THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

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

H
omers by Russell, Holmes and
Dark lead the Braves over the Bucs

June 25, 1948 ... The Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates and southpaw Fritz Ostermueller, by a score of 12 to 3, to keep them in the lead of the National League race. Ostermueller, who once played for the Red Sox, lasted only three innings as he sought his fourth win of the year. He gave up four runs including home runs by Jim Russell and Tommy Holmes.

Russell's blast hit the top of the high left-field scoreboard in the second inning, with Mike McCormick on base, to give the Braves a 2 to 0 lead. Holmes homered in the following inning and McCormick's double drove in Earl Torgeson, who had walked, to up the score to 4 to 0.

The Pirates reached second base in each of the first two innings but couldn't score. But in the fourth inning, Warren Spahn gave up two free passes, and one run was scored on a double by Joe Bockman. Ostermueller was taken out in the fourth, in favor of Elmer Singleton, who pitched for the Tribe and Casey Stengel before World War II. Doubles by Spahn and Eddie Stanky netted a run in the fourth inning, and Singleton was blasted from the mound in the sixth when Alvin Dark socked his first home run of the year, with a runner aboard, to send the Tribe out in front 8 to 1. The biggest blowup came in the sixth inning, in which five hits, three passes and an error accounted for seven runs against Singleton and his successor, Hal Gregg.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

 

 
 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R H E  
 

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

 

0

0

0

1

0

0

2

0

0

 

 

3

9

1

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

2

2

1

0

7

0

0

x

 

 

12

12

2

 

 

 

W

WARREN SPAHN (6-4)

 

2B

 

GUSTINE (PITT), STANKY (BOST),
M.McCORMICK (BOST), RUSSELL (BOST),
SPAHN (2)(BOST)

 

L

FRITZ OSTERMUELLER (3-2)

 

 

S

   

3B

  FITZGERALD (PITT)
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 25,587

 

HR

 

HOLMES (BOST), RUSSELL (BOST), DARK (BOST)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 4 1 1 .314  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 1 1 .345  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 3 2 1 .268  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 1 0 .276  

 

Mike McCormick lf 3 1 1 .306  

 

Clint Conaster lf 1 0 0 .172  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 2 3 .293  

 

Phil Masi c 4 1 1 .237  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 1 2 .290  

 

Warren Spahn p 4 2 2 .200  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Warren Spahn 9 9 3 6 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

35 25 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 33 26 1 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 32 27 2 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 31 27 3

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 27 29 6

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 29 32 6 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 26 36 10

 

 

Chicago Cubs 24 35 10 1/2