Monday, September 1, vs. Philadelphia (2)—As was the case on July 4, the Labor Day “holiday doubleheader” was a morning-afternoon affair with separate admissions. In the morning game, Joe Hatten shut out the Phillies, 5–0, and in the afternoon contest, Oscar Judd shut out the Dodgers by the same score. Ralph Branca started the afternoon game on just two days’ rest and suffered his tenth loss. Hatten, the complete-game winner in the morning, pitched two-thirds of an inning in relief and Phil Haugstad made his Major League debut. 82–50, First, 6½ games ahead.
Tuesday, September 2—Not scheduled. 82–50, First, 6½ games ahead.
Wednesday, September 3—Not scheduled. 82–50, First, 6 games ahead.
Thursday, September 4, at New York—A crowd of just under 50,000 saw Vic Lombardi shut out the Giants, 2–0. Lombardi raised his career record against New York to 10–1. Pete Reiser had three hits, and Pee Wee Reese celebrated his return to the lineup with a seventh-inning home run. 83–50, First, 6½ games ahead.
Friday, September 5, at New York—The Dodgers’ magic number was reduced to sixteen following their 7–6 win. Brooklyn scored two runs in both the eighth and ninth innings to take a 7–4 lead and then held on as the Giants scored two in the home ninth. Phil Haugstad, the third of four Brooklyn pitchers, got his first Major League win. The loss went to the Giants’ sensational rookie Larry Jansen, ending his ten-game winning streak. Dixie Walker and Bruce Edwards each had three hits, with Walker garnering two runs batted in and Edwards three. 84–50, First, 7 games ahead.
Saturday, September 6, at New York—Ralph Branca went all the way, but failed in his second attempt to win his twentieth game, as the Dodgers lost to Ray Poat, 3–2. Spider Jorgensen accounted for three of Brooklyn’s six hits. 84–51, First, 6 games ahead.
Sunday, September 7, at New York—The Dodgers got home runs from Dixie Walker, Cookie Lavagetto, and Gene Hermanski but lost to the Giants, 7–6. The Giants, now the all-time team home run champions, also had three, including Johnny Mize’s forty-sixth. Lavagetto played first base in place of Jackie Robinson, whose sore back kept him out of the lineup for the first time this season. The Dodgers used nineteen players, including five pitchers. Clyde King took the loss. 84–52, First, 5½ games ahead.
Monday, September 8—Not scheduled. 84–52, First, 5½ games ahead.
Tuesday, September 9, at Chicago—Rookie Cliff Aberson’s eighth-inning grand slam off starter and loser Vic Lombardi led the Cubs to a 4–3 victory as the Dodgers opened their final western swing. Aberson was pinch-hitting for Johnny Schmitz, who earned the win. Pee Wee Reese had three hits for Brooklyn, but his error on a potential double