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1951 NL Pennant Race. August 28th. Pollet and Pirates end Giants' 16 game win streak. Labine pitches Dodgers over Reds. Dodger lead back up to 6 games.

Posted by Ken Revis at 7:29 AM on August 28, 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.

Tuesday, August 28:

The Dodgers split their twinbill and the Giants won theirs, so the lead is down to 5 games as of game time.

Team W L W-L% GB
Dodgers 79 45 .637 --
Giants 75 51 .595 5.0


Pirates 2, Giants 0

The Giants win streak ends at 16 games at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Howie Pollet pitches a complete game 6-hit shutout in front of a sparse crowd of 8,803 at the Polo Grounds in New York. Both of Pittsburgh's runs are scored on errors by Eddie Stanky and Don Mueller in the 8th inning. Sheldon Jones starts for the Giants and lasts 2 batters into the 8th inning, giving up a single, wild pitch, and walk in that inning. He gets charged with 1 unearned run on 3 hits in his 7 innings. Dave Koslo pitches 1 inning in relief of Jones and yields another unearned run on 0 hits. Monty Kennedy pitches a scoreless 9th in relief of Koslo. Bobby Thomson is 3 for 4 for the Giants, including 2 doubles, his 20th and 21st of the year. The Pirates get no extra-base hits. The Pirates have 3 hits, 0 errors, and leave 10 on base. The Giants have 6 hits, 3 errors, and leave 6. See Game

Dodgers 3, Reds 1.

Before a home crowd of 15,567 under the lights at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, Clem Labine pitches a complete 9-inning game, giving up 1 run on 7 hits. He also has 9 strikeouts against 0 walks in the game, earning his 1st win of the year against 0 losses. Cincinnati's Howie Fox also goes all the way, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits in 8 innings pitched. He gets the loss, bringing his record to 7 and 11. Duke Snider is 2 for 4 in the game, with 3 RBI's. He hits his 28th homer of the year in the 8th inning, with 1 aboard, breaking a 1-1 tie. For the Reds, Ted Kluszewski is 2 for 4, including his 29th double of the year, and has the lone Cincinnati RBI. The Dodgers have 7 hits, 2 errors, and leave 4 on base. The Reds have 7 hits, 0 errors, and leave 5. See Game

Tomorrow: Giants/Pirates and Dodgers/Reds square off again.

Categories: 1951 NL Pennant Race
Teams: Dodgers, Giants, Pirates, Reds
Players: Howie Fox, Sheldon Jones, Jones, Jones, Monty Kennedy, Ted Kluszewski, Dave Koslo, Clem Labine, Don Mueller, Howie Pollet, Duke Snider, Eddie Stanky, Bobby Thomson
Games: BRO195108280, NY1195108280

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