SPAHN & SAIN and PRAY FOR RAIN ...
May 14, 1948 ... Ralph
Branca was pitching for the Dodgers when a rain storm, which had been
threatening all afternoon and evening, finally broke loose and washed
out the opener of a three game series between the Braves and the
The first batter to face Branca was Tommy Holmes, who lashed out a
single into center field for what should have given the N.L. batting
leader a record of having hit safely in 13 straight games.
Eventually the Braves filled the bases, as Al Dark singled off
Preston Ward's glove. A perfect sacrifice by Jim Russell pushed
the runners up. Bob Elliott drew a walk and Jeff Heath came up
as a drizzle began to fall. After Heath fouled off multiple
pitches, umpire in chief, Beans Reardon called a halt to the game.
After a 40 minute wait, the remainder of the game was called off.