THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

EDDIE STANKY, ALVIN DARK
& BOBBY STURGEON

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

The Braves and Dodgers
slug it out at the Wigwam

May 27, 1948 ... No game scheduled

May 28, 1948 ... The Brooklyn Dodgers broke the Braves winning streak over them with a 7 to 5 win, in as intense a struggle as the Braves Field spectators have seen the season. Beaten eight times in a row by the Tribe, the Dodgers ripped Johnny Sain to shreds. They then picked up their two winning runs off Bobby Hogue. Before Sain left in the third inning, the Dodgers had scored five runs on six hits with two walks.

Down 7 to 2 in the seventh inning, the Braves started to mount a comeback. Pinch-hitter Bobby Sturgeon bounced a single off Pee Wee Reese's chest and Tommy Holmes singled him to second. Eddie Stanky lined out and Jim Russell came up with a double off the fence in left-center for two runs. Harry Taylor came into pitch for the Dodgers and put a halt on the rally. He then escaped in the eighth-inning, with two men aboard in two outs when Tommy Holmes hit a vicious line drive right it Arky Vaughn.

Ahead 7 to 4, Taylor walked Stanky, the leadoff the ninth and then Russell. He was sent to the showers and that brought in Willard Ramsdell. On a three and one count Bob Elliott rolled one down the Jackie Robinson who threw over to Reese, forcing Russell. Jeff Heath came up next and a slow curve broke in on him, hitting his bat. The ball bounced back to Ramsdell who threw it to Reese forcing Elliott. Reese then threw the ball into the dirt trying to double up Heath and allowed Stanky to score. The tying run was at the plate in the person of Earl Torgeson and he was walked, bringing up Phil Masi with the potential winning run. But all Phil could do was roll one down to Reese, who flipped over to Robinson and end the game.

The loss cost the Braves a grip on third place and were dumped into a tie for fourth with the Pirates, as the Phillies leaped into third by beating the Giants.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

   
 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R H E  
 

BROOKLYN DODGERS

 

2

1

2

0

1

0

1

0

0

 

 

7

15

2

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

1

 

 

5

9

1

 

 

 

W

JOE HATTEN (3-2)

 

2B

 

HERMANSKI (BKN), HODGES (BKN),
ELLIOTT (BOST), RUSSELL (BOST)

 

L

JOHNNY SAIN (3-4)

 

 

S

WILLIE RAMSDELL (1)  

3B

  JORGENSEN (BKN), FURILLO (BKN)
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 37,627

 

HR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 1 2 .395  

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 3 2 1 .295  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 0 2 .224  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 1 1 .284  

 

Frank McCormick 1b 3 0 0 .258  

 

Jeff Heath ph/lf 2 0 0 .308  

 

Mike McCormick lf 3 0 1 .176  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 0 0 0 .286  

 

Phil Masi c 5 0 0 .174  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 0 1 .240  

 

Johnny Sain p 0 0 0 .200  

 

Bobby Hogue p 1 0 0 .000  

 

Bobby Sturgeon ph 1 1 1 .250  

 

Jim Pendergast p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Bill Salkeld ph 0 0 0 .356  

 

Sibby Sisti pr 0 0 0 .188  

 

Red Barrett p 0 0 0 .182  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Johnny Sain 2.1 6 5 2 2  
  Bobby Hogue 4.2 7 2 1 2  
  Jim Pendergast 1 1 0 1 0  
  Red Barrett 1 1 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 20 10 -

 

 

New York Giants 17 13 3

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 18 16 4

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

16 15 4 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 16 15 4 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 14 19 7 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 13 18 7 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 13 21 9