THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

GLENN ELLIOTT

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

The Braves look listless but come back
strong to split a doubleheader in Cincinnati

September 1, 1948 ... After playing a lifeless game in the first half of the doubleheader, the Braves came back to gain an even split with the Reds before 8000 fans at Crosley Field. Johnny VanderMeer settled down after a first inning scare, in the opening game, to win it 3 to 1. But the Braves finally found their hitting bats and smashed for Reds hurlers, in the nightcap, for an 11 to 1 win. Glenn Elliott, called up from the Milwaukee club, was given credit for his first big-league start, although he was removed from the second game after a collision at first base, while attempting to beat out a bunt. Brooklyn's victory over the Cubs kept the Braves a half game behind the Dodgers.

VanderMeer ran into considerable trouble right at the start of the first game. He walked Tommy Holmes and Alvin Dark singled to left. After getting the next two batters, VanderMeer saw Bob Elliott drive a liner out to Hank Sauer, who ran after it and made a great backhanded catch that allowed Holmes to score.

Warren Spahn coasted along with the 1 to 0 lead for four innings, pitching hitless ball. Then he gave up three singles and a run in the fifth and was clouted even harder in the sixth, when the Reds got three singles and a home run. Johnny Wyrostek smashed his 14th homer of the season into the right-field bleachers, with one on, for the runs that won the game.

Ken Raffensberger started for Cincinnati in the nightcap. He retired only two men as Dark singled, Mike McCormick tripled and Frank McCormick doubled, for two runs. Then Herm Wehmeier was brought in and was greeted by a single by Clint Conaster that scored the third run of the inning.

Glenn Elliott had a jittery first inning himself, with the Reds getting three singles and a run, but he pitched well after that until he ran head-on into Ted Kluszewski, after dragging a bunt toward second base.

Two singles and a double by Phil Masi, made it 6 to 1 in the fifth and a four hit assault on Walker Cress, led by Earl Torgeson's 10th home run of the year, made it 9 to 1 in the sixth inning. Ken Burkhart, the fourth Reds pitcher, had little more luck than his predecessors in the eighth. Conaster and Masi singled and Sisti was given a pass. Clyde Shoun lined a single to right that brought in two more runs, making it 11 to 1.

Nelson Potter has not improved it all and he is not even throwing because of his lame back. He is taking the treatments every day, but manager Southworth doesn't expect to see him back for at least a couple of weeks.

 

at Crosley Field (Cincinnati) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

1

5

0

CINCINNATI REDS

0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

x

 

3

7

1

W-Johnny VanderMeer (12-13)
L-Warren Spahn (11-10)
Attendance 8012

HR-Wyrostek (Cinc)

 

Game #2 ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

3

1

0

0

2

3

0

2

0

 

11

21

1

CINCINNATI REDS

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

1

11

2

W-Glenn Elliott (1-0)
S-Clyde Shoun (3)
L-Ken Raffensberger (9-9)

2B-F.McCormick (Bost), Masi (Bost), Holmes (Bost)
3B-M.McCormick (Bost), Dark (Bost)
HR-Torgeson (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 3 1 0 .316  

 

Alvin Dark ss 3 0 1 .321  

 

Mike McCormick lf 2 0 0 .308  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 0 0 .291  

 

Frank McCormick 1b 3 0 0 .231  

 

Clint Conaster cf 3 0 2 .267  

 

Phil Masi c 4 0 1 .244  

 

Sibby Sisti 2b 3 0 1 .247  

 

Warren Spahn p 2 0 0 .157  

 

Connie Ryan ph 1 0 0 .217  

 

Clyde Shoun p 0 0 0 .176  

 

Al Lyons ph 1 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Warren Spahn 6 7 3 0 3  

 

Clyde Shoun 2 0 0 0 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 6 2 4 .320  

 

Alvin Dark ss 6 1 3 .323  

 

Mike McCormick lf 1 1 1 .311  

 

Earl Torgeson ph/1b 4 1 2 .251  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 6 0 0 .287  

 

Frank McCormick 1b 1 1 1 .236  

 

Jeff Heath lf 4 2 1 .307  

 

Clint Conaster cf 5 1 3 .276  

 

Phil Masi c 5 2 4 .253  

 

Sibby Sisti 2b 4 0 1 .247  

 

Glenn Elliott p 2 0 0 .000  

 

Clyde Shoun p 3 0 1 .200  

 

             
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Glenn Elliott 3 5 1 0 2  

 

Clyde Shoun 6 6 0 1 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 69 53 -

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

71 56 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 69 57 2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 65 55 3

 

 

New York Giants 61 60 7 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 55 69 15

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 53 72 17 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 52 73 18 1/2