Sunday, September 15, 2013

September 15, 1950: Munger's Complete Game Victory in Relief

On September 15, 1950, Cardinals starter Cloyd Boyer hurt his arm in pregame warmups which led the Cardinals skipper Eddie Dyer to call on Red Munger who turned in a complete game performance in a 6-2 win over the Dodgers at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Despite the fact that Munger went the distance he was not credited with the start but did get credit for the complete game. He might be the only pitcher that pitched a complete game but technically didn't start for the club that day. The game had drama from the start as the Dodgers skipper Burt Shotton played it under protest after a call at the plate gave the Cardinals an early 1-0 lead. The incident occurred when umpire Dusty Boggess called third baseman Tommy Glaviano safe at the plate, after a Red Schoendienst double brought him into score. The Brooklyn catcher Bruce Edwards immediately argued the call, he thought that Glaviano didn't touch the plate and the run should not count. While the argument was going on, Glaviano slid into the dish once again and the ump signaled him safe. This sent the Dodgers manager onto the field to consult with the crew chief Babe Pinelli who signaled Glaviano out. This sent the Cardinals bench into a frenzy and suddenly it was the Redbirds arguing with the umps, along with manager Eddie Dyer, Stan Musial, and Enos Slaughter argued that the catcher would have had to tag Glaviano at the original decision to call the runner safe was held up, pretty crazy start to a ballgame. After all the drama Munger scattered 9 hits with one of those hits being a home run off the bat of Dick Snider. While the Brooklyn hurler Don Newcombe was victimized by two sixth inning errors by Pee Wee Reese that led to three Cardinal runs, it was an inning they couldn't overcome as the Cardinals rolled to victory.

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