THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

THE DODGERS AT BRAVES FIELD

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

The
Dodgers jump out quickly
and hold off the Braves

August 15, 1948 ... A first inning line drive home run by Duke Snider, with one aboard, was the eventual margin by which the Brooklyn Dodgers defeated the Braves before 28,420 fans at Braves Field. The 4-2 Dodger victory squared the current series between the league leaders and their chief rival. It left Brooklyn three games behind the Braves, alone in second place, with the Cardinals splitting a doubleheader with Pittsburgh.

Trailing by one run going into the eighth-inning, Ralph Branca, the Dodgers starter, passed Al Dark on four consecutive pitches. That brought manager Bert Shotton out of the dugout, and he called for southpaw Paul Minner from the bullpen. Billy Southworth allowed lefty Earl Torgeson to bat and he hit a terrific drive into right field that went right at Gene Hermanski for the first out. Then Bob Elliott came up and drew a walk. With lefty Jeff Heath coming to bat, Southworth once more decided to not switch to a righty. Heath took Snider deep into centerfield with a long fly ball, and Dark was able to sprint to third after the catch.

HERMANSKI STEALS SECOND

Now Southworth brought up Phil Masi, a right-handed batter to bat for Bill Salkeld. That made Shotton switch pitchers and he brought in Hank Behrman. Behrman threw three straight balls to Masi, and then a strike. On the next pitch, Masi connected and popped out to end the Braves hopes.

The Dodgers up 2 to 0, as a result of Snider's home run, added one more run in the third. Then Tommy Holmes opened up the Braves half of the inning with a double, scoring on Dark's single, but Branca was able to hold the next three Braves batters in check. Then in the sixth, Heath smashed a Branca fastball on to the concrete walkway next to the Jury Box to put the Braves within a run. The Dodgers picked up an insurance run in the ninth on Marv Rackley's double and Gene Hermanski's single.

Johnny Sain gave out 10 hits and it was three more than the Braves could collect off the trio of Dodgers pitchers.

 

 
  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

 

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

 

4

10

0

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

 

 

2

7

0

 

 

 

W

RALPH BRANCA (13-7)

 

2B

 

RACKLEY (2)(BKN), HOLMES (BOST)

 

L

JOHNNY SAIN (15-11)

 

 

S

HANK BEHRMAN (5)  

3B

   
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 32,457

 

HR

 

SNIDER (BKN), HEATH (BOST)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 1 2 .316  

 

Alvin Dark ss 3 0 1 .333  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 3 0 0 .255  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 0 0 .289  

 

Jeff Heath lf 4 1 1 .299  

 

Bill Salkeld c 3 0 1 .267  

 

Phil Masi ph/c 1 0 0 .239  

 

Mike McCormick cf 4 0 0 .308  

 

Sibby Sisti 2b 4 0 2 .209  

 

Johnny Sain p 2 0 0 .183  

 

Clint Conaster ph 1 0 0 .267  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Johnny Sain 9 10 4 4 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

62 46 -

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 57 47 3

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 58 49 3 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 53 49 6

 

 

New York Giants 54 52 7

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 52 56 10

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 46 62 16

 

 

Chicago Cubs 43 64 18 1/2