THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

DANNY LITWHILER

BOSTON BRAVES ...
SPAHN & SAIN and PRAY FOR RAIN ...

The
Braves take advantage of Philly's gifts

April 22, 1948 ... Unable to locate home plate, the young southpaw for the Phillies, Curt Simmons, who was a high school sensation just a year ago, was the victim of the initial Braves triumph of the season. With Simmons walking the Braves to a four runs start, they recorded a 10 to 4 victory in the concluding contest of the three-game series.

Clyde Shoun's relief pitching and Danny Litwhiler's timely hitting, highlighted the Braves success today. Shoun replaced Red Barrett, the Braves starter, when their lead was in jeopardy and pitched three-hit ball over the final 4 1/3 innings. It wasn't until Litwhiler gave his tender right leg a work out an hour before the game, that manager Billy Southworth chose him to play. He had his leg tightly wrapped and although it was sore, he was able to move without losing any speed. Litwhiler drove home four Boston runs on three hits, and turned in a couple of fine defensive plays.

With the Braves saying farewell to Philly, Simmons them the way home, giving up seven passes. Five more free passes were issued by four Philadelphia relievers and of the dozen free walks handed to the Braves, six were turned into runs, accounting for their winning margin. Philly manager Ben Chapman gave his rookie pitcher plenty of opportunities to get the ball over the plate. He finally took him off the firing line with two outs in the second inning, after he had walked seven men, giving up two hits and permitting four Boston runs.

The big hit off Simmons was a two base drive by Litwhiler. It came with the bases loaded in the very first inning and gave the Braves a 3 to 0 lead.

Ed Heusser relieved Simmons in the second inning after he had walked his fourth man. The fourth was a pass to Litwhiler that brought Eddie Stanky across the plate. Heusser hung around through the fifth inning, being belted for six hits and three runs before he was taken out for a pinch-hitter.

Red Barrett started for the Braves and the Phillies hit almost all line drives off him. Good outfielding kept him around for close to five innings. After he had given up eight hits and three runs, Shoun was brought into action with two outs and two men on in the fifth. All the hits off Shoun were doubles, two of them coming in the ninth-inning.

The Phillies brought in a couple of rookies in Al Porto and Lou Grasmick, and ended up with Charley Bicknell on the mound when the game ended. Grasmick was as wild as Simmons, walking three men and giving up a couple of singles in the eighth-inning, for the Braves final run three runs.

The Braves outfielders looked like they were on motorcycles in the early innings. Russell made a great running catch of a Del Ennis drive in the second, and Litwhiler came up with two great catches himself. He made a diving catch on Harry Walker's sinking liner in the second and a leaping catch off Andy Seminick in the third, to keep Red Barrett in the game.

It was another cold afternoon in Philadelphia and only 6474 fans showed up to watch the contest.

 

at Shibe Park (Philadelphia) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

3

1

0

2

1

0

0

3

0

 

10

12

1

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

1

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

1

 

4

11

3

W-Clyde Shoun (1-0)
L-Curt Simmons (0-1)
Attendance 6,678

2B-Litwhiler (Bost), Sisti (Bost), Ennis (Phil),
Walker (Phil), Seminick (Phil)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 3 3 2 .231  

 

Jim Russell cf 3 1 1 .333  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 1 1 .286  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 2 0 .167  

 

Danny Litwhiler lf 4 0 3 .500  

 

Clint Conaster lf 1 0 0 .000  

 

Mike McCormick rf 1 0 0 .000  

 

Jeff Heath ph/rf 5 1 3 .333  

 

Phil Masi c 3 1 0 .111  

 

Sibbi Sisti ss 4 1 1 .200  

 

Red Barrett p 3 0 1 .333  

 

Clyde Shoun p 2 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Red Barrett 4.2 8 3 0 0  
  Clyde Shoun 4.1 3 1 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 2 1 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 2 1 -

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 2 1 -

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 2 2 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 2 2 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

1 2 1

 

 

Chicago Cubs 1 2 1

 

 

New York Giants 1 2 1