THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

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

The
Braves lose their home opener

April 23, 1948 ... The fans of Boston are still waiting to see their first major league triumph of the season at a home ballpark today. The Braves lost their home opener by a score of 3 to 1, to the pitching of Ray Poat and the New York Giants before 11,553 frigid fans.

Until he raised a blister on his pitching hand in the fifth inning, Poat pitched one-hit, runless ball. The lone base hit was a drive that Earl Torgeson lofted in the third inning that was too far back for the infield and to close for the outfield, a Texas Leaguer. From the fifth inning on, Poat threw nothing but fastballs and an occasional changeup.

MGR MEL OTT AND
BILLY SOUTHWORTH

Warren Spahn, who beat the Giants more times than any other National League pitcher last season, was the victim today. After the delayed opening ceremonies, Spahn was even colder than the icicles that hung from the rafters. After retiring the first two Giants with ease, Spahn lost his bearings and with it the ballgame. He walked Sid Gordon, Johnny Mize singled to left, a pass was given to Walker Cooper and the bases were loaded. Willard Marshall then sent two runners back into the dugout with a tremendous single to right to give the Giants a 2 to 0 lead. But what got Spahn out of the inning was a magnificent catch by Danny Litwhiler, only one step away from the left-field fence. The last Giants' run was made on Sid Gordon's fence-clearing clout in the third inning.

The Tribe's lone run was recorded in the sixth inning. With one out, Earl Torgeson walked and Jeff Heath lined a single to right that put Torgy on third. Litwhiler came up and lined one off shortstop, Bobby Rhawn's shoulder for a base hit that brought Torgy home.

The fans had hopes of further scoring when Rhawn juggled Phil Masi's ground ball, but he recovered in time to get Phil at first on a close play.

Tommy Holmes, the Braves rightfielder, still as a sore leg which he had x-rayed at Saint Elizabeth's Hospital, but no report was available as to the results.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R H E  
 

NEW YORK GIANTS

 

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

3

9

2

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

 

 

1

5

1

 

 

 

W

RAY POAT (1-0)

 

2B

 

MARSHALL (NY)

 

L

WARREN SPAHN (0-1)

 

 

S

 

 

3B

   
       
 
   

ATTENDANCE: 11,553

 

HR

 

GORDON (NY)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 3 0 0 .188  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 0 0 .250  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 3 1 0 .294  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 0 1 .125  

 

Jeff Heath ph 4 0 0 .313  

 

Danny Litwhiler lf 3 0 1 .556  

 

Mike McCormick pr 0 0 0 .000  

 

Phil Masi c 4 0 0 .077  

 

Sibbi Sisti ss 3 0 0 .154  

 

Bill Salkeld ph 1 0 0 .250  

 

Warren Spahn p 2 0 0 .000  

 

Tommy Holmes ph 1 0 1 .444  

 

Bobby Sturgeon pr 0 0 0 .000  

 

Ed Wright p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Frank McCormick ph 1 0 0 .500  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Warren Spahn 7 7 3 2 2  
  Ed Wright 2 2 0 0 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 3 1 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 3 1 -

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 3 2 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 2 2 1

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 2 2 1

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 2 3 1 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

1 3 2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 1 3 2