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1951 NL Pennant Race. September 13th. Cards defeat Giants despite Irvin HR, triple, and double. Dodger lead back up to 6 games.

Posted by Ken Revis at 7:20 PM on September 12, 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, September 13th:

As a result of the Dodger loss yesterday, the lead is back down to 5 1/2 games as of game time.

Team W L W-L% GB
Dodgers 88 49 .642 --
Giants 84 56 .600 5.5


Cardinals 6, Giants 4.


The Cardinals score 6 runs in the 2nd inning, and that's all they will need to defeat the Giants before only 4,160 at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. The runs are scored on 6 singles and 2 walks. Tom Poholsky starts for the Cards and lasts only 2 innings, giving up 0 runs on 2 hits. He's relieved by Dick Bokelmann, who gives up 4 runs on 5 hits in 5 1/3 innings. He gets the win, evening his record at 3 and 3. Gerry Staley earns his 2nd save of the year with 1 2/3 scoreless innings. The Giants use 5 pitchers. Sal Maglie gets the start and lasts only 1 1/3 inning, giving up 5 runs on 3 hits. Instead of getting his 21st win of the year, he suffered his 6th defeat, moving his record to 20 and 6. Harry Walker is 3 for 4 for the Cardinals, who have no extra-base hits. Monte Irvin is 3 for 3, with 3 RBI's, for the Giants, including his 9th double, 9th triple, and 21st home run in the 8th inning with 1 on. St. Louis has 10 hits, 0 errors, and leaves 6 on base. New York has 8 hits, 2 errors, and leaves 7. See Game


The Dodger lead is now back up to 6 games.

Tomorrow: Giants/Cubs, Dodgers/Pirates

Categories: 1951 NL Pennant Race
Teams: Cardinals, Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Pirates
Players: Dick Bokelmann, Monte Irvin, Sal Maglie, Tom Poholsky, Gerry Staley, Harry Walker
Games: SLN195109131

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