THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOB ELLIOTT SLIDES IN SAFELY

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

The Braves rout the Bucs

July 28, 1948 ... The Braves hustled and polished off the Pittsburgh Pirates, 8 to 2, for their third straight victory at Braves Field tonight, behind Vern Bickford's six hit pitching. Bickford had a great fastball and faced only nine men over the final three innings. The victory was his seventh of the season and fifth in a row. It was spiced up by Bob Elliott and Earl Torgeson, who both hit home runs.

Providing the spark, however, was speedster Alvin Dark, whose quickness started the Tribe's second two run outburst that decided the game in the third inning. He sparkled at the plate with three singles. Bob Elliott had two singles in addition to his 14th home run, while Bill Salkeld's sixth inning double, a whistling drive to right-center, sent across a pair of teammates.

Clint Conaster, again proved to be a perfect fill in for the absent Jim Russell, as he chipped in with a triple and a single. Jeff Heath came up with only one base hit but was robbed of another by a fine play on the part of Danny Murtaugh and pitcher Elmer Singleton.

A Dark single to right and Torgeson's ninth home run into the Pirates bullpen, gave Bickford a 2 to 0 lead in the first inning. The Pirates got one back in the second but in the bottom of the third, Dark beat out an infield hit with one away and after Torgy walked, raced home on Elliott's base hit to right-center. Torgeson took third, from where he scored on Heath's sacrifice fly to Dixie Walker, making it 4 to 1. Heath's single to right and Conaster's to left, preceded Salkeld's double to the right-center fence for Boston's third pair of runs in the sixth.

Pittsburgh picked up their second run in the fourth on singles by Wally Westlake, Ed Fitzgerald and Elmer Riddle, who was hitting was better than his pitching. Elliott's home run off relief pitcher Elmer Singleton cleared the left-field fence with plenty to spare in the seventh inning. The final scoring was a result of Conaster's triple in the eighth and Salkeld's sacrifice fly out to Walker. That gave the Braves the final 8 to 2 count.

The Braves still hold a 5 1/2 game lead over the Dodgers, but picked up a full game on both the Cardinals and Pirates.

 

 
  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

 

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

2

6

0

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

2

0

2

0

0

2

1

1

x

 

 

8

11

1

 

 

 

W

VERN BICKFORD (7-2)

 

2B

 

SALKELD (BOST)

 

L

ELMER RIDDLE (9-7)

 

 

S

   

3B

  CONASTER (BOST)
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 29,031

 

HR

 

TORGESON (BOST), ELLIOTT (BOST)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 0 0 .314  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 2 3 .333  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 3 2 1 .256  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 1 3 .285  

 

Jeff Heath lf 4 1 1 .315  

 

Clint Conaster cf 4 2 2 .253  

 

Bill Salkeld c 4 0 1 .276  

 

Connie Ryan 2b 3 0 0 .220  

 

Vern Bickford p 3 0 0 .143  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Vern Bickford 9 6 1 4 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

54 37 -

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 47 41 5 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 46 43 7

 

 

New York Giants 46 43 7

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 44 44 8 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 44 49 11

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 41 51 13 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 39 53 15 1/2