Tuesday, May 19, 2015

May 19, 1948: The Man Goes 5 For 5 In Brooklyn

     On May 19, 1948, Stan Musial went 5 for 5 in a 14-7 romp of the Dodgers in Brooklyn. The Man's day included a triple, a double, three singles, five runs scored, and two runs batted in. While Musial was adding to his totals, the rest of the club was pounding out hits around him, as the club ended up with 18 total on the day. Other stars of the game included Nippy Jones who knocked in four, as well as Whitey Kurowski and Ralph LaPointe who both knocked in three. LaPointe was thrust into duty after a first inning injury to Marty Marion led to his name being called. Marion played the next day. While the Cardinals did surrender seven runs, Ted Wilks turned in a solid seven inning performance in relief to grab a win. He was just the third and final Redbird pitcher of the day, while the Dodgers trotted six men out to the mound for the Cardinals to tee off on.

     The 1948 campaign was a special one for Stan The Man, as he took home his third and final MVP award. He led the National League with a .376 average, 131 RBI's, 135 runs scored,46 doubles, and 18 triples. His 39 home runs during the campaign ranked second in the National League to New York's Johnny Mize and Pittsburgh's Ralph Kiner. One more dinger he would have won the triple crown, however, a rainout stole a home run from the record books, so that never came to be. With that said, that '48 season was one of Stan's greatest on the diamond. It is a chapter in one of the greatest baseball history books to ever be written.

Check out the box score here: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/BRO/BRO194805190.shtml

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