In Robin Roberts' 3rd start in 5 days‚ Dick Sisler's dramatic HR off Don Newcombe in the 10th clinches the pennant 4-1 for the Whiz Kids. It is the Phillies' first pennant in 35 years. In the play that sets the stage for Sisler's heroics‚ CF Richie Ashburn‚ playing shallow‚ throws out Dodger runner Cal Abrams at the plate in the bottom of the 9th. Abrams will later say‚ "I think they should have held me at 3rd‚" while Dodgers' skipper Burt Shotton‚ commenting on having Duke Snider hitting away‚ "I should have bunted. If you don't believe me‚ look in the newspapers." Brooklyn's only score comes when Pee Wee Reese hits a drive into the screen over the wall in right field. The ball falls on top of the wall and bounces up and down long enough for Reese to leg out an inside-the-park HR. Roberts wins his 20th‚ the first 20-game winner for the Phils since Grover Cleveland Alexander in 1917.
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- Burt Shotton, Cal Abrams, Dick Sisler, Don Newcombe, Duke Snider, Pee Wee Reese, Richie Ashburn, Robin Roberts, Whiz Kids