To this day, this remains the only World Series the Dodgers have clinched at Dodger Stadium. On the mound was the incomparable Koufax, who forced New York Yankees outfielder Hector Lopez to ground out to short for the final out of the sweep-sealing victory. Koufax, who pitched his second complete game of the series, was named the World Series MVP. The Dodgers went ahead, 1-0, on a fifth-inning home run by Frank Howard. The Yankees tied the game in the seventh inning on a Mickey Mantle blast, but the Dodgers broke the stalemate in the bottom half of the inning. Jim Gilliam hit what appeared to be a harmless grounder to third base but Yankees first baseman Joe Pepitone lost Clete Boyer's throw as he couldn't distinguished the ball from the white shirts in the stands. Gilliam advanced to third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Willie Davis for the winning run. Pepitone went on to win three Gold Gloves. Koufax struck out a then-World Series record 15 batters in a Game 1 victory at Yankee Stadium. Johnny Podres and Don Drysdale followed with wins to set up the decisive fourth game at Dodger Stadium.
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