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Yankees-Dodgers rivalry through the years

1956 World Series, Game 5 With the Yankees

1956 World Series, Game 5
With the Yankees and Dodgers tied 2-2 in the Series, Yankees pitcher Don Larsen delivered the only postseason perfect game and one of only two postseason no-hitters. Yankees manager Casey Stengel told a reporter after the game that the only thing Larsen fears “is sleep.” The Yankees won the series in seven games. | Photo Credit: AP, 1956

The Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers renew their rivalry -- dating back to the Dodgers' time in Brooklyn -- in an interleague series Wednesday and Thursday. Here are some of the greatest moments in the over 70-year history between the two teams.

1941 World Series, Game 4 The 1941 World
Photo Credit: AP, 1941

1941 World Series, Game 4
The 1941 World Series was the first of 11 World Series meetings between the Yankees and Dodgers. Down 2-1 in the series, Brooklyn was up by a run in the top of the ninth of Game 4 when Dodgers catcher Mickey Owens dropped what would have been the final out of the game, allowing Yankees batter Tommy Henrich to reach first base. The Yankees would rally to win the game 7-4 and won the World Series in five games. |

1947 World Series, Game 4 Yankees pitcher Bill
Photo Credit: AP, 1947

1947 World Series, Game 4
Yankees pitcher Bill Bevens was one out away from completing the first World Series no-hitter in MLB history. However, with runners on 1st and 2nd base, Dodgers batter Cookie Lavagetto hit a ball off the right field wall, allowing both the tying and winning runs to score for Brooklyn. The Yankees, however, would go on to win the Series in seven games. The hit was the last of Lavagetto’s career. |

1949 World Series, Game 1 Dodgers pitcher Don
Photo Credit: AP, 1949

1949 World Series, Game 1
Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe pitched a complete game, allowing five hits, one run and striking out 11. But Newcombe still took the loss because that one run was a walk-off home run hit by Tommy Henrich. The Yankees would go on to win the Series in five games. |

1953 World Series, Game 6 The Yankees won
Photo Credit: AP, 1953

1953 World Series, Game 6
The Yankees won the 1953 World Series in walk-off fashion. In Game 6, with the Yankees up 3-2 in the Series, the Dodgers used a two-run rally in the ninth inning to tie the score 3-3. During the bottom half of the inning however, Billy Martin hit a sinker up the middle for the game-winning – and series-winning – RBI. |

1955 World Series It took the Dodgers six
Photo Credit: AP, 1955

1955 World Series
It took the Dodgers six tries, but “Dem Bums” were finally able to beat the Yankees in the World Series. For the Dodgers, however, the victory may not have been if not for a spectacular catch by Brooklyn left fielder Sandy Amoros during the sixth inning of Game 7 to end a potential Yankees rally. |

1956 World Series, Game 5 With the Yankees
Photo Credit: AP, 1956

1956 World Series, Game 5
With the Yankees and Dodgers tied 2-2 in the Series, Yankees pitcher Don Larsen delivered the only postseason perfect game and one of only two postseason no-hitters. Yankees manager Casey Stengel told a reporter after the game that the only thing Larsen fears “is sleep.” The Yankees won the series in seven games. |

1963 World Series, Game 1 Dodgers starter Sandy
Photo Credit: AP, 1963

1963 World Series, Game 1
Dodgers starter Sandy Koufax was superb, striking out the first five Yankees he faced. Koufax would strike out 15 batters during the game, a record at the time. The Dodgers won the game, 5-2, and swept the Series. |

1977 World Series, Game 6 Reggie “Mr. October”
Photo Credit: AP, 1977

1977 World Series, Game 6
Reggie “Mr. October” Jackson earned his nickname after homering three times in one World Series game, all coming on the first pitch. Jackson had also hit a home run in his final at-bat of Game 5, giving him four home runs in four at-bats. The unprecedented feat was the highlight in an 8-4 win and 4-2 Series victory for the Yankees. |

1981 World Series, Game 4 The Dodgers, down
Photo Credit: AP, 1981

1981 World Series, Game 4
The Dodgers, down 2-1 in the Series, came back from 6-3 down during the sixth inning, edging the Yankees 8-7. Jay Johnstone of the Dodgers hit a two run home run against Yankees reliever Ron Davis in what proved to be the turning point of the game. The Dodgers went on to win the Series 4-2. |

June 20, 2004 In 2004 the Dodgers and
Photo Credit: AP, 2004

June 20, 2004
In 2004 the Dodgers and Yankees played their first series since the 1981 World Series. During the third and final game, with the Dodgers clinging to a 5-3 lead in the top of the eighth, closer Eric Gagne struck out Alex Rodriguez, who represented the potential tying run. Gagne would go on to get the save as Los Angeles won 5-4. |

June 27, 2010 The Yankees scored four runs
Photo Credit: AP, 2010

June 27, 2010
The Yankees scored four runs in the top of the ninth off Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton to tie the score. Robinson Cano’s two-run home run in the 10th put the Yankees ahead and they went on to win, 8-6. The Yankees faced former manager Joe Torre, who was then managing the Dodgers, for the first time during this series. |

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