THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

JIM RUSSELL

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

Jim Russell's slam propels the Braves past Brooklyn

July 8, 1948 ... Jim Russell knocked out his ninth home run of the year, with the bases loaded, into left-field pavilion at Ebbets Field, breaking up an eighth inning 2 to 2 tie. It clinched a 7 to 4 victory for the Braves over the Dodgers.

Eddie Stanky, the Braves secondbaseman, badly sprained his ankle in the third inning during a collision with Brooklyn thirdbaseman, Bruce Edwards. It was feared at first and Stanky might have broken the ankle, but x-rays failed to show any structural damage. It is not certain how long Stanky might be sidelined.

The Braves had hit starter Joe Hatten safely only six times in seven innings. But in the eighth-inning the Brooklyn starter's control faltered after two Braves had been retired. He then walked both Mike McCormick and Bob Elliott. Frank McCormick, who had previously driven in two runs, with his second inning home run and sixth inning double, with Al Dark on base, slashed a hard one down to Billy Cox at third, that he could not handle. That loaded up the bases for Russell and his explosion occurred on a three and one count. Russell had hit only two singles in the eighth previous games.

The injury to Stanky occurred after he had singled and raced to third when George Shuba allow the ball to get by him in left field. Dark rapped one sharply back to Hatten, who whipped the ball to Edwards and third. Stanky, who had run down the line toward home, went back to the bag sliding. Both players were piled up on the tag play and Edwards got up limping from a deep Spike wound on his right shin. Stanky however did not move as he slid in hard and felt something snap in his right ankle. He was carried to the locker room on a stretcher and the Brooklyn club doctor declared that he had suffered a sprained ankle with the possibility of a fracture. He was then sent to the hospital for an x-ray that revealed no damage. He returned back to Boston with the team tonight.

Bobby Hogue, who had done a great job as a reliever in Philadelphia, was Billy Southworth's choice to start. But he was hit for four of the Dodgers' nine hits in the game and retired during the third inning, in which the Dodgers scored two runs, to assume a 2 to 1 lead.

Clyde Shoun, Hogue's successor was credited with a victory and he pitched effective ball until the ninth-inning. The Dodgers came up with two runs, accumulated on an opening single by Pee Wee Reese and successive doubles by Jackie Robinson and Gene Hermanski.

In the first two innings the only player on the Braves to get a hit beyond the infield was Frank McCormick. His second homer of the year was an arching fly into the left-field stands. The Dodgers however lost no time to tie the score as Edward' hard single popped past Russell for two bases. He took third on Campanella's fly and scored on Furillo's single.

Alvin Dark continued his hitting streak to 20 successive games, with 32 hits in his last 78 at-bats.

 

at Ebbets Field (Brooklyn) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

4

1

 

7

9

0

BROOKLYN DODGERS

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

 

4

9

2

W-Clyde Shoun (4-0)
L-Joe Hatten (5-6)
Attendance 18,248


2B-Dark (Bost), F.McCormick (Bost), Edwards (Bkn),
Robinson (Bkn), Hermanski (Bkn)
HR-F.McCormick (Bost), Russell (Bost)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 2 0 1 .325  

 

Connie Ryan 2b 3 0 0 .171  

 

Al Dark ss 5 1 2 .320  

 

Mike McCormick rf 2 1 1 .321  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 1 0 .275  

 

Frank McCormick 1b 4 2 3 .226  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 1 1 .270  

 

Phil Masi c 4 0 0 .231  

 

Clint Conaster lf 2 1 1 .227  

 

Bobby Hogue p 1 0 0 .100  

 

Clyde Shoun p 2 0 0 .125  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bobby Hogue 2 4 2 0 0  

 

Clyde Shoun 7 5 2 4 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

43 31 -

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 39 32 2 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 38 33 4

 

 

New York Giants 35 35 6

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 36 39 7 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 33 36 7 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 35 39 8

 

 

Chicago Cubs 30 43 12 1/2