May 13, 2016

Remembering New York Giants History (1954) Dusty Rhodes Helps Giants Sweep Brooklyn at the Polo Grounds

July 1st 1954: Today the New York Giants completed a three game sweep over their cross town rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers at the Polo Grounds. This put New York up four games in first place. They went on to win the NL Pennant & the World Series. 

In 1954 Giants, Manager Leo Durocher had a great weapon off the bench, he was Dusty Rhodes.

In the first game of the Series, the score was tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th inning. Brooklyn Dodger pitcher Billy Loes walked the bases loaded. Durocher called on Rhodes to pinch hit. Dusty delivered with a single up the middle scoring the winning runs in walk off fashion.

In the 2nd game, Giants pitching ace Johnny Antonelli pitched seven innings allowing only one run. Hoyt Wilhelm closed out the last two innings as the Giants won 5-2. Whitey Lockman drove in three runs on the day, and Alvin Dark had an RBI single as well.

In the 3rd game of the Series, the Giants jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. In the Dodger 7th, Roy Campanella & Carl Furillo tied it with back to back home runs. 

In the 8th, Dodger pitcher Erv Palica gave up a single to Whitey Lockman, a walk to Hank Thompson & an intentional walk to Don Mueller. 

After getting a force out at home, up stepped Dusty Rhodes as a pinch hitter once again. Rhodes came through again with a two run single to right center field. The Giants went on to win it 5-2 to complete the sweep.

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