Monday, August 18, vs. St. Louis (2)—The Dodgers won both ends of a day-night doubleheader over the visiting Cardinals, defeating St. Louis’s two left-handed aces, Howie Pollet and Harry Brecheen. The second game was a replay of the protested July 20 game that had been declared a tie. Brooklyn’s 7–5 and 12–3 wins raised their first-place lead over the second-place Cardinals to six and a half games. Vic Lombardi went eight innings to win the first game, though he needed Hugh Casey to bail him out of a ninth-inning jam. Lombardi then pitched three scoreless innings in relief of Harry Taylor in the night game. Brooklyn had twenty-two hits in the two games, including two triples by their hottest hitter, Bruce Edwards, and a home run by Jackie Robinson. 72–45, First, 6½ games ahead.
Tuesday, August 19, vs. St. Louis—Catcher Del Rice drove in four runs with two doubles and a home run to lead the Cardinals to an 11–3 win. Al Brazle was the winner; Hank Behrman, the second of four Dodger pitchers, was the loser. Jackie Robinson had three hits, while Pete Reiser, Pee Wee Reese, and Dixie Walker each had two. 7246, First, 5½ games ahead.
Wednesday, August 20, vs. St. Louis—The Cardinals’ twelve-inning 3–2 win gave them a split in the four-game series. Ralph Branca had a one-hitter going into the ninth inning, but the Cards rallied for two runs to tie the score and then won it in the twelfth against Hugh Casey. 72–47, First, 4½ games ahead.
Thursday, August 21, vs. Cincinnati—Brooklyn bounced back from its disappointing loss to the Cardinals a day earlier with an 8–1 thrashing of the Reds. Clyde King went the distance, defeating Ewell Blackwell, the league’s best pitcher. Arky Vaughan had three hits for the Dodgers, while the Reds helped Brooklyn’s cause by committing four errors. 73–47, First, 5 games ahead.
Friday, August 22, vs. Cincinnati—Dixie Walker had four hits and scored the winning run as Brooklyn defeated the Reds, 6–5, in twelve innings. After the Reds tied the game in the ninth with two runs against Hugh Casey, Hank Behrman came on and retired eleven batters in a row. The Dodgers had fifteen hits, including six doubles and a Walker triple. 74–47, First, 6 games ahead.
Saturday, August 23, vs. Cincinnati—The Dodgers scored five first-inning runs against Johnny Vander Meer on their way to an 8–5 win. Vic Lombardi, Brooklyn’s best pitcher for the past month, went the distance. Jackie Robinson had three singles and stole his twenty-third base of the season. Both Eddie Stanky and Pee Wee Reese had to leave the game with spike wounds. Reese’s was the more serious, and the Dodgers accused Cincinnati’s Bert Haas of spiking Reese deliberately. The Reds remained upset at an incident two days earlier when Pete Reiser barreled into Ewell Blackwell in a play at the plate. 75–47, First, 6 games ahead.
Sunday, August 24, vs. Pittsburgh—Ralph Branca, with relief help from Hugh Casey, downed the
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Publication information: Book title: The Team That Forever Changed Baseball and America: The 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers. Contributors: Lyle Spatz - Editor, Maurice Bouchard - Editor, Leonard Levin - Editor. Publisher: University of Nebraska Press. Place of publication: Lincoln, NE. Publication year: 2012. Page number: 226.
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