THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

EARL TORGESON

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

Earl Torgeson strokes the game winner for the Tribe

August 5, 1948 ... The Cincinnati Reds found themselves in a dilemma during the eighth-inning as relief pitcher Ken Burkhart didn't know how to pitch to Earl Torgeson. He asked his teammates and after a conference on the mound, he delivered a fat fastball that Torgy drilled into left-center for a triple, scoring Tommy Holmes and Alvin Dark for a 6 to 4 victory at Braves field.

The hit ended the Braves four-game losing streak and along with the relief pitching of Bobby Hogue, who blanked the Reds over the final three innings, on one infield hit, the Braves enjoy a 4 1/2 lead atop the National League.

The Braves out slugged Cincinnati 10 to 4, but they left 10 runners on base. For a change, the Braves took a 2 to 0 lead in the early stages of the game. In the third inning Tommy Holmes' single, Dark's double and a single from Clint Conaster, gave them the lead. But that was cut in half with one swing off the bat of Danny Litwhiler, who poked his 12th homer over the left-field fence in the fourth inning.

The Reds moved ahead in the sixth inning, scoring three runs on a double by Frank Baumholtz, a walk and a triple from Johnny Wyrostek. It was tied up by the Braves in the same inning on a pass to Conaster with one out. He took third on Mike McCormick's single and scored when Phil Masi flied out. Singles by Bobby Sturgeon and pinch-hitter Frank McCormick tied up the game at 4 to 4.

Burkhart had come into relief Ken Peterson in the seventh and retired the first two Braves in the eighth with ease, when suddenly the Tribe hit him with a one-two punch. Duplicating what they did in the fourth, Holmes again singled and Dark doubled. Burkhart, instead of walking Torgeson intentionally with first base open, was told by manager Johnny Neun to pitch to him. Torgy didn't hesitate and stroked a streaming liner into left-center that won the game.

The win gave the Braves a five and five record on the current homestand. The four straight losses, equaled the Braves record for the season. The Braves slump since the All-Star game hasn't been very costly. They have split even in 20 games and yet haven't lost much ground in the standings.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

 

 
 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R H E  
 

CINCINNATI REDS

 

0

0

0

1

0

3

0

0

0

 

 

4

4

0

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

0

2

0

0

2

0

2

x

 

 

6

10

1

 

 

 

W

BOBBY HOGUE (7-2)

 

2B

 

BAUMHOLTZ (CINC), DARK (BOST)

 

L

KEN BURKHART (0-1)

 

 

S

   

3B

  WYROSTEK (CINC), TORGESON (BOST)
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 13,521

 

HR

 

LITWHILER (CINC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 2 2 .319  

 

Alvin Dark ss 5 2 2 .327  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 0 2 .257  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 0 1 .287  

 

Clint Conaster cf 2 1 1 .288  

 

Jeff Heath ph/lf 0 0 0 .302  

 

Mike McCormick lf/cf 4 1 1 .292  

 

Phil Masi c 4 0 0 .330  

 

Bobby Sturgeon 2b 4 0 1 .267  

 

Warren Spahn p 2 0 0 .204  

 

Frank McCormick ph 1 0 1 .200  

 

Bobby Hogue p 1 0 0 .067  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Warren Spahn 6 3 4 1 0  
  Bobby Hogue 3 1 0 0 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

57 42 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 51 45 4 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 50 44 4 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 50 46 5 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 46 45 7

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 48 49 8

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 44 56 13 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 40 59 17