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1951 NL Pennant Race. August 27th. Giants streak now at 16 with double win over Cubs. Dodgers split with Pirates. Dodger lead now 5 games.

Posted by Ken Revis at 6:13 AM on August 27, 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.

Monday, August 27:

The Dodgers split their twinbill and the Giants won theirs, so the lead drops to 6 games as of game time.

Team W L W-L% GB
Dodgers 78 44 .639 --
Giants 73 51 .589 6.0


Giants 5, Cubs 4. Giants 6. Cubs 3

Before 15,748 at the Polo Grounds, the Giants sweep another doubleheader over the Cubs to bring their win streak to 16 games. In the opener, the game is tied 3-3 after 6 innings, and noone scores until the 12th, when the Cubs score 1 in the top of the inning, only to have the Giants score 2 in the bottom of the frame to win. Larry Jansen pitches the full 12 innings for the Giants, giving up 4 runs on 9 hits. He strikes out 8 in the game and walks 4. His record improves to 17 and 9. Joe Hatten starts for the Cubs, lasting 5 2/3 innings, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits. Dutch Leonard goes 6 innings in relief of Hatten and gives up 2 runs on 4 hits. He gets the loss, his 5th of the year against 10 wins. The Giants score all their runs without the benefit of an extra-base hit. Whitey Lockman, Willie Mays, and Monte Irvin get 2 hits apiece, with Lockman driving in 2 of New York's runs. For Chicago, Eddie Miksis is 3 for 5, and Phll Cavarretta hits his 5th homer of the year in the 6th with 1 aboard. Gene Hermanski hits his 1st triple of the year for the Cubs. The Giants have 8 hits, 0 errors, and leave 12 on base. The Cubs have 9 hits, 0 errors, and leave 5. See Game

In the nightcap, New York's Al Corwin wins his 5th game of the year as he goes the full 9 innings, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits. His record improves to 5 and 0. Bob Rush starts for the Cubs and also pitches a complete game, going 8 innings and giving up 6 runs on 12 hits. He suffers his 9th loss of the year, against 8 victories. Lockman and Eddie Stanky are both 3 for 4 in the game for the Giants. Also for New York, Monte Irvin smashes his 17th home run of the year in the 7th inning with nobody aboard, and Stanky hits his 14th of the year in the 6th inning, also a solo shot. Stanky and Irvin both have 2 RBI's in the game. Hank Sauer and Bob Ramazzotti both homer for Chicago. Sauer's, in the 2nd with nobody aboard, is his 22nd of the year, while Ramazzotti's, in the 9th with 1 on, is his 1st. The Giants have 12 hits, 0 errors, and leave 9 on base. The Cubs have 6 hits, 0 errors, and leave 6. See Game

Dodgers 5, Pirates 0. Pirates 5, Dodgers 2.

Before 32,561 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, the Dodgers split another doubleheader with the Pirates. In the 1st game, Ralph Branca, on 2 days' rest from his 3-hitter over the Cubs, has a no-hitter broken up in the 9th with 2 Pirates singles by Pete Castiglione and George Metkovich. However, he retires the next 2 batters, earning his 12th win against 5 losses. Mel Queen starts for the Pirates, going 7 innings and giving up 4 runs on 6 hits. Ted Wilks pitches the 8th in relief of Queen and gives up 1 run on 2 hits. Queen gets the loss, bringing his record to 5 and 8 on the year. Brooklyn's Jackie Robinson, 3 for 4 in the game, and Carl Furillo, hit solo home runs in the 1st. Robinson's is his 16th of the year, while Furillo's his 14th. Robinson has 3 RBI's in the game. The Dodgers have 8 hits, 0 errors, and leave 3 on base. The Pirates have 2 hits, 0 errors, and leave 5. See Game

In the nightcap, the Pirates, behind the combined 3-hit pitching of Bill Werle and Vern Law, earn a split of the doubleheader. Werle starts and gives up 2 runs and 3 hits in his 5 1/3 innings. Law pitches a hitless and scoreless 3 2/3 innings. Werle's record improves to 7 and 5, while Law earns his 1st save of the year. The Dodgers use 4 pitchers. Erv Palica starts and lasts only 1/3 inning, giving up 3 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks. Bud Podbielan comes in on relief and goes 4 2/3 innings, giving up 2 runs on 1 hit. Phil Haugstad and Clyde King each pitch 2 innings, giving up 0 runs on 1 hit apiece. Palica suffers the loss, bringing his record to 2 and 6. Clyde McCullough, with 4 RBI's in the game, has both a double and a home run for the Pirates. His homer is his 7th of the year, in the 3rd inning with 1 on. Gil Hodges is 2 for 4 in the game for the Dodgers, including a double, his 22nd of the year. Robinson also doubles for Brooklyn, his 29th of the year. The Pirates have 6 hits, 1 error, and leave 7 on base. The Dodgers have 3 hits, 1 error, and leave 6. See Game

Tomorrow: Giants/Pirates. Dodgers/Reds.

Categories: 1951 NL Pennant Race
Teams: Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Pirates, Reds
Players: Ralph Branca, Pete Castiglione, Al Corwin, Carl Furillo, Joe Hatten, Phil Haugstad, Gene Hermanski, Gil Hodges, Monte Irvin, Larry Jansen, Clyde King, Vern Law, Dutch Leonard, Dutch Leonard, Leonard, Whitey Lockman, Willie Mays, Clyde McCullough, George Metkovich, Eddie Miksis, Erv Palica, Bud Podbielan, Mel Queen, Mel Queen, Bob Ramazzotti, Jackie Robinson, Bob Rush, Hank Sauer, Eddie Stanky, Bill Werle, Ted Wilks
Games: BRO195108271, BRO195108272, NY1195108271, NY1195108272

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