THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

FRANK McCORMICK &
EARL TORGESON

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

Frank McCormick's HR leads the
Braves to a win

August 31, 1948 ... The staggering Braves came out of a lethargic batting slump somewhat, and moved back into the pennant picture by beating the Reds, 3 to 1, before 15,000 fans at Crosley Field. Frank McCormick's two run homer in the sixth, along with great pitching from Red Barrett, finds the Braves trailing the Dodgers, who lost twice, by two percentage points..

Another defeat was staring the Braves right in the face until Frank sent one of Ken Peterson's curves far over the fence in left. More Braves' runners were again stranded in scoring position during four of the first five innings. The Braves had two out in the first when Mike McCormick doubled to left and Elliott walked. Frank McCormick lined one at Hank Sauer who made a nice catch to end that threat. Then in the third, Dark singled and made it to third on Mike McCormick's liner through the box. Another scoring chance faded as Elliott rolled out to first.

Clint Conaster, hitless in 21 consecutive times at bat, finally broke out of his slump by driving a long single off the left-field wall in the seventh. That was it for Peterson and Harry Gumbert came into pitch. Phil Masi greeted him by taking his first pitch and lining it into right, sending Conaster to second. Sibbi Sisti came through with this second of three singles during the game, to score Conaster and send Masi to third. Barrett twice tried to squeeze Phil home, but ended up striking out, while Masi was picked off third.

Frank McCormick reached safely on Hatton's error in the fourth, and Conaster flew out to Sauer. Masi hit what should've been a doubleplay ball, but Claude Corbett threw wildly past first base. Masi took off for second, only to be thrown out when Lamanno took the ball off the wall close to the dugout and threw him out to Virgil Stallcup.

Barrett threw a home run ball to Grady Hatton to start the scoring in the second inning. Two more times Barrett was in danger, but Alvin Dark made two sensational catches, while on the dead run, to keep his pitcher out of trouble. His second grab came in the ninth-inning off Ted Kluszewski. Hatton had singled with one out and Klu sliced a soft liner toward left. Dark turned at the crack of the bat and caught up the ball, catching it in the webbing of his glove, in a desperate last moment lunge.

Peterson who started in place of Ewell Blackwell, nursing a sore arm, finally saw his luck run out after he started the sixth by handing Mike McCormick a base on balls. Bob Elliott tried to lay down a bunt and popped it up behind the plate. Frank then cracked Peterson's first pitch for his third home run of the year putting the Braves out front for good, 3 to 1.

 

at Crosley Field (Cincinnati) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

 

3

11

1

CINCINNATI REDS

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

1

7

1

W-Red Barrett (6-7)
L-Kent Peterson (2-12)
Attendance 15,744


2B-M.McCormick (Bost), Wyrostek (Cinc), Baumholtz (Cinc)
HR-F.McCormick (Bost), Hatton (Cinc)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 0 0 .318  

 

Alvin Dark ss 5 0 1 .321  

 

Mike McCormick lf 3 1 3 .310  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 0 0 .294  

 

Frank McCormick 1b 4 1 1 .236  

 

Clint Conaster cf 4 1 2 .261  

 

Phil Masi c 4 0 1 .244  

 

Sibby Sisti 2b 4 0 3 .245  

 

Red Barrett p 2 0 0 .188  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Red Barrett 9 7 1 0 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 68 53 -

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

70 55 -

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 65 54 2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 68 57 2

 

 

New York Giants 60 60 7 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 55 68 14

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 52 71 17

 

 

Chicago Cubs 52 72 17 1/2