Game 2: Baltimore Orioles at Los Angeles Dodgers
The awe-inspiring pitching duel between Los Angeles Dodgers southpaw Sandy Koufax matching up against the Baltimore Orioles 23-year-old pitcher Jim Palmer.
The eventual 1966 Cy Young Award winner Koufax was fresh off a phenomenal 27-win season with a 1.73 ERA entering Game 2. On the other hand, Palmer had just wrapped up first full MLB season and led the Orioles rotation with 15 victories.
With 10 years of age separating the two, both Koufax and Palmer tossed four shutout innings to begin the colossal pitching duel.
In the top of the fifth inning, the Orioles took advantage of the daytime weather conditions as Dodgers’ Willie Harris lost not one, but two straight fly balls in the sun. To make matters worse, Harris committed his third error immediately after losing sight of the second straight fly ball by overthrowing the third baseman.
The Orioles leadoff hitter Luis Aparicio added the third run of the inning with a standup double to drive in O’s catcher Andy Etchebarren and complete a three-run inning. Koufax was pulled after allowing a earned run in six innings of work and ultimately was the final game of his striking Hall of Fame career.
Palmer cruised to a complete game shutout, and in doing so he became the youngest pitcher ever to win a World Series game, per BaseballHall.org. The Orioles offense added a run in the sixth inning, along with two more in the eighth that extend the O’s lead to 6-0 heading into the final frame.
Behind Palmer’s dominating performance and help from the Dodgers errors, the Orioles flew back to Baltimore with a shocking 2-0 series lead before 54.445 packed Memorial Stadium for Game 3.