1950-National League

The 1950 pennant race in the National League started off with a bang.  On May 9 Brooklyn, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Boston were all within 1.5 games of the top.  The lead  had changed 7 times!  By June 8th there were 3 teams tied for 1st Place, St.Louis and Brooklyn at 26-17 and Philadelphia at 27-18.  Boston with a record of 24-19 was just 2 games back in 4th.  Between May 9th and the 4th of July the lead changed 16 more times.  On that date the standings were as follows:  St Louis 41-27 (—);  Philadelphia 40-28 (1);  Boston 39-30 (2.5);  Brooklyn 37-30(3.5)

Through most of the rest of July the lead went back and forth between Philadelphia and St. Louis, with Brooklyn and Boston staying close.  But on July 25th Philadelphia took the lead, and  little by little began to put some distance between themselves and the rest of the pack.  While the Phillies were going 13-4, the Braves went 10-8; the Dodgers 8-7;  and the Cardinals 6-9.  So on Aug 10, Boston was 6 games; and Brooklyn and St. Louis were both 6.5 in back of Philadelphia.  For the next month, no one was closer than 4 games; and on September 15, Philadelphia at 86-53 was in 1st 7.5 games ahead of Brooklyn, who were 76-58.  Boston was now 8 games back; and St. Louis had fallen to 5th Place, 15 games off the pace.

Brooklyn was still 7.5 games back at 79-61 to Philadelphia’s 88-55 on Sept 20.  From this point, the Dodgers attempted one of the most dramatic comebacks in baseball history.  On Sept 29 after going 9-3, and the Phillies going 2-7, the Dodger found themselves 2 games out with 2 games left to play.  Philadelphia was coming to Ebbets Field to play Brooklyn in those two games.  Brooklyn needed to win both games to force a playoff.

On Saturday Sept 30, Brooklyn started Erv Palica (12-8) vs. Philadelphia’s Bob Miller (11-5).   After 4.5 innings of scoreless ball the Dodgers scored 4 runs in the 5th.  Duke Snider hit a two run homer.  Philadelphia answered with 3 runs of their own in the 6th to keep it close; but Roy Campanella hit a 3-run HR in the 8th.  Brooklyn won 7-3; and now it all came down to the final game of the season.

Both teams sent their aces to the hill, Robin Roberts (19-11) for the Phillies and Don Newcombe (19-10) for the Dodgers.  The game lived up to the public’s anticipation of a pitchers duel, as Roberts and Newcombe put up goose eggs for 5 innings.  The only runs they allowed through 9 were a run apiece by each team in the 6th.  The 1-1 tie came to an end when Dick Sisler hit a 3-run blast in the top of the  10th.  When Roberts blanked the Dodgers in their half of the innings, the Phillies had their 1st pennant since 1915 with a 4-1 victory.

In the 1950 World Series New York beat Philadelphia 4-0.

References: http://baseballrace.comhttp://baseball-reference.com

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