The Day After The Yankees Were Swept in a Late Season Doubleheader – 1954
The day of September 13, 1954 was not a happy one for Yankees fans as can be seen in the photo above. Reality sank in for eleven-year-old Walter Golle as he sat in front of Yankee Stadium. The dejection shown in Walter’s face reflected the fact that the Yankees would not be in the World Series for the first time since 1948 when Walter was five-years-old. The Yankees had won five consecutive World Series from 1949-1953.
The day before, on September 12, the Cleveland Indians had swept the Yankees in a doubleheader in Cleveland. The games were witnessed by 86,563 fans, the largest crowd to ever see a baseball game in the cavernous Municipal Stadium.
Bob Lemon won the first game 4-1 for his twenty-second win of the year and Early Wynn triumphed 3-2 in the second game for his twenty-first victory. The Yankees ended the day being 8 and a half games behind the Indians, reducing Cleveland’s magic number for clinching the pennant to three games.
The Indians would go on to win an American League record 111 games, and finish the season eight games ahead of the Yankees. Miraculously the New York Giants defeated the heavily favored Indians four games to none in the World Series.
Walter eventually got over the Yankees 1954 failure. Here is what he looked like 46 years later in 2000 from The Norwood News Inquiring Photographer.