THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

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

The Braves split at soggy Braves Field

May 31, 1948 ... The Braves split a doubleheader with the Philadelphia Phillies at Braves Field before 17,400 cold and wet fans by scores of 6 to 3 for Philadelphia and 10 to 4 for the Braves. After the Braves had blown the opening game, Warren Spahn and a 13 hit barrage ended a four-game losing streak for the Tribe. The games were played in a manner that matched the sloppy rainsoaked field. Vern Bickford suffered his first major league loss in the opener, although the Braves managed to chase unbeaten Ken Heintzelman, but were stopped dead by Blix Donnelly in an eighth inning rally.

Warren Spahn chalked up his fourth win in the afternoon game as a six run explosion in the fifth inning enabled him to coast home. In fact, the relaxed too much as the Phillies clipped him for six hits and three runs during the fifth and sixth innings. Then he turned on the heat and retired the final 10 batters in succession to end the game.

Philadelphia broke a three inning scoreless pitchers duel wide open in the fourth inning of the first game with three runs on his many hits and two walks. They chased Bickford in the fifth when Ralph Caballero singled and Johnny Blatnick sending him to third on another hit. Clyde Shoun came in to relieve and Caballero scored the only run, to put Philly out in front 4 to 0.

Bit by bit the Braves put on a comeback, as singles by Jeff Heath, Phil Masi and Mike McCormick produced one run in the fifth. Doubles by Alvin Dark and Tommy Holmes were good for another run in the seventh. When Heintzelman walked Bob Elliott and Heath, followed by Earl Torgeson's single, that brought Elliott home, manager Ben Chapman yanked his starter. Donnelly came in to the game, with now just a one run lead, and walked Masi to load the bases. At this point manager Billy Southworth brought out a couple of pinch hitters, but both of them flied out, so additional scoring was averted.

The Phillies's put two up in the ninth-inning against Johnny Sain, who with two out, passed a couple of men and yielded a pair of singles giving the Phillies additional runs.

The Braves got off to a fast start in the first inning of the second game as Schoolboy Rowe started for Philly and lasted only one third of an inning. Singles by Holmes and Russell were followed by a booming triple by Bob Elliott. Heath's single brought him home for a three-run Boston early lead.

A single by Del Ennis and a double by Andy Seminick, which fell in front of an onrushing Tommy Holmes, gave the Phillies a run in the second inning. The Braves countered on hits by Dark and Holmes and a long fly by Eddie Stanky, to take back that run in the fourth. Spahn's only walk of the game and hits by Caballero and Blatnick put the Phillies back in the game in the fifth, making it 4 to 2.

The Braves lead soared into double figures in the fifth inning. Elliott walked to start and after Heath fouled out, Torgeson doubled and Salkeld was given an intentional pass to fill the bases. Relief pitcher Nick Strincvich passed Alvin Dark to bring home Elliott and Spahn broke it open with a single that added two more runs. The Braves pushed it up to a 10 to 2 lead, on hits by Stanky and Russell, with passes to Elliott and Heath before the inning was over.

In the seventh inning Spahn was throwing the ball up to the plate with very little on it. As a result Seminick singled and Granny Hamner tripled, with Sam Nahem knocking out a base hit for last two runs of the long and cold damp afternoon, the Braves winning 10 to 4.

 

 
  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  
 

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

 

0

0

0

3

1

0

0

0

2

 

 

6

12

0

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

1

0

 

 

3

7

1

 

 

 

W

KEN HEINTZELMAN (3-0)

 

2B

 

WALKER (Phil), DARK (Bost), HOLMES (Bost)

 

L

VERN BICKFORD (2-1)

 

 

S

BLIX DONNELLY (1)  

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  
 

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

 

0

1

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

 

 

4

9

2

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

3

0

0

1

6

0

0

0

x

 

 

10

13

2

 

 

 

W

WARREN SPAHN (4-3)

 

2B

 

CABALLERO (Phil), BLATNIK (Phil),
SEMINICK (Phil), TORGESON (Bost)

 

L

SCHOOLBOY ROWE (1-2)

 

 

S

   

3B

  HAMNER (Phil), ELLIOTT (Bost)
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 17,400

 

HR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 0 1 .394  

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 3 0 0 .271  

 

Jim Russell cf 5 0 0 .224  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 1 1 .284  

 

Jeff Heath lf 2 1 1 .310  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 0 1 .273  

 

Phil Masi c 3 0 1 .184  

 

Sibby Sisti ss 3 0 0 .136  

 

Bill Salkeld ph 1 0 0 .348  

 

Bobby Sturgeon ss 0 0 0 .250  

 

Vern Bickford p 1 0 0 .167  

 

Clyde Shoun p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Mike McCormick ph 1 0 1 .222  

 

Red Barrett p 0 0 0 .182  

 

Alvin Dark ph 1 1 1 .248  

 

Bobby Hogue p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Frank McCormick ph 1 0 0 .242  

 

Johnny Sain p 0 0 0 .200  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Vern Bickford 4 7 4 2 1  
  Clyde Shoun 1 1 0 0 1  
  Red Barrett 2 2 0 0 1  
  Bobby Hogue 1 0 0 0 0  
  Johnny Sain 1 2 2 2 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 6 2 2 .390  

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 5 1 1 .267  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 1 3 .240  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 2 1 .286  

 

Jeff Heath lf 4 0 2 .318  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 1 2 .282  

 

Bill Salkeld c 3 1 0 .327  

 

Alvin Dark ss 3 2 1 .250  

 

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

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 20 14 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 20 15 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 20 16 1

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

17 17 3

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 19 19 3

 

 

Chicago Cubs 18 21 4 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 16 20 5

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 14 22 7