THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOB ELLIOTT
& TOMMY HOLMES

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

The Braves hit three homers to help Sain

April 30, 1948 ... The Boston Braves demonstrated how legitimate home runs are hit, to record a fantastic home run day before the New York Giants' 14,425 fans assembled at the Polo Grounds. In the process of hitting three homers, the Braves presented Johnny Sain with his first victory of the season. It was a neat 7 to 2 triumph, with five hits being scattered by Johnny, two of the blows being home runs that robbed him of a shutout. 

Tommy Holmes started the performance by hitting a terrific 375 four drive well up into the top balcony in left. The second smash was the prize of them all in that won the ballgame. It was hit by Bob Elliott the third inning with two of his teammates aboard. Eddie Stanky had walked and took second when Wes Westrum fired Jim Russell's bunt out into centerfield. Ray Poat, who had wrecked the Braves opening day curtain raiser last Friday, was on the mound. He worked carefully to Elliott and on a 3-2 count grooved one down the plate. Elliott put the wood to it and it resulted in a monstrous 400 foot line drive into the upper deck of the left-field bleachers. It was still rising when it struck and splintered a vacant chair. 

After this, Jeff Heath caught a fast pitch and deposited almost into the same spot where Tommy Holmes had hit his. That ended the day for Poat, who was Heath's former roommate in Cleveland. 

The Braves picked up single runs in the fifth and seventh to enable Sain to coast home to his first victory in three starts. Whitey Lockman hit the first Giant home run, a high fly that nicked the façade in front of the top stands in right field. In the ninth Willard Marshall lined a drive that just made the bottom section of the right field grandstand about 10 feet inside the foul line.  

Al Dark had a great day in the field, covering a lot of real estate. He made a great one-handed stop in the hole off Sid Gordon in the sixth and rubbed him out with a perfect peg to first. Then he leaped to his left to grab a line drive from Buddy Kerr in the seventh inning for another dandy. Jim Russell himself, turned into splendid running catches. One was off Johnny Mize who hit the ball 450 feet to distance centerfield that Russell flagged down while running at full speed. 

The Braves had only hit three home runs in their previous 11 games and the home run hit by Holmes was his first since last Labor Day. Bob Elliott had a perfect day with two singles and a couple of walks in addition to his three run homer.

 

at The Polo Grounds (New York) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

1

4

0

1

0 1 0 0

 

7

9

1

NEW YORK GIANTS

0

0

0

0

0

1 0 0 1

 

2

5

2

W-Johnny Sain (1-1)
L-Ray Poat (1-1)
Attendance – 12,639

HR-Holmes (Bost), Elliott (Bost), Heath (Bost),
Lockman (NY), Marshall (NY)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 4 1 1 .245  

 

Jim Russell cf 5 0 0 .188  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 3 2 1 .295  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 2 3 .343  

 

Jeff Heath lf 4 1 1 .256  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 2 1 1 .389  

 

Bill Salkeld c 5 0 1 .400  

 

Alvin Dark ss 3 0 1 .296  

 

Johnny Sain p 3 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Johnny Sain 9 5 2 3 6  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 7 4 -

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 6 4 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 6 6 1 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 4 4 1 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 5 5 1 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 5 6 3

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

5 7 2 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 4 6 2 1/2