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1951 NL Pennant Race June 24th. Irvin blasts homer as Giants outlast Cubs. Kiner helps Pirates beat Dodgers.

Posted by Ken Revis at 8:54 AM on June 24, 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 24: As a result of both a Dodger win and a Giant loss yesterday, the Dodger lead is now 7 games on the morning of Sunday, June 24th.

Team W L W-L% GB
Dodgers 40 20 .667 --
Giants 36 30 .545 7.0


Giants 10, Cubs 7
The Giants once again face the 7th place Chicago Cubs in a Sunday day game at Wrigley Field. Jim Hearn starts for the Giants and only lasts 1/3 inning, giving up 5 runs, all earned, on 3 hits, including a 2 run triple by Eddie Miksis. The Giants answer with 4 runs in the top of the 2nd inning. Bob Rush, who starts for the Cubs, also goes to the showers early as he lasts 1 2/3 innings, giving up 4 runs on 6 hits. The Giants score 4 more in the 5th and go on to win, 10 to 7. The Giants get 15 hits in the game. Don Mueller is 4 for 5. Willie Mays and Monte Irvin are both 3 for 5. Irvin hits a 3 run home run, the only one for the Giants, in the 2nd inning. Mueller and Irvin each have 3 RBI's in the game. For the Cubs, Bruce Edwards goes 3 for 4, including his 3rd home run of the year, with 1 on, in the 5th inning. Edwards has 4 RBI's in the game. Sheldon Jones gets the win for the Giants, pitching the last 4 2/3 innings. It's his 1st win of the year against 5 losses. Joe Hatten gets the loss for the Cubs, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits in 3 innings pitched. He's now 1 and 1 on the year. See Game

The Dodgers face the last place Pirates, who have lost 6 straight, in a doubleheader at Forbes Field

Pirates 10, Dodgers 7
Murry Dickson pitches a complete game for the Pirates, giving up 7 runs on 11 hits. It's his 9th win against 7 losses. Bud Podbielan starts for the Dodgers and gives up 3 runs on 6 hits in 5 innings. Carl Erskine gets the loss, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits. The Pirates get 3 home runs, including a 2 run blast by Ralph Kiner, his 17th of the year. George Strickland (his 5th) and Pete Castiglione (his 2nd) have the other 2. Gil Hodges has 2 home runs for Brooklyn, his 22nd and 23rd of the year. His homer in the 9th inning is a 3 run job. Andy Pafko also homers for the Dodgers, his 14th of the year. Duke Snider goes 3 for 4 in the game. See Game

Pirates 5 Dodgers 4
The Dodgers get swept, losing the 2nd game to the Pirates by a score of 5 to 4. Bob Friend starts for the Pirates and lasts 4 innings, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits. The Pirates use 2 more pitchers in the game and Ted Wilks gets with the win. He is now 1 and 1 on the year. Erv Palica gets the start for the Dodgers, going 3 1/3 innings and giving up 2 runs on 5 hits. Clyde King gets the loss, going 2 innings and giving up 3 runs on 4 hits. For Pittsburgh, Rocky Nelson and Gus Bell both go 3 for 5, with Bell hitting his 2nd triple of the year. Duke Snider and Gil Hodges each go 2 for 4 in the game for Brooklyn, with Hodges hitting a solo home run, his 24th of the year, in the 6th inning. Andy Pafko, with 3 RBI's in the game, also homers for the Dodgers, with 2 men aboard in the 4th. He now has 15 home runs on the year. There were no errors in the game. See Game

Categories: 1951 NL Pennant Race
Teams: Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Pirates
Players: Gus Bell, Pete Castiglione, Murry Dickson, Bruce Edwards, Edwards, Carl Erskine, Bob Friend, Joe Hatten, Jim Hearn, Gil Hodges, Monte Irvin, Sheldon Jones, Jones, Jones, Ralph Kiner, Clyde King, Willie Mays, Eddie Miksis, Don Mueller, Rocky Nelson, Andy Pafko, Erv Palica, Bud Podbielan, Bob Rush, Duke Snider, George Strickland, Bobby Thomson, Ted Wilks
Games: CHN195106240, PIT195106241, PIT195106242

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