THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

WARREN SPAHN

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

Warren Spahn silences the Cardinals

August 25, 1948 ... The Braves opened up more daylight on the rest of the National League behind Warren Spahn's seven hit, 2 to 0 shutout over the Cardinals at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. Spahn has come back to his form of last year with a vengeance and but for only a harmless looking ground ball, that leaped over the head of Cardinals' shortstop Marty Marion, the game would have ended in a tie.

The fortunate break came in the fifth inning when the Braves got their two runs off Howie Pollet, who practically matched Spahn's performance pitch for pitch. Clint Conaster had started the inning with a drive that bounced off Erv Dusak's glove at third-base and rolled into foul territory, giving him a double. Then Phil Masi stepped up to the plate and looked at a strike. Swinging the hardest he could at the next pitch, the ball took a couple of hops toward Marion at shortstop and shot over his left shoulder, skipping into centerfield and allowing Conaster to cross the plate. Spahn tried to sacrifice Masi to second, but Pollet got to the ball and threw Phil out. Tommy Holmes then singled to center and moved Spahn to second. Al Dark came up and sliced a one hopper off Red Schoendinst's glove into right field and Spahn scored the second Braves run.

The Cardinals threw some scares into Spahn, when in the third inning, they loaded the bases with two out. Terry Moore on a three and one count, smashed a long fly to left that looked like a home run, but ended up being caught by Mike McCormick against the wall.

Nelson Potter and Johnny Sain were examined by the team doctor this morning. Potter for his sore back and Sain after he had suffered a bruised hand, stopping a line drive from Enos Slaughter. Potter will simply have to rest and probably will be back in a couple of weeks. Sain and was all right and he was given the okay to make his regular turn on the mound. Billy Southworth revealed that Jim Russell would be released from the hospital in a week, but it is doubtful that he will return to the team soon.

 

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

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

 

2

10

0

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

7

2

W-Warren Spahn (11-8)
L-Howie Pollet (9-6)
A
ttendance 22,765


2B-Conaster (Bost), Masi (Bost)
3B-Jones (StL)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 0 3 .323  

 

Alvin Dark ss 5 0 2 .332  

 

Mike McCormick lf 4 0 0 .301  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 0 1 .287  

 

Frank McCormick 1b 4 0 0 .225  

 

Clint Conaster cf 4 1 1 .285  

 

Phil Masi c 4 0 2 .240  

 

Sibby Sisti 2b 4 0 1 .240  

 

Warren Spahn p 3 1 0 .167  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Warren Spahn 9 7 0 2 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

68 49 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 63 53 4 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 61 52 4 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 60 53 6

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 59 52 6

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 52 63 15

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 50 67 18

 

 

Chicago Cubs 46 70 21 1/2