THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

PHIL MASI

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

Conaster and Masi deliver the goods for the Tribe

July 27, 1948 ... The Braves defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates at Braves Field, behind Nelson Potter's six hit pitching, by a score of 5 to 1. Ralph Kiner, of the Pirates, hit his 28th home run in the first inning, but the Braves offset it with a two run round tripper by Phil Masi, and Clint Conaster's first big-league homer. The Braves boosted their lead to 5 1/2 games as Brooklyn knocked the St. Louis out of second place, taking over the spot themselves.

Potter himself, knocked in the Tribe's second run, which eventually won the game, in the second inning. He didn't walk a man and other than Kiner, very few Pirates reached second base.

Pirates starter, Fritz Ostermueller, was given a 1 to 0 lead when he took the mound to face the the Braves in their half of the first inning. Kiner had slapped a two and two serve over the wall in left by the giant scoreboard. After the home run, the Braves went to work. Conaster singled in the second and came all the way around on Masi's double. Then Connie Ryan was intentionally passed to get at Potter. Nels lined a base hit allowing Masi to scamper home.

The only other moment when Potter felt any threat was when Wally Westlake hit one that made Conaster back to the centerfield fence, as he hauled in the long drive, in the seventh inning. He threw 103 pitches while Ostermueller delivered 111. Masi and Conaster accounted for five of the nine hits by the Braves and scored all the runs.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

 

 
 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R H E  
 

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

 

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

1

6

0

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

2

0

0

0

2

0

1

x

 

 

5

9

0

 

 

 

W

NELS POTTER (5-3)

 

2B

 

MASI (BOST)

 

L

FRITZ OSTERMUELLER (6-3)

 

 

S

   

3B

   
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 29,031

 

HR

 

KINER (PITT), MASI (BOST)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 0 0 .318  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 0 0 .327  

 

Mike McCormick lf 3 0 1 .275  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 0 1 .279  

 

Frank McCormick 1b 4 0 0 .200  

 

Clint Conaster cf 4 3 3 .241  

 

Phil Masi c 4 2 2 .245  

 

Connie Ryan 2b 2 0 0 .227  

 

Nels Potter p 3 0 2 .421  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Nels Potter 9 6 1 0 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

53 37 -

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 46 41 5 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 46 42 6

 

 

New York Giants 45 43 7

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 44 43 7 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 43 49 11

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 41 50 12 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 39 52 14 1/2