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1951 NL Pennant Race. September 3rd. Campanella's 6 hits, and complete games from Erskine and Labine, give Dodgers sweep over Braves. Giants split with Phillies. Dodger lead back to 6 games.

Posted by Ken Revis at 6:46 AM on September 3, 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, September 3rd:

The Giant victory over Dodgers yesterday means the Dodger lead is down to 5 games as of game time.

Team W L W-L% GB
Dodgers 82 47 .636 --
Giants 78 53 .595 5.0


Dodgers 7, Braves 2. Dodgers 7, Braves 2.

The Dodgers beat the Braves by identical 7-2 scores in both ends of a Labor Day doubleheader before 33,353 fans at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. In the opener, Carl Erskine goes the full 9 innings, giving up 2 runs on 11 hits. He wins his 15th game of the year, against 9 losses. Max Surkont is on the mound for the Braves and lasts 5 innings, giving up 4 runs on 6 hits. George Estock pitches the last 3 innings for Boston, giving up 3 runs, 2 earned, on 4 hits. Surkont gets the loss, bringing his record to 11 and 12 on the year. Roy Campanella is 4 for 4 for Brooklyn, including 2 home runs. The first homer is a grand slam, in the 3rd inning. The second is in the 6th with nobody aboard. Campy also doubles in the game, his 26th. Walker Cooper homers for the Braves, his 15th of the season, in the 6th inning with nobody on. Also for Boston, Bob Elliott has 3 hits, including his 27th double of the year. The Dodgers have 10 hits, 0 errors, and 7 left on base. The Braves have 11 hits, 1 error, and leave 11. See Game


In the nightcap, Brooklyn's Clem Labine also goes the distance, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits. He record improves to 2 and 0. Chet Nichols starts for the Braves, lasting only 2 1/3 innings, giving up 5 runs on 6 hits. Phil Paine relives Nichols in the 3rd and goes 4 2/3 innings, giving up 2 runs, 1 earned, on 3 hits. Bob Chipman pitches a scoreless 8th. Nichols suffers the loss, bringing his record on the season to 8 and 6. Campanella has 2 more hits in the game, giving him 6 on the day, including his 27th double of the season. Also for Brooklyn, Andy Pafko hits his 21st homer in the 2nd inning with 1 on, and Billy Cox is 3 for 4, including his 3rd triple of the year. Boston has 2 solo homers - one is from Sid Gordon, his 27th of the year in the 7th, and the other from Elliott, his 15th of the season, in the 9th. The Dodgers have 10 hits, 0 errors, and leave 8 on base. The Braves have 6 hits, 2 errors, and leave 5. See Game

Phillies 6, Giants 3, Giants 3, Phillies 1.

Before 31,397 at the Polo Grounds in New York, the Giants split a Labor Day doubleheader with the Phillies. In the opener, Robin Roberts win his 18th game of the year for the Phillies, pitching a complete 9 inning game, while giving up 3 runs on 6 hits. His record is now 18 and 11. The Giants use 4 pitchers. Al Corwin gets the start, and lasts 4 innings, giving up 4 runs on 4 hits. George Spencer goes an inning, and gives up 2 runs on 2 hits, and Monty Kennedy and Alex Konikowski pitch a combined 4 shutout innings. Bob Nicholson, with 1 aboard, and Richie Ashburn, with 2 on, both homer in the 5th inning for Philadelphia. For New York, Whitey Lockman is 2 for 4 in the game, as is Willie Mays, who also strokes his 20th double of the year. Corwin also doubles for the Giants. The Phillies have 7 hits, 3 errors, and leave 4 on base. The Giants have 6 hits, 0 errors, and also leave 4. See Game


In the nightcap, both pitchers go the distance. Dave Koslo is on the mound for the Giants, and he gives up 1 run on 9 hits in his 9 innings. His record improves to 7 and 9. Niles Jordan starts for the Phillies, and allows 3 runs on 9 hits in his 8 innings pitched. He suffers the loss, bringing his record to 1 and 2. New York has 2 solo homers in the game - one from Al Dark, his 12th of the season, in the 1st, and the other from Lockman, also his 12th of the year, in the 5th. Also for the Giants, Mays hits his 5th triple of the year. Ashburn and Dick Sisler both have 3 hits for the Phillies, who have no extra-base hits. Both teams have 9 hits and 0 errors. New York leaves 6 on base, while Philadelphia leaves 9. See Game

Tomorrow: No games for either Dodgers or Giants.

Categories: 1951 NL Pennant Race
Teams: Braves, Dodgers, Giants, Phillies
Players: Richie Ashburn, Roy Campanella, Bob Chipman, Walker Cooper, Al Corwin, Billy Cox, Al Dark, Bob Elliott, Carl Erskine, George Estock, Sid Gordon, Niles Jordan, Monty Kennedy, Alex Konikowski, Dave Koslo, Clem Labine, Whitey Lockman, Willie Mays, Chet Nichols, Chet Nichols, Andy Pafko, Phil Paine, Robin Roberts, Dick Sisler, George Spencer, Spencer, Max Surkont
Games: BRO195109031, BRO195109032, NY1195109031, NY1195109032

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