THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

HARRY WALKER SCORES ON HIS
INSIDE THE PARK HOME RUN

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

The
Phillies come back and win

April 29, 1948 ... A home run by Harry Walker with two men on and two outs in the eighth inning, wrecked the afternoon for Johnny Beazley, in his latest ever to get back into the victory column at Braves Field. The hit by Walker was a legitimate single, but Jim Russell played into a three run tour of the bases. He went down on one knee to pick up the ball in short center and it went right through him to the centerfield fence as Ralph Caballero and Richie Ashburn led Walker over the plate and give the Phillies a come-from-behind 4 to 2 win over the Tribe. The official scorer ruled that the ball had taken a bad hop as it got by Russell, but there is little question that Russell should've been charged with an error.

Beazley pitched great ball for seven innings and for five innings he threw a no-hitter. The first hit was an infield scratch by pitcher, Schoolboy Rowe that opened the sixth inning. The second was a rare home run that Dick Sisler hit in the seventh. Sisler hit one that kept curving toward foul territory in right field, and it hit the foul pole. The ball caromed back onto the playing field, but it was a home run, Sisler's third of the spring, tying the game at 1 to 1. Beazley was working smoothly in the eighth, retiring the first two batters when Caballero and Ashburn both singled in succession. Walker lined the ball to center and was the one that Russell let get away to give the Phillies three runs in the ballgame.

Both of Boston's runs were gifts. The first was scored in the fifth inning when Al Dark led off with a single, was sacrificed to second by Beazley, took third as Eddie Stanky grounded out, and scored on a balk by Rowe. The Braves final run came in the eighth-inning. Danny Litwhiler batted for Beazley and got a scratch infield single. Sibbi Sisti came in to run for him and took second when Eddie Stanky grounded out to first. He scored when Caballero threw wild to first on Earl Torgeson's ground ball. Another infield hit by Bob Elliott and the Braves hopes stayed alive when Jeff Heath came to bat. On a three and one pitch he nailed the ball at Caballero, who this time, made a great backhanded stab to get the inning ending force play at second.

In the ninth-inning the Braves had another opportunity. Tommy Holmes and Bill Salkeld opened with singles. The Phillies were thinking correctly that Al Dark would attempt a sacrifice. Dark laid one down the third base line and Rowe picked up the bunt and fired it to Bert Haas at third-base to get Holmes. Then Frank McCormick and Stanky flied out to preserve Rowe's first win of the season.

The Braves wound up their initial homestand with a poor 3-5 record. They drew 88,283 fans in seven days, which was not bad considering the weather conditions. The team caught the 5:10 train to New York from Back Bay Station to play the Giants.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

 

 
 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

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10

 

R H E  
 

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

3

0

 

 

4

6

1

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

0

 

 

2

8

1

 

 

 

W

W-"SCHOOLBOY" ROWE (1-1)

 

2B

 

 

 

L

L-JOHNNY BEAZLEY (0-1)

 

 

S

 

 

3B

   
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ATTENDANCE: 3558

 

HR

 

SISLER (PHIL), WALKER (PHIL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 4 0 1 .244  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 0 1 .209  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 0 0 .293  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 0 1 .281  

 

Jeff Heath lf 4 0 1 .257  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 0 1 .375  

 

Phil Masi c 3 0 0 .120  

 

Bill Salkeld ph 1 0 1 .467  

 

Clint Conaster pr 0 0 0 .000  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 1 1 .292  

 

Johnny Beazley p 1 0 0 .000  

 

Danny Litwhiler ph 1 0 1 .276  

 

Sibbi Sisti pr 0 1 0 .214  

 

Bobby Hogue p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Frank McCormick ph 1 0 0 .250  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Johnny Beazley 8 6 3 0 2  
  Bobby Hogue 1 0 0 0 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 7 3 -

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 6 5 1 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 5 4 1 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 5 5 2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 3 4 2 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 4 5 2 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 4 5 2 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

4 7 3 1/2