The Team That Forever Changed Baseball and America: The 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers

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Chapter 24. Timeline, May 21-June 15

Lyle Spatz

Wednesday, May 21, at St. Louis—Cookie Lavagetto’s single in the tenth inning drove in Pete Reiser with the winning run in Brooklyn’s 4–3 win over the Cardinals. Hugh Casey won in relief of starter Joe Hatten, while loser Harry Brecheen went the distance for St. Louis. 15–13, Fifth, games behind.

Thursday, May 22—Not scheduled. 15–13, Fourth, games behind.

Friday, May 23, vs. Philadelphia—After trailing 4–0, Brooklyn rallied to win, 5–4. After starter Dutch Leonard left in the seventh inning with the bases loaded, walks issued by Ken Heintzelman and Tommy Hughes accounted for the tying and winning runs. Starter Ralph Branca allowed all of Philadelphia’s runs. Rex Barney won his first game of the season, with the help of two innings of scoreless relief by Hugh Casey. 16–13, Third, 1 game behind.

Saturday, May 24, vs. Philadelphia—Carl Furillo’s first-inning pinch-hit home run gave Brooklyn a 3–0 lead, but the Phillies came back to win, 4–3 in ten innings. Reliever Hugh Casey was the loser. Later that night, Casey struck and killed a blind pedestrian while driving home. 16–14, Fourth, 1 game behind.

Sunday, May 25, vs. Philadelphia—Joe Hatten gave the Dodgers only their sixth complete game of the season in downing the Phillies, 5–3. Jackie Robinson had three hits, including his second home run. 17–14, Third, 1 game behind.

Monday, May 26—Not scheduled. 17–14, Third, 1 game behind.

Tuesday, May 27, at New York—Playing before a crowd of more than 51,000, Pee Wee Reese hit a three-run homer, Dixie Walker had three hits, and Ralph Branca went the distance as the Dodgers easily defeated the first-place Giants, 7–3. 1814, Third, ½ game behind.

Wednesday, May 28, at New York—By pounding the Giants 14–2, the Dodgers moved into first place. Harry Taylor gave manager Burt Shotton Brooklyn’s third consecutive complete game, while earning his first Major League victory. Rookie third baseman Spider Jorgensen returned to the lineup after missing almost three weeks with a sore knee. Eddie Stanky’s ejection was Brooklyn’s first of the season. Eddie Miksis, who replaced Stanky at second base, and catcher Bruce Edwards each had three hits. Miksis, Edwards, and Dixie Walker hit home runs, and Edwards drove in six runs. 19–14, First, ½ game ahead.

Thursday, May 29, at New York—Rookie sensation Clint Hartung raised his record to 4–0, pitching the Giants to a 5–4 victory and moving them past Brooklyn into first place. Ken Trinkle pitched the ninth for New York after Gene Hermanski opened the inning with a home run. Joe Hatten was the starter and loser for Brooklyn. 19–15, Second (T), .004 percentage points behind.

Friday, May 30, at Boston (2)—Warren Spahn won game one of the Memorial Day doubleheader,

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