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1951 NL Pennant Race. July 6th. Dodgers, Giants both win.

Posted by Ken Revis at 11:00 AM on July 6, 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. We are posting a daily blog, exactly one year to the day, on what is now the 60th anniversary of each game.

July 6:

As a result of a Dodger win against the Giants yesterday, and a 3- game sweep of the series, the Dodger lead expands to 7 games. Here is how the two teams stand as play begins.

Team W L W-L% GB
Dodgers 47 26 .644 --
Giants 42 35 .545 7.0


Giants 12, Braves 10
The Giants and Braves have a shootout today in New York. Only 7,443 fans show up for this Friday afternoon game. After falling behind by 5 runs in the 2nd inning, and losing by 2 in the 8th, the Giants prevail. For the Giants, Monte Irvin goes 4 for 5 and Bobby Thomson goes 3 for 5, including his 14th home run. Wes Westrum also homers, his 12th of the year, for the Giants, as does Don Mueller. Westrum and Thomson both have 3 RBI's in the game. The Braves also have 3 home runs in the game - Walker Cooper, Willard Marshall, and Roy Hartsfield. Warren Spahn starts for the Braves and lasts 4 batters into the 3rd inning, giving up 6 runs on 7 hits, including 2 home runs. Jim Wilson comes in on relief and gives up 6 more runs in 5 1/3 innings. He loses his 1st game of the year against 1 win. Bob Chipman finishes up for the Braves. Jim Hearn starts for the Giants. He gives up 5 runs, but only 1 earned, in 1 2/3 innings. George Spencer, Al Gettel, and Dave Koslo come in on relief. Koslo gets the win, his 3rd against 4 losses. In all, the Giants get 15 hits in the game to the Braves' 10. The Giants have 2 errors, the Braves none. See Game

Dodgers 6, Phillies 2
In a night game in Philadelphia, the Dodgers score 4 runs in the 1st inning and never trail, defeating the Phils before 31,178 fans at Shibe Park. Bud Podbielan starts for Brooklyn, but lasts only 3 2/3 innings, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits. Carl Erskine relieves, and gets the win, his 8th against 8 losses. He lasts 5 1/3 innings, pitching shutout ball, while giving up 5 hits. Russ Meyer starts for the Phillies and gets the loss, his 7th against 5 victories. He gets nobody out in the 1st inning, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits, including Gil Hodges' 28th home run of the year. He's relieved by Andy Hansen, who is followed by Ken Heintzelman, each of whom lasts 2 innings. Jim Konstanty finishes up, going 5 innings and yielding 0 runs on 2 hits. 7 players gets 2 hits in the game, 4 of them on behalf of Brooklyn. The Phillies outhit the Dodgers, 11 to 10. Each team commits an error. See Game

Tomorrow: Giants get dramatic win.

Categories: 1951 NL Pennant Race
Teams: Braves, Dodgers, Giants, Phillies
Players: Bob Chipman, Walker Cooper, Carl Erskine, Al Gettel, Andy Hansen, Roy Hartsfield, Jim Hearn, Ken Heintzelman, Gil Hodges, Monte Irvin, Jim Konstanty, Dave Koslo, Willard Marshall, Russ Meyer, Don Mueller, Bud Podbielan, Warren Spahn, George Spencer, Spencer, Bobby Thomson, Wes Westrum, Jim Wilson, Jim Wilson
Games: NY1195107060, PHI195107060

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