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    Dec 28, 1953 - Pittsburgh sends flashy infielder Danny O'Connell to Milwaukee for 3B Sid Gordon‚ OF Sam Jethroe‚ P Max Surkont‚ and minor league pitchers‚ Fred WatersCurt Raydon‚ and Larry Lasalle. They also get $100‚000 from the Braves. According to historian Sean Lehman‚ this is the only six-for-one trade in major league history and surpassed only by the 7-for-1 deal that will send Vida Blue from Oakland to San Francisco in 1978.

    Apr 22, 1953 - Making his first start since breaking his finger March 16‚ Hank Sauer hits a HR‚ triple and single off Max Surkont‚ but the Brave still beat the Cubs‚ 15-6. Eddie Mathews has a double and a pair of homers‚ good for 6 RBIs. Jack Dittmar homers and Sid Gordon follows Mathews 2nd HR with another round tripper.

    Sep 28, 1952 - The Braves play a 12-inning‚ 5-5 tie in Brooklyn in their last game as the Boston Braves. The Dodger pitching staff sets a NL record for most strikeouts in a season with 773 when Jim Hughes fans Sid Gordon in the 12th.

    Sep 6, 1952 - Sid Gordon of the Braves goes 5-for-8 in the first game of a doubleheader that goes 17 innings‚ as Boston loses 7-6 at Philadelphia. Phils' starter Robin Roberts‚ trailed 6-2 after 8 innings‚ but stays the distance pitching 17 innings for the win. Del Ennis ends the game with a leadoff homer in the 17th. This is the third 17-inning effort in 2 years.

    Aug 11, 1951 - The Dodgers take the 1st of 2 games against the Braves‚ winning 8-1 behind Ralph Branca. Brooklyn now leads the NL by 13 1/2 games with 49 games to play. The Braves take the nitecap‚ 8-4‚ behind Max Surkont and a home run by Sid Gordon. With Red Barber and Connie Desmond making the calls‚ the doubleheader is the first ML game to be telecast in color.

    Jul 4, 1950 - Braves slugger Sid Gordon ties the ML record (held by 6) for season grand slams with 4 when he hits one against the Phillies ace Jim Konstanty in the 9th. Boston's 12-9 win in game 2 gives the two teams a total of 40 runs‚ 55 hits‚ and 90 total bases for the day. The Phils win the opener‚ 14-8‚ helped by Andy Seminick's grand slam in the first inning. Robin Roberts is handed a 9-0 lead after 4 innings and coasts home.

    Jun 3, 1950 - The Braves Sid Gordon slugs his 3rd grand slam of the season‚ plus a 2nd HR‚ to account for 7 Braves runs in a 10-6 whipping of Pittsburgh. Gordon now leads the NL in homers with 11. Westlake hits a pair of homers‚ and Hank Schenz hits his 1st (and 2nd career) homer of the year. Johnny Sain gives up a HR to Jethroe in winning his 8th‚ tops in the majors.

    Jun 1, 1950 - Marty MarionSid Gordon‚ and Hank Thompson hit grand slams for the Cards (5-2 over Brooklyn)‚ the Braves (14-2 over the Pirates)‚ and the Giants (8-7 in the first of 2 at Cincinnati) respectively. Gordon adds a second homer as he drives home 7 runs for Boston‚ winners over the Pirates‚ 10-6. The Cards lose the services of C Joe Garagiola‚ who separates his shoulder after tripping over Jackie Robinson covering 1B‚ and Tommy Glaviano‚ who sprains his ankle. Hitting .347 at the time‚ Garagiola won't return until September 3 (as noted by Bill Deane) and will hit only 2-for-13 the rest of the season. But the grand slam‚ the first in Marion's 11-year-career‚ moves the Birds into a tie for first place with the Dodgers/

    May 6, 1950 - The Boston Braves hit 5 HRs in a 15-11 trouncing of the Reds. This gives them a NL record 13 HRs in 3 consecutive games‚ breaking the Giants' mark of 12 set on July 1‚ 2‚ 3‚ 1947. Luis OlmoEarl TorgesonBob ElliottWillard Marshall‚ and Sid Gordon hit the five today. Hatton and Northey hit consecutive HRs for the Reds.

