THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

LARRY JANSEN

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

Larry Jansen handcuffs the Tribe's
hitters in New York

May 2, 1948 ... Larry Jansen baffled the Braves hitters, limiting them to five hits at the Polo Grounds, as the Giants salvaged the final of the three-game series by a score 5 to 1. Since coming to the National League a year ago, the giant right-hander, who the Red Sox allowed to get away, as been like arsenic to the Braves. Today's win was his seventh overall over the Tribe, who have yet to beat him.

The Giants ace was more than evenly matched for five innings by Red Barrett, the Braves starter. A one-to-one deadlock was dissolved in the sixth inning by the Giants. Sid Gordon started off with a single and scored ahead of Johnny Mize, when the giant firstbaseman lined a drive toward right-field, that struck the lead to the wall in front of the lower tier and bounced in among the customers for Mize's third homer of the year. If the barrier had not been there it may have traveled right across the river to Yankee Stadium. The monstrous belt by Mize was followed by a triple off the bat of Willard Marshall. Then Walker Cooper lofted one toward the visiting bullpen which Jeff Heath managed to get his glove on, but couldn't hold on, as it fell in for a double.

By now the Giants had hit Barrett for the cycle and Billy Southworth brought in Vern Bickford. Jack Lohrke came up and dropped in a base hit between Tommy Holmes and Eddie Stanky that brought in Walker Cooper from third, making the score 5 to 1.

The lone Braves run that Jansen permitted was recorded on a high fly ball off the bat of Jeff Heath that fell into the lower part of the double deck right field grandstand. It was not a prodigious wallop, however was good for his second homer the year. That run was equalized on errors by Alvin Dark and Earl Torgeson, sandwiched around a single from bill Rigney for a run.

Jim Prendergast pitched the last two innings for the Braves and look great, fanning Mize and only giving up a Texas Leaguer by Buddy Kerr. The Braves took the midnight train for Pittsburgh and it will work out tomorrow at Forbes Field.

 

at The Polo Grounds (New York) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

1

5

2

NEW YORK GIANTS

0

0

1

0

0

4

0

0

x

 

5

9

2

W-Larry Jansen (2-1)
L-Red Barrett (1-1)
Attendance 39,794

2B-Elliott (Bost), Cooper (NY)
3B-Marshall (NY)
HR-Heath (Bost), Mize (NY)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 4 0 2 .281  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 0 0 .175  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 0 0 .288  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 0 1 .333  

 

Jeff Heath lf 3 1 1 .255  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 3 0 1 .400  

 

Phil Masi c 4 0 0 .103  

 

Alvin Dark ss 1 0 0 .323  

 

Bill Salkeld ph 1 0 0 .320  

 

Sibbi Sisti ss 1 0 0 .200  

 

Frank McCormick ph 1 0 0 .200  

 

Red Barrett p 2 0 0 .125  

 

Vern Bickford p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Danny Litwhiler ph 1 0 0 .267  

 

Jim Prendergast p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Mike McCormick ph 1 0 0 .222  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Red Barrett 5 7 4 1 1  
  Vern Bickford 1 1 0 0 0  
  Jim Prendergast 2 1 0 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 8 4 -

 

 

New York Giants 8 5 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 7 6 1 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 5 5 2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

6 8 3

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 6 8 3

 

 

Chicago Cubs 5 7 3

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 6 8 3