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1951 NL Pennant Race. August 18th. Jansen's 16th win brings Giants 8th straight victory. Roe wins his 16th over Braves.

Posted by Ken Revis at 6:50 AM on August 18, 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 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.

Saturday, August 18:

The Giants gained 1/2 game yesterday, and as a result the Dodger lead as of game time is now 9 games.

Team W L W-L% GB
Dodgers 73 40 .646 --
Giants 66 51 .564 9.0


Giants 2, Phillies 0

The Giants win their 8th straight before 20,652 at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. The Phillies have now lost 7 straight. New York's Larry Jansen improves his record to 16 and 9, as he pitches a complete game 4- hit shutout. Robin Roberts starts for Philadelphia and lasts 7 innings, giving up 2 runs on 8 hits. Ken Heintzelman pitches 2 shutout innings in relief of Roberts, who suffers the loss, bringing his record to 16 and 10 on the year. New York's Willie Mays and Don Mueller both double in the game, in which Monte Irvin scores on a Roberts' wild pitch. Mueller's double drives in Eddie Stanky for the other Giants run. The Giants have 8 hits, 2 errors, and leave 9 on base. The Phillies have 4 hits, 0 errors, and leave 7. See Game

Dodgers 5, Braves 3.

Before 15,313 at Boston's Braves Field, Brooklyn's Preacher Roe wins his 16th game of the year, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits over 9 complete innings. His record moves to 16 and 2 on the year. Chet Nichols starts for Boston and goes 8 innings, giving up 3 runs, 1 earned, on 4 hits. He suffers his 4th loss of the year against 7 victories. Johnny Sain finishes up in relief of Nichols, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits in the 9th inning. The Dodgers score 2 runs in the 9th on a 2-RBI single by Carl Furillo. Those prove to be the winning runs as the Braves score their 3rd run of the game in the bottom of the 9th. Brooklyn's Jackie Robinson doubles (26th of the year) and homers (14th of the year) with nobody aboard. Sid Gordon homers for Boston, his 25th of the year, with noone on. The Dodgers have 7 hits, 2 errors, and leave 6 on base. The Braves have 6 hits, 1 error, and leave 2. See Game

Tomorrow: Dodgers/Braves, Giants/Phillies square off again.

Categories: 1951 NL Pennant Race
Teams: Braves, Dodgers, Giants, Phillies
Players: Carl Furillo, Sid Gordon, Ken Heintzelman, Monte Irvin, Larry Jansen, Willie Mays, Don Mueller, Chet Nichols, Chet Nichols, Robin Roberts, Jackie Robinson, Preacher Roe, Johnny Sain, Eddie Stanky
Games: BSN195108180, PHI195108180

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