    Apr 19, 1950 - Sid Gordon of the Braves hits the first NL grand slam of the season‚ as Boston beats the Giants 10-6 at the Polo Grounds. There will be 35 grand slams in the league this year‚ a NL single-season record‚ later topped. Giants first sacker Jack Harshman hits his first homer‚ off Johnny Sain‚ but it's not enough.

    Dec 14, 1949 - In a major trade‚ the Giants get Alvin Dark and Eddie Stanky from the Braves in a swap for Willard MarshallSid GordonBuddy Kerr‚ and Sam Webb.

    Sep 13, 1949 - Red Munger pitches the Cards to 1-0 win against the Giants in New York. He faces 28 batters‚ with only a 2nd inning single by Sid Gordon preventing a no-hitter.

    Jul 31, 1949 - Sid Gordon of the New York Giants blasts 2 HRs in the 2nd inning of game 2‚ as the Giants sweep the Reds 10-0 and 9-0 behind Larry Jansen and Adrian Zabala. The 19 runs to zero in a twinbill sets a NL mark‚ 7 runs behind the AL record.

    Jun 4, 1949 - The Reds beat the Giants 6-3 in New York. All the Giants' scoring is in the 6th inning when Whitey LockmanSid Gordon‚ and Willard Marshall pole consecutive HRs.

    May 9, 1949 - The first-place Giants win their 7th in a row as Sheldon (Available) Jones stops the Cubs‚ 7-2. Aided by ten walks and homers by Sid Gordon and Willard Marshall‚ the Giants pin the loss on starter Ralph Hamner‚ who allows one hit in three innings.

    Aug 18, 1948 - The Giants crush the first-place Braves‚ 8-2‚ behind Sheldon Jones. Sid Gordon hits his 24th and John Mize his 29th‚ both off Vern Bickford‚ to pace the New Yorkers. The Braves lead Brooklyn by a game.

    Jun 20, 1948 - John Mize‚ Willard Marshall‚ and Sid Gordon of the Giants hit consecutive HRs in the 8th inning in a 6-4 win against Murry Dickson of the Cardinals.

    May 29, 1948 - Richie Ashburn hits his 1st ML homer‚ a leadoff inside-the-park HR‚ off Thornton Lee's 3rd pitch. It runs Ashburn's hit streak to 18 games but it's the Phils only run‚ as the Giants win‚ 7-1. Bill Rigney leads off the 1st‚ 3rd‚ and 5th innings with hits‚ while Sid Gordon adds a three-run homer in the 5th. Lee is a complete-game winner over another ex-AL hurler‚ Walt Dubiel.

    Jun 9, 1947 - Walker Cooper hits a 2-run HR in the 8th inning and a 3-run HR in the 9th to help give the Giants a 13-10 win over Pittsburgh. Pinch hitter Sid Gordon adds a single and double in the 8-run 8th inning. Kerr‚ Lohrke‚ and Witak also hit for the circuit. Larry Jansen pitches one inning for the win.

    Jun 4, 1947 - At the Polo Grounds‚ the Giants power by the Cincinnati Reds‚ 9-3. Whitey LockmanSid Gordon‚ and Willard Marshall hit consecutive homers in the 6th inning for New York.

    Sep 2, 1946 - It's a first as manager Mel Ott lifts himself for a pinch hitter in the 7th at Boston. Righty Sid Gordon goes into pinch hit against lefty reliever Ernie White and grounds out. Ott manages the Giants to an 8-3 win.

    Jun 16, 1943 - Behind the fine pitching of Carl Fischer‚ lately of Jersey City‚ the Giants nip Bobo Newsom and the Dodgers‚ 3-2. Sid Gordon guns down two base runners from LF‚ Mel Ott has two hits‚ including a homer‚ and walks his last time up. The base on balls is the first of 7 straight that he will receive over the next two games‚ a new NL mark.

    Sep 16, 1937 - At Boston‚ Gimbel's baseball team will play Filene's‚ winner of Boston's Retail Store League. Gimbel's‚ of the New York Department Store League‚ is led by future major-leaguer Sid Gordon.

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