THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

MIKE McCORMICK

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

The Giants catch Sain in the 13th,
but the Braves take the second game

July 5, 1948 ... Only a 9th and 13th inning rally in the first game by the New York Giants, prevented the Braves from hanging up a double holiday victory before 42,000 fans at the Polo Grounds. Johnny Sain dropped a 6 to 5 decision in four extra innings, in today's curtain raiser, and since St. Louis won a doubleheader, the Cardinals moved to within two games of the top rung Braves.

In the second game, the Tribe finished ahead, 4 to 1. Bill Voiselle was a winner against his former teammates. It was his fourth win over New York this year, and he allowed only six hits. The Giants starter, Ray Poat, received credit for the Giants overtime finish in the first game, while the loser in the second game was Dave Koslo.

The extra inning game had an unlucky ending for Sain, who at one time had been breezing along with a four-run lead. The fateful New York 13th inning started when Les Layton lined a solid drive to left with one out. Mike McCormick shot a perfect throw to Alvin Dark to try and nip Layton as he was trying for second base. The ball arrived in time, but Dark had trouble picking the ball out of his glove and Layton was safe. Bobby Thomson was up next and drove a fairly low liner to McCormick's left, but the ball carried higher than Mike figured. He finally made a desperate attempt to catch the ball, but was unable to safely bring it in. Layton came home and was surrounded by his happy rejoicing teammates, as the Giants walked off with a 6 to 5 victory.

Sain, who had held the Giants to four hits and five hits in a pair of earlier wins, this time gave up 11 hits. The Braves collected 12 hits including four home runs again six pitchers. The 13 inning marathon was a heartbreaker for Johnny Sain, who was seeking his 11th victory. The Tribe was leading 5 to 3 because of the home runs hit by Jeff Heath, Bob Elliott, Eddie Stanky and Bill Salkeld, until the Giants came up in the ninth-inning. Walker Cooper then singled and Sid Gordon lofted a pitch into the left-field upper deck that tied things up. In the four frames of extra innings, the Tribesmen twice started things off with a single, but were unable to deliver the knockout punch.

Behind Bill Voiselle in the second game, the Braves scored in the third inning, on the first of Mike McCormick's four hits, a blast into the left-field covered stands. Layton matched McCormick in the sixth inning to tie up the game at 1 to 1. It was in the seventh, that the Braves put pitcher Koslo out of business. Stanky got a pass to start and was followed by Clint Conaster with a single. McCormick then blasted a double and that was it for Koslo. Ken Trinkle came in to pitch and then walked both Bob Elliott and Jim Russell to force in a run. Mike McCormick scored on Frank McCormick's long fly out. The Giants were no threat after that and the Braves walked off with a doubleheader split, winning 4 to 1.

 

at The Polo Grounds (NY) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

1

0

1

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

 

5

12

0

NEW YORK GIANTS

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

1

 

6

11

0

W-Ray Poat (8-1)
L-Johnny Sain (10-6)
Attendance 42,526


2B-Dark (Bost)
HR-Stanky (Bost), Elliott (Bost), Heath (Bost), Salkeld (Bost)
 

 

Game #2 ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

1

0

0

0

3

0

0

 

4

9

0

NEW YORK GIANTS

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

 

1

6

0

W-Bill Voiselle (9-6)
L-Dave Koslo (4-4)

2B-M.McCormick (Bost)
3B-M.McCormick (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 3 1 2 .330  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 0 0 .336  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 5 0 1 .260  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 5 1 2 .277  

 

Jim Russell cf 6 0 0 .275  

 

Jeff Heath lf 6 1 3 .303  

 

Mike McCormick lf 0 0 0 .306  

 

Bill Salkeld c 5 1 1 .294  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 0 2 .320  

 

Johnny Sain p 6 1 1 .245  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Johnny Sain 12.1 11 6 1 7  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 4 1 0 .324  

 

Clint Conaster lf 4 1 2 .243  

 

Mike McCormick rf 4 2 4 .333  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 0 1 .278  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 0 1 .275  

 

Frank McCormick 1b 4 0 0 .189  

 

Phil Masi c 4 0 0 .245  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 0 1 .319  

 

Bill Voiselle p 4 0 0 .054  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill Voiselle 9 6 1 2 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

41 30 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 38 31 2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 37 31 2 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 34 34 5 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 36 37 6

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 31 35 7 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 32 39 9

 

 

Chicago Cubs 29 41 11 1/2