THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

JEFF HEATH

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

September 2, 1948 ... No game scheduled ... The Braves are a listless baseball team, returning from their road trip with a nine and nine record. As one National League umpire said before the team left Cincinnati, he had never seen a team fighting for a pennant with such a lack of enthusiasm. Behind the scenes lurks a complete lack of spirit. One of the things that bothers the team, is the way that Jeff Heath is kept out of the lineup against lefty pitchers. The Braves players want the power of their outfielder on the field every day. There was an air of unhappiness when Billy Southworth called on Al Lyons to pinch-hit, while Heath was left on the bench. Lyons has not had a hit since being brought here from Milwaukee.

Rookie Glenn Elliott has a couple of bruises from his collision with Ted Kluszewski, but he will be ready to take his regular turn in the rotation. The Braves aren't at all optimistic about Eddie Stanky returned to the club this year. It is rumored that his workouts have not been good and he has had trouble moving at all. His substitute, Sibbi Sisti has filled in well and has started to hit.

 

 

BRAVES BATTING

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

RBI

HR

AVG

 

 

Nelson Potter 25 0 11 3 0 .440

 

 

Eddie Stanky 231 47 76 27 2 .329

 

 

Alvin Dark 433 66 160 39 3 .323

 

 

Tommy Holmes 481 68 155 45 6 .322

 

 

Jeff Heath 300 51 92 59 16 .307

 

 

Mike McCormick 249 30 76 30 1 .305

 

 

Bill Salkeld 161 23 46 22 8 .288

 

 

Bob Elliott 443 76 125 84 18 .282

 

 

Clint Conaster 191 25 53 25 3 .277

 

 

Jim Russell 332 43 85 53 9 .264

 

 

Earl Torgeson 366 62 91 57 10 .249

 

 

Sibby Sisti 150 21 37 15 0 .247

 

 

Phil Masi 324 36 79 37 5 .244

 

 

Frank McCormick 147 13 34 25 3 .231

 

 

Bobby Sturgeon 72 9 16 4 0 .222

 

 

Connie Ryan 117 12 25 10 0 .214

 

 

Clyde Shoun 20 2 4 6 0 .200

 

 

Johnny Sain 91 7 18 9 0 .198

 

 

Red Barrett 33 0 6 4 0 .182

 

 

Vern Bickford 31 2 5 5 0 .161

 

 

Warren Spahn 72 8 11 3 0 .153

 

 

Bobby Hogue 18 0 2 1 0 .111

 

 

Bill Voiselle 68 2 7 6 0 .103

 

 

Al Lyons 6 1 0 0 0 .000

 

 

Johnny Beazley 5 0 0 0 0 .000

 

 

Ernie White 3 0 0 0 0 .000

 

 

Glenn Elliott 2 0 0 0 0 .000

 

 

  

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 69 54 -

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

71 56 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 69 57 1 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 65 56 3

 

 

New York Giants 62 60 7 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 55 69 15

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 53 72 17 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 53 73 17 1/2