THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

CONNIE RYAN

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

The Braves sweep the Phillies

July 11, 1948 ... Sparked by Connie Ryan, filling in for the injured Eddie Stanky, the Braves defeated the Phillies 9 to 4 and swept the three-game series at Braves Field today. Te Tribe now finds themselves 5 1/2 games ahead of the 2nd place, Pirates and six full games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals. The Braves have been in first place since June 11th,

It took the combined efforts of starter Warren Spahn and relievers Bobby Hogue and Nelson Potter to defeat Philadelphia, aided by a 14 hit attack on a quartet of Philly pitchers. Jeff Heath smacked his eighth home run of the year off starter Blix Donnelly to ignite a four-run Boston second inning, while Alvin Dark connected twice running his consecutive game hitting streak to 23, tying Richie Ashburn's earlier mark.

The Braves enjoyed a 4 to 2 lead going into the fifth inning when the Phillies tied up the game off starter Warren Spahn. But the Braves answered with three runs off schoolboy Rowe in the Braves half of the fifth that won them the ballgame.

Down 2 to 0, the Braves came up with four in the second inning as Jeff Heath homered half way up the Jury Box to start the inning and Jim Russell's single and Connie Ryan's double followed. Ryan held second as Spahn got an infield hit and Connie scored on Tommy Holmes single to right. With Spahn on third, Holmes stole second unmolested. At this point Phillies manager, Chapman called in rookie southpaw Curt Simmons. Al Dark was then passed intentionally and Spahn scored on Earl Torgeson's fly ball.

After the Phillies tied up the game in the fifth, the Braves teed off on Schoolboy Rowe in the fifth with Bob Elliott's double, Jim Russell's triple, Bill Salkeld's double and Connie Ryan's solid single that gave the Braves a 7 to 4 lead. The Braves picked up single runs again in the seventh and eighth innings, to claim a 9 to 4 victory as they headed into the All-Star break.

Jim Russell enjoyed one of his best days, as he singled, doubled, tripled and drew a walk to come out of a batting slump.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

 

 
 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R H E  
 

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

 

1

1

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

 

 

4

12

2

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

4

0

0

3

0

1

1

x

 

 

9

14

2

 

 

 

W

BOBBY HOGUE (4-1)

 

2B

 

ASHBURN (PHIL), CABALLERO (PHIL),
ENNIS (PHIL), DONNELLY (PHIL), ELLIOTT (BOST),
RUSSELL (BOST), SALKELD (BOST), RYAN (BOST)

 

L

SCHOOLBOY ROWE (4-5)

 

 

S

NELS POTTER (2)  

3B

  HAAS (PHIL), RUSSELL (BOST)
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 14,245

 

HR

 

HEATH (BOST)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 2 0 1 .330  

 

Clint Conaster lf 3 0 0 .213  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 1 2 .333  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 2 0 0 .264  

 

Mike McCormick rf 2 0 0 .316  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 1 2 .277  

 

Jeff Heath lf 2 1 1 .316  

 

Frank McCormick 1b 3 0 0 .215  

 

Jim Russell cf 3 3 3 .273  

 

Bill Salkeld c 4 1 1 .277  

 

Connie Ryan 2b 4 1 3 .208  

 

Warren Spahn p 2 1 1 .209  

 

Bobby Hogue p 2 0 0 .083  

 

Nels Potter p 0 0 0 .333  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Warren Spahn 4 7 3 0 2  

 

Bobby Hogue 4 5 0 3 1  
  Nels Potter 1 0 0 0 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

46 31 -

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 39 35 5 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 39 36 6

 

 

New York Giants 36 37 8

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 35 37 8 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 37 40 9

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 36 42 10 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 33 43 12 1/2