THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

HANK SAUER

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

Hank Sauer helps the Reds knock out Spahn

May 26, 1948 ... The Cincinnati Reds battered both Warren Spahn and Clyde Shoun out of action, to pin and 8 to 5 setback on the Braves. The Tribe had a 4 to 3 lead entering the fifth inning, but the Reds then ripped Spahn to pieces.

The Reds scored twice in the second inning when Hank Sauer opened with a double and took third as Alvin Dark threw out Ted Kluszewski. Sauer then scored on a passed ball. Virgil Stallcip knocked out a double and an error by Bob Elliott put them two runs up.

Spahn helped himself back in the game by starting off the third inning with a single. He took third on Tommy Holmes double, and a single by Eddie Stanky brought him home. Holmes scored next when Jim Russell forced Stanky at second. That tied the game at 2 to 2.

A screeching line drive into the visitors bullpen by Bill Salkeld gave the Braves a 3 to 2 lead in the fourth. It was his second homer of the year. They added another run as Alvin Dark beat out a bunt and then took second on a wild pitch. He scored when Spahn reached on an error.

The Reds picked up one run in the fifth on a walk to Grady Hatton, and hits by Sauer and Danny Litwhiler. In the sixth they went ahead with three runs. Once again Sauer led them with a terrific blast over the centerfield fence for a homer. Shoun was now in the game and he walked Ken Raffensberger, followed by a double by Kluszewski. Red Barrett came in to relieve and Stallcup dropped in a Texas Leaguer in center, to score two more, putting the Reds up 8 to 4.

In the ninth-inning Frank McCormick had a pinch-hit single and after Tommy Holmes looked at the third strike, Eddie Stanky walked. Sibbi Sisti came in to run for McCormick and scored the last run of the game when Jim Russell singled to left.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

   
 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R H E  
 

CINCINNATI REDS

 

0

2

0

0

1

2

3

0

0

 

 

8

11

1

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

1

 

 

5

9

2

 

 

 

W

HERM WEHMEIER (2-0)

 

2B

 

SAUER (CIN), STALLCUP (CIN), WYROSTEK (CIN),
KLUSZEWSKI (CIN), RUSSELL (BOST),
HOLMES (BOST)

 

L

WARREN SPAHN (3-3)

 

 

S

HARRY GUMBERT (3)  

3B

   
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 18,839

 

HR

 

SAUER (CIN), SALKELD (BOST)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 1 1 .395  

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 4 0 1 .293  

 

Jim Russell cf 3 0 2 .214  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 0 0 .286  

 

Jeff Heath lf 3 0 0 .316  

 

Mike McCormick ph/lf 1 0 0 .161  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 0 1 .286  

 

Bill Salkeld c 1 1 1 .356  

 

Phil Masi ph/c 1 0 0 .188  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 1 1 .240  

 

Warren Spahn p 2 1 1 .125  

 

Clyde Shoun p 1 0 0 .000  

 

Red Barrett p 0 0 0 .182  

 

Frank McCormick ph 1 0 1 .286  

 

Sibby Sisti pr 0 1 0 .188  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Warren Spahn 5.1 8 4 3 1  
  Clyde Shoun 0.2 2 3 1 0  
  Red Barrett 3 1 0 1 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 19 10 -

 

 

New York Giants 17 11 1 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

16 14 3 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 16 14 3 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 16 16 4 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 12 17 7

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 13 20 8

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 12 19 8