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1951 NL Pennant Race. August 26th. Giants sweep Cubs to run streak to 14. Dodgers split with Pirates. Dodger lead now 6 games.

Posted by Ken Revis at 6:20 AM on August 26, 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.

Sunday, August 26:

The Dodgers lost and the Giants were rained out, so the lead drops to 7 games as of game time.

Team W L W-L% GB
Dodgers 77 43 .642 --
Giants 71 51 .582 7.0


Giants 5, Cubs 4. Giants 5. Cubs 1

The Giants sweep a Sunday doubleheader from the Cubs to bring their win streak to 14. They do it before a home crowd of 28,289 at the Polo Grounds. In the opener, Chicago's Chuck Connors (later of "Rifleman" fame) clouts a 3-run homer, only his 2nd home run of the year, in the top of the 9th to knot the score at 4- 4. Wes Westrum answers with a 2-out walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the 9th to win it for New York. It's the 2nd home run of the game for Westrum, who now has 19 for the year. The earlier homer was in the 2nd inning with 1 aboard. Sal Maglie starts for the Giants and goes 8 1/3 innings, giving up 4 runs on 9 hits, including Connors' homer. George Spencer pitches only 2/3 of an inning, but gets the win, his 10th of the year, against 4 losses. Cal McLish starts for the Cubs and lasts 6 innings, giving up 4 runs on 6 hits. Monk Dubiel comes on in the 7th and gives up 1 run on 2 hits, including Westrum's 9th-inning home run. He suffers the loss, bringing his record to 10 and 4. Don Mueller also homers for New York, his 10th of the year, in the 1st inning with 1 aboard. For Chicago, Eddie Miksis is 3 for 5 in the game, and Hank Sauer has his 3rd triple of the year. The Giants have 8 hits, 2 errors, and leave 4 on base. The Cubs have 9 hits, 0 errors, and leave 7. See Game

In the nightcap, New York's Jim Hearn pitches a complete 9 inning game, giving up 1 run on 6 hits. He earns the win, upping his record to 12 and 7 for the year. Johnny Klippstein starts for Chicago and goes 3 2/3 innings, giving up 4 runs, 3 earned, on 7 hits. Frank Hiller comes on in relief of Klippstein and lasts 2 1/3 innings, giving up 1 run on 1 hit. Dubiel finishes for the Cubs, pitching 2 scoreless innings. Klippstein gets the loss, evening his record to 5 and 5. For the Giants, Mueller triples, his 5th of the year, and Willie Mays steals home in the 6th inning. Miksis hits his 3rd homer of the year for the Cubs, with nobody aboard in the 3rd inning. New York has 10 hits, 0 errors, and leaves 5 on base. Chicago has 6 hits, 0 errors, and leaves 6. See Game

Pirates 12, Dodgers 11. Dodgers 4, Pirates 3.

Before 30,189 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, the Dodges split a doubleheader with the Pirates. The Pirates, behind 9-3 after 6 innings, score 8 in the 7th, and despite their 4 errors, take the opener, 12-11. Each team uses 4 pitchers. Howie Pollet starts for the Pirates and lasts only 1 2/3 innings, giving up 6 runs, only 2 earned, on 3 hits. Vern Law gets the win for Pittsburgh, going 4 1/3 innings in relief of Pollet, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits. His record moves to 5 and 8 on the year. Ted Wilks and Murry Dickson also appear in relief for Pittsburgh, with each yielding a run. Don Newcombe starts for the Dodgers, and manages 6 innings, giving up 6 runs on 5 hits. Clyde King goes 1 inning, and gives up 5 runs on 4 hits. He gets the loss, his 6th of the year, against 14 wins. Also for Brooklyn, Carl Erskine gives up a run in 1 inning of work, and Bud Podbielan pitches a scoreless 9th. Pete Castiglione, 3 for 4 in the game, hits 2 homers for the Pirates, one in the 3rd with 1 aboard, and the other, a solo shot, in the 6th. He now has 6 home runs on the year. Bill Howerton, also 3 for 4, adds a homer of his own for Pittsburgh, his 11th of the year in the 7th inning, with 2 aboard. For Brooklyn, Roy Campanella is 3 for 5, including 2 doubles, his 23rd and 24th of the year. Also for the Dodgers, Billy Cox doubles, his 18th of the year, and belts his 9th homer of the season, in the 3rd inning with noone on. The Pirates have 12 hits, 4 errors, and leave 3 on base. The Dodgers have 11 hits, 0 errors, and leave 9. See Game

In the nightcap, the Dodgers earn a split, on Jackie Robinson's solo walk-off home run in the 10th, and Preacher Roe's complete game and 17th win of the year. Roe gives up 3 runs on 11 hits in 10 innings worked, moving his record to 17 and 2. Bob Friend goes 8 2/3 innings, giving up 3 runs on 8 hits. Wilks gets the final out of the 9th and the 1st out in the 10th, but then yields Robinson's home run. He suffers his 5th loss of the year, against 2 wins. Robinson is 3 for 5 in the game, including the 10th inning homer, which is his 15th of the year. Andy Pafko also homers for Brooklyn, his 20th of the year, a solo shot which ties the game in the 9th inning. Frank Thomas hits his 2nd triple of the year for Pittsburgh. The Dodgers have 9 hits, 0 errors, and leave 8 on base. The Pirates have 11 hits, 1 error, and leave 9. See Game

Tomorrow: Both Giants/Cubs and Dodgers/Pirates play another twin-bill.

Categories: 1951 NL Pennant Race
Teams: Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Pirates
Players: Roy Campanella, Pete Castiglione, Chuck Connors, Billy Cox, Murry Dickson, Monk Dubiel, Carl Erskine, Bob Friend, Jim Hearn, Frank Hiller, Bill Howerton, Clyde King, Vern Law, Sal Maglie, Willie Mays, Cal McLish, Eddie Miksis, Don Mueller, Don Newcombe, Andy Pafko, Bud Podbielan, Howie Pollet, Jackie Robinson, Preacher Roe, Hank Sauer, George Spencer, Spencer, Frank Thomas, Frank Thomas, Wes Westrum, Ted Wilks
Games: BRO195108261, BRO195108262, NY1195108261, NY1195108262

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