THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

WARREN SPAHN

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

Warren Spahn gives the Braves
a win over Ewell Blackwell

July 21, 1948 ... Warren Spahn's steady, effective pitching carried the Boston Braves to a 6 to 2 triumph over the Cincinnati Reds on Shriner's night in Cincinnati, as the Braves hung on to a commanding six-game lead in the National League pennant race. The Braves lefty had a decided edge over his opponent, Ewell Blackwell, in the first meeting between these major-league aces from 1947. Blackwell was clubbed for nine hits, including home runs by Earl Torgeson and Jeff Heath, and a key single by Bob Elliott.

Spahn came through at a crucial moment. He had not won a completely pitched game in almost a month. Today Brooklyn's doubleheader win over the Cubs shaved the Braves lead to 5 1/2 games. Spahn limited the Reds to seven hits, three of them of the scratch variety. Spahn's eighth triumph of the year ended a two-game Braves losing streak. It kept him a winning pitcher, as he lost seven games, while Blackwell, the 23 game winner of the year ago, suffered his seventh setback again six victories.

The Braves went out in front in the opening inning, as Torgeson knocked out the first pitch to him, over the fence in right-center field for his eighth home run of the year. It was the only hit off Blackwell in the first five innings, as he looked exceptionally fast with six strikeouts through that stretch.

It was Spahn who started Blackwell on his way out in the sixth. He started with a single and then Alvin Dark singled back through the box. Spahn made it to third and Dark sprinted into second as the Reds tried to head off the Braves pitcher at third. Not wishing to take any chances, Earl Torgeson was walked in hope of getting Elliott to hit into the double-play. But Bob did not oblige and lashed a three and two pitch into left field to but the Braves ahead 3 to 0.

Cincinnati scored in their half of the sixth, as three batter singled in succession and then Warren turned on the juice. Blackwell called it a night in the eighth when Elliott opened with a base hit and then Heath lined a vicious drive over the fence for his 11th homer of the year. When Blackwell passed Mike McCormick, he was sent to the showers in favor of Kent Peterson, who pitched hitless, runless ball over the last two innings.

Blackwell has yielded ten home runs this season, and six had been hit by the Braves. He then Elliott have two apiece while Torgeson and Salkeld have knocked out one each. Tonight, Heath hit his third home run in the last five games.

The last time Spahn pitched a complete-game and won it, was on June 25th against the Pirates. Tonight's win was the sixth in eight games for the Braves on the road trip.

 

at Crosley Field (Cincinnati) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

1

0

0

0

0

2

1

2

0

 

6

9

1

CINCINNATI REDS

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

 

2

7

0

W-Warren Spahn (8-7)
L-Ewell Blackwell (6-7)
Attendance 27,153

2B-Dark (Bost), Sauer (2)(Cinc)
HR-Torgeson (Bost), Heath (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 0 1 .323  

 

Alvin Dark ss 5 1 2 .324  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 1 1 .261  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 1 2 .277  

 

Jeff Heath lf 4 1 1 .306  

 

Mike McCormick cf 3 0 0 .295  

 

Bill Salkeld c 3 1 1 .274  

 

Connie Ryan 2b 4 0 0 .185  

 

Warren Spahn p 4 1 1 .204  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Warren Spahn 9 7 2 2 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

51 34 -

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 43 38 6

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 42 39 7

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 42 40 7 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 40 40 8 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 41 45 10 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 39 47 12 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 35 50 16