Jul 10, 2009

NY Giants Don Mueller Hits For Cycle & Six Giants Blast HRs

July 11, 1954: In the opener of a doubleheader‚ at the Polo Grounds, the Giants pound the Pirates 13-7. Don Mueller wastes no time doubling home Whitey Lockman in the 1st inning. Mueller had a huge day hitting for the cycle. He tripled home two more runs in the 3rd, singled in the 5th, and homered in the 7th inning. All in all Mueller went 4-5 with 4 RBIs and a run scored.

Five other Giants hit home runs on the day off four different Pirate pitchers, including three blasts in the 3rd inning by Monte Irvin (his 16th), Whitey Lockman (his 13th) & Alvin Dark (his 10th). Willie Mays hit his league leading thirty first in the 4th inning, raising his average to .331. Mays went on to win the NL MVP Award in ’54 7 led the league in hittin
g at .345. He also hit 41 HRs on the year leading the Giants to the Worlds Championship.

Sal Maglie got his 9th win of the year and Marv Grissom his 11th save. The Giants increased their lead to 5 ½ games over the Brooklyn Dodgers in the NL. Pittsburgh took the second game of the double header that day.

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