THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

PHIL MASI

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

The Braves smash the Cubs two times

May 23, 1948 ... The Braves walloped the Chicago Cubs, 8 to 5 and 12 to 4, in a delightful day for a doubleheader, under warm sunny skies for the first time this year. The double victory put the Tribe into third place, tied with the Pirates.

Clyde Shoun threw a near-perfect six innings, walking one man and received credit for the victory in the opening game. Phil Masi emerged from a prolonged batting slump to knock out six hits and knocked in his many runs during the course of the afternoon.

In the second game, Vern Bickford pitched his second complete contest in as many major league starts. He had the pleasure of coasting along with a huge lead, especially after the Braves had recorded and eight runs in the third inning, for their largest single scoring session of the season.

What made this day memorable is the fact that the Braves smashed around the Cubs like they haven't done to anyone yet this year. The Cubs opened with a lefty pitcher in each affair. As soon as the Braves chased off the starting left-handers, manager Billy Southworth inserted Jeff Heath into the lineup in each game. During the day Heath knocked in five runs for his biggest RBI day of the year.

In the opener, the Cubs chased Bill Voiselle when they scored one run in the first inning. Eddie Stanky lost a pop up in the sun and Hal Jeffcoat knocked the runner in with a base hit. The Braves tied it up in the second inning on a double by Jim Russell. Bob Sheffield's double and starting pitcher, Cliff Chambers' single, put the Cubs ahead in the second inning. Bobby Hogue came in to relieve Voiselle in the third and retired the last two batters after the Cubs had gathered three more runs in what appeared to be a commanding 5 to 1 advantage.

But the Braves fought back in their half of the inning and chased Chambers out of the game. The Braves had the bases loaded on a walk to Stanky, Russell's single and a pass to Bob Elliott. Russ Meyers was brought in to pitch and Jeff Heath was brought in to pinch-hit for Clint Conaster. He stroked a long double right-center to clear the bases and put the Braves within a run.

Shoun came in to pitch the fourth inning after Hogue had been pinch-hit for. He faced 19 men in the six innings he pitched and did not allow a hit or run.

The Braves iced the game with a four-run splurge in the fourth inning. Stanky singled, Elliott walked and Heath knocked in Stanky with a base hit. Another walk, an outfield fly and Masi's double off the left-field fence, completed the rally, giving the Braves an 8 to 5 win.

Bickford got off to a slow start in the second game by giving up three singles and a hit batsman. But out of all this, the Cubs could only score one run. The Braves got that run back in the second inning on singles by Masi, Tommy Holmes and Stanky.

Then the third inning saw the Braves erupt for eight runs as pitchers Bob McCall and Hank Borowy were belted around by the Braves hitters. They knocked out five hits in the inning with Frank McCormick batting twice and coming through with two hits, as the Braves sent 13 men to the plate. One of the big blows of the rally was made by Bickford himself, a double to right which brought in two of the eight runs.

Breezing along with a 9 to 1 lead, Bickford found himself hit in the seventh inning for two runs on three doubles. The Cubs final score in the eighth-inning was a result of the game's lone home run, a blast off the scoreboard in left, by Bob Scheffing. But the Braves picked up those three runs with Phil Masi knocking in the final pair in the eighth-inning with his sixth hit of the day.

The Braves bashed out 26 hits during the afternoon and they are tops in the league defensively, playing two more errorless games against the Cubs.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 


GAME #1
 

 
 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R H E  
 

CHICAGO CUBS

 

1

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

5

7

0

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

1

0

3

4

0

0

0

0

x

 

 

8

11

0

 

 

 

W

CLYDE SHOUN (2-0)

 

2B

 

WAITKUS (CHI), JEFFCOAT (CHI), MASI (BOST),
SCHEFFING (CHI), RUSSELL (BOST), HEATH (BOST)

 

L

RUSS MEYER (4-3)

 

 

S

   

3B

   
 

 

 

 

   

 

 

HR

 

 

 

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 


GAME #2
 

 
 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R H E  
 

CHICAGO CUBS

 

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

 

 

4

11

0

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

1

8

0

0

0

1

2

x

 

 

12

15

0

 

 

 

W

VERN BICKFORD (2-0)

 

2B

 

LOWERY (CHI), PAFKO (CHI), BOROWY (CHI),
DARK (BOST), BICKFORD (BOST)

 

L

DUTCH McCALL (1-2)

 

 

S

   

3B

   
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 11,443

 

HR

 

SCHEFFING (CHI)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 1 1 .400  

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 4 2 1 .290  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 1 2 .210  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 2 0 .293  

 

Clint Conaster lf 0 0 0 .150  

 

Jeff Heath lf 2 1 2 .324  

 

Mike McCormick lf 2 0 0 .167  

 

Frank McCormick 1b 1 0 0 .182  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 2 1 1 .287  

 

Alvin Dark ss 5 0 1 .239  

 

Phil Masi c 4 0 3 .155  

 

Bill Voiselle p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Bobby Hogue p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Bill Salkeld ph 0 0 0 .341  

 

Clyde Shoun p 3 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill Voiselle 2.1 6 5 2 2  
  Bobby Hogue 0.2 1 0 0 1  
  Clyde Shoun 6 0 0 1 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 6 1 3 .408  

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 2 1 1 .296  

 

Connie Ryan 2b 2 0 1 .167  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 0 0 .202  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 2 1 1 .298  

 

Clint Conaster lf 1 1 0 .143  

 

Jeff Heath lf 2 0 1 .329  

 

Frank McCormick 1b 5 2 3 .259  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 2 1 .240  

 

Phil Masi c 5 2 3 .190  

 

Vern Bickford p 2 2 1 .200  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Vern Bickford 9 11 4 1 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 19 8 -

 

 

New York Giants 16 11 3

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

16 13 4

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 16 13 4

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 14 16 6 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 11 17 8 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 12 19 9

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 11 18 9