THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

RED BARRETT

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

Red Barrett pitches a five hit winner at the Teepee

September 5, 1948 ... Red Barrett with his repertoire of softball pitches doing the talking, steered the Braves to a 5 to 1 victory over the Phillies at Braves field. Barrett, leading 2 to 1 in the fifth inning, rode on to a safer margin with the help of Frank McCormick's three-run double to right. He chalked up his third straight win and issued no walks for his second consecutive time. He spaced out five hits and was robbed of a shutout when Johnny Blatnick took a changeup pitch high over the left-field wall in the fourth inning. Red turned back 16 men in order, after the homer, before Del Ennis shot a single to left.

Meanwhile, the Braves were not exactly murdering southpaw Ken Heintzelman. The Braves pecked away for a couple of runs in the third inning, which as events turned out, proved sufficient for the win. Sibbi Sisti, who played a great game around second base, opened the inning by drawing a walk. Barrett attempted to sacrifice and the ball was about to drop harmlessly to the turf about 10 feet from the plate in foul territory, when first baseman Bert Haas charged in and gloved the ball inches off the grass for an amazing catch.

Tommy Holmes then took advantage of a two ball no strike count to single over second base and Sisti reached third, scoring on Al Dark's single to left. Holmes stopped at second, and after Mike McCormick struck out, Bob Elliott took one of Heintzelman's pitches for a clean single to center that scored Holmes with what proved to be the winning run.

Up 2 to 1 in the fifth inning, the Tribe put the game away when Holmes started with a single to center, again with two balls and no strikes. Dark punched his second single to left with Holmes stopping at second. Mike McCormick sacrificed the runners along and Bob Elliott walked to fill the bases. After Jeff Heath popped out, Frank McCormick drilled a sinking liner to right which went for two bases, getting by Del Ennis. Holmes, Dark and Elliott all scored to make it 5 to 1.

But it was Barrett's pinpoint control that subdued the Phillies. The redhead as gone his last 28 2/3 innings without walking and opposing hitter.

The Tribe thus retained their two gain margin over the Dodgers, who defeated the Giants, 4-3 in the 12th inning at Ebbets Field. George Shuba's pinch-hit double off the screen in left, with the bases loaded and two outs, was the game winning blast.

The Cards' Howie Pollett's effective eight hit pitching and a spurt of wildness by Cincinnati's Ken Peterson, gave St. Louis of 5 to 1 victory at Crosley Field. Pollett notched his 10th victory and was in complete command except for one inning when the Reds scored one run. The Cardinals still remain 2 1/2 games behind the Braves with their win.

 

 
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PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

 

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BOSTON BRAVES

 

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8

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RED BARRETT (7-7)

 

2B

 

F.McCORMICK (BOST)

 

L

KEN HEINTZELMAN (6-9)

 

 

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3B

   
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 16,487

 

HR

 

BLATNIK (PHIL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 2 3 .322  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 1 2 .324  

 

Mike McCormick cf 3 0 0 .299  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 2 1 1 .290  

 

Jeff Heath lf 4 0 0 .304  

 

Frank McCormick 1b 4 0 2 .243  

 

Phil Masi c 4 0 0 .245  

 

Sibby Sisti 2b 3 1 0 .236  

 

Red Barrett p 3 0 0 .171  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Red Barrett 9 5 1 0 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

74 57 -

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 70 57 2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 70 58 2 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 66 58 4 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 65 61 6 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 56 72 16 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 55 74 18

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 54 73 18