Brooklyn Dodgers catcher famously dropped a third strike in the 1941 World Series, which eventually allowed the Yankees to win the game.

October 5, 1941: Mickey Owen’s dropped third strike costs Dodgers series-tying win

This article was written by Don Zminda

In Game Five that afternoon (October 6), the Yankees wrapped up the Series with a 3-1 victory. Mickey Owen, sadly, joined the ranks of players best remembered for letting a crucial victory get away. When Owen died in 2005, nearly 64 years after the dropped third strike, the headline of his New York Times obituary was, “Mickey Owen Dies at 89; Allowed Fateful Passed Ball.”11


Mickey Owen in the 1941 World Series (MLB.COM)

Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Mickey Owen chases after a dropped third strike in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the 1941 World Series. (Courtesy of



In addition to the sources cited in the Notes, the author consulted,, and the following:

Spatz, Lyle. Hugh Casey: The Triumphs and Tragedy of a Brooklyn Dodger (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017).



1 “Here’s Play-by-Play on Yanks’ 7-4 Win,” Los Angeles Times, October 6, 1941: 18.

2 “Here’s Play-by-Play.”

3 Henry McLemore, “McLemore Saw It, but He Doesn’t Believe It,” Los Angeles Times, October 6, 1941: 20.

4 Paul Zimmerman, “Lucky Break Gives Yankees 7-4 Victory,” Los Angeles Times, October 6, 1941: 1.

5 Harold Parrott, “Both Sides,” Brooklyn Daily Eagle, October 6, 1941: 15.

6 J.G. Taylor Spink, “Looping the Loops,” The Sporting News, September 28, 1949: 6.

7 Tommy Holmes, The Dodgers (New York: Macmillan, 1975), 89.

8 Leo Durocher with Ed Linn, Nice Guys Finish Last (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1975), 162.

9 Dave Anderson, “Owen, Henrich Say Casey Threw a Curve,” New York Times, June 12, 1988: 453.

10 Meyer Berger, “Casey in the Box – 1941,” New York Times, October 6, 1941: 20.

11 Richard Goldstein, “Mickey Owen Dies at 89; Allowed Fateful Passed Ball,” New York Times, July 15, 2005. (accessed October 14, 2019).

Additional Stats

New York Yankees 7
Brooklyn Dodgers 4
Game 4, WS

Ebbets Field
Brooklyn, NY


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