THIS DAY IN NY SPORTS HISTORY
Sunday, Oct. 5, 1941
Mickey Owen strikes his name into the history books
The Dodgers led 4-3 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and were one strike from evening the World Series at two games apiece with the Yankees at Ebbets Field. Yankees rightfielder Tommy Henrich swung and missed at Hugh Casey's pitch, but catcher Mickey Owen dropped it and was charged with one of the most famous errors in baseball history. Henrich wound up on first, and the Yankees rallied for four runs to win, 7-4, and take a 3-1 lead in the series. Charlie Keller and Joe Gordon each hit two-run doubles after the infamous third strike. Owen, who was in his first season with the Dodgers, committed 96 errors in 1,175 games in a 13-year career.