THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BRAVES FIELD


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

Harry Brecheen dazzles the Braves hitters

July 30, 1948 ... Harry Brecheen was on the mound as the Cardinals thumped the Braves 6-2 at Braves Field, in the opener of the three-game series, and closed the gap between the clubs to seven games.

A total of 37,071 spectators, the second largest crowd of the year, sadly left the tepee as the Cardinals knocked out Johnny Sain from the premises with a five-run eighth-inning. He was sent down to his seasons ninth setback and his fourth at the hands of St. Louis.

Brecheen stunned the Braves batters with his speed, skill, finesse and pitching repertoire and afforded amusement to the capacity house with his varied mound maneuvers and general demeanor. When he was not sending Braves batters back to the bench with increasing monotony, during the first six rounds of the game, the Cat was pawing the earth, changing his spikes, kneeling, tiptoeing, and generally living up to every characteristic of his appropriate nickname. And during all this he was pitching a no-hitter until the seventh inning. The Cat's spell over the Braves came as he captured his 11th win of the year and his second against the Braves. He has won 16 of his last 22 meetings with the team.

It was a nice 1 to 0 ballgame for six innings, and Brecheen and faced only 19 men. Meanwhile Sain was nearly as effective, being touched for a loan run in the sixth inning. With one away, Enos Slaughter tripled over Clint Conaster's head in deep center and then scored on a sacrifice fly.

The Braves finally broke through in the seventh inning. Mike McCormick slapped the first pitch he saw for a clean ground single between short and third to break up the no-hitter. Bob Elliott was given nothing good to pitch and took first base on four pitches. Frank McCormick came up next and connected with a two and two pitch for a single to left, that scored Mike with the tying run. Conaster sent the crowd into a frenzy with a single to left, sending Elliott across and the Braves were leading 2 to 1. Earl Torgeson, who had come in to run for McCormick, held second. But with Phil Masi at bat, Torgy took it upon himself to try and steal third and was nipped on a fine throw by Dell Rice. Masi followed with a single, that would've scored Torgeson and Connie Ryan popped out to end the threat.

Then came the top of the eighth and Stan Musial came up and slapped one into the left-field corner for a double to start things off. Slaughter hooked one into short left and Musial held at third. Ron Northey brought him home with a single over second base as Slaughter went over to third. That was it for Sain as Southworth brought in Bobby Hogue to pitch. He walked Whitey Kurowski to fill the bases. Babe Young hit a ground ball that found its way between third and short, in the drawn in infield, that counted both Slaughter and Terry Moore, who would come in to run for Northey.

With Kurowski on second and Young at first, Dell Rice missed a bunt attempt, and Kurowski was nailed at third. Young held first, but came all the way around with the Cardinals fourth run of the inning when Rice hit a double over Tommy Holmes' head in right field. Clyde Shoun now came in to pitch to Brecheen, and the Cat poked a Texas Leaguer over shortstop to score Rice, making it 6 to 2.

The Braves margin over the second-place Brooklyn Dodgers remains at 5 1/2 games as the Dodgers lost to Pittsburgh.

 

 
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R H E  
 

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

 

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

5

0

 

 

6

12

0

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

 

 

2

6

0

 

 

 

W

HARRY BRECHEEN (11-4)

 

2B

 

MUSIAL (StL), RICE (StL), ELLIOTT (BOST)

 

L

JOHNNY SAIN (13-9)

 

 

S

   

3B

  SLAUGHTER (StL)
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 37,071

 

HR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 0 1 .316  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 0 0 .324  

 

Mike McCormick lf 4 1 1 .275  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 1 1 .287  

 

Frank McCormick 1b 3 0 1 .205  

 

Earl Torgeson pr/1b 1 0 0 .252  

 

Clint Conaster cf 2 0 1 .261  

 

Phil Masi c 3 0 1 .247  

 

Connie Ryan 2b 3 0 0 .217  

 

Johnny Sain p 2 0 0 .208  

 

Bobby Hogue p 0 0 0 .071  

 

Clyde Shoun p 0 0 0 .176  

 

Jim Russell ph 1 0 0 .267  

 

Red Barrett p 0 0 0 .136  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Johnny Sain 7 9 4 3 4  

 

Bobby Hogue 0.1 1 0 1 0  

 

Clyde Shoun 0.2 1 0 0 0  
  Red Barrett 1 0 0 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

55 38 -

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 48 42 5 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 48 43 6

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 47 44 7

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 45 45 8 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 46 49 10

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 41 53 14 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 39 55 16 1/2