THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

EMIL KUSH

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

The Braves can't do it in the clutch and lose again

August 6, 1948 ... Emil Kush coolly curved a third strike past Frank McCormick, in the ninth-inning, that enabled the Chicago Cubs to pin a 5 to 4 setback on the Braves. They had a chance to get back into the ballgame when Bob Elliott opened the ninth with a walk. Clint Conaster sacrificed him to second and Elliott beat the throw. So with two men on now, Kush was called on to come in from the bullpen and stop the Braves.

Sibbi Sisti advanced his two teammates with a nice bunt and then the Cubs deliberately walked Phil Masi to load the bases. That brought up Bill Salkeld and the best he could do was pop out. Frank McCormick then strolled to the plate to bat for pitcher Nelson Potter and Frank wasn't able to take the bat off the shoulder as the count came down to three and two. Kush took his time before delivering a deciding pitch with the customers chanting into a deafening clamor. McCormick never offered at it and home plate umpire Art Gore raised his hand for the out, as the Boston pinch-hitter and the Braves league lead was shaved down to 3 1/2 games.

The Cubs drove Vern Bickford to cover the first inning under a three run avalanche. The Braves picked up one back in their half of the first as Tommy Holmes led off with a single but was forced at second. Alvin Dark reached on an infield hit and then Bob Elliott grounded out, allowing Dark to score.

The Cubs picked up that run in the top of the second and the Braves countered in their half with two singles and a sacrifice fly by Dark, making it 4 to 2. Then the Braves went into last of the third and Jeff Heath but a spark in the club with a double down the left-field line. He scored when Phil Masi sliced a high drive that landed in the visitors bullpen to tie the scored four each. It was his fifth of the year and three of them have come at the hands of the Cubs.

Red Barrett did a good job of pitching until the sixth inning when the Cubs put together their winning run. He retired the first two Cubs batters and then got into the hole on Emil Verban. The Cubs infielder singled to center and then Barrett walked Eddie Waitkus. Phil Cavaretta singled to right scored Verban and then Nelson Potter came in to stop the bleeding.

The Braves had many chances against southpaw Bob Chipman, but they couldn't connect in the clutch. In the seventh, Potter singled to right and took second on a sacrifice and then Dark slammed a single to center. Hal Jeffcoat picked up the ball and fired it to the mound as Potter was held on third, only to see Eddie Waitkus cut off the throw and nail Dark who was trying for second.

The Braves record has now dropped below the .500 mark with a 5-6 record on the homestand. The victory was only to third by the Cubs against the Braves this year. The Braves, who had a 6 1/2 game lead at the end of sweeping the Pirates, now have their N.L. lead almost shaved in half.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

 

 
 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R H E  
 

CHICAGO CUBS

 

3

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

 

 

5

13

0

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

4

13

0

 

 

 

W

BOB CHIPMAN (2-1)

 

2B

 

HEATH (BOST), DARK (BOST), HOLMES (BOST)

 

L

RED BARRETT (4-7)

 

 

S

EMIL KUSH (3)  

3B

   
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 13,521

 

HR

 

MASI (BOST)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 0 2 .321  

 

Alvin Dark ss 5 1 2 .328  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 3 0 2 .261  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 0 0 .283  

 

Clint Conaster cf 3 0 1 .290  

 

Mike McCormick lf 0 0 0 .292  

 

Jeff Heath ph/lf 3 1 1 .302  

 

Sibby Sisti ph 0 0 0 .198  

 

Phil Masi c 4 1 2 .235  

 

Bobby Sturgeon 2b 4 1 1 .265  

 

Bill Salkeld ph 1 0 0 .282  

 

Vern Bickford p 0 0 0 .133  

 

Red Barrett p 2 0 1 .160  

 

Nels Potter p 2 0 1 .400  

 

Frank McCormick ph 1 0 0 .198  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Vern Bickford 0.2 3 3 1 0  

 

Red Barrett 5 8 2 1 4  
  Nels Potter 3.1 2 0 0 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

57 43 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 52 45 3 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 51 44 3 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 51 46 4 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 46 46 7

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 48 50 8

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 44 57 13 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 41 59 16