THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

VERN BICKFORD

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

The Braves slam the Cubs, 11-1

June 8, 1948 ... Vern Bickford threw a four hitter, giving the Boston Braves a lopsided 11 to 1 demolition of the hopeless Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The victory put the Braves in the third place, two percentage points ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Braves teed off on a quartet of Cubs pitchers for 13 hits. Bickford faced only 30 batters. Three of the four singles, the Cubs collected, were scratch hits. Bickford retired the first 16 men he faced and only one ball was hit out of the infield during that stretch.

Dick Culler ruined the no-hitter by bouncing a drive off Bickford's glove that Eddie Stanky threw into the visitors dugout. He was credited with a base hit and took second on the throwing error. The shutout was ruined in the seventh when Bickford issued his only walk and then Eddie Waitkus, Hall Jeffcoat and Bill Nicholson singled.

For three innings, Cubs starter Johnny Schmitz matched Bickford pitch for pitch. He started his own downfall when he walked Earl Torgeson in the fourth, followed by Bob Elliott. Jeff Heath slammed a single to left that scored Torgy. Elliott reached third on the throw as Heath waltzed into second base. Jim Russell's long fly brought home Elliott and Phil Masi knocked out a base hit to score Heath with the third Braves run.

In the sixth the Braves added two more when, with the bases loaded, Tommy Holmes singled to center. Three more were scored in the seventh on a couple of free passes, an error and base hits by Masi and Sibby Sisti. The scoring was concluded in the ninth when Jeff Heath doubled off the wall in left, Russell walked, Masi sacrificed and Sisti was given first base. With the bases loaded both Eddie Stanky and Holmes came through with base hits to make the final score 11 to 1.

 

at Wrigley Field (Chicago) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

3

0

2

3

0

3

 

11

13

1

CHICAGO CUBS

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

 

1

4

1

W-Vern Bickford (3-2)
L-Johnny Schmitz (4-7)
Attendance 3663

2B-Stanky (Bost), Heath (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 5 0 2 .255  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 6 0 3 .375  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 5 1 0 .267  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 1 2 1 .284  

 

Jeff Heath lf 5 3 2 .299  

 

Jim Russell cf 2 2 0 .274  

 

Phil Masi c 4 1 3 .231  

 

Sibby Sisti ss 2 2 2 .125  

 

Vern Bickford p 4 0 0 .091  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Vern Bickford 9 4 1 1 5  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 25 18 -

 

 

New York Giants 24 17 -

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

22 19 2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 23 20 2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 24 23 3

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 20 22 4 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 20 25 6

 

 

Chicago Cubs 15 29 10 1/2