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1951 NL Pennant Race. July 20th. Roe and Maglie pitch complete games as Dodgers, Giants both win.

Posted by Ken Revis at 8:49 AM on July 20, 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.

Friday, July 20:

The Dodger lead as of this morning is still 7 1/2 games.

Team W L W-L% GB
Dodgers 53 32 .624 --
Giants 47 41 .534 7.5


Dodgers 5, Cardinals 2

At home, under the lights, before 30,683, Brooklyn's Preacher Roe goes all 9 innings as he wins his 13th game against 2 losses for the year. He gives up 7 hits, striking out 5 and walking 2. St. Louis' Max Lanier loses his 7th game of the year against 5 wins. He goes 7 innings, giving up all 5 Dodger runs on 7 hits. Tom Poholsky finishes up for the Cards. The Dodgers' Roy Campanella hits a solo home run, his 13th of the year. Wally Westlake and Enos Slaughter both hit solo shots for the Cardinals. Pee Wee Reese goes 3 for 4 for Brooklyn and knocks in 2 runs. Both teams have 7 hits and no errors in the game. The Cards leave 5 on base, the Dodgers 2. See Game

Giants 11, Reds 5
Before 14,205 fans in a night game at home, Sal Maglie goes the distance and picks up his 13th win against 4 losses. He gives up 11 hits in the game, striking out 4 and walking 3. The Reds use 4 pitchers. Ewell Blackwell gets the loss, his 8th of the year against 9 wins. He gives up 3 runs, lasting only 2/3 of an inning. Harry Perkowski relieves and lasts 5 1/3 inning, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits. Eddie Erautt and Bud Byerly each pitch an inning for the Reds. Erautt gives up 2 runs and Byerly gives up 3. Willie Mays, who has 4 RBI's in the game, hits a 3 run home run for New York, his 14th of the year. Also for the Giants, Sal Yvars homers, a 2-run shot, and Bobby Thomson, now replacing Hank Thompson as the starting 3rd baseman, goes 3 for 5. Ted Kluszewski hits his 6th home run of the year for the Reds with 1 man aboard. In all, New York has 12 hits and leaves 8 on base, while Cincinnati has 11 hits and leaves 10. Both teams have one error. See Game

Tomorrow: Dodgers/Cards and Giants/Reds go at it again.

Categories: 1951 NL Pennant Race
Teams: Cardinals, Dodgers, Giants, Reds
Players: Ewell Blackwell, Bud Byerly, Roy Campanella, Eddie Erautt, Ted Kluszewski, Max Lanier, Sal Maglie, Willie Mays, Harry Perkowski, Tom Poholsky, Pee Wee Reese, Preacher Roe, Enos Slaughter, Bobby Thomson, Hank Thompson, Thompson, Wally Westlake, Sal Yvars
Games: BRO195107200, NY1195107200

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