THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

JIM RUSSELL

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

Jim Russell has a field day at Wrigley

June 7, 1948 ... Jim Russell pounded his way into the baseball record books at Wrigley Field as the Braves scored a 9 to 5 victory over the Cubs. The lanky, slugging Braves outfielder accomplished something which no other player in baseball has performed. He hit two home runs, one swinging right-handed and the other swinging left-handed. On top of the two blasts, Russell knocked out a couple of doubles. He batted in five runs and scored three himself as he enjoyed a near perfect day.

With Russell on a savage hitting spree, pitcher Red Barrett was brilliant in relief and somewhat overshadowed. He whirled one-hit shutout ball over the final six innings of the game as a successor to Bill Voiselle who was hit hard at the beginning. Only one ball was hit well off Barrett and that was caught against the ivy-covered brick wall by Jeff Heath in distant left-field.

The Cubs played very poorly committing five errors, while the Braves committed two. The Braves were outhit 8 to 7, but the miscues and free passes, along with Russell's performance, enabled the tribe to pile up nine runs.

In the first inning the Braves scored four times as Eddie Stanky worked out a walk to start the game. Tommy Holmes hit one back to the pitcher, Bob McCall, who proceeded to throw the ball to second for the force, but the throw was late. Earl Torgeson tried to bunt and catcher Bob Scheffing trapped Stanky, who was breaking for third. Sheffield fired to Jeffrey Cross the shortstop, who then threw wildly to Andy Pafko at third-base. The ball went into the Cubs bench, allowing Stanky to score and Holmes to reach third. Bob Elliott kept the rally alive with a long double to left to score Holmes. He scored when Russell doubled down the left-field line. Hank Schenz next booted a ground ball from Phil Masi, that allowed Russell to score the Braves, fourth run of the inning.

The Braves tried to give the lead back in the bottom of the first. Voiselle retired the first two batters and then Sibbi Sisti played Hal Jeffcoat's easy ground ball into a base hit. Pafko tripled him home and then Sisti committed his second error of the inning by booting Scheffing's grounder allowing Pafko to score.

Two more runs scored by the Cubs in the third inning tied up the game at 4 to 4. At that point Red Barrett was brought into pitch as the Cubs scored one more run in the fourth to take a 5 to 4 lead.

But the Cubs couldn't hold on and the Braves scored four more runs in the fifth inning. Walks to Holmes and Elliott started it off and Russell right-handed a towering drive off the screen of the bleachers in left-center field. Phil Masi followed suit with another home run into the bleachers and the Braves had an 8 to 5 advantage.

The final run was scored in the ninth-inning and Russell accounted for it from the left side of the plate, propelling the ball well into the bleachers a bit to the right of center. The ball traveled more than 400 feet.

During the last week Jim Russell's bat has been hot. He has hit safely in seven straight games in which time he is cracked out 15 hits in 30 tries for a .500 average and jacked up his season total 53 points to a very respectable .277. He has had four home runs and batted in 14 runs during the week.

 

at Wrigley Field (Chicago) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

4

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

1

 

9

7

2

CHICAGO CUBS

2

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

 

5

8

5

W-Red Barrett (3-2)
L-Dutch McCall (1-4)
Attendance 5374

2B-Elliott (Bost), Russell (2)(Bost), Schenz (Chi)
3B-Pafko (Chi)
HR-Russell (2)(Bost), Masi (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Jeff Heath lf 5 0 0 .295  

 

Jim Russell cf 5 3 4 .277  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 2 2 .278  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 2 0 .369  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 0 0 .278  

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 2 1 0 .248  

 

Bill Voiselle p 2 0 0 .087  

 

Phil Masi c 4 1 1 .207  

 

Sibby Sisti ss 5 0 0 .079  

 

Red Barrett p 2 0 0 .154  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill Voiselle 3 7 4 0 1  
  Red Barrett 6 1 0 1 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 24 17 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 24 18 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 23 20 2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

21 19 2 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 24 22 2 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 19 22 5

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 20 24 5 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 15 28 10