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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Five Series flops
By Bob Carter
Special to ESPN Classic
Gil Hodges, Brooklyn Dodgers, 1952: The first baseman went hitless in 21 at-bats, striking out six times in the Dodgers' seven-game loss to the Yankees. He had one RBI and scored one run. That season, he was third in the league in homers (32) and fourth in RBI (102).
Willie Davis, LA Dodgers, 1966: The centerfielder made a Series record three errors in the fifth inning of Game 2, losing two fly balls in the sun and making a wild throw. He went 1-for-16 (.063) and didn't knock in or score a run as the Dodgers were swept by Baltimore. Davis batted .284 and committed 11 errors that season.
Don Newcombe, Brooklyn Dodgers, 1956: The winner of the first Cy Young Award for leading the majors in victories (27) and winning percentage (.794), Newcombe went 0-1 with a 21.20 ERA in two Series starts. Over 4 2/3 innings, he was pounded by the Yankees for 11 earned runs and 11 hits. The Dodgers fell in seven games.
Dave Winfield, NY Yankees, 1981: The big leftfielder hit .045 (1-for-22), drove in one run and didn't score in his first World Series as the Yankees lost to Los Angeles in six games. He batted .294 with 13 homers and 68 RBI in 105 games that strike-shortened season.
Gorman Thomas, Milwaukee Brewers, 1982: After tying for the major league lead in homers with 39, the centerfielder didn't have an extra-base hit and batted .115 (3-for-26) as the Brewers lost the Series in seven games to the Cardinals.
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