The 1962 World Series matched the defending American League and World Series champions New York Yankees against the National League champion San Francisco Giants….who had won their first NL pennant since 1954….and first since moving from New York in 1958….defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in a three-game playoff. This World Series was closely matched in every game….however, it is remembered for its then-record length of 13 days to complete the series….cuz there were rain-outs in both cities….bringing about its appropriately dramatic conclusion. The Yankees took the Series in seven games for their 20th World Championship in team history. The Yankees had won their first World Series in 1923….and of the 40 Series played between 1923 and 1962….the Yankees won half. In this particular World Series….the Giants had a higher cumulative batting average and lower earned-run average, hit more home runs, triples, and doubles, yet lost the Series. What made the 1962 World Series so great…..simple, it brought two of the greatest center fielders and hitters of all time together in a head to head face off….as Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle faced each other in their only World Series confrontation. Are the cards dope or what!?!