THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

FRANK McCORMICK

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

Frank McCormick's HR lifts
the Tribe past the Giants

July 6, 1948 ... With Vern Bickford pitching four hit ball and Frank McCormick ripping off his first home run of the season, the Braves successfully fought a 4 to 3 battle with the Giants under the Polo Grounds' lights. The final count was established in the fifth inning when McCormick delivered his game-winning blow.

Johnny Mize hit his 18th home run of the year, which was driven into the right-field stands with two men aboard earlier, and more than offset the early single runs which the Tribe had accumulated in the first and third innings against Giants starter Monte Kennedy. Kennedy was hit safely seven times by the Braves before he gave way to a pinch-hitter in the Giants' seventh inning. Sheldon Jones was his successor and was hit safely once by Eddie Stanky and then retired two Braves on strikeouts.

Bickford's performance was his fifth victory of the year and it was more pleasing to manager Billy Southworth because until a few days ago, it had been feared that shoulder trouble might keep the young pitcher on the sidelines indefinitely. There certainly was no trouble with his shoulder tonight as he pitched six hitless innings. If not for a third inning error by Alvin Dark, Mize would never have had the opportunity to deliver his home run. Bickford could just as easily had a shutout as well as the victory. He passed three runners, one of whom scored.

The top of the Braves batting order did all the work. Dark, hitting second, knocked out a single and a triple. Too early walks by Kennedy to Eddie Stanky set the stage of the Braves first two runs. Bob Elliott had singled with two outs in the fifth inning just prior to the Frank McCormick home run. The Braves got a run in the first inning against Kennedy when he walked Stanky and Mike McCormick's single put him on third, scoring on Elliott's deep fly ball to center. Then in the third with one out, Stanky walked again, stole second, moved to third on a fly ball and scored on Elliott's single.

The two run Braves lead did not last long as the Giants, in their half of the third one out in front 3 to 2. Johnny Mize knocked his 18th home run of the year into the upper right-field stands to score Bill Rigney, who had reached on the error and Les Layton, who Bickford had passed.

Bob Elliott knocked out a base hit in the fifth and then jogged home on Frank McCormick's home run to left to put the Tribe back out in front 4 to 3, where they stayed. Bickford was cool from start to finish. His two free passes were far separated and two of his three strikeouts came with a giant on base. Alvin Dark drove in the second run and it was his 28th hit an 18 game stretch.

 

at The Polo Grounds (New York) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

1

0

1

0

2

0

0

0

0

 

4

8

3

NEW YORK GIANTS

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

3

4

1

W-Vern Bickford (5-2)
L-Monte Kennedy (0-3)
Attendance 27,465

2B-Kerr (NY)
HR-F.McCormick (Bost), Mize (NY)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 3 2 1 .324  

 

Al Dark ss 5 0 2 .321  

 

Mike McCormick rf 5 0 1 .327  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 1 2 .282  

 

Frank McCormick 1b 4 1 1 .193  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 0 0 .271  

 

Phil Masi c 4 0 0 .239  

 

Clint Conaster lf 3 0 0 .225  

 

Vern Bickford p 4 0 1 .182  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Vern Bickford 9 4 0 3 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

42 30 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 38 32 3

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 37 32 3 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 34 35 6 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 36 38 7

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 32 35 7 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 33 39 9

 

 

Chicago Cubs 30 41 11 1/2