THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

NELSON POTTER

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

The Braves rally in the bottom
of the 9th for a walk-off win

August 14, 1948 ... The Boston Braves roared back in the bottom of the ninth-inning, to get by the Dodgers in an exciting 4 to 3 come from behind win at Braves Field. As 32,457 crazy fans howled, clapped and whistled themselves hoarse, the Braves came up with a thrilling three run last ditch rally, that enabled them to increased their league lead to four games over the Dodgers and Cardinals.

A pass to Bill Salkeld and Mike McCormick's double gave the Braves a one run lead in the second, that was equalized in Brooklyn's sixth on a walk to Jackie Robinson, his theft of second base and an error by Bobby Sturgeon that enabled him to score.

Nobody ever deserved to win a game more than Nelson Potter did last night. He threw a terrific game and should not have been scored upon, except for the bad defense that put him behind the eight ball. The Dodgers moved ahead in the seventh when Pee Wee Reese opened up with a single, was sacrificed to second, and then beat Al Dark's throw over to third on Gil Hodges' grounder to short. Eddie Miksis then laid down a perfect bunt that refused to roll foul, and Reese scored to put the Dodgers up 2 to 1. Brooklyn's third run came in the eighth when Sturgeon made his second error of the game, by letting Rackley's ground ball roll through his legs into right field. Marv promptly stole second and scored on Robinson's single to center.

Potter not only pitched brilliantly, but led the Braves attack with three clean singles, including his game saving ninth inning drive. Since coming over to the Braves he has made 11 hits in 23 times at bat. His win was his third against two hard luck setbacks.

Entering the ninth, the Braves were two runs down. Rex Barney had held the Braves to five hits and one run over eight innings and it seemed that he just had the Braves number tonight. But we have learned over this season, to never count the Braves out.

Phil Masi came up to pinch-hit leading off. Barney threw one up and tight that nicked his uniform and down to first Phil went. That pitch ignited the Braves, because the next batter was Potter, who would already had gotten two hits. The crowd applauded him wildly and deservedly. His response was another line drive single to right, that moved Masi over to second.

Potter left to a standing ovation and was replaced by Sibbi Sisti to pinch run. The situation called for a bunt and up came Clint Conaster, who did just that. It was a perfect ball that rolled down the third-base line. Thirdbaseman, Eddie Miksis and Barney sprinted over for it. Barney grabbed it, wheeled around, and threw it toward third to try and pick off the lead runner. But since Miksis had also charged in and Reese hadn't gotten over in time, third-base was left uncovered. Barney tried to hold up his throw but the ball bounced toward left field. Masi scored, Sisti reached third, and Conaster advanced to second. The Dodgers, with first base open, decided to pitch to Alvin Dark, to everyone's amazement. With a 3-0 count, Dark could only pop out to Jackie Robinson at second.

This time the Dodgers decided to fill the bases and Earl Torgeson was handed an intentional pass. Bob Elliott strolled to the plate, having gone hitless for the night. Everyone was on edge and Barney worked carefully as the count went up to three and two. His next pitch was high and inside and Elliott tried to pull his bat back after offering, with the ball striking it and going foul. The next serve was low and Elliott took it for ball four, putting him on first and forcing in Sisti with the tying run.

At this point Dodger manager, Bert Shotton gave up on Barney and in came Paul Minner to pitch to Jeff Heath. On his first pitch, Heath drove a long fly ball to left, deep enough for Conaster to tag up and jog across with the winning run, into the arms of his waiting teammates, who were surrounding the plate and going crazy. The Braves now have a 17-13 record in one-run games.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

 

 
 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R H E  
 

BROOKLYN DODGERS

 

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

 

 

3

7

1

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

 

 

4

8

3

 

 

 

W

NELS POTTER (6-5)

 

2B

 

M.McCORMICK (BOST), HEATH (BOST)

 

L

REX BARNEY (10-7)

 

 

S

   

3B

  RACKLEY (BKN)
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 32,457

 

HR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 0 1 .315  

 

Clint Conaster pr/cf 1 1 1 .269  

 

Alvin Dark ss 3 0 0 .333  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 2 0 0 .257  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 0 0 .292  

 

Jeff Heath lf 4 0 1 .300  

 

Bill Salkeld c 3 1 0 .266  

 

Mike McCormick cf/rf 3 0 2 .314  

 

Bobby Sturgeon 2b 3 0 0 .225  

 

Phil Masi ph 0 1 0 .240  

 

Nels Potter p 4 0 3 .438  

 

Sibby Sisti pr 0 1 0 .195  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Nels Potter 9 7 3 1 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

62 45 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 57 48 4

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 56 47 4

 

 

New York Giants 54 50 6 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 52 48 6 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 50 56 11 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 45 61 16 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 42 63 19