The 1964 World Series pitted the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals against the American League champion New York Yankees….with the Cardinals prevailing in seven games. St. Louis won their seventh world championship….while the Yankees….who had appeared in 14 of 16 World Series since 1949….did not play in the Series again until 1976. This was also the last World Series that matched the Yankees up against the Cardinals….as in the previous four meetings….each team had won twice….with the Yankees winning in 1928 and 1943, and the Cardinals in 1926 and 1942. Bob Gibson had pitched the Cards to victory in Game 5…..returning to the mound for Game 7….out dueling Yanks Mel Stottlemyre in a classic 2 – 1 victory.
The 1964 World Series….and the season leading up to it….later became the subject for the David Halberstam New York Times bestseller October 1964. The Series is seen as a bellwether point in baseball history as it was the last hurrah for the 1950’s Yankee Dynasty of Mantle, Maris, Ford and Berra, among others….and it demonstrated that the National League’s growing enthusiasm to sign black and Latino players (such as those of the ’64 Cardinals) was a permanent paradigm shift in fielding a championship team. The Yankees would be in last place by 1966….and they did not appear in another World Series until 1976. During that time, the expansion Mets appeared in two World Series….winning in 1969 and losing in 1973.
The Series featured the brother-against-brother match-up of Ken Boyer of the Cardinals and Clete Boyer of the Yankees….both of whom started at third base for their respective teams.
For the first time in Series history….all six umpires rotated through their positions. In all Series from 1947 through 1963….only the four infield umpires had rotated….with the last two umpires working only in the outfield throughout the Series.