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1977 Los Angeles Dodgers season

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The best-of-seven playoff was contested between the New York Yankees, champions of the American League (AL) and defending American League champions, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, champions of the National League (NL). The National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers were skippered by Tommy Lasorda, who was in his first full season as manager.
The Dodgers won the National League West by 10 games and defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in four games in the NLCS, then lost to the New York Yankees in the World Series.

Reggie Jackson

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During this Series, Reggie Jackson earned his nickname "Mr. October" for his heroics.
Jackson hit three consecutive home runs at Yankee Stadium in the clinching game six of the 1977 World Series.

Billy Martin

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Billy Martin won what would be his only World Series title as a manager after guiding the Yankees to a second straight pennant.
As Yankee manager, Martin led the team to consecutive American League pennants in 1976 and 1977; the Yankees were swept in the 1976 World Series by the Cincinnati Reds but triumphed over the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games in the 1977 World Series.

1962 World Series

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The Yankees defeated the Dodgers, four games to two, to win the franchise's 21st World Series championship, their first since 1962, and the first under the ownership of George Steinbrenner. Seven-game series winners were outscored in 1957, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1991, 1997, and 2002; (equaled in 2016 and 2017).
After a long dominance of the World Series picture, the Yankees would not win another World Series for another 15 years despite appearances in 1963, 1964, and 1976.

1977 New York Yankees season

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The best-of-seven playoff was contested between the New York Yankees, champions of the American League (AL) and defending American League champions, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, champions of the National League (NL).
In the World Series, they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in 6 games.

World Series

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The 1977 World Series was the 74th edition of Major League Baseball's (MLB) championship series.
Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter won the game with a 12th inning walk-off home run and was dubbed "Mr. November" by elements of the media – echoing the media's designation of Reggie Jackson as "Mr. October" for his slugging achievements during the 1977 World Series.

Dusty Baker

The 1977 Dodgers became the first team to have four players hit thirty or more home runs in one season, as Steve Garvey hit 33, Reggie Smith hit 32, Ron Cey hit 30, and Dusty Baker hit 30. The pitching staff, which led the National League in ERA, 3.22, were led by twenty-game winner, Tommy John and closer Charlie Hough with 22 saves.
He helped the Dodgers to pennants in 1977 and 1978 and to the World Series championship in 1981.

Major League Baseball on ABC

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The Series was played between October 11 and 18, broadcast on ABC.
The 1977 World Series marked the first time that the participating teams' local announcers were not featured as booth announcers on the network telecast of a World Series.

1977 National League Championship Series

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The Dodgers won 22 of their first 26 games, winning the Western Division by ten games over the Cincinnati Reds, then eliminated the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1977 National League Championship Series (NLCS) in four games.
The Dodgers beat the Phillies three games to one and went on to lose the 1977 World Series to the New York Yankees.

Bucky Dent

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Shortstop Bucky Dent was picked up from the Chicago White Sox for outfielder Oscar Gamble, pitcher LaMarr Hoyt, and $200,000. Later in the inning, the Yankees loaded the bases with one out, but Dodger reliever Elías Sosa struck out Lou Piniella and retired Bucky Dent on a forceout to end the threat.
The Yankees gave him uniform number 20 and they went on to win the World Series that year.

Mike Torrez

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And after only one year with the Oakland Athletics, pitcher Mike Torrez was acquired in exchange for pitcher Dock Ellis and utilitymen Marty Perez and Larry Murray.
With the Yankees, he won the 1977 World Series over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Tommy John

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The 1977 Dodgers became the first team to have four players hit thirty or more home runs in one season, as Steve Garvey hit 33, Reggie Smith hit 32, Ron Cey hit 30, and Dusty Baker hit 30. The pitching staff, which led the National League in ERA, 3.22, were led by twenty-game winner, Tommy John and closer Charlie Hough with 22 saves.
John was also named an All-Star in with the White Sox and with LA. He played in all three Yankees vs. Dodgers World Series of his era (1977, 1978 and 1981), having switched over to the Yankees by the time the Dodgers won the Series in 1981.

