THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

JIM RUSSELL

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

Warren Spahn and Jim Russell
pace the Braves in Brooklyn

May 15, 1948 ... For the third straight game, a Boston Braves' pitcher has thrown a shutout at the opposition. Today it was Warren Spahn's turn to dish out the goose eggs. He blanked the Dodgers 1 to 0, thanks to Jim Russell's first inning home run at Ebbets Field.

The Braves run came early. Rex Barney had retired Tommy Holmes Alvin Dark with these to open the game. Then Russell stepped up and caught the first pitch and sent it 400 feet into the lower portion of the centerfield bleachers for third Homer of the year. The Braves had several fine chances to score later but couldn't come through at the right moment. Tommy Holmes, who hit hit safely in all of the 12 games you played this year, had his batting streak stopped, and twice closed an inning with the bases loaded.

Tremendous clutch pitching by Barney prevented the Braves from scoring in the fourth. A walk to Jeff Heath an infield hits by Torgeson and Salkeld loaded the bases. Barney then got Ryan on strikes and threw three past Spahn.

Spahn joined Johnny Sain and Bill Voiselle, who also limited the opponents to no runs in the last three games. Spahn limited the Dodgers to four hits and faced only 31 men again his second win of the year and second shutout. But one run was all that Spahn needed. His control was splendid, walking only one and striking out four. The Braves pitchers have now gone 28 innings without allowing a run. Spahn was the last one to be scored on in the seventh inning of his losing game in St. Louis. Spahn is the only major league left-hander to win 21 games last season. He beat the Dodgers three times, and lost to them only once 1 to 0. The avenged that one loss today.

 

at Ebbets Field (Brooklyn) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

1

7

0

BROOKLYN DODGERS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

4

0

W-Warren Spahn (2-2)
L-Rex Barney (1-2)
Attendance 14,569

2B-Ward (Bkn)
HR-Russell (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 0 0 .419  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 0 0 .274  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 1 2 .205  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 0 0 .282  

 

Jeff Heath lf 3 0 0 .210  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 3 0 1 .294  

 

Bill Salkeld c 4 0 3 .342  

 

Connie Ryan 2b 4 0 1 .056  

 

Warren Spahn p 3 0 0 .100  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Warren Spahn 9 4 0 1 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 12 7 -

 

 

New York Giants 12 8 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 12 10 1 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

11 10 2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 12 11 2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 11 11 2 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 8 12 4 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 8 17 7