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Last Out Ball of the 1981 World Series

This is the last out ball of the 1981 World Series, in which the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the New York Yankees, four games to two. The ball was given to Durwood Merrill, who was an American League umpire for 23 years (1977-1999), by Game 6’s first base umpire Larry Barnett, a longtime American League umpire and a friend of Merrill’s. Merrill had umpired in the 1981 American League Championship Series and, according to his letter to me that accompanied this ball, Barnett, knowing that Merrill liked historic baseballs, gave him this ball soon after the Series was over.

This was the Dodgers' first Series victory since 1965 and first over the Yankees since 1963.