THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

JEFF HEATH SCORES IN THE 9TH INNING

BOSTON BRAVES ...
SPAHN & SAIN and PRAY FOR RAIN ...
The Braves give another game to Philly

April 21, 1948 ... As darkness began to engulf cold and frosty Shibe Park late this afternoon, the Tribe handed the league-leading Phillies a 4 to 3 victory in 13 innings, to the delight of the remaining 4720 chilled customers. Ernie White began his comeback in a relief role, that should have resulted in his first major league triumph since 1942. But a bad throw by Bob Elliott, after he had made a sizzling stop of rookie Richie Ashburn's hot smash, enabled the Phillies to send the game into overtime, where White's wildness gave them their second straight win.

White pitched five fine innings before he lost his control in the 13th and literally threw the ball game away. He started by passing Bert Haas on straight pitches. Dick Sisler bunted a low liner and Earl Torgeson charged in for the ball and dove. But the ball went right through him and White recovered in time for a play at first, but threw the ball into the dirt, by Eddie Stanky, out into right field. That placed the Phillies runners on second and third with nobody out. It forced White to issue an intentional walk to Del Ennis and load the bases. Here Ernie bore down and tried to fight out of the difficult situation, as he erased Harry Walker on a pop up a few feet from the plate. Then Granny Hamner flew deep out to Clint Conaster, in left field and Haas scampered across the plate with the winning run. The ball was hit so far back that Conaster never even attempted a throw to the plate.

The Braves got one run in the second inning on Jeff Heath's double and Bill Salkeld's single that drove him in. That was wiped out when the Braves starter Bill Voiselle passed Eddie Miller and Andy Seminick hit a home run into the double deck left-field bleachers in the fourth inning.

With two gone and nobody aboard in the eighth, Schoolboy Rowe gave up the tying run. He walked Jim Russell, who scored all the way from first when Earl Torgeson bounced a wicked drive off the fence in right-center for two bases. In the ninth, the Braves went ahead on a run, which should've been sufficient to win. Rowe walked Heath, who went to second on Tommy Holmes' sacrifice fly. Salkeld was passed intentionally and Frank McCormick was sent up to bat for Sibbi Sisti. He came through with a single to score the and sent the Braves into a 3 to 2 lead which they could not protect.

White, who had replaced Voiselle, after he was removed for a pinch-hitter in the top half of the eighth, got off badly in the ninth when Ernie Miller greeted him with a base hit. However, Seminick helped out the Braves by hitting into a doubleplay. With the bases empty and two out, it looked like money in the bank for the Braves. Johnny Blatnick was sent in to bat for Rowe and was issued a walk. Then Ahburn slashed his wicked twister at Bob Elliott. He did well to knock it down and recovered quickly, but in his haste and nail the fleet Ashburn, threw the ball past Torgeson in the dirt. Blatnik was off swiftly and he didn't stop until he slid home with the tying run.

Both runs against White were unearned. They were the first scored against him this spring, as he had pitched nine brilliant scoreless innings during three different exhibition games. Manager Billy Southworth used all kinds of strategy in this game. He even took advantage of the wind which was favoring left-handed hitters. That is why he happened to make a late switch in his catchers, going with Bill Salkeld instead of Phil Masi.

 

at Shibe Park (Philadelphia) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

1

0

0

0

0 0 1 1

0

0

0

0

 

3

12

3

PHILA PHILLIES

0

0

0

2

0

0 0 0 1

0

0

0

1

 

4

8

0

W-Ed Heusser (1-0)
L-Ed White (0-1)
Attendance 4,720

2B-Heath (Bost), Russell (2)(Bost), Torgeson (Bost),
Verban (Phil)
HR-Seminick (Phil)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 6 0 0 .100  

 

Jim Russell cf 5 1 2 .333  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 6 0 2 .300  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 5 0 2 .222  

 

Jeff Heath lf 3 2 1 .143  

 

Danny Litwhiler ph 1 0 0 .000  

 

Clint Conaster lf 1 0 0 .000  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 0 2 .375  

 

Bill Salkeld c 3 0 1 .333  

 

Al Dark pr/ss 2 0 1 .500  

 

Sibbi Sisti ss 3 0 0 .167  

 

Frank McCormack ph 1 0 1 1.00  

 

Phil Masi pr/c 2 0 0 .167  

 

Bill Voiselle p 2 0 0 .000  

 

Mike McCormick ph 1 0 0 .000  

 

Ernie White p 2 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill Voiselle 7 6 2 4 3  
  Ernie White 5.2 2 0 3 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 2 0 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 2 0 -

 

 

New York Giants 1 1 1

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 1 1 1

 

 

Chicago Cubs 1 1 1

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 1 2 1 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 1 2 1 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

0 2 2