THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOB ELLIOTT & JEFF HEATH HIT HOMERS

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

Elliott's HR helps Johnny Sain win #15

August 11, 1948 ... Both Jeff Heath and Bob Elliott hit terrific home runs that helped Johnny Sain to his 15th win of the season, in an important 4 to 3 victory over the New York Giants at Braves Field. The Dodgers and the Cardinals stayed tied for second with their wins.

Heath's home run scored three big runs in the first inning. It was a long shot with some help from the favoring wind, yet the ball he hit in the sixth inning was it just as hard, even though it was a put out for Whitey Lockman in center field. Bob Elliott's homer, the actual game winner, broke a 3 to 3 tie in the sixth inning. It was a vicious line drive that easily cleared the 30 foot wall in left field on the right side of the scoreboard.

The game was not won easily by Sain however. He was given a three run lead in the opening inning yet yielded single runs in three different innings to lose that advantage. But down the stretch he was an enormous, as he clung to the one run lead that he was given by Elliott's homer and was able to keep the Braves three games ahead of the tightly bunched field behind them in the National League.

To keep a breath or two above their rivals, the Braves had to hit Larry Jansen, who had won seven straight from the Tribe since coming over to the league, but had been getting hit easily by the Braves this year. It was a second time in a row that they beaten Jansen, who is another 15 game winner. Jansen, usually a superb control pitcher, might be able to blame the setback for his lack of location. With two gone in the first inning he walked Earl Torgeson and Bob Elliott. Then Heath smashed the one that cleared the game in right-center field that separates the jury box screen and the fence. The ball landed on the black concrete runway a good 400 feet away, giving the Braves a 3 to 0 lead.

The Giants then began to cut into the lead in the second inning. They picked up a run on Willard Marshall's single, a hit batter and Buddy Kerr's base hit. They added another run in the fourth on a pass, an infield out, and a single by Jansen. They tied it up in the fifth when Sid Gordon opened up the inning with his 22nd home run of the year over the left-field fence.

Once Elliott hit his home run to put the Braves back out front, they stayed there, but it wasn't easy. Lonnie Frey and Lockman opened the seventh with singles. They were sacrificed along by Gordon and then Sain got Johnny Mize to pop out. The sacks were loaded on a walk to Marshall and then Walker Cooper grounded out to end the suspense.

In the ninth-inning, Lockman and Gordon went down and then Mize hit a tricky bouncing single down the third-base path. But luckily Willard Marshall hit an easy ground ball to Earl Torgeson that ended the game.

It was the 15th time in 28 games that the Braves have won by a single run. However they have not won an extra inning game all season. Alvin Dark was hitless of the first time in a long time, having gone five games where he had made 13 hits.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

 

 
 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R H E  
 

NEW YORK GIANTS

 

0

1

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

 

 

3

10

1

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

x

 

 

4

6

0

 

 

 

W

JOHNNY SAIN (15-10)

 

2B

 

HEATH (BOST)

 

L

LARRY JANSEN (15-7)

 

 

S

   

3B

   
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 18,961

 

HR

 

GORDON (NY), HEATH (BOST), ELLIOTT (BOST)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 0 1 .316  

 

Alvin Dark ss 3 0 0 .338  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 3 1 0 .264  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 2 2 .292  

 

Jeff Heath lf 3 1 2 .302  

 

Bill Salkeld c 3 0 0 .273  

 

Mike McCormick cf 4 0 1 .297  

 

Bobby Sturgeon 2b 3 0 0 .242  

 

Johnny Sain p 3 0 0 .188  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Johnny Sain 9 10 3 4 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

60 44 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 56 46 3

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 55 45 3

 

 

New York Giants 53 49 6

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 50 47 6 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 49 55 11

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 45 60 15 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 41 63 19