THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOB ELLIOTT

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

Bob Elliott leads the Braves hitters with two homers

July 3, 1948 ... The Braves harshly treated a quintet of Philly pitchers, as they hammered their way to 11 to 6 victory at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. With the St. Louis Cardinals idle, the Braves extended their lead in the National League to four full games.

Warren Spahn had no brilliant stuff today, but he was well supported. Nevertheless, in the eighth inning, with two outs and in front by a 9 to 3 score, a pair of passes, a single and a triple by Richie Ashburn was enough to make Billy Southworth pull Spahn out of the game. With three runs in and two outs, Ernie White was summoned from the bullpen and brilliantly put out the fire.

Bob Elliott had a great day for the Braves, producing five of their eleven runs, as he connected for his eighth and ninth home runs of the year. He has had four home runs in three successive games. For extra measure he belted a first inning triple for 11 total bases.

Earl Torgeson got back in the going with a single, which drove in one, and a home run which was good for two more. Both of Eddie Stanky's hits were singles but he had two RBI. So consistent was the Braves attack, that one or more runs was racked up by timely hitting in no less than seven of the Braves nine inning. Everyone in the lineup got a hit except for Tommy Holmes and Phil Masi.

Alvin Dark, while producing no runs, continued on his splendid hitting spree. In his four trips today, he doubled as well as singled. Starting on June 19th he has hit safely in 13 successive games. Over that stretch he has gotten 21 hits in 50 times at bat for a .420 batting average. In eight of the thirteen games he has connected safely twice.

Left-hander Ken Heintzelman did not last long. He was greeted with a three run opening inning, starting with Eddie Stanky's clean hit to left. Mike McCormick then hit one to left and Bob Elliott placed a three bagger down the right-field line for two runs. Frank McCormick drove a double right-center that scored Elliott and gave the Braves a 3 to 0 lead.

After the Philly scored in the second inning the Braves got that back in the third. New pitcher Sam Nahem walked Mike McCormick, who was nabbed as he tried to steal second. Then Nahem gave free passes to both Elliott and Jim Russell. Torgeson's clean base hit to centerfield scored Russell.

The Braves tacked on another run in the fifth and Bob Elliott's first home run of the game in the Braves a 5 to 1 lead. The Braves scored one more in the sixth, and two in the seventh. After Jim Russell walked, Earl Torgeson lined a home run over the 331 foot mark on the sun field wall. The Braves final touch was two runs in the ninth on a Frank McCormick triple and Elliott's second homer. The Braves have been in first place since June 13th.

 

at Shibe Park (Philadelphia) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

3

0

1

0

1

1

2

1

2

 

11

13

0

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

3

0

 

6

12

0

W-Warren Spahn (7-5)
S-Ernie White (2)
L-Ken Heintzelman (3-4)
Attendance 9548

2B-F.McCormick (Bost), Dark (Bost), Miller (Phil)
3B-Elliott (Bost), M.McCormick (Bost), Ashburn (Phil)
HR-Elliott (2)(Bost), Torgeson (Bost), Miller (Phil)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 4 1 2 .317  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 0 0 .345  

 

Mike McCormick lf 4 2 2 .316  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 4 3 .284  

 

Jim Russell cf 3 1 0 .290  

 

Frank McCormick 1b 1 0 1 .208  

 

Earl Torgeson ph/1b 3 1 2 .267  

 

Phil Masi c 5 0 0 .252  

 

Al Dark ss 4 2 2 .315  

 

Warren Spahn p 2 0 1 .211  

 

Ernie White p 0 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Warren Spahn 7.2 11 6 5 2  
  Ernie White 1.1 1 0 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

40 27 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 35 30 4

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 34 30 4 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 33 32 6

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 34 35 7

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 30 37 10

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 28 35 10

 

 

Chicago Cubs 29 37 10 1/2