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1951 NL Pennant Race June 23rd. Cubs' 16 hits beats Giants. Brooklyn's Newcombe bests Pirates.

Posted by Ken Revis at 8:15 AM on June 23, 2011

This is part of a series on the 1951 Dodger/Giant Pennant Race.


The 1951 National League pennant race was perhaps the most famous one of all, and culminated with the Shot Heard 'Round the World, the famous Bobby Thomson home run. We are posting a daily blog, exactly one year to the day, on what is now the 60th anniversary of each game.

June 23: As a result of both a Dodger and Giant win yesterday, the Dodger lead stands at 6 games on the morning of Saturday, June 23rd.

Team W L W-L% GB
Dodgers 39 20 .661 --
Giants 36 29 .554 6.0


Cubs 7, Giants 4
The Giants are facing the 7th place Chicago Cubs in a day game at Wrigley Field. Leo Durocher is the manager for the Giants and Frankie Frisch for the Cubs. Turk Lown, with a record of 0 and 4, is pitching for the Cubs. Larry Jansen, at 9 and 5, is going for the Giants. The Cubs amass 16 hits in the game. Phil Cavarretta is 4 for 4 for the Cubs. Randy Jackson is 2 for 5 and hits his 6th home run of the year. Lown is 2 for 4 in the game, helping his own cause. In the only bright spot for the Giants, Willie Mays knocks in 3 runs, going 3 for 4 in the game, including his 6th home run of the year. The Giants use 5 pitchers in the game. Lown goes 7 1/3 innings for the Cubs. Frank Hiller pitches the final 1 2/3 innings. See Box Score (play by play not available)

Dodgers 13, Pirates 1
In an afternoon game in Forbes Field, the Dodgers are facing the last place Pittsburgh Pirates. Chuck Dressen is the manager for the Dodgers and Billy Meyer for the Pirates, who have lost 5 straight. Don Newcombe at 8 wins and 4 losses is going for the Dodgers. Bill Werle, at 3 and 0 is the starter for the Pirates. The Dodgers immediately pounce on Werle and score 4 runs in the 1st inning. They also score 4 in the 9th and cruise to a 13 to 1 victory. Pee Wee Reese and Roy Campanella both get 3 hits in the game. Carl Furillo (his 8th) and Rocky Bridges (his 1st) each hit home runs for the Dodgers. Furillo's is a 3 run shot. He has 3 RBI's in the game, as does Bridges. The Pirates have 2 errors in the game. Newcombe goes all the way for his 9th victory. He compiles 5 strikeouts, while giving up 7 walks. See Game

Categories: 1951 NL Pennant Race
Teams: Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Pirates
Players: Rocky Bridges, Roy Campanella, Phil Cavarretta, Chuck Dressen, Leo Durocher, Frankie Frisch, Carl Furillo, Frank Hiller, Randy Jackson, Larry Jansen, Turk Lown, Willie Mays, Billy Meyer, Don Newcombe, Pee Wee Reese, Bobby Thomson, Bill Werle
Games: CHN195106230, PIT195106230

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