THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

TOMMY HOLMES

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

Tommy Holmes leads the Braves in beating the Cards

August 24, 1948 ... The Braves routed Harry Brecheen and the St. Louis Cardinals by a 9 to 3 score, under a torrid 97 at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. As result, they increased their National League lead to 3 1/2 games. Johnny Sain, after his usual poor start, settled down to win his 16th victory of the year.

Brecheen, the Cardinals ace, had won his last six straight until this all-important game. But before manager Eddie Dyer had decided that it just wasn't Brecheen's night, the Braves had knocked him around for twelve hits, seven of which were doubles in less than seven innings. The score could have been even higher except for the phenomenal play of Stan Musial in the outfield. At least three times, Musial hauled down extra-base hits in center field, in addition to launching his 31st home run in the first inning to give the Cardinals a 2 to 1 lead.

Tommy Holmes led the Braves attack with two doubles and two singles, scoring three runs. Even Sain got into the hitting column with a single and double.

Holmes doubled to start the game and scored after two were out on Bob Elliott's drive down the left-field line. But even though they were hitting Brecheen hard, Musial's home run put the Cardinals up in their half of the first inning and it stayed that way until the third. In the second Clint Conaster doubled to left after Frank McCormick had flied out, and then Sibbi Sisti crossed up the Cardinal defense by dropping a bunt down the third-base line and beating the play to first, as Conaster scored. Sain hit his double to left to score Sisti, who slid in home under a cloud of dust. Holmes got his second hit, a base hit to right, and Ron Northey fumbled the ball, allowing Sain to score the third run of the inning, and putting the Braves up 4 to 2.

In the fifth and sixth innings, the Cardinals opened up with doubles, however neither Marty Marion nor Babe Young made it any closer to the plate.

Brecheen was finally knocked out of the box in the seventh inning, when the Braves scored three runs on six hits. Holmes doubled to start and Alvin Dark beat out a bunt. Mike McCormick's fly ball to center got Holmes across the plate for the fifth Boston run. Elliott doubled Dark home and Brecheen called it a day. Ted Wilks came into the game and Frank McCormick got a base hit off him to score another run.

Gerry Staley tried to keep the Braves down in the eighth but he was also knocked around for three hits and a couple of runs. Now down 9 to 2, the Cardinals got to Sain for another run in their half of the eighth, on a single by Northey and Don Lang's double to right-center. Sain however mixed up the next three batters with his sharp breaking curves, and they were easy outs.

Red Schoendinst was back at second base for the Cardinals after being out for almost two months with torn ligaments in his right shoulder.

 

at Sportsman's Park (St. Louis) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

1

0

0

3

0

0

3

2

0

 

9

18

3

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

 

3

11

0

W-Johnny Sain (16-12)
L-Harry Brecheen (15-5)
A
ttendance 31,434


2B-Holmes (2)(Bost), Elliott (2)(Bost), Dark (Bost),
Conaster (Bost), Sain (Bost), F.McCormick (Bost), Slaughter (StL),
Marion (StL), Young (StL)
HR-Musial (StL)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 6 3 4 .319  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 2 2 .332  

 

Mike McCormick lf 5 0 0 .306  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 5 1 2 .287  

 

Frank McCormick 1b 5 0 3 .233  

 

Clint Conaster cf 5 1 3 .286  

 

Phil Masi c 5 0 0 .237  

 

Sibby Sisti 2b 4 1 2 .239  

 

Johnny Sain p 4 1 2 .198  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Johnny Sain 9 11 3 2 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

67 49 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 63 52 3 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 61 51 4

 

 

New York Giants 59 53 6

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 58 52 6

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 52 62 14

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 49 67 18

 

 

Chicago Cubs 46 69 20 1/2