THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

AL DARK

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

The Braves take back first place

September 3, 1948 ... The Braves hurtled over the Brooklyn Dodgers by edging the Philadelphia Phillies 3 to 1 at Braves Field while the Dodgers lost twice to the Giants. The Tribe now sits a game and a half ahead of Brooklyn.

Power, speed and pitching personified in Jeff Heath, Alvin Dark and Johnny Sain, minimized a three hit pitching performance by veteran Dutch Leonard, who suffered his 15th loss of the year. Heath unloaded his 17th home run half way up the jury box runway with Bob Elliott aboard in the fourth, to break a 1 to 1 tie. Sain got his 17th victory of the year, and missed a seven hit shutout by virtue of Eddie Miller hitting a home run in the second inning.

Dark showed his speed to tie the game in the fourth. He connected with a Leonard one and one serve, with the ball landing directly on top of the left-field wall and bouncing back into the ballpark, as he reached second base. Earl Torgeson then grounded a ball to the right of first baseman, Burt Haas, who tossed it to Leonard for the put out as Dark raced from second and third. But Al didn't stop and took off for home because he saw that Leonard wasn't paying attention. By the time Leonard realized what was going on, he quickly threw the ball to catcher Andy Seminick, but Dark slid under the tag, over the plate, with the tying run.

The play unsettled Leonard as he walked Bob Elliott on six pitches and then had Heath down two strikes and one ball. Heath then deposited one of Leonard's knuckleballs to the right of the jury box.

Sain weathered a pair of shaky innings, as with two down in the third, Bama Rowell and Del Ennis hit successive singles. But Sain recovered quickly and got Haas on a pop out to Torgeson. He also ran into a bit of difficulty in the sixth. With one out, Del Ennis double to center and Dark couldn't pick up a ground ball hit by Eddie Miller. Sain again got the next batter to ground out, ending the threat.

Sain threw 119 pitches, and admitted he didn't have good control. Leonard, on the other hand, couldn't pitch a better game. He threw 88 pitches in eight innings, but blamed himself for allowing Dark to score on an infield out. 

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

 

 
 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R H E  
 

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

 

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

1

7

1

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

x

 

 

3

3

1

 

 

 

W

JOHNNY SAIN (17-14)

 

2B

 

ENNIS (PHIL), DARK (BOST), SISTI (BOST)

 

L

DUTCH LEONARD (10-15)

 

 

S

   

3B

   
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 7915

 

HR

 

MILLER (PHIL), HEATH (BOST)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 3 0 0 .318  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 1 1 .323  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 3 0 0 .249  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 2 1 0 .286  

 

Jeff Heath lf 3 1 1 .307  

 

Mike McCormick cf 3 0 0 .307  

 

Phil Masi c 3 0 0 .251  

 

Sibby Sisti 2b 3 0 1 .248  

 

Johnny Sain p 3 0 0 .188  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Johnny Sain 9 7 1 2 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

72 56 -

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 69 56 1 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 69 57 2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 65 57 4

 

 

New York Giants 64 60 6

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 55 70 15 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 54 73 17 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 53 72 17 1/2