THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

LOU PERINI & BILLY SOUTHWORTH

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

August 19, 1948 ... Manager Billy Southworth welcomed today's postponement, with the Giants, as a blessing in disguise. When news of the cancellation was given to him, he broke out in a slight smile. He said "I was going to start Johnny Sain against the Giants today, and I had Warren Spahn ready for the opener with Brooklyn. Now I can use Sain and Spahn and then Voiselle, leaving only Sunday's game to worry about. "

Southworth met with President Lou Perini talk about the possible changes that might lift the team together. Tommy Holmes is in a slump and neither felt that Marv Rickert nor Jim Gleason in Milwaukee, can really help the club, as both are outfielders.

Southworth received news that Jim Russell's condition is improving in a Pennsylvania Hospital. However he doesn't expect the centerfielder to be ready for a minimum of another two weeks. Nelson Potter's status also remains questionable, with the pitcher taking heat treatments twice a day.

 

 

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