With 44 games left in the 1951 season, the Brooklyn Dodgers held a 13-and-a-half game lead on the New York Giants for the National League pennant.
Brooklyn would go 26-21 down the stretch while the Giants would put together a remarkable 36-6 run, leaving the teams tied with two games against each other left to play.
They would split the two game series, forcing a one game playoff to determine the winner of the National League, held at the Polo Grounds.
A pitching duel between the Don Newcombe of the Dodgers and Sal Maglie of the Giants ensued, and the teams headed into the top of the eighth inning tied at one.
Maglie would give up three runs in the top half of the inning to give the Dodgers a 4-1 lead, and the Dodgers would fail to answer in the bottom of the inning.
After Giants reliever Larry Jansen worked a one-two-three inning in the top of the ninth, Newcombe took the mound to seal the deal for the Dodgers.
Consecutive singles by the Giants Alvin Dark and Don Mueller would put runners on the corners with nobody out. Giants 1B Whitey Lockman would line a shot into the gap between left and center, scoring Dark and advancing Mueller to third.
Dodgers manager Chuck Dressen would replace Newcombe with Ralph Branca, and the Giants Bobby Thomson stepped to the plate.
Giants announcer Russ Hodges takes over from there.