Saturday, September 20, vs. Boston—Johnny Sain’s twentieth victory prevented the Dodgers from clinching the pennant. Brooklyn’s five errors, including two each by Pee Wee Reese and Bruce Edwards, contributed to its 8–1 loss. Eddie Stanley’s first-inning error was the key to Boston scoring four unearned runs. Dick Whitman, who had spent the season at Montreal, celebrated his recall with a pinch-hit single. Vic Lombardi was the victim of the nonsupport. A St. Louis victory kept the Cardinals alive for another day. 91–56, First, 8 games ahead.
Sunday, September 21, vs. Boston—The Dodgers lost their third consecutive game, and their third consecutive opportunity to clinch the pennant. Warren Spahn matched Johnny Sain’s feat of the day before by winning his twentieth game. Spahn tossed a 4–0 shutout. He allowed just six hits, half of them to Pee Wee Reese. Ralph Branca, trying for his twenty-second win, was the loser. The Cardinals were rained out. 91–57, First, 7½ games ahead.
Monday, September 22—Not scheduled. After beating the Cubs in an afternoon game, the Cardinals lost the night game, clinching the pennant for Brooklyn. 91–57, First, 7½ games ahead.
Tuesday, September 23, vs. New York—The new National League champions celebrated Jackie Robinson Day with a 6–1 win over the Giants. New York’s only run came on a home run by Bobby Thomson off Joe Hatten, who pitched the first five innings. Dan Bankhead blanked the Giants over the final four. 92–57, First, 7½ games ahead.
Wednesday, September 24, vs. New York—After pitching five innings of one-hit ball, Hal Gregg turned over a 4–0 lead to Willie Ramsdell, who was making his Major League debut. The Giants jumped on Ramsdell for six runs (only two earned) in the sixth inning and won the game, 6–5. 92–58, First, 6½ games ahead.
Thursday, September 25, at Philadelphia (2)—The Dodgers won two games from the Phillies, 7–5 and 5–2. The first was the completion of the August 17 game that had been halted in the bottom of the seventh inning with Brooklyn ahead 5–4. The Dodgers scored single runs in the eighth and ninth innings to make a winner of Hugh Casey. In the regularly scheduled game, the Dodgers broke a 2–2 tie with three runs in the tenth. Willie Ramsdell was credited with his first Major League win. 94–58, First, 6½ games ahead.
Friday, September 26—Not scheduled. 94–58, First, 6 games ahead.
Saturday, September 27, at Boston—Tommy Holmes hit a two-out single in the ninth inning to score Connie Ryan and give the Braves the 2–1