THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

JOHNNY VANDER MEER

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

The Reds knock the Braves off the top spot

June 12, 1948 ... The Braves fell off the National League roof with a thud, losing a doubleheader in Cincinnati, by scores of 3 to 2 and 11 to 9. Johnny Vander Meer, who has been playing in the N.L. since 1938, connected with his first major league homer to win the first game himself.

Red Barrett was charged with both losses.  In the first game he was knocked around for nine hits and three runs in six innings.  A walk and two hits gave the Reds a quick 1-0 first inning lead.  Vander Meer's home run started off the third inning and a pair of singles along with a sac fly concluded Cincinnati's scoring.

The Braves first run in the top of the third inning, came as a result Eddie Stanky's double and Earl Torgeson's triple.  Stanky hit his first homer of the year in the eighth inning to make it 3 to 2.

The Braves used 22 players in an effort to take the second game. They got a three run jump in the first inning on Torgy's single, his swipe of second base, Jim Elliott's base hit and Jeff Heath's two run homer.  The Reds were given all the runs back in the bottom of the inning, with one run interest, on Hank Sauer's first major league grand slam over the left field wall.

The Reds added three in the bottom of the second on three hits and a dropped pop fly by Jeff Heath.  The Braves fought back in the sixth.  They hit Howie Fox for the cycle in the sixth inning. Tommy Holmes singled, Torgeson tripled, Russell doubled and Bill Salkeld homered for four runs. 

In the eighth, the Braves tied up the game at nine apiece on Phil Masi's two run homer.  On came Red Barrett again in the eighth inning and he threw three straight balls before being pulled in favor of Jim Pendergast, who completed walking Johnny Wyrostek. Sauer's singled ended Pendergast's night, and Howie Schultz sacrificed off Bill Voiselle.  Virgil Stallcup was passed on purpose to lad them up, and Babe Young singled home the winning run.

Connie Ryan and Johnny Sain were the only players not used in the second game.  Twenty four players, used in a game by one team, is the major league record.  The Pirates and the Braves used 40 players in a game in 1940.

 

at Crosley Field (Cincinnati) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

 

2

7

0

CINCINNATI REDS

1

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

x

 

3

9

0

W-Johnny Vander Meer (3-6)
S-Harry Gumbert (6)
L-Red Barrett (3-3)
Attendance 13,248

2B-Stanky (Bost), McCormick (Bost), Stallcup (Cinci)
3B-Torgeson (Bost)
HR-Stanky (Bost), Vander Meer (Cinci)

 

Game #2 ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

3

0

0

0

0

4

0

2

0

 

9

14

3

CINCINNATI REDS

4

3

0

2

0

0

0

2

x

 

11

13

0

W-Harry Gumbert (6-2)
L-Red Barrett (3-4)


2B-Russell (2)(Bost), Dark (Bost), Baumholtz (Cinci),
Wyrostek (Cinci), Fox (Cinci)
3B-Torgeson (Bost)
HR-Heath (Bost), Salkeld (Bost), Masi (Bost), Sauer (Bost)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 4 2 2 .302  

 

Mike McCormick rf 4 0 2 .260  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 0 1 .275  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 0 0 .289  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 0 1 .280  

 

Phil Masi c 4 0 0 .240  

 

Clint Conaster lf 3 0 1 .160  

 

Tommy Holmes ph 1 0 0 .364  

 

Sibby Sisti ss 3 0 0 .127  

 

Jeff Heath ph 1 0 0 .289  

 

Red Barrett p 2 0 0 .133  

 

Al Dark ph 1 0 0 .259  

 

Clyde Shoun p 0 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Red Barrett 6 9 3 1 1  
  Clyde Shoun 2 0 0 1 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 2 0 0 .298  

 

Bobby Sturgeon ph/2b 2 0 0 .231  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 1 2 .368  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 5 2 3 .286  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 5 1 1 .286  

 

Jeff Heath lf 3 1 1 .290  

 

Mike McCormick ph/lf 2 0 1 .269  

 

Jim Russell cf 5 2 2 .283  

 

Bill Salkeld c 3 1 1 .354  

 

Phil Masi ph/c 2 1 1 .245  

 

Sibby Sisti ss 2 0 0 .123  

 

Al Dark ph/ss 2 0 2 .271  

 

Vern Bickford p 0 0 0 .091  

 

Bobby Hogue p 1 0 0 .143  

 

Clyde Shoun p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Clint Conaster ph 1 0 0 .154  

 

Ernie White p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Frank McCormick ph 0 0 0 .235  

 

Warren Spahn pr 0 0 0 .154  

 

Red Barrett p 0 0 0 .133  

 

Jim Pendergast p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Bill Voiselle p 0 0 0 .083  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Vern Bickford - 3 3 1 1  
  Bobby Hogue 3.1 4 3 0 1  
  Clyde Shoun 1.2 3 1 1 0  
  Ernie White 2 1 0 2 0  
  Red Barrett - 0 1 1 0  
  Jim Pendergast - 1 1 0 0  
  Bill Voiselle 1 1 0 2 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 26 20 -

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

25 21 1

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 25 21 1

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 25 22 1 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 25 24 2 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 23 26 4 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 21 24 4 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 18 30 9