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1951 NL Pennant Race. July 22nd. Campanella and Mays hit 2 HR's as Dodgers win and Giants split.

Posted by Ken Revis at 6:46 AM on July 22, 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.

Sunday, July 22:

Both teams won yesterday, so the Dodger lead as of this morning is still 7 1/2 games.

Team W L W-L% GB
Dodgers 55 32 .632 --
Giants 49 41 .544 7.5


Dodgers 9, Cardinals 2

At home, in an afternoon game before 20,044, Brooklyn gets the 3rd straight complete game from its starting pitcher. This time it's Carl Erskine, as he wins his 10th game of the year against 8 losses, giving up 2 runs on 7 hits. The Cardinals use 5 pitchers in the game. Joe Presko starts and gives up 3 runs on 4 hits in only 2 1/3 innings pitched. He gets his 4th loss against 7 wins. Red Munger, Jack Crimian, Al Brazle, and Lefty Chambers all pitch for St. Louis and gives up a combined 6 runs on 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings. For the Dodgers, Carl Furillo goes 3 for 5 and Roy Campanella hits 2 home runs, his 14th and 15th, both 2-run blasts. Stan Musial hits his 19th home run for the Cards with 1 aboard. He goes 2 for 4 and is now hitting .371 on the year with 61 RBI's. Brooklyn has 14 hits, 0 errors, and leave 5 on base. St. Louis has 7 hits, 1 error, and leave 4. See Game

Reds 7, Giants 3; Giants 9, Reds 8
Before 15,843 in New York, the Giants split a doubleheader with the Reds. In the 1st game, Ken Raffensberger pitches a complete 9 inning game, earning his 10th win against 10 losses while giving up 3 runs on 8 hits. Dave Koslo starts for the Giants and lasts only 3 innings, giving up 4 runs on 4 hits. He suffers his 8th loss of the year against 4 wins. George Spencer, Al Gettel, and Monty Kennedy all relieve for New York, with Gettel giving up the other 3 Reds' runs. Willie Mays hits 2 home runs for the Giants, his 15th and 16th of the year. Connie Ryan (10), Ted Kluszewski (7), and Joe Adcock (10) all homer for Cincinnati. Both Mays and Adcock have 3 RBI's in the game. The Reds have 7 hits, 0 errors, and leave 5 on base. The Giants have 8 hits, 1 error, and leave 4. See Game

In the nightcap, the Giants score a run in the last of the 9th to earn a split after the Reds score 3 in the top of the 9th to tie the game. The Giant run is scored after Whitey Lockman advances to second on a passed ball charged to Bob Scheffing and then scores on a single by Monte Irvin. Jim Hearn starts for New York and gives up 4 runs on 4 hits in 5 1/3 innings pitched. George Spencer and Dave Koslo relieve for the Giants, with Koslo getting the win even though he gives up 3 runs in 2 2/3 innings. He's now 5 and 8 on the year. The Reds use 4 pitchers. Willie Ramsdell starts and goes 5 innings, giving up 4 runs on 4 hits. Herm Wehmeier, Frank Smith, and Ewell Blackwell all relieve for Cincinnati. Blackwell gets the loss, his 9th of the year, after he comes on in the 9th inning. For New York, Lockman hits a 3-run home, his 7th of the year, and Bobby Thomson goes 3 for 4. For Cincinnati, Ryan hits his 2nd home run of the day (he hit one in the opener), his 11th, with 1 on. Bob Usher also homers, his 1st of the year, with nobody aboard. Both home runs are hit in the 9th inning to tie the game. Bobby Adams goes 3 for 5 for the Reds. The Giants have 11 hits, 1 error, and leave 6 on base. The Reds have 9 hits, 2 errors, and leave 5. See Game

No games tomorrow for either Dodgers or Giants. On Tuesday: Dodgers/Cubs and Giants/Pirates

Categories: 1951 NL Pennant Race
Teams: Cardinals, Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Pirates, Reds
Players: Bobby Adams, Joe Adcock, Ewell Blackwell, Al Brazle, Roy Campanella, Jack Crimian, Carl Erskine, Carl Furillo, Al Gettel, Jim Hearn, Monte Irvin, Monty Kennedy, Ted Kluszewski, Dave Koslo, Whitey Lockman, Willie Mays, Red Munger, Stan Musial, Joe Presko, Ken Raffensberger, Willie Ramsdell, Connie Ryan, Bob Scheffing, Frank Smith, Frank Smith, Frank Smith, Smith, George Spencer, Spencer, Bobby Thomson, Bob Usher, Herm Wehmeier
Games: BRO195107220, NY1195107221, NY1195107222

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