk. Jackson, nicknamed “Mr. October” after his three home runs in the clinching Game 6 victory in the 1977 World Series at Yankee Stadium, fouled off three two-strike pitches and eventually fanned on a full count. The win gave the Dodgers a 2-0 series lead, but the Yankees would win the next four games to claim another championship. The Dodgers would not get revenge until the 1981 Fall Classic when New York won the first two games and Los Angeles won the next four.