THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

TOMMY HOLMES
& STAN MUSIAL

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

The Cardinals halt the Braves

June 21, 1948 ... The dreaded base on balls led to the end of the Braves latest six-game winning streak at Braves Field tonight. It cost Warren Spahn a heartbreaking 1 to 0 loss as Al Brazle orchestrated a very clean seven hit shutout for the St. Louis Cardinals in one of the finest battles of the year.

Two singles followed the fateful walk in the seventh inning. The second of them was a line drive off the bat of Del Rice that drove in a run. Spahn had retired in the Slaughter to open the seventh before walking Terry Moore. Nippy Jones blasted a line drive to left-center that sent Moore over to third. Rice's game winning hit was a line drive that Alvin Dark misjudged and leapt for the ball too early. It struck the side of his glove and bounded into left field for a single and the ballgame.

The Braves outhit the Cardinals 7 to 6, but they couldn't come through in the clutch. Only once during the game did the Braves have more than one man on base. Brazle never allowed more in one hit in an inning and became the first starting pitcher to finish the game against the Braves in almost a month.

Although the setback was a tough one, the Braves remain out front by one half games over the Pittsburgh Pirates, who were beaten by the Dodgers. The loss was only the fourth one in the last 19 games for the Braves. It marked the first time in that stretch that a Braves pitcher other than Red Barrett, has lost a ballgame.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

 

 
 

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R H E  
 

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

 

 

1

6

0

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

0

7

0

 

 

 

W

AL BRAZLE (4-3)

 

2B

 

DARK (BOST)

 

L

WARREN SPAHN (5-4)

 

 

S

   

3B

   
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 30,308

 

HR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 3 0 1 .314  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 0 0 .354  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 0 0 .272  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 0 1 .272  

 

Mike McCormick lf 4 0 1 .289  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 0 1 .289  

 

Phil Masi c 4 0 1 .244  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 0 2 .278  

 

Warren Spahn p 3 0 0 .161  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Warren Spahn 9 6 1 3 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

34 23 -

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 32 24 1 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 31 25 2 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 29 26 4

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 27 31 7 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 24 29 8

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 25 34 10

 

 

Chicago Cubs 23 33 10 1/2