THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

MIKE McCORMICK

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

The
Cardinals take the series

August 1, 1948 ... The Braves lost the series finale against St. Louis, 9 to 6, making four errors, running like schoolboys, and with pitching who threw up nothing but batting practice. The performance enabled the Cardinals to take the series, two games to one, and reduced the Braves lead to five games.

There were visions of another four-run come back in the last inning but for only a moment. The Tribe chased pitcher Howie Pollet in the ninth, but relief pitcher, Ted Wilks, came in and put out the fire.

The Braves had given starter Nelson Potter a two run lead in the third inning. Potter pitched brilliantly for four rounds, but he fell apart as well as did his defense, in the fifth, when they allowed the Cardinals four runs, three of them unearned, giving them a lead, they never relinquished.

Potter allowed two earned runs in the sixth, when Ron Northey lofted his fifth home run of the year into the visiting bullpen with Enos Slaughter on base. The Cardinals made it 8 to 2 in the eighth against Clyde Shoun. They scored one earned run and then Shoun let the second across with two errors on one play.

But the Braves had a couple of shots to get back in the game. They got three runs in the eighth with one out. Alvin Dark singled and scored on Mike McCormick's double. It was Mike's fourth hit of a perfect afternoon for him. A double by Bob Elliott brought him home and Bob scored on a single from Clint Conaster, making it 8 to 5.

Marty Marion's double and Stan Musial's base hit got one back for St. Louis in the ninth. Bobby Sturgeon then opened the Braves half of the ninth with a smashing double to left-center. With one out, Tommy Holmes then singled to left to move Sturgeon over to third. The fans got excited because Pollett had staggered through the eighth and now was being hit in the ninth. He had been knocked for 13 hits and was in trouble. So manager Eddie Dyer brought in Wilks from the bullpen, and he froze out the final Braves. Dark flew out to Terry Moore to score Sturgeon and then Earl Torgeson fouled out to end the game.

Potter hasn't walked a man in his last 25 1/3 innings. Clint Conaster has hit safely in six straight games since the Braves opened their homestand. He connected twice and was robbed from another by Slaughter. Not only did Mike McCormick go four for four but he made a great running catch of a line drive in the ninth-inning. To top his day, he drove in three 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  
 

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

 

0

0

0

0

4

2

0

2

1

 

 

9

15

0

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

3

1

 

 

6

13

4

 

 

 

W

HOWIE POLLET (7-5)

 

2B

 

SLAUGHTER (StL), MUSIAL (StL), MARION (StL),
M.McCORMICK (BOST), CONASTER (BOST), ELLIOTT (BOST)

 

L

NELS POTTER (5-4)

 

 

S

TED WILKS (9)  

3B

  MUSIAL (StL), SISTI (BOST)
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 26,324

 

HR

 

NORTHEY (StL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 1 1 .319  

 

Sibby Sisti pr 0 0 0 .198  

 

Alvin Dark ss 5 2 2 .330  

 

Mike McCormick lf 4 1 4 .291  

 

Earl Torgeson ph 1 0 0 .252  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 1 1 .287  

 

Frank McCormick 1b 4 0 0 .194  

 

Clint Conaster cf 4 0 2 .292  

 

Phil Masi c 4 0 0 .237  

 

Bobby Sturgeon 2b 4 1 2 .303  

 

Nels Potter p 2 0 1 .429  

 

Al Lyons ph 1 0 0 .000  

 

Clyde Shoun p 0 0 0 .176  

 

Red Barrett p 0 0 0 .130  

 

Ernie White p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Jim Russell ph 1 0 0 .266  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Nels Potter 7 9 3 0 3  

 

Clyde Shoun - 2 1 0 0  

 

Red Barrett 1.1 3 1 0 0  
  Ernie White 0.2 1 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

56 39 -

 

 

New York Giants 50 43 5

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 48 43 6

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 48 45 7

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 46 45 8

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 48 49 9

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 41 55 15 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 39 57 17 1/2