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...Giant Jubilation
August 30, 1954
UNTIL the middle of July it was a great year to be a Giant fan—what with Willie Mays, ninth-inning victories and a cheerful managerial genius named Leo Durocher. But then came the long dry spell, an unproductive Mays, four straight stunning losses to the Dodgers and a moody misanthrope, also named Durocher.
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August 30, 1954

...giant Jubilation

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Schedule of games to be played by two top contenders from Thursday, Aug. 26, through end of the season

(2): Doubleheader

N: Night game

Capitals: Home game

Lower case: Away game

 

Date

INDIANS

YANKEES

GIANTS

DODGERS

Thur Aug 26

At Wash N

DET

At Chi

Fri 27

At Wash N

DET N

At Milw N

At St.L N

Sat 28

At Wash

DET

At Milw

At St.L

Sun 29

At Bost (2)

W SOX

At St.L. (2)

At Milw (2)

Mon 30

At Bost

At St.L. N

At Milw N

Tues 31

•At N.Y.

•INDIANS N

At St.L. N

At Milw

Wed Sept 1

•At N.Y.

•INDIANS

At Cinn N

At Chi

Thur 2

•At N.Y

•INDIANS

At Chi

Fri 3

At Chi N

At Wash N

•DODGERS N

•At N.Y.N

Sat 4

At Chi N

At Wash N

•DODGERS

•At N.Y.N

Sun.5

At Chi

At Wash

•DODGERS

•At N.Y.

L Day.6

At Balt (2)

BOST (2)

At Phil (2)

PITT (2)

Tues 7

At Phil N

Wed 8

PHILN

At Balt N

CHI

ST.L. N

Thur 9

PHIL

At Balt

CHI

ST.L.

Fri 10

BOST N

At Chi N

CINN

BRAVES N

Sat 11

BOST

At Chi

CINN

BRAVES

Sun 12

•YANKEES (2)

•At Clev (2)

ST.L.

CHI (2)

Mon 13

ST.L.

Tues 14

WASH N

At Det

BRAVES N

CINN N

Wed 15

At Det

BRAVES N

CINN N

Thur 16

BRAVES

CINN

Fri 17

At Det N

At Phil N

PHIL N

At Pitt N

Sat 18

At Det

At Phil N

PHIL

At Pitt

Sun 19

At Det

At Phil

PHIL

Mon 20

W SOX N

WASH N

•At Brook N

•GIANTS N

Tues 21

W SOX N

WASH

•At Brook

•GIANTS

Wed 22

W SOX

WASH

•At Brook

•GIANTS

Thur 23

Fri 24

DET

PHIL

At Phil N

PITT

Sat 25

DET

PHIL N

At Phil N

PITT

Sun 26

DET

PHIL

At Phil

PITT

• Denotes game between two top contenders

UNTIL the middle of July it was a great year to be a Giant fan—what with Willie Mays, ninth-inning victories and a cheerful managerial genius named Leo Durocher. But then came the long dry spell, an unproductive Mays, four straight stunning losses to the Dodgers and a moody misanthrope, also named Durocher.

Last week, looking back over their shoulders, the Giants saw their lead down to only half a game. But surprisingly enough, they were still in first place. They stood erect, won four quick games from the Phils and Pirates and came into Sunday's doubleheader with the Pirates with a rested pitching staff and a glint in the eye.

After five innings, Leo Durocher's face showed the strain. Pirate Lefthander Paul LaPalme had the beginnings of a no-hitter; 16 Giants had gone down in dismal order. But in the sixth inning Leo's face began to clear. His hitters began to hit, and the woeful Pirate defense began to fray. The first game went to the Giants, 5-4. The second likewise, 5-3.

Meanwhile, at Ebbets Field, the Philadelphia Phils were meeting the Brooklyn Dodgers in another double-header. Sweeping their eyes from field to scoreboard, Giants and Giant fans at the Polo Grounds read exhilarating bulletins. The Phils were giving the Brooklyns a slapping around. When the bulletins from Brooklyn ended, the Giants owed a debt they will never pay to Philly Outfielder Del Ennis, who beat the Dodgers in both games with three-run homers.

Said a jubilant Leo Durocher: "A long day but a worthwhile one."

Nobody was counting the Dodgers out who remembered 1951, when the Giants came from 13½ games behind to beat Brooklyn on the last day. But it was Act III of the annual pennant melodrama, the final curtain was in sight, and the plot—invariably impromptu—was getting pretty clear.

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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