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1951 NL Pennant Race. August 23. Cards beat Dodgers. Their lead now 7 1/2 games.

Posted by Ken Revis at 6:55 AM on August 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 Bobby Thomson home run that wins the pennant for the New York Giants. We are posting a daily blog, exactly one year to the day, on what is now the 60th anniversary of each game.

Thursday, August 23:

After the Giant win and the Dodger DH win, the Dodger lead is now 8 games as of game time.

Team W L W-L% GB
Dodgers 76 41 .650 --
Giants 70 51 .579 8.0


Cardinals 4, Dodgers 2.

Before 14,413 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, the Cardinals score 2 runs in the top of the 9th inning that prove to be the winning runs after Roy Campanella hits a solo home run in the bottom of the frame. St. Louis' Max Lanier pitches a complete game win, giving up 2 runs on 7 hits. His record moves to 8 and 8. Don Newcombe gets the loss for Brooklyn, pitching 7 innings, and giving up 2 runs, 1 earned, on 4 hits. Bud Podbielan pitches the 8th and 9th in relief of Newcombe, giving up 2 runs, 1 earned, on 1 hit. Campanella's home run is his 27th of the year. He goes 3 for 4 in the game. Duke Snider and Andy Pafko both double for the Dodgers. Enos Slaughter doubles for St. Louis, their only extra-base hit. The Cardinals have 5 hits, 3 errors, and leave 5 on base. The Dodgers have 7 hits, 2 errors, and leave 7. See Game

Tomorrow: Dodgers/Cubs, Giants/Cards.

Categories: 1951 NL Pennant Race
Teams: Cardinals, Cubs, Dodgers, Giants
Players: Roy Campanella, Max Lanier, Don Newcombe, Andy Pafko, Bud Podbielan, Enos Slaughter, Duke Snider
Games: BRO195108230

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