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1951 Brooklyn Dodgers season

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General manager(s)  Buzzie Bavasi
Local television  WOR-TV
Manager(s)  Chuck Dressen
Owner(s)  Walter O'Malley (majority owner); James & Dearie Mulvey, Mrs. John L. Smith
Local radio  WMGM Red Barber, Connie Desmond, Vin Scully

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.

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Offseason

  • October 10, 1950: Chuck Connors and Dee Fondy were traded by the Dodgers to the Chicago Cubs for Hank Edwards and cash.
  • October 13, 1950: Buddy Hicks was purchased from the Dodgers by the Philadelphia Phillies.
  • November 16, 1950: Morrie Martin was drafted from the Dodgers by the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1950 rule 5 draft.
  • February 6, 1951: Chico Fern├índez was signed by the Dodgers as an amateur free agent.
  • Notable transactions

  • June 8, 1951: Tommy Brown was traded by the Dodgers to the Philadelphia Phillies for Dick Whitman and cash.
  • June 15, 1951: Bruce Edwards, Joe Hatten, Eddie Miksis and Gene Hermanski were traded by the Dodgers to the Chicago Cubs for Johnny Schmitz, Rube Walker, Andy Pafko and Wayne Terwilliger.
  • June 18, 1951: Bob Lillis was signed as an amateur free agent by the Dodgers.
  • July 24, 1951: Ben Taylor was traded by the Dodgers to the St. Louis Browns for Johnny Bero, Joe Lutz and cash.
  • August 31, 1951: Ross Grimsley was purchased from the Dodgers by the Chicago White Sox.
  • Starters by position

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

    Other batters

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

    Starting pitchers

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

    Other pitchers

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

    Relief pitchers

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

    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

  • National League Most Valuable Player
  • Roy Campanella
  • TSN Pitcher of the Year Award
  • Preacher Roe
  • All-Stars

  • 1951 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
  • Roy Campanella starter
  • Gil Hodges starter
  • Jackie Robinson starter
  • Don Newcombe reserve
  • Pee Wee Reese reserve
  • Preacher Roe reserve
  • Duke Snider reserve
  • TSN Major League All-Star Team
  • Preacher Roe
  • Roy Campanella
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Farm system

    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Montreal, Santa Barbara

    References

    1951 Brooklyn Dodgers season Wikipedia


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