THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

JEFF HEATH

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

The Braves
come back to beat the Cubs

August 28, 1948 ... Jeff Heath hit an inside-the-park home run with two outs, and a pair of runners on base, in the ninth-inning to lift the Braves to a 5 to 4 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field before 17,590 fans. The drive went to dead center off relief pitcher Emil Kush with Hal Jeffcoat chasing after it. But just as Jeffcoat made a tremendous leap for the ball, he bounced off the wall and was knocked unconscious.

Tommy Holmes, who had a single to start the inning, came across the plate followed by Earl Torgeson, who had walked. Jeffcoat was still sprawled flat on his back when Peanuts Lowrey ran over from left-field to throw the ball into the infield. Jeff Heath kept chugging along and slid across the plate while ahead of shortstop, Roy Smalley's throw. As soon as the play was over, Heath and the players on both teams worked their way out to centerfield were Jeffcoat appeared to be badly hurt. But after a few minutes he lifted himself up and trotted off the field.

There was still some anxiety in the ninth when Eddie Waitkus walked as a pinch-hitter and then Al Lyons, the fourth pitcher used by manager Southworth, was taken out and replaced by Clyde Shoun. Shoun disposed of Phil Cavaretta when he popped out to Torgeson on a failed bunt attempt. A pitch later, Andy Pafko grounded into a doubleplay and the game was over. The Braves finally succeeded in defeating the Cubs after three straight losses.

The Cubs had jumped out to a lead on four straight singles and a sacrifice fly to account for three runs in the second inning. The Braves scored their first run in the third inning. Sibbi Sisti was walked and moved to second on Tommy Holmes' infield hit. Alvin Dark hit a short pop up behind second base and it fell safely for a base hit. Sisti was off with the crack of the bat and headed for home, as Jeffcoat threw to the plate. He was out by a full eight feet, but controversial umpire. Bill Stewart, called him safe. Catcher Bob Scheffing and manager Charlie Grimm had plenty to say to the umpire, but Stewart kept brushing off the plate and ignoring them.

The Braves tossed away a great chance of chasing starter Russ Meyer in the fifth inning. Bob Elliott, whose bat has been silent the past few games, left three men stranded with only one out, as Pafko inverted his ground ball into a doubleplay.

Jeff Heath, who had two singles to go along with his game saving drive, opened the sixth inning with a single to right. Clint Conaster struck out and then Bill Salkeld sliced a single to left, sending Heath the third. After Sibbi Sisti walked to load the bases, Frank McCormick came up to pinch-hit for the pitcher and flied to left, scoring Heath with the second Braves run.

The Cubs got that run back in the eighth-inning on Scheffing's double to left-center and Smalley's single over Al dark's head into left. That gave them a 4 to 2 lead going into the ninth.

But Tommy Holmes got his third single of the day to start the rally. Kush walked Torgeson after Dark had popped out and Elliott looked at a third strike. After that Heath took the ball into deep center field for the inside-the-park job.

Charlie Grimm celebrated his 50th birthday and in the next copy of the Saturday Evening Post, the cover will have a picture of Charlie and a few of his players as well as the club bat boy in a drawing by Norman Rockwell.

 

at Wrigley Field (Chicago) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

3

 

5

10

1

CHICAGO CUBS

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

 

4

9

0

W-Al Lyons (1-0)
S-Clyde Shoun (3)
L-Emil Kush (1-4)
Attendance 17,590


2B-Smalley (Chi), Scheffing (Chi)
3B-Cavarretta (Chi)
HR-Heath (Bost)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 1 3 .325  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 0 1 .324  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 1 1 0 .248  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 5 0 0 .288  

 

Jeff Heath lf 5 2 3 .308  

 

Clint Conaster cf 5 0 0 .272  

 

Bill Salkeld c 3 0 2 .270  

 

Phil Masi pr/c 1 0 0 .247  

 

Sibby Sisti 2b 1 1 0 .240  

 

Red Barrett p 0 0 0 .200  

 

Connie Ryan ph 1 0 0 .219  

 

Bobby Hogue p 1 0 1 .100  

 

Frank McCormick ph 1 0 0 .225  

 

Vern Bickford p 0 0 0 .156  

 

Mike McCormick ph 1 0 0 .297  

 

Al Lyons p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Clyde Shoun p 0 0 0 .176  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Red Barrett 2 4 3 0 0  

 

Bobby Hogue 3 2 0 0 3  

 

Vern Bickford 2 1 0 2 1  

 

Al Lyons 1 2 1 1 0  

 

Clyde Shoun 1 0 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

69 52 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 67 53 1 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 64 51 2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 62 54 4 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 60 57 7

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 54 66 14 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 50 70 18 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 49 71 19 1/2