THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

FRITZ OSTERMUELLER

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

The Braves
get swept by Pittsburgh

August 30, 1948 ... Fritz Ostermueller decided to get into the act of greasing the skids under the Boston Braves. The 41-year-old Pittsburgh southpaw, who was knocked out of the box in his last six starts, defeated the Braves by a score of 2 to 1 at Forbes Field. The defeat dropped the Braves a game and a half behind his Dodgers, who swept a doubleheader from the Cardinals.

Johnny Sain started his third game in seven days and gave Dixie Walker a two run home run ball in the first inning. After that, Sain was able to hold the Pirates scoreless, while his teammates let several scoring opportunities get by them.

The Braves had a great chance to save themselves from being swept in the three-game series in the ninth. But as they had been doing, they found themselves leaving base runners stranded on base yet again and frittered away an opportunity to win. Bob Elliott and Frank McCormick opened up the inning with singles. Clint Conaster, hitless now in 18 consecutive times at bat, tried to sacrifice, but Elliott was nailed at third place by Clyde Kluttz on a great play. Phil Masi next popped out to short left and Eddie Westlake made a great shoestring catch to get him. Sibbi Sisti finished by hitting a routine grounder to Stan Rojek at shortstop and the Pirates fans got pennant fever themselves, when Rojek lobbed the ball over to Danny Murtaugh, at second, to force Conaster and end the game.

Sain has pitched well enough to win over the last week's span, but he lost his second well pitched game, after losing to the Cubs, 1 to 0, only two days ago.

Conaster has not hit anything that resembled the stretch he was in over a week ago. He had an opportunity to put Sain back in the ballgame in the sixth. Tommy Holmes beat out a bunt and was forced by Alvin Dark. Mike McCormick lined a single to center that sent Dark over to third. The Braves shortstop crossed the plate on Elliott's drive to the same spot. After Frank McCormick popped out, Conaster bounced an easy ground ball down to third-base and the chance for more runs went by the board.

The Braves only other chance to score a run, which would have given them only 14 runs scored in their last seven games, came in the first inning when they bunched two singles off Ostermueller. Dark's line drive bounced off Eddie Bockman's glove, at third, for a base hit with one out. Bob Elliott got the first of his three singles, but Frank McCormick's drive to left was taken on the run by Ralph Kiner to end it.

The Braves were hoping that the Dodgers would take three out of the four from the Cardinals, but never expected to have them sweep the series.

 

at Forbes Field (Pittsburgh) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

 

1

9

3

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

x

 

2

8

0

W-Fritz Ostermueller (7-7)
L-Johnny Sain (16-14)
Attendance - 33,174


HR-Walker (Pitt)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 0 1 .321  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 1 1 .322  

 

Mike McCormick lf 4 0 1 .302  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 0 3 .296  

 

Frank McCormick 1b 4 0 1 .235  

 

Earl Torgeson pr 0 0 0 .248  

 

Clint Conaster cf 4 0 0 .256  

 

Phil Masi c 4 0 1 .244  

 

Sibby Sisti 2b 4 0 0 .230  

 

Johnny Sain p 3 0 1 .194  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Johnny Sain 8 8 2 2 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 68 51 -

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

69 55 1 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 64 54 3 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 67 57 3 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 60 59 8

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 55 67 14 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 52 70 17 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 50 72 19 1/2