THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

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

The fans boo the Braves,
but cheer for the Babe

August 16, 1948 ... A spontaneous tribute to the memory of Babe Ruth was paid by some 30,000 spectators at Braves Field before the start of the Braves and Dodgers game. Before Braves publicist, Billy Sullivan, had finished his announcement that the Babe had lost his battle with cancer, they huge crowd sensed what had happened and were up on their feet automatically. The movement started from the grandstand and swept out into the right-field pavilion and jury box. Before umpires gathered around home plate and the players stood at attention on the top of the steps of their respective dugouts.

The Braves then dropped the deciding contest of their five-game series to the Dodgers, 6 to 2, and saw their lead dwindle to two games over their opponents. For seven innings it was a terrific ballgame, but then manager Billy Southworth removed Warren Spahn for a pinch-hitter. The Dodgers enjoyed the serves from the relief corps and drilled Bobby Hogue and Clyde Shoun for four eighth inning tallies, turning the tight ballgame into a rout.

Spahn had pitched superior ball over his rival Joe Hatten, but sloppy defense enabled the Dodgers to score a pair of runs in the fourth inning and overcome the one run lead Spahn was given in the second. The Braves gave Hatten a good shellacking. They smashed out nine hits, including three doubles, but they couldn't cash in when the Braves' runners on base were begging for a chance to score.

The first run of the Braves was scored on Phil Masi's double and Sibbi Sisti's single in the second inning. They finished their scoring in the eighth-inning on singles by Tommy Holmes, Mike McCormick and Bob Elliott to give them their second run. But with two on and only one out, both Frank McCormick and Masi popped out weakly to Gil Hodges at first base to kill a potential rally. The huge gathering of fans let their feelings be shown in the eighth-inning as a booed Southworth and the relief pitchers in the wild is vocal display of dissatisfaction, shown this year.

The Dodgers scored twice in the second inning and after Spahn was taken out for a pinch-hitter in the seventh, Hogue was the first Braves hurler to pitch in the eighth. He was clubbed for a triple, a double and a single for two runs before Shoun came it. A double and a single off Shoun produced another run and the final score came after Clint Conaster and made a brilliant running catch in right-center off Billy Cox. By then the ballgame was gone.

On July 3rd, the Dodgers were in last place, 10 1/2 games out. Since then, they have won 31 and lost 12, to move within two games of the Braves. During the five-game series here, they had stolen nine bases perfectly.

The best pitcher for the Braves over this home stand has been Nelson Potter, and last night he informed manager Billy Southworth that he had a sore back, and he may miss his next start. Eddie Stanky reports that he is not going to start working out until he gets the official okay from his doctor. If he gets permission he will start his workouts with the Red Sox at Fenway Park next week.

 

 
  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

2

0

0

0

4

0

 

 

6

13

0

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

 

 

2

9

0

 

 

 

W

JOE HATTEN (9-7)

 

2B

 

EDWARDS (BKN), HODGES (BKN), RACKLEY (BKN), CAMPANELLA (BKN), HERMANSKI (BKN), MASI (BOST), M.McCORMICK (BOST), CONASTER (BOST)

 

L

WARREN SPAHN (9-8)

 

 

S

   

3B

  REESE (BKN)
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 31,432

 

HR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 3 1 2 .319  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 0 0 .330  

 

Mike McCormick cf 4 0 3 .317  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 0 1 .289  

 

Frank McCormick 1b 4 0 0 .190  

 

Phil Masi c 4 1 1 .240  

 

Clint Conaster cf 3 0 1 .268  

 

Sibby Sisti 2b 4 0 1 .211  

 

Warren Spahn p 2 0 0 .186  

 

Connie Ryan ph 1 0 0 .209  

 

Bobby Hogue p 0 0 0 .063  

 

Clyde Shoun p 0 0 0 .176  

 

Vern Bickford p 0 0 0 .133  

 

Jeff Heath ph 1 0 0 .298  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Warren Spahn 7 7 2 1 8  

 

Bobby Hogue 0.1 3 3 0 0  

 

Clyde Shoun - 2 1 0 0  

 

Vern Bickford 1.2 1 0 2 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

62 47 -

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 58 47 2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 59 49 2 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 53 50 6

 

 

New York Giants 54 52 6 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 52 56 9 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 47 62 15

 

 

Chicago Cubs 43 65 18 1/2