Pitcher status: Paige, Spahn need three games; Manning, Ford need two. Wilhelm pitched one inning in finale.
Game 1: Ikes 1, Homestead 0
WP: Ford (1-0)
LP: Manning (0-1)
HR: Snider (3)
Game 2: Ikes 3, Homestead 2
WP: Spahn (1-0)
LP: Paige (0-1)
Save: Wilhelm (1)
HR: Suttles (1), Banks (3)
Homestead's lineup appeared unstoppable against Hillsdale in its opening series, but Whitey Ford and Warren Spahn of the Ikes proved otherwise.
Ford tossed a seven-hit shutout in the first game. Duke Snider's first-inning homer off Max Manning was all Ford needed, and all he got, as Manning and reliever Leroy Matlock allowed just two other hits.
Ford escaped a seventh-inning jam — men on third and second with no outs. But Heavy Johnson and Dobie Moore couldn't get the ball out of the infield, and after pinch-hitter Hurley McNair walked, Tubby Scales fanned.
Spahn and Satchel Paige likewise dueled in the second game, with Spahn stranding four runners on third in his eight innings of work. Hoyt Wilhelm worked a perfect ninth for the save.
The suspect Homestead defense cost Paige, as the third and final run was set up by a Mule Suttles error.
For the series, Josh Gibson was four for seven with a walk, a triple and two doubles. He was also robbed of a three run homer by Ted Williams. Stan Musial of the Ikes tripled in each game.