THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

EARL TORGESON
& CONNIE RYAN

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

Connie Ryan provides the
14th inning game winner against Brooklyn

August 23, 1948 ... The Braves forgotten man, Connie Ryan, doubled to left field in the 14th inning and scored Phil Masi from third, with the run that beat the Brooklyn Dodgers, 3 to 2, in a thriller at Ebbets Field. The win knocked the Dodgers out of second place and sent the Braves off to St. Louis with a 2 1/2 game lead over the Cardinals, and a three-game lead over the Dodgers.

Mike McCormick's first home run of the season, in the eighth-inning, is the one that sent the game into extra innings. Masi ruined a superb relief effort by Rex Barney, who came in with one out in the ninth-inning. With one away in the 14th, Phil doubled off the right-field fence and took third when George Shuba kicked the ball around. Ryan, the next batter, lined the ball just inside the third-base line and it hopped into the left-field stands for a ground rule double.

Bobby Hogue got the win, when he took over it to start of the 10th inning. In the 11th inning, with bases-loaded and two outs, he struck out pinch-hitter Arky Vaughn to save the Braves from losing the game right there.

Two times the Braves came from behind. Down 1 to 0, Sibbi Sisti singled down the third-base line with the bases loaded to tie up the game. Then in the eighth-inning, down 2 to 1, McCormick's home run tied up the game.

Exceptional pitching by Red Barrett, who threw three-hit baseball for 6 2/3 innings was a major factor that carried the Braves. Barrett relieved Nels Potter, who reinjured his back in the second inning.

The Dodgers threatened in the bottom of the 14th inning. Down 3 to 2, Duke Snider singled, was sacrificed over to second and then Vaughn was walked. Vern Bickford came in to rescue Hogue and saved the game by making Gil Hodges fly to center and Eddie Miksis ground into a force out.

The crowd was constantly on edge, with 19 Boston base runners stranded on base. Maneuvering by both managers, resulted in the use of 17 players being used. It was the first extra inning game that the Braves had won this year.

The length of the game caused the Braves to miss their plane for St. Louis and forced them to take the train, which they barely caught after the game.

 

at Ebbets Field (Brooklyn) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

3

14

2

BKN DODGERS

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

2

9

1

W-Bobby Hogue (8-2)
S-Vern Bickford (1)
L-Rex Barney (11-8)
Attendance 32,499


2B-Masi (Bost), Ryan (Bost), Rackley (Bkn)
HR-M.McCormick (Bost)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 7 0 1 .315  

 

Alvin Dark ss 6 0 0 .330  

 

Mike McCormick lf 7 1 3 .313  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 6 1 2 .286  

 

Frank McCormick 1b 4 0 1 .216  

 

Clint Conaster cf 7 0 1 .275  

 

Phil Masi c 4 1 1 .241  

 

Sibby Sisti 2b 3 0 2 .230  

 

Jeff Heath ph 1 0 0 .308  

 

Connie Ryan 2b 2 0 2 .221  

 

Nels Potter p 1 0 0 .424  

 

Red Barrett p 2 0 1 .200  

 

Earl Torgeson pr 0 0 0 .249  

 

Ernie White p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Bill Salkeld ph 0 0 0 .263  

 

Bobby Hogue p 2 0 0 .056  

 

Vern Bickford p 0 0 0 .129  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Nels Potter 1.1 3 2 0 0  

 

Red Barrett 6.2 3 0 2 3  

 

Ernie White 1 0 0 1 0  

 

Bobby Hogue 4.1 3 0 2 3  

 

Vern Bickford 0.2 0 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

66 49 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 63 51 2 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 61 50 3

 

 

New York Giants 58 53 6

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 57 52 6

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 52 62 13 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 49 67 17 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 46 68 19 1/2