Wally Westlake posing with his smooth swing
After winning the first two games of the season at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs, the Pirates came home to play the Reds on April 18, 1947.
Billy Cox got things going for the Pirates in the bottom of the first, blasting a solo home run off Reds pitcher Joe Beggs.
After scratching another run across the plate in the bottom of the third inning, the Pirates allowed two runs to score, which tied the game in the top of the fourth inning.
Wally Westlake answered in the bottom of the fourth with a home run to put the Pirates ahead again 3-2. After the Reds went back ahead with two runs off Pirates starter Fritz Ostermueller, the Pirates broke out with seven runs on six hits in the bottom of the fifth.
In that inning, Westlake hit his second home run of the game. He went on to hit .273 with 17 home runs in that season, which was his rookie year.
The Reds came storming back in the eighth inning, scoring four runs and cutting the deficit to three. In the top of the ninth, the Reds scored twice, but their comeback hopes died when Tiny Bonham struck out Clyde Vollmer to end the game.