THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

PHIL MASI

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

The Braves come from behind, led by Phil Masi

July 16, 1948 ... The Braves got off the deck and mopped up the Cubs, 12 to 10, for their sixth consecutive victory before 21,168 Ladies Day fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago. With the Pittsburgh Pirates rained out of their game, the Braves boosted their lead to 6 1/2 games in the National League.

Phil Masi led the Braves to their greatest comeback of the season. Three times during the afternoon the Braves came from behind to pull this one out of the fire and each time Masi was the spark. It looked lost in the first inning when the Cubs could do no wrong and the Braves couldn't do anything right. The Cubbies chased Vern Bickford and Red Barrett, piling up a six run lead.

But the Braves, led by Masi, came back to win the game for Bobby Hogue, who threw three-hit shutout baseball over the final five innings. It was his fifth win against a single loss.

Nobody was on base and two men were out when Masi came up in the second inning to face Russ Meyer, a sturdy right-hander, who figured to breezed through with a six run lead. Phil poked a single in the center and that was the rallying call for the Braves. Connie Ryan drew a walk and Clyde Shoun lined a drive down the left-field line to bring Masi home. That was only the beginning as Tommy Holmes doubled to right for two more runs. Alvin Dark singled Holmes across and the boys came back to even when Earl Torgeson lined a home run into the right-field corner of the bleachers, to knot count at 6 to 6.

The Cubs went back out in front 8 to 6 in the bottom of the second on a home run by Andy Pafko, a double by Bill Nicholson and Bob Scheffing's single. But the Braves continued to hit in the third. Masi opened with a walk, Ryan drew another pass and Shoun sacrificed them over. Holmes brought Masi home with a single, and as Dark forced Holmes at second, Ryan scored. The speedy Dark blew home on Torgy's double to left, giving the Braves a 9 to 8 lead.

But that was wiped out in the fourth inning when Scheffing stroked a two-run home run, that cleared the screen in the back of the left-field wall, giving the Cubs the lead back, this time 10 to 9. It remained that way until the seventh inning when Bob McCall fell apart after three good relief innings for Chicago. With one out, Masi hit a towering drive off the screen in left for a game-tying home run. McCall then walked Ryan and Doyle Lade took the mound. Lade could have gotten out of the inning but an error by Roy Smalley helped send home the two runs that won the game. Hogue sacrifice Ryan to second and the Cubs passed Holmes on purpose to set up a doubleplay. Dark then hit a soft grounder to Smalley, who allowed the ball to go through him, allowing Ryan and Holmes to walk home with the winning runs.

The Braves six-game winning streak is the third time they have done that this season. They haven't lost again in seven starts at Wrigley Field, winning six and tying one. It also put their season record against the Cubs at 11-1.

 

at Wrigley Field (Chicago) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

6

3

0

0

0

3

0

0

 

12

12

2

CHICAGO CUBS

6

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

 

10

15

1

W-Bobby Hogue (5-1)
L-Dutch McCall (1-5)
Attendance 21,168

2B-Dark (Bost), Shoun (Bost), Holmes (Bost), Torgeson (Bost),
Waitkus (Chi), Pafko (Chi), Nicholson (Chi), Jeffcoat (Chi)
HR-Torgeson (Bost), Masi (Bost), Pafko (Chi), Scheffing (Chi)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 2 2 .327  

 

Alvin Dark ss 6 2 3 .327  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 3 1 2 .268  

 

Mike McCormick ph/lf 3 0 0 .305  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 2 0 0 .276  

 

Jeff Heath lf 3 0 1 .312  

 

Frank McCormick ph/1b 1 0 0 .212  

 

Clint Conaster cf 5 0 0 .224  

 

Phil Masi c 3 3 3 .250  

 

Connie Ryan 2b 2 3 0 .222  

 

Vern Bickford p 0 0 0 .182  

 

Red Barrett p 0 0 0 .136  

 

Clyde Shoun p 1 1 1 .176  

 

Johnny Sain ph 1 0 0 .230  

 

Bobby Hogue p 1 0 0 .077  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Vern Bickford - 3 4 1 0  

 

Red Barrett 0.2 2 2 1 0  
  Clyde Shoun 3.1 7 4 0 4  

 

Bobby Hogue 5 3 0 0 5  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

48 31 -

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 40 36 6 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 40 37 7

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 37 37 8 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 37 38 9

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 37 42 11

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 37 43 11 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 33 45 14 1/2