THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOB ELLIOTT

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

Red Barrett and Bob Elliott
make it two wins over Brooklyn

April 27, 1948 ... Less than two hours after Red Barrett walked to the mound, with the wind to his back, he had pitched himself a six hit 3 to 2 victory at Braves Field before 6992 frigid fans. Barrett had a bit of help from Bob Elliott, who drove in all the runs. Dodger pitchers Rex Barney and Ervin Palica gave up just four base hits and the Braves thirdbaseman got three of them.

Elliott singled home Jim Russell in the first inning on a smash by third-base and drove a long home run over the left centerfield fence in the third, with Earl Torgeson on board. He lined another single to center in the sixth, but was left stranded after being sacrificed over to second by Jeff Heath. Bill Salkeld singled to right in the second inning to complete the Braves hitting the day.

Leo Durocher scrambled his lineup considerably with Jackie Robinson playing second base and Roy Campanella behind the plate. Pete Reiser was back in center field and Johnny Jorgenson at third-base. But with all the strength facing Barrett, he calmly threaded the needle with his pitches. He worried the most in the fourth inning after two were out. Arky Vaughn doubled to the fence in left-center and Pee Wee Reese walked. Preston Ward than singled sharply to center and Vaughn slid into the plate just ahead of Jim Russell's throw to make the score 3 to 1. Both Reese and Ward moved up a base when Salkeld got tangled up in Vaughn's legs, attempting to make the tag at the plate. Dick Whitman ended the inning by flying out to Danny Litwhiler.

Barrett walked Campanella in the seventh with one out and Gene Hermanski batted for Rex Barney. He singled sharply past first base with the ball just getting by Earl Torgeson. Campanella went to third and Robinson drove him in with a grounder to Torgy after the firstbaseman started the throw to home but then elected to play safely and get the runner at first.

The Braves have now beaten the Dodgers six straight times, winning to a home and winning two in Brooklyn at the end of last season. Eddie Stanky said that the Dodgers had given him a pretty good going over during the game, but he posed with his former teammate Pee Wee Reese before the game, but would not talk to Leo Durocher.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

   
 

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R H E  
 

BROOKLYN DODGERS

 

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

 

 

2

6

1

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

1

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

x

 

 

3

4

0

 

 

 

W

RED BARRETT (1-0)

 

2B

 

VAUGHN (BRK)

 

L

L-REX BARNEY (0-1)

 

 

S

 

 

3B

   
       

 

 

 

 

ATTENDANCE: 6992

 

HR

 

ELLIOTT (BOST)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 4 0 0 .222  

 

Jim Russell cf 3 1 0 .229  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 1 1 0 .294  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 1 3 .280  

 

Jeff Heath rf 3 0 0 .241  

 

Danny Litwhiler lf 2 0 0 .250  

 

Bill Salkeld c 2 0 1 .300  

 

Alvin Dark ss 3 0 0 .250  

 

Red Barrett p 3 0 0 .167  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Red Barrett 9 6 2 3 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 7 2 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 4 3 2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 3 3 2 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 4 4 2 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 4 4 2 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 4 5 3

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 3 5 3 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

3 6 4