Dodgers' Austin Barnes matches World Series bunt, homer feat not done since 1961

By Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Baseball

The year was 1961, and the New York Yankees were in the World Series again. It was the year Roger Maris hit 61 home runs, breaking Babe Ruth's record that had lasted beyond the Great Depression, the Second World War and the integration of the major leagues.

Maris and Mickey Mantle were the leading men on the Yankees. Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford were headliners too. Who remembers Hector Lopez?

The year is 2020, and the Dodgers are in the World Series again. The Dodgers are the team of Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw, of Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger, of Corey Seager and Justin Turner. Who is going to remember Austin Barnes?

If the Dodgers win, every good Dodgers fan should. Barnes did something Friday that only Lopez had done over the first 115 years of the World Series.

In 1961, Lopez hit a home run and had a squeeze bunt in the same game. The Yankees won the series.

On Friday, Barnes hit a home run and had a squeeze bunt.


The Dodgers are halfway to their first World Series championship since 1988.

The Dodgers are in the World Series for the third time in four years. This is the first time they have taken a two-games-to-one lead in the World Series since 1988.

They hear you, Los Angeles. They feel your pain.

"Everybody's aware of the drought in L.A.," Barnes said. "The fans are itching for a championship."


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