Reggie Smith

The 1977 Dodgers became the first team to have four players hit thirty or more home runs in one season, as Steve Garvey hit 33, Reggie Smith hit 32, Ron Cey hit 30, and Dusty Baker hit 30. The pitching staff, which led the National League in ERA, 3.22, were led by twenty-game winner, Tommy John and closer Charlie Hough with 22 saves.
Smith appeared in four World Series, including during his rookie 1967 season for the Red Sox, and three (1977, 1978 and 1981) for the Dodgers.

2017 World Series

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Seven-game series winners were outscored in 1957, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1991, 1997, and 2002; (equaled in 2016 and 2017).
Houston outfielder George Springer was named as the World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP) after hitting five home runs in the series to tie a World Series record with Reggie Jackson in 1977 and Chase Utley in 2009.

Charlie Hough

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The 1977 Dodgers became the first team to have four players hit thirty or more home runs in one season, as Steve Garvey hit 33, Reggie Smith hit 32, Ron Cey hit 30, and Dusty Baker hit 30. The pitching staff, which led the National League in ERA, 3.22, were led by twenty-game winner, Tommy John and closer Charlie Hough with 22 saves.
With the Dodgers, he was one of the pitchers who served up one of the three home runs that New York Yankees slugger Reggie Jackson hit on three straight pitches in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series.

Ron Guidry

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In amongst the star-laden lineup was an emerging superstar in the left arm of Ron Guidry.
The game is best known for Bucky Dent's seventh-inning, three-run home run off Mike Torrez (who, as a Yankee pitching mate of Guidry's just the year before, had recorded the final putout of the 1977 World Series) that gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead.

Lou Piniella

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Later in the inning, the Yankees loaded the bases with one out, but Dodger reliever Elías Sosa struck out Lou Piniella and retired Bucky Dent on a forceout to end the threat.
During his playing career, he was named AL Rookie of the Year in 1969 and captured two World Series championships with the Yankees (1977, 1978).

1977 American League Championship Series

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Billy Martin won what would be his only World Series title as a manager after guiding the Yankees to a second straight pennant.
The Yankees took the series 3–2, and would later go on to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1977 World Series to take the title.

Tommy Lasorda

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The National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers were skippered by Tommy Lasorda, who was in his first full season as manager. With Don Sutton needing another day of rest, Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda started left-hander Doug Rau to counter the Yankees' left-handed power.

Bill Russell (baseball)

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The Dodgers scored twice in the top of the first inning, when Davey Lopes walked and scored on a Bill Russell triple off Don Gullett.
Russell batted .263 over his regular season career, and – coincidentally – posted the same average in 23 World Series games in 1974, 1977, 1978, and 1981.

Willie Randolph

The Yankees tied it in their half of the sixth when Willie Randolph hit a home run off Don Sutton.
He was the Yankees' starting second baseman on the 1977 and 1978 World Series Championship teams.

The Bronx Is Burning

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This became the title for a book and television miniseries focusing on the year 1977 in New York City.
The 2007 debut of the series marked the 30th anniversary of the 1977 World Series win for the Yankees, the first under Steinbrenner.

1978 World Series

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The Yankees and Dodgers met again in the 1978 and 1981 World Series.
The 1978 World Series matched the defending champions New York Yankees against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a rematch of the previous year's World Series, with the Yankees winning in six games, just like the previous year, to repeat as champions.

1996 World Series

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It happened previously in 1918 and 1959 and later in 1992, 1996, and 2003.
It happened previously in 1918, 1959, 1977, and 1992, and later in 2003.

Doug Rau

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With Don Sutton needing another day of rest, Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda started left-hander Doug Rau to counter the Yankees' left-handed power.
Rau was involved in an argument during Game 4 of the 1977 World Series with manager Tommy Lasorda.