Jackie and World Series

October 24, 1981 – The Dodgers tied the World Series at two games apice with a wild 8-7 victory in Game 4 at Dodger Stadium. Dodger starter Bob Welch lasted only four batters and the Yankees scored four runs in the first three innings. New York held a 6-3 lead in the sixth when the Dodgers rallied for three runs in the sixth, including a two-run home run by pinch-hitter Jay Johnstone. The Dodgers scored two runs in the seventh for an 8-6 lead, but Reggie Jackson homered in the eighth. The Yankees had one last chance in the ninth with two out and two runners on base, but reliever Steve Howe retired Willie Randolph on a fly to center. Howe pitched the final three innings for the victory. On this date in 1972, Jackie Robinson passed away at age 53. The MLB Network this week will air a documentary on the 40th anniversary of Robinson’s death.

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