THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

STAN MUSIAL SLIDES HOME

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

The Cardinals sweep the Braves

June 23, 1948 ... Game postponed due to rain

June 24, 1948 ... The St. Louis Cardinals took their third straight game, to sweep the series from the Boston Braves at Braves Field. The first two games of the series were very close, but in this game, the Cardinals made it an 11 to 2 rout, as they climbed into second place over Pittsburgh, only one half game behind the Braves.

In the first half of the opening inning the Cardinals scored four runs before starting pitcher Johnny Sain was able to get a man out, and after that, it was a hopeless uphill climb for the Braves. Cardinal southpaw, Howie Pollett was immense in the clutch. While Pollett was scattering ten Braves hits, only three of which came in the fourth inning, Enos Slaughter and Red Schoendinst fired the Cardinals big guns. Slaughter walloped a triple over Mike McCormick's head in left field with the bases loaded in that first inning, while Schoendinst, for the third time this season, knocked out four hits, including a home run and a double, batting in four runs.

It was the worst Braves showing since the previous homestand, when they lost to Pittsburgh 13 to 0. Johnny Sain survived the first frame, but was routed in the sixth inning after he threw Pollett's bunt into right field. The Braves team chipped in with five errors.

The Cardinals two big innings when the first and the sixth. Oddly enough, four hits, including Slaughter's triple and a base on balls accounted for the big first inning run, while the Cardinals got three in the sixth with only one hit.

Rain held up the game for an hour and a half before the scheduled time. The Braves had just begun batting practice when the rain started and then the ground crew brought the tarpaulin out onto the field. Vern Bickford notified manager Billy Southworth that he had a sore elbow and x-rays will be taken tomorrow.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

 

 
 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R H E  
 

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

 

4

0

0

2

0

3

1

1

1

 

 

11

11

0

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

2

10

5

 

 

 

W

HOWIE POLLETT (6-3)

 

2B

 

SCHOENDINST (STL), MUSIAL (STL), JONES (STL),
M.McCORMICK (BOST), ELLIOTT (BOST),
RUSSELL (BOST)

 

L

JOHNNY SAIN (8-5)

 

 

S

   

3B

  SLAUGHTER (STL)
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 10,122

 

HR

 

SCHOENDINST (STL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 5 0 2 .315  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 1 1 .348  

 

Mike McCormick lf 3 1 2 .305  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 0 1 .281  

 

Frank McCormick 1b 3 0 0 .220  

 

Jim Russell cf 3 0 1 .284  

 

Phil Masi c 4 0 1 .237  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 0 1 .284  

 

Johnny Sain p 2 0 1 .244  

 

Ernie White p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Connie Ryan ph 1 0 0 .184  

 

Jim Prendergast p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Clint Conaster p 1 0 0 .179  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Johnny Sain 5 7 5 2 2  
  Ernie White 2 1 2 4 2  
  Jim Prendergast 2 3 2 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

34 25 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 33 25 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 32 26 1 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 30 27 3

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 26 29 6

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 28 32 6 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 26 35 9

 

 

Chicago Cubs 24 34 9 1/2