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1964 NL Pennant Race. September 27th. Reds sweep doubleheader from Mets. Braves blast Phils despite Callison's 3 HR's. Phillies now 1 game back in 2nd place behind Reds. Cards 1 1/2 back with win against Pirates.

Posted by Ken Revis at 7:04 AM on November 9, 2011

Having blogged about the 1951 NL Pennant Race and the 1967 AL Pennant Race, we now turn to one of the other great races, unless you were a Philadelphia Phillies fan at the time. The Phillies lead by 6 1/2 games over the Reds and Cardinals and 7 games over the Giants with 12 games to go in the 1964 season. The Phillies haven't won the pennant since 1950 and look assured of finally winning it this year. We will relive each of the 12 games for the Phillies, Cardinals, and Reds. Each day we will cover one day's worth of games, beginning with September 21st. See first day of blog. Here are the standings as play begins on September 27th.



Team W L W-L% GB
Phillies 90 66 .577 --
Reds 89 66 .574 .5
Cardinals 88 67 .568 1.5
Giants 86 68 .558 3.0



Braves 14, Phillies 8

Despite 3 home runs and 4 RBI's from Johnny Callison, the Phillies lose their 7th in a row and 4th straight to the Braves, and drop out of 1st place. The game is played before 20,569 at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia. Tbe Braves have 22 hits, including 5 from Lee Maye, and 3 each from Felipe Alou and Joe Torre, who finishes a torrid series. One of Torre's hits is his 20th home run of the year, in the 8th inning with nobody aboard. Milwaukee also has 5 doubles - 2 from Alou (25th and 26th) and 1 each from Maye (43rd),Ty Cline (4th), and Hank Aaron (29th), Callison's homers (he now has 31 on the year) are hit in the 6th( 0 on), 8th (0 on), and 9th (1 on). Philadelphia also collects a triple, Tony Taylor's 6th, and doubles from Dick Allen (36th), Tony Gonzalez (24th), Frank Thomas (17th), and Clay Dalrymple (16th). Tony Cloninger wins his 18th of the year for Milwaukee, against 14 losses. He lasts 7 innings, giving up 4 runs on 7 hits. Chi-Chi Olivo picks up his 5th save of the year, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits over 2 innings. Jim Bunning starts for Philadelphia and lasts 5 batters into the 4th inning. He gives up 7 runs on 10 hits. He gets the loss, moving his record to 18 and 7 on the year. Dallas Green (1 2/3 innings, 5 runs, 7 hits), Morrie Steevens (1/3 inning, 0 runs, 0 hits), Rick Wise (2 innings, 1 run, 3 hits), and Jack Baldschun (2 innings, 1 run, 2 hits) all relieve for Bunning. The Braves have 22 hits, 0 errors, and leave 8 on base. The Phillies have 12 hits, 1 error, and leave 5. See Game


Cardinals 5, Pirates 0.

The Cardinals win their 5th game in a row over the Pirates before 19,287 fans at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. Roger Craig gets the win for St. Louis, improving his record to 7 and 9. He pitches 7 2/3 shutout innings on 6 hits. Barney Schultz picks up his 11th save, pitching 1 1/3 hitless and scoreless innings. Vern Law starts for Pittsburgh and lasts 6 innings, giving up 3 runs, 2 earned, on 5 hits. He gets the loss, bringing his record to 12 and 13 on the year. Al McBean pitches 2 shutout innings on 2 hits in relief of Law, and Roy Face goes 1 inning, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits. For the Cards, Tim McCarver hits his 3rd triple of the year, and Mike Shannon (8th) and Bill White (36th) both double. Pittsburgh has no extra base hits in the game. The Cardinals have 11 hits, 1 error, and leave 3 on base. The Pirates have 6 hits, 1 error, and leave 6. See Game



Reds 4, Mets 1. Reds 3, Mets 1.

The Reds sweep the Mets again for their 5th straight win over New York and 9th straight overall. The games are played before 26,589 at Shea Stadium in New York. In the opener, Jim O'Toole wins his 17th game of the year, against 7 losses. He goes 2 batters into the 9th inning, giving up 1 run on 5 hits. Sammy Ellis comes on in the 9th with 2 on and nobody out, and earns his 13th save of the year, giving up 0 runs on 2 hits. Tracy Stallard starts for New York and lasts 7 1/3 innings, giving up 3 runs, 2 earned, on 7 hits. He takes the loss, moving his record to 10 and 20 on the year. Bill Wakefield (2/3 inning, 0 runs, 0 hits) and Willard Hunter (1 inning, 1 run, 2 hits) relieve for Stallard. Frank Robinson (35th) and Chico Ruiz (11th) each double for Cincinnati. For New York, Charley Smith is 3 for 4, and Rod Kanehl hits his 7th double. The Reds have 9 hits, 0 errors, and leave 7 on base. The Mets have 7 hits, 1 error, and leave 6. See Game


In the nightcap, the Reds score all their 3 runs in the 1st inning and Joey Jay pitches a complete game, holding the Mets to 1 run on 5 hits. He gets the win, evening his record on the year to 11 and 11. He strikes out 8 and walks 2. Galen Cisco takes the loss for New York, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits over 7 innings. His record moves to 6 and 18. Wakefield pitches 2 hitless and scoreless innings in relief of Cisco. Deron Johnson (24th), Ruiz (12th), and Jay (1st) all double for Cincinnati. Vada Pinson also strokes his 10th triple of the year for the Reds that drives in 2 of the 1st inning runs. The only extra base hit for the Mets is Bobby Klaus' 12th double of the year. The Reds have 7 hits, 0 errors, and leave 6 on base. The Mets have 5 hits, 1 error, and leave 7. See Game


The Reds move into 1st place with a 1 game lead over the Phillies. The Cardinals are 1 1/2 games off the lead. The Giants, who lose 2 to the Cubs (See 1st Game) (See 2nd Game) , are now 4.5 games behind.

Categories: 1964 NL Pennant Race
Teams: Braves, Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, Mets, Phillies, Pirates, Reds
Players: Hank Aaron, Dick Allen, Felipe Alou, Jack Baldschun, Jim Bunning, Johnny Callison, Galen Cisco, Ty Cline, Tony Cloninger, Roger Craig, Clay Dalrymple, Sammy Ellis, Roy Face, Tony Gonzalez, Dallas Green, Willard Hunter, Joey Jay, Deron Johnson, Rod Kanehl, Bobby Klaus, Vern Law, Connie Mack, Lee May, Lee Maye, Al McBean, Tim McCarver, Chi-Chi Olivo, Jim O'Toole, Vada Pinson, Frank Robinson, Chico Ruiz, Chico Ruiz, Barney Schultz, Mike Shannon, Charley Smith, Smith, Tracy Stallard, Morrie Steevens, Tony Taylor, Frank Thomas, Frank Thomas, Joe Torre, Bill Wakefield, Bill White, Bill White, Bill White, Bill White, Rick Wise
Games: CHN196409271, CHN196409272, NYN196409271, NYN196409272, PHI196409270, PIT196409270

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