THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

MURRY DICKSON

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

The Cardinals sink Johnny Sain

May 22, 1948 ... Three towering home run smashes were not enough to rescue the Braves today at the Wigwam. The first-place Cardinals blasted Johnny Sain out of the box for the first time this year, with a four-run seventh inning up-rise, that provided them with a 6 to 4 triumph. The win gave the visitors an even split in the two-game series.

Murry Dickson held the Braves to just six hits. Sain yielded two runs in the first inning and then he got squared away for five, as the Braves came back to tie the score. But in the seventh he was touched again for more runs. He was replaced by Bobby Hogue as the Cardinals had two runs in and two others in scoring position.

Out in St. Louis, Sain was clipped for four base hits by the Cardinals, but was able to pitch a shutout. Today he was hit safely nine times and the Cardinals scored six runs. Only in the seventh inning was St. Louis able to get more than one hit, but they put together five to win the game.

With one gone in the first inning, Erv Dusak was walked by Sain and Stan Musial drew a second pass. They moved up as Enos Slaughter rolled one down to Earl Torgeson at first. Nippy Jones came up next and hit a slow roller to the right of Alvin Dark. The Braves shortstop made a fine stop but had to throw off balance and failed to get the runner at first. It was a hit and Dusak scored. The next run came in without a hit. With Don Lang at bat, Jones took off for second base. He had a huge lead and there was no chance to throw him out, but Bill Salkeld fired the ball just the same, and his high throw bounced out of Connie Ryan's outstretched glove, allowing Musial to score the second run.

Bob Elliott opened the Braves second inning with a smashing triple off the fence in right-center. He scored as Jeff Heath grounded out. The tying run came in the third inning, when Tommy Holmes belted one half-way up the runway in the Jury Box for his third home run here this week.

The game went along tied until the seventh inning. Dickson started Sain's downfall with a double to left. He scored when Red Schoendinst singled to right. Dusak also lined a single to right but Sain got rid of Musial on a pop fly. That was the last man he would retire. Slaughter slammed the longest and hardest ball of all. It was a wicked liner that struck the top of the lower fence in right-center. The ball bounced over the fence, but Slaughter was limited to a ground rule double. On the play Schoendinst scored and Dusak was put on third. That was it for Sain and Bobby Hogue came in. He erased Jones on a pop out to Torgeson, but Lang belted a single to right to score Dusak and Slaughter, making the score 6 to 2.

In the Braves ninth, the fans got all excited on a couple of home runs. Jeff Heath slammed one that hit the railing behind the visitors bullpen at the far end of the pavilion. Salkeld then pumped one well up into the Jury Box. But that was it as Dickson who got the rest of the Braves hitters out to preserve his win.

The Cardinals left town just as they arrived, four games up on the Braves. Dickson has won both games the Cardinals have taken from the Braves. They are the only team with a winning record against Johnny Sain.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

   
 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R H E  
 

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

 

2

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

0

 

 

6

12

0

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

 

 

4

6

2

 

 

 

W

MURRY DICKSON (3-1)

 

2B

 

SLAUGHTER (2)(STL), DICKSON (STL),
TORGESON (BOST)

 

L

JOHNNY SAIN (3-3)

 

 

S

   

3B

  ELLIOTT (BOST)
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 11,443

 

HR

 

HOLMES (BOST), HEATH (BOST), SALKELD (BOST)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 1 1 .409  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 0 0 .241  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 0 0 .198  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 1 2 .303  

 

Jeff Heath lf 4 1 1 .304  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 3 0 1 .282  

 

Bill Salkeld c 3 1 1 .341  

 

Connie Ryan 2b 1 0 0 .147  

 

Frank McCormick ph 1 0 0 .190  

 

Bobby Sturgeon 2b 2 0 0 .200  

 

Johnny Sain p 2 0 0 .200  

 

Bobby Hogue p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Clint Conaster ph 1 0 0 .150  

 

Ernie White p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Mike McCormick ph 1 0 0 .179  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Johnny Sain 6.1 9 5 3 1  
  Bobby Hogue 0.2 1 0 0 0  
  Ernie White 2 2 0 1 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 17 8 -

 

 

New York Giants 15 11 2 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 16 12 2 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

14 14 4

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 14 14 4

 

 

Chicago Cubs 11 15 6 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 11 17 7 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 11 19 8 1/2