The Brooklyn Dodgers clinched the National League pennant with a 5 to 4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies yesterday. Meanwhile the American League Cleveland Indians came near the end of their pennant trail on the heels of a 10 to 1 beating at the hands of the Chicago White Sox.
In another American League development, Bobby Shantz, 24-game winner for the Philadelphia A's, suffered a broken wrist when he was hit on the wrist by a ball pitched by the Washington Senator's Walt Masterson. The little left-hander who was scheduled to pitch against the Yankees on Sunday will be lost for the rest of the season.
Johnny Rutherford went all the way for the Brooks, who rallied for three runs in the fifth inning for the lead and the pennant. George Shuba's home run helped dispell the last chance of another New York Giant "miracle."
White Sox pitcher Joe Dobson, having one of his best seasons, allowed the Tribe a mere six hits, while supported with fourteen by his teammates. The Indians, with three games to go, are now three games behind the Yankees on the losing side. If the Yanks win only half of their remaining six, Cleveland can only gain a tie by winning all three games.
Garcia Loses Eleventh
Mike Garcia, trying for his 23rd win of the year, suffered his 11th loss, and the first after six straight wins.
Yankee manager Casey Stengel will go with either Johnny Sain or Bob Kuzava and Vic Raschi in today's doubleheader with the Red Sox at Fenway Park. New York mainstay Allie Reynolds will pitch tomorrow, and then again Sunday, with Raschi probably pitching against the A's on Saturday.
The league leaders will face Ellis Kinder, Mel Parnell, and Sid Hudson in the Boston series, and Harry Byrd, Alex Kellner and one other man in the season's finale with Philadelphia.
Shantz was batting in the second inning yesterday when Masterson's fast ball struck him on the left wrist. Although doubled up in pain, the 5'6" pitcher took his place on first base and wanted to continue pitching. He had a 3 to 0 lead, and seemed a sure bet for his 25th win of the year.
In another baseball contest yesterday, the Detroit Tigers squeezed into the record books by becoming the first cellar team in American League history to draw more than a millio nfans at home. The near equally hapless Browns won, 3 to 1.