Rogers County Native Ralph Terry Talks 1962 World Series

Wednesday, October 26th 2016, 11:19 pm
By: Jonathan Huskey

On the second night of the Fall Classic, we go back to a World Series over 50 years ago to the story of a Rogers County native who's seen the highs and the lows.

On October 16, 1962, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco during Game 7, Rogers County native Ralph Terry had a two-hitter in the ninth, but trouble struck in the form of Giants star Matty Alou.

"He leads off with a drag bunt, beats it out, said Terry. “Beautiful drag bunt."

A two-out double from Willie Mays put the series-winning run on second, with Willie McCovey at the plate.

Terry thought it was all over after the first pitch.

"I thought it was all over,” he said. “Maris had moved in, but the wind blew it foul."

And then, “He hit a line drive, but it had top-spin on it, right at him, and bang the game was over," said Terry.

In just two years, Oklahoma’s own Ralph Terry had gone from world series goat to hero.

"I went in, thanked the man upstairs for the good fortune,” Terry stated. “And at that point, I realized it had lifted a big load off my shoulders."