THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

WALKER COOPER

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

The Giants beat the Braves, 16-9

April 24, 1948 ... Walker Cooper of the Giants inaugurated the brand-new scoreboard in left field with a shot off it in the midst of the Giants beating the Braves in a 16 to 9 game. The Braves wiped out an 8 to 1 deficit from the fourth to the seventh innings, only to get beaten up in the eighth and ninth. The only consolation is that they pushed an old nemesis, Larry Jansen, to the showers with five consecutive hits in the fourth inning. 

The Giants used five pitchers and the Braves seven, which is fair enough appraisal of what happened in Braves Field. Whitey Lockman drove in seven runs with two triples and two singles to pace the Giants. 

The Tribe made a vigorous pursuit to pick off five runs in the fourth inning and two in the sixth and then shot ahead for the first time by a score of 9 to 8. That happened when Phil Masi was passed and moved to third on Bob Sturgeons's hot single into centerfield, only to later score when Alvin dark flied out to deep center. 

For the Braves their fourth pitcher of the day, Bobby Hogue, who breezed through the Giants lineup in the fifth sixth and seventh innings, pitching to only 10 batters, yielded just one hit when Sid Gordon sliced the ball to the jury box fence. Jeff Heath ran back and dropped it against the wall for a double. But then with one out in the eighth-inning,  Hogue lost his range and filled the bases, when Jim Russell attempted a shoestring catch of Buddy Blattner's pop up to center. It resulted in a double and two runs. Manager Southworth quickly came to the mound and brought in Clyde Shoun. Lockman took his first pitch and cleared the bases with a triple, as the ball took a high hop over Heath's head and rolled all the way to the jury box fence. That made it 12 to 9 and Lockman scored on a sacrifice fly. 

Ahead 12-8, the Giants jumped on the Braves for four more in the ninth-inning. Shoun was still in there to pitch to Willard Marshall and Walker Cooper. Marshall catapulted a single to left and Cooper unloaded a line drive over the 26 foot barrier in left field to make the memorable contact with the new $50,000 scoreboard. After a brief interlude, Lockman knocked out his second triple, this time against Ed Wright. The first one he hit the right-field, this one he blasted down in the corner in left field. He knocked in the runner ahead of him, his seventh RBI of the game. 

Earl Torgeson authored probably the most vicious belt in the first inning with two away and nobody on. He selected one of Jansen's inside pitches on a two and two count and rifled it eight rows deep behind the Giants bullpen into the far corner of the pavilion in right. 

Bob Elliott got knocked out of the game in infield practice on an undetected throw by Eddie Stanky.  He spent the game with an ice pack on his ear, watching from the bench. Sibbi Sisti was spiked on the right ankle while attempting to grab one of Torgeson's wide throws at second. He was relieved by Alvin Dark, who went on to a good afternoon knocking in three runs and making a great running catch in left field off Johnny Mize.

 

 
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R H E  
 

NEW YORK GIANTS

 

1

0

5

3

0

0

0

4

4

 

 

16

15

2

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

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0

0

5

0

2

1

0

0

 

 

9

12

1

 

 

 

W

CLINT HARTUNG (1-0)

 

2B

 

JANSEN (NY), CONWAY (NY), BLATTNER (NY),
LITWHILER (NY), M.McCORMICK (NY)

 

L

BOBBY HOGUE (0-1)

 

 

S

S-KEN TRINKLE (2)

 

3B

  LOCKMAN (NY)
       
 
   

ATTENDANCE: 11,553

 

HR

 

COOPER (NY), TORGESON (NY)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 5 1 0 .143  

 

Jim Russell cf 5 0 2 .286  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 1 2 .333  

 

Danny Litwhiler lf 5 0 1 .429  

 

Jeff Heath ph 4 1 1 .300  

 

Phil Masi c 3 2 1 .125  

 

Bobby Sturgeon pr 5 1 2 .400  

 

Sibbi Sisti ss 1 0 1 .214  

 

Alvin Dark ss 3 2 1 .400  

 

Johnny Beazley p 1 0 0 .000  

 

Al Lyons p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Vern Bickford p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Mike McCormick ph 1 1 1 .333  

 

Bobby Hogue p 2 0 0 .000  

 

Clyde Shoun p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Ed Wright p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Ray Martin p 0 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Johnny Beazley 2.1 4 0 2 1  

 

Al Lyons 0.2 3 3 1 0  

 

Vern Bickford 1 1 0 0 .000  

 

Bobby Hogue 3.1 2 3 2 3  

 

Clyde Shoun 0.2 3 3 0 0  
  Ed Wright 0.2 2 2 2 0  
  Ray Martin 0.1 0 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 3 2 -

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 3 2 -

 

 

New York Giants 3 2 -

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 3 2 -

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 3 3 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 3 3 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 2 3 1

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

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