THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

RED BARRETT, JOHNNY SAIN
& WARREN SPAHN

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

Warren Spahn shuts out the Dodgers

April 28, 1948 ... Warren Spahn had some hop on his fastball and he had great control, in registering his first victory of the season and the Braves third straight, by shutting out the Philadelphia Phillies 7 to 0 at Braves Field. After the game Spahn said that he regarded this two hitter against the Phillies as one of his all time great efforts. The reason he felt was that he simply had great control and did not even walk one batter.

Spahn faced only 28 batters and just three men reached first base. The first one was Del Ennis, who reached on an error. The second one was Dick Sisler, who led off the sixth with a single to right and Blix Donnelly, who singled to left with two outs in the sixth. But first base was as far as any Philly batter was able to make it, as Spahn had great control and iron curtain defense behind him.

Last week in Philadelphia, the Phillies took a lot of liberties with Bill Salkeld's throwing arm. They ran as often as they could after getting on base and they tried to do that again in this game. But Salkeld was ready and he rubbed out two baserunners trying to steal second, which is why Spahn only faced 28 batters.

Salkeld not only did some good throwing but his bat rang out loud and often. He had three hits, scored two runs and drove in two more. On top of that, he stole second in the third inning to set up the Braves first run. He opened the third with a single and stole second. Al Dark reached first on an error by Granny Hamner and a sacrifice bunt by Spahn advanced the runners. Eddie Stanky's fly ball to left brought home Salkeld with the Braves first run.

The Tribe's second run was scored by Spahn, who beat out a bunt to open the fifth. He took third on Stanky's hit-and-run single behind first, while the Phillies were in close looking for a bunt. Then Jim Russell hit into a fast doubleplay and Spahn was able to score.

In the sixth inning, Salkeld broke the game wide open. After Jeff Heath walked and Tommy Holmes singled, Bill tripled to left-center. He scored as Dark beat out a hit to short and the inning's fourth run came across after Spahn sacrificed and Stanky hit the ball to left for a double. Earl Torgeson's single brought home Stanky with the Braves seventh and final run of the game.

The last three victories pitch by Spahn have been shutouts. His 20th win was a shutout over the Dodgers last year and his 21st with a shutout over the Giants. He led the league in shutouts last year with seven. He threw only a dozen curves all afternoon, because he was so sure of his fastball. Outside of the two singles, only four balls were hit out of the infield. Jeff Heath caught two, as Holmes and Russell caught one apiece.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

 

 
 

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2

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4

5

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10

 

R H E  
 

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

0

2

1

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

0

1

0

1

5

0

0

x

 

 

7

13

1

 

 

 

W

WARREN SPAHN (1-1)

 

2B

 

STANKY (BOST)

 

L

L-BLIX DONNELLY (1-1)

 

 

S

 

 

3B

  SALKELD (BOST)
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ATTENDANCE: 3681

 

HR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 5 1 2 .244  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 0 0 .205  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 3 0 2 .324  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 0 1 .286  

 

Jeff Heath lf 2 1 1 .258  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 3 1 1 .417  

 

Bill Salkeld c 4 2 3 .429  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 1 2 .300  

 

Warren Spahn p 2 1 1 .250  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Warren Spahn 9 6 2 3 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 7 2 -

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 5 5 2 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 3 3 2 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 4 4 2 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 4 4 2 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 4 5 3

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

4 6 3 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 3 5 3 1/2