THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOBBY HOGUE

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

The Braves get to Curt Simmons early in Philly

July 2, 1948 ... The Braves continued their league-leading pace by beating the 5th place Philadelphia Phillies and the $65,000 bonus rookie, Curt Simmons, by a 7 to 3 score in Philadelphia. Four fielding miscues behind Simmons aided the Boston cause, but there was plenty of business done up at the plate by the Tribe.

All three of the Phillies runs were scored at the expense of Clyde Shoun, these coming in the third inning, with Boston leading 2 to 0. Shoun was plucked for two singles, a double and a triple and then was relieved by rookie Bobby Hogue, who did a great job in relief. In the 6 1/3 innings, Hogue was hit safely only twice. The Phillies did not see second base and the two singles and an eighth inning walk to Richie Ashburn, provided the only base runners he allowed.

The Braves scored with three two run innings and one single run tally. The most important assault came in the fourth inning after the Phillies had gone out in front by a score of 3 to 2.

In the fourth inning, a pass to Jim Russell, a hit by Phil Masi and a double to right-field by Alvin Dark, that skipped away from Del Ennis, were the telling blows. The sixth was a tough one for Simmons. First Bob Elliott got a life on an error by Eddie Miller. With one out, Elliott scored from first base when Frank McCormick lined ball was dropped by Ennis. Successive singles by Masi and Dark brought McCormick around, sending the Braves into a 6 to 3 lead. Doubles by Stanky and Mike McCormick accounted for the seventh run scored in the seventh inning.

The Braves lost no time in getting into action against Simmons, right at the start of the game. After two easy outs Mike McCormick slapped a line drive for a single. There was a two and two count when Bob Elliott slammed the ball on a line, into the left-field seats for a two run homer, his seventh of the year.

Young Hogue was a pretty cool customer. He turned in strikeouts against Johnny Blatnik, Miller and Andy Seminick. Manager Billy Southworth was delighted with the showing the young pitcher made. The night's victory put the Tribe even in the eight games played with the Phillies this year, with two wins in each one's ballpark.

Alvin Dark as been hitting like wildfire since June 12th, knocking out 22 hits in 46 at-bats for a .478 average. He's batting .304 for the season.

 

at Shibe Park (Philadelphia) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

2

0

0

2

0

2

1

0

0

 

7

12

0

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

3

6

4

W-Bobby Hogue (3-1)
L-Curt Simmons (4-7)
Attendance 18,195

2B-Dark (Bost), Stanky (Bost), M.McCormick (Bost), Blatnik (Phil)
3B-Semininck (Phil)
HR-Elliott (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 3 1 2 .314  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 0 1 .352  

 

Mike McCormick lf 4 1 2 .308  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 2 1 .276  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 1 0 .293  

 

Frank McCormick 1b 5 1 0 .191  

 

Phil Masi c 4 1 3 .260  

 

Al Dark ss 4 0 2 .311  

 

Clyde Shoun p 1 0 1 .143  

 

Bobby Hogue p 2 0 0 .111  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Clyde Shoun 2.2 4 3 0 2  
  Bobby Hogue 6.1 2 0 1 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

39 27 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 35 30 3 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 34 30 4

 

 

New York Giants 33 31 5

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 34 34 6

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 30 37 9 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 27 35 10

 

 

Chicago Cubs 29 37 10