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The Dodgers , due to start a four-game series with the Giants, were rained out.
The boys frisked around as if they had a 10-game lead and one week to go. O'Connell joked to Adcock: "Ain't it a shame we can't just buy these four games from the Cubs?" "Go ahead," Adcock laughed, "put the fix in." "Too many guys to pay off," O'Connell retorted.
Then came the debacle at the hands of Chicago's in-and-out Jones (a 5-0 shutout), and the Braves' joy went out like a fractured electric light bulb. Haney slammed the clubhouse door for 10 minutes and delivered a crisp lecture on the need for base hits. Adcock sulkily nursed a small spike wound. Burdette and Charlie Root opened some beer and vainly tried to console the others.
Cincinnati that night was in St. Louis where there isn't supposed to be any pitching, but the Cardinals' Vinegar Bend Mizell shut the Red-legs out with two hits, while Ken Boyer hit a game-winning homer.
In the morning before the night game the players held a fan-tan game in their hotel lobby. Among them was Joe Nuxhall, who was to lose the tough 1-0 verdict that evening. Wally Post and Gus Bell also kept an eye on the swimming pool and reported any pretty girls approaching.
Around lunchtime Birdie Tebbetts, feeling lonesome, spent a couple of hours with Freddie Hutchinson, an old pal of his American League days, who was also feeling lonesome in the hotel next door. In the dressing room, Ted Kluszewski found his shower slippers nailed to the floor. "That son of a gun. That's Wehmeier did that."
It was the coldest Sept. 7 in St. Louis in 107 years. The game took less than two hours. Afterward, the Redlegs, slightly shocked, were saying little.
Brooklyn Manager Walt Alston expounded his views on pennant pressure before the double-header with the Giants at Ebbets Field. "I don't believe a player can produce his best when he's trying with all his might to play his best. Of course, some play better when the chips are down."