By 1957 the Milwaukee Braves were the best team in the National League and World Series Champions, but in 1955 they were no match for the Brooklyn Dodgers. On this day that year the two teams met at Ebbets Field and the Dodgers picked up a 11-8 victory to improve to 33-11 on the season.
The hero of the day for Brooklyn on this day was center fielder Duke Snider: His first inning solo homer gave the Dodgers a 2-1 lead, his three run homer in the fourth increased that lead to 8-3 and his two run shot in the sixth made it 10-3. Snider was the first player to hit three homers in a game against the Braves after their move to Milwaukee.
The Dodgers, already 22 games over .500 after 44 games, stayed hot from here and won the pennant with a 98-56 record before beating the Yankees in seven games in the World Series. The loss dropped the Braves to 21-23, but they went on to win 85 games and finish in second place.
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Today is also the 12th anniversary of Tomo Ohka's perfect game in AAA in 2000. We covered that event in this space last year.