THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

JIM RUSSELL TAGGED OUT AT HOME

BOSTON BRAVES ...
SPAHN & SAIN and PRAY FOR RAIN ...
The Braves get caught
sleeping in Philly

April 20, 1948 ... The Boston Braves dropped a 3 to 1 decision to the Philadelphia Phillies in the local National League inaugural, and a couple of Cincinnati Reds castoffs named Eddie Miller and Bert Hass provided the winning punch. In addition to this, Dutch Leonard who couldn't find a home in the American League last season, held the Braves to six singles and should have scored a shutout.

Johnny Sain, ace right-hander of the Braves, was the victim of the wallop furnished by the Phillies for the first time this season, by the Haas-Miller combination. Haas scored the first and third Philadelphia runs, as he knocked out four consecutive singles. Miller's bat furnished the winning run that was a line drive homer off the railing of the upper stands.

A promising first inning was destroyed as Bob Elliott failed to run to first on a dropped third strike. Eddie Stanky launched his Boston career with a base hit. It was on a pop fly that Harry Walker allowed to fall safely in short center field, setting up the only Braves score. A single to right by Jim Russell put Stanky on third. Earl Torgeson then lofted a high foul ball near the fence in short left field and Haas raced back and made a nice catch. But then Stanky failed to spring home and Haas fired the ball blindly and it went into the Boston dugout, allowing Stanky to score and Russell to get the third. Bob Elliott came up next and fanned on a great knuckleball, that was so baffling that it escaped catcher Andy Seminick and rolled halfway to the stands. Russell broke for home and was erased on a perfect throw by Seminick to Leonard at the plate. But instead of running the first base, Elliott stayed at home trying to direct Russell on his slide. The Phillies weren't exactly wide-awake either, as they were strolling off the field without tagging Elliott, or throwing to first for the put out. But some alert member on the Phillies bench finally got Leonard's attention and he fired the ball over to Haas, who raced over to the first-base bag and had plenty of time to tag it and double up Elliott.

After that inning, Leonard in the Phillies got energized and breezed through the rest of the game, never in danger of being scored upon a second time.

 

at Shibe Park (Philadelphia) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

1

6

0

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

x

 

3

12

2

W-Dutch Leonard (1-0)
L-Johnny Sain (0-1)
Attendance 22,913

HR-Miller (Phil)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 4 1 1 .250  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 0 1 .250  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 0 1 .250  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 0 0 .000  

 

Jeff Heath lf 4 0 0 .000  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 3 0 1 .333  

 

Phil Masi c 4 0 1 .250  

 

Sibby Sisti ss 3 0 1 .333  

 

Johnny Sain p 2 0 0 .000  

 

Danny Litwhiler ph 1 0 0 .000  

 

Ed Wright p 0 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Johnny Sain 6 7 2 1 1  
  Ed Wright 2 5 1 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 1 0 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 1 0 -

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 1 0 -

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 1 1 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 1 1 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

0 1 1

 

 

Chicago Cubs 0 1 1

 

 

New York Giants 0 1 1