Dropped 3rd strike changes everything
OCTOBER 5, 1941*
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK –
It would have been the final out of Game-4 of the 1941 World Series and a 4-3 victory for the Brooklyn Dodgers had catcher Mickey Owen held on to strike three on this date in 1941.
The batter, New York Yankee right fielder Tommy Henrich ran to first instead of the dugout. The Yankees rallied and won the game 7-4. Instead of the series being tied 2-2, the Yankees were up 3 games to 1. They won the next day to take the Series.
Mickey Owen lets strike 3 get away
What could have been had Mickey Owen held on to Hugh Casey’s 3-2 pitch. Ironically, Owen set a record that season for the most consecutive chances without an error. He finished the season with a .995 fielding percentage, but he will always be remembered for his passed ball that snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.