THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

THE POLO GROUNDS

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

The
Braves lead is slipping away in New York

August 18, 1948 ... The Braves lead atop the National League is dwindling away. They lost to the Giants at the Polo Grounds, 8 to 2, and are only holding a one-game lead over the Dodgers, who edged the Phillies in Philadelphia.

Johnny Mize and Sid Gordon both homered to give Sheldon Jones his 12th win. The big firstbaseman lofted his 29th home run into the right-field stands in the second inning. Gordon went into the left-field stands with a man aboard, in the third inning.

Jones breezed through the first inning easily, but ran into a streak of wildness in the second inning. He passed Jeff Heath and Bill Salkeld and Clint Conaster doubled to left to score Heath. Another bright chance happened in the third when Alvin Dark singled to center and Earl Torgeson dumped a double down the third-base line. Dark held up at third and after Elliott popped out, Heath was walked to load the bases. Dark scored on a sacrifice fly by Bill Salkeld and Conaster got another walk to reload the bases, but Sibbi Sisti grounded out to kill off the rally.

Trailing 4 to 2, going into sixth inning after Red Barrett had taken over for Vern Bickford, the Braves lost another chance to get back into the game. Sisti opened with a single and Barrett tried twice to sacrifice him over, but was finally called out on strikes. Holmes hit a grounder that forced Sisti at second and Dark singled down the left-field line, but when he tried to stretch his hit into a double, Don Mueller cut him down.

The Giants got only two hits in the eighth but scored four runs against Bobby Hogue and Ernie White. The score would hardly indicate that the Braves were in the game in any time.

X-rays were taken on Nelson Potter's back in they turned up negative. Trainer Charlie Lacks believes Potter is suffering from a strained ligament. Billy Southworth hasn't heard anything about Jim Russell being hospitalized. It has become apparent that Russell will be out for the rest of the year and someone will have to come up and replace him on the roster.

 

at The Polo Grounds (New York) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

2

8

0

NEW YORK GIANTS

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

4

x

 

8

10

1

W-Sheldon Jones (12-6)
L-Vern Bickford (7-4)
Attendance 14,929

2B-Conaster (Bost), Torgeson (Bost)
HR-Mize (NY), Gordon (NY)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 0 0 .314  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 1 2 .331  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 5 0 2 .256  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 0 1 .291  

 

Jeff Heath lf 3 1 0 .299  

 

Bill Salkeld c 3 0 0 .262  

 

Clint Conaster cf 3 0 1 .282  

 

Sibby Sisti 2b 4 0 1 .222  

 

Vern Bickford p 1 0 0 .129  

 

Red Barrett p 2 0 1 .185  

 

Mike McCormick ph 1 0 0 .317  

 

Bobby Hogue p 0 0 0 .063  

 

Ernie White p 0 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Vern Bickford 2.2 5 4 1 0  

 

Red Barrett 4.1 3 0 2 1  

 

Bobby Hogue 0.1 2 4 1 0  

 

Ernie White 0.2 0 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

63 48 -

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 60 47 1

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 60 50 2 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 55 50 5

 

 

New York Giants 55 53 6 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 52 58 10 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 47 64 16

 

 

Chicago Cubs 44 66 18 1/2