WORLD SERIES 1964 GAME SEVEN "Something had to give" in Game 7, as the Yankees had lost back to back World Series only once (to the New York Giants in 1921--22, and were in danger of doing so again, having lost to the Dodgers in 1963) and the Cardinals had never lost a World Series Game 7. Bob Gibson pitched his third start in this Series on two days rest. He was tired but deliberately worked fast to hide his fatigue from the Yankees. In the bottom of the fourth the Cardinals scored three times. Again the Yankees botched a double play when Linz's throw to first went wide, and Bill White scored. McCarver then scored from third on a double steal. Al Downing came in for the fifth after Stottlemyre developed shoulder stiffness and Lou Brock hit his first pitch for a home run. Two more runs made it 6--0. Mantle cut the gap in half with a three-run homer in the sixth, adding to his own record for total home runs in the World Series. Ken Boyer responded with a solo shot in the seventh that pushed the lead to 7--3. Bobby Richardson broke a hit record in the seventh. Gibson continued to tire, but manager Keane left him in. Ken Boyer's brother Clete hit a home run for New York with one out in the ninth, making the score 7--4. Pinch-hitter Johnny Blanchard struck out. Linz hit another home run, pulling New York to within two, 7--5. Keane was finally ready to relieve Gibson, with Ray Sadecki waiting in the bullpen, but the next batter, Richardson, popped up to shortstop Dal Maxvill and the Cardinals won the Series. Bob Gibson won the Series MVP award for his 2--1 record, 3.00 ERA, and 27 IP. Jim Bouton, pitching for the Yankees, started two games and won them both, compiling a 1.56 Series ERA. Six years later, he would write the classic baseball memoir, Ball Four. After the series, the Yankees fired manager Yogi Berra and replaced him with the Cardinal manager, Keane, who quit St. Louis due to his differences with Cardinal owner Gussie Busch.