October 22, 1981 – It was a quiet red-eye flight from New York to Los Angeles after the Dodgers had lost the first two games of the World Series at Yankee Stadium by scores of 5-3 and 3-0. But the Dodgers received good news in the early morning after landing at LAX. Yankees third baseman Graig Nettles had jammed his thumb while diving for a grounder hit by Bill Russell in the sixth inning of Game 2. Nettles, whose defense sparked the Yankees to World Series titles over Los Angeles in 1977 and 1978, would not be available for Game 3. The Dodgers would sweep the next three games at Dodger Stadium by scores of 5-4, 8-7 and 2-1 and clinch their first title since 1965 with a 9-2 victory in Game 6 at New York.