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Dodger Pennant Drive - 1947

Yankees are overwhelming 9-20 favorite to
win the Series,  but in the words of New York
Times writer Arthur Daly, "sentimentally
a fellow has to lean toward the Dodgers. 
Logically and cold-bloodedly, though, he has
to pick the Yankees. But here's on guesser who
wouldn't raise the slightest objection to be 
proved wrong."

Brooklyn, Sept 24 - The pennant came to Brooklyn in dramatic fashion on the bat of backup 
shortstop Stan Rojek as the Dodgers nipped the Giants, 4-3. With two outs in the ninth, 
the score tied at three and Tommy Brown at second, Rojek lashed the ball deep in the hole
at short. Buddy Kerr ranged to his right but failed to reach the ball. Brown raced around third
as LF Joe Lafata raced in for the ball. Brown beat the throw home, and the crowd inside Ebbets
Field and outside on Flatbush Avenue went wild.   

Cincinnati, Sept 14 - The Brooklyn Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds split a doubleheader at Crosley
Field, but the league was still abuzz over the series sweep by the Brooks in St. Louis. The finale
was a 3-2 Flatbush victory before the largest crowd of the year at Sportsman's Park, 33,510.
Jackie Robinson slapped a one bagger past Marty Marion for the go-ahead and game-winning
run. The Dyermen blew a prime opportunity in the following frame as team captain Terry 
Moore popped up a squeeze bunt into a double play as moundsman Rex Barney caught Musial off 
base after snaring the pop-up. St. Louis was dealt a tough blow on Friday as 3B Whitey Kurowski
was injured and missed the final two games of the series. Possible MVP Kurowski is batting
.344 with 27 HR and 128 RBI.

Chicago, Sept 9 - The Brooklyn Dodgers left New York on Sunday night for a lengthy road trip that
will not end until nearly three weeks from now. The defending NL champion Cardinals will play
at home during that time, including a key three-game series this weekend vs. Brooklyn. Shotton's
troops leave home with a four game lead. The task has been made even tougher with four extra-
inning affairs in the seven games thus far in September. The Brooks have split those four games
including yesterday's 5-4 loss to the Cubs. Bill Nicholson dashed Brooklyn's hopes to gain ground
on the Redbirds with a three-run homer in the bottom of the tenth to tie the game. Waitkus won it
in the 12th with his second circuit clout of the season which landed safely onto Sheffield Avenue
to the delight of the 25.998 in attendance.