THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

CLYDE SHOUN

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

The Braves take two and climb back to the top

June 13, 1948 ... The Braves rebounded into a first place tie with the New York Giants.  After losing a doubleheader to the Cincinnati Reds today, the Tribe swept one today by scores 0f 8 to 7 and 10-5, while the Giants divided their doubleheader with the Cardinals.

The Braves made a sensational comeback in the first game.  Trailing 6-0 after six innings, they scored four runs in the seventh and four in the ninth, with the winning run being driven in by Eddie Stanky.

It took a superb effort by Johnny Sain to grab the opener. Warren Spahn got the ball in the opening contest and was hit for six runs.  The Braves loaded the bases in the seventh and Frank McCormick knocked out a double to score two runs.  Phil Masi knocked in two more to cut the lead to 6 to 4.

Bob Elliott started the ninth with a base hit.  Mike McCormick tried to sacrifice him over but beat out the bunt, and Jim Russell loaded the bases with a scratch single.  Phil Masi's grounder to Virgil Stallcup, looked like a sure doubleplay, but Bobby Adams threw the ball past Ted Kluszewski and two runs scored.  Masi moved to second on the play and brought in by Bobby Sturgeon's single to tie it up.  Sturgeon was bunted over to second and scored the game winner on Stanky's single to right.

A three run homer by Bob Elliott and a three run double by Clyde Shoun highlighted the second game, in which Cincinnati ace, Ewell Blackwell was driven to the showers.  Shoun worked the last 3 2/3 innings after Jim Prendergast and Vern Bickford were knocked out.  Shoun also delivered the wallop that wrecked Blackwell.

The Braves went out in front by a 6-4 score when Blackwell walked Sibby Sisti intentionally to load the bases and face Shoun.  Unfortunately for Blackwell, Clyde slugged a two base shot into right center, which just missed being a grandslam homer.  It was his first hit of the year and drove in three runs.  Howie Fox then gave up a triple to Stanky to bring in Shoun with the tenth run.

 

at Crosley Field (Cincinnati) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

4

 

8

15

0

CINCINNATI REDS

0

0

0

4

1

1

0

1

0

 

7

15

1

W-Bobby Hogue (2-1)
S-Johnny Sain (1)
L-Herm Wehmeier (5-1)
Attendance 30,590

2B-Stanky (Bost), F.McCormick (Bost), Stallcup (Cinci),
Litwhiler (Cinci)
3B-Zientara (Cinci), Stallcup (Cinci)
HR-Schultz (Cinci)

 

Game #2 ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

1

0

1

3

0

0

5

0

 

10

12

0

CINCINNATI REDS

0

0

0

2

1

1

0

1

0

 

5

9

0

W-Jim Prendergast (1-1)
S-Clyde Shoun (1)
L-Ewell Blackwell (3-5)


2B-Heath (Bost), Holmes (Bost),
Shoun (Bost), Blackwell (Cinci)
3B-Stanky (Bost), Stallcup (Cinci), Sauer (Cinci)
HR-Salkeld (Bost), Elliott (Bost), Sauer (2)(Cinci)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 4 2 2 .302  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 0 2 .360  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 0 1 .275  

 

Frank McCormick ph/1b 3 0 1 .289  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 0 0 .289  

 

Mike McCormick lf 3 0 0 .289  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 0 1 .280  

 

Phil Masi c 4 0 0 .240  

 

Sibby Sisti ss 3 0 0 .127  

 

Jeff Heath ph 1 0 0 .289  

 

Bobby Sturgeon ss 2 0 0 .133  

 

Warren Spahn p 1 0 0 .259  

 

Clint Conaster ph 0 0 0 .000  

 

Clyde Shoun p 1 0 0 .289  

 

Connie Ryan ph 2 0 0 .133  

 

Bobby Hogue p 1 0 0 .259  

 

Johnny Sain p 0 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Warren Spahn 6 11 6 2 2  
  Clyde Shoun 1 1 0 0 0  
  Bobby Hogue 1 3 1 0 2  
  Johnny Sain 1 0 0 1 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 5 0 1 .305  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 1 3 .370  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 1 0 .275  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 5 2 2 .288  

 

Jeff Heath lf 4 2 1 .287  

 

Jim Russell cf 5 1 1 .293  

 

Bill Salkeld c 3 1 1 .353  

 

Sibby Sisti ss 3 1 2 .145  

 

Jim Prendergast p 3 0 0 .000  

 

Vern Bickford p 0 0 0 .091  

 

Clyde Shoun p 1 1 1 .125  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Jim Pendergast 5 6 4 1 1  
  Vern Bickford 0.1 0 0 3 1  
  Clyde Shoun 3.2 3 1 0 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

27 21 -

 

 

New York Giants 27 21 -

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 26 22 1

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 26 23 1 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 26 25 2 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 21 25 5

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 23 28 5 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 19 30 8 1/2