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1951 Brooklyn Dodgers season

1951 Brooklyn Dodgers
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Ebbets Field (since 1913)
  • Brooklyn, New York (since 1883)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Walter O'Malley
    Manager(s) Chuck Dressen
    Local television WOR-TV
    Local radio WMGM
    Red Barber, Connie Desmond, Vin Scully
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    The 1951 Brooklyn Dodgers led the National League for much of the season, holding a 13 game lead as late as August. However, a late season swoon and a hot streak by the New York Giants led to a classic three-game playoff series. Bobby Thomson's dramatic ninth-inning home run off Dodger reliever Ralph Branca in the final game won the pennant for the Giants and was immortalized as the Shot Heard 'Round the World.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    Season standings

    National League W L GB Pct.
    New York Giants 98 59 -- .624
    Brooklyn Dodgers 97 60 1 .618
    St. Louis Cardinals 81 73 15.5 .526
    Boston Braves 76 78 20.5 .494
    Philadelphia Phillies 73 81 23.5 .474
    Cincinnati Reds 68 86 28.5 .442
    Pittsburgh Pirates 64 90 32.5 .416
    Chicago Cubs 62 92 34.5 .403

    Opening Day lineup

    Opening Day lineup
    Name Position
    Don Thompson Left fielder
    Carl Furillo Right fielder
    Duke Snider Center fielder
    Jackie Robinson Second baseman
    Gil Hodges First baseman
    Roy Campanella Catcher
    Pee Wee Reese Shortstop
    Rocky Bridges Third baseman
    Carl Erskine Starting pitcher

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1951 Brooklyn Dodgers
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    Batting

    Starters by position

    Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

    Other batters

    Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    Edwards, HankHank Edwards 35 31 7 .226 0 3
    Brown, TommyTommy Brown 11 25 4 .160 0 1

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Branca, RalphRalph Branca 42 204 13 12 3.26 118

    Other pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Erskine, CarlCarl Erskine 46 189.2 16 12 4.46 95

    Relief pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G W L SV ERA SO
    Bankhead, DanDan Bankhead 7 0 1 0 15.43 9

    Shot Heard 'Round the World

    One of the more famous episodes in major league baseball history, and possibly one of the greatest moments in sports history, the "Shot Heard 'Round the World" is the name given to Bobby Thomson's walk-off home run that clinched the National League pennant for the New York Giants over their rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers. This game was the third of a three-game playoff series resulting from one of baseball's most memorable pennant races. The Giants had been thirteen and a half games behind the league-leading Dodgers in August, but under Durocher's guidance and with the aid of a sixteen-game winning streak, caught the Dodgers to tie for the lead on the last day of the season.

    Awards and honors

    All-Stars

    Farm system

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    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Montreal, Santa Barbara

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