THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

SIBBY SISTI GETS DECKED

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

Spahn and Sain beat the Phillies

September 11, 1948 ... Behind the one-two punch of Johnny Sain and Warren Spahn, the Braves downed the Phillies twice, 3 to 1 in the afternoon and 3 to 2 at night.

Playing before 4719 people at Shibe Park in the afternoon, Johnny Sain racked up his 19th win. Bob Elliott smacked his 20th homer and accounted for all three of the Braves runs. Eddie Miller hit his 14th home run for the Phillies and robbed Sain of a shutout. Sain scattered seven hits, walked only one and struck out five, pitching his 24th complete game of the year. He was only in trouble in the ninth-inning when Del Ennis doubled and Johnny Blatnick reached first on an infield single with nobody out. But Sain took out the next three batters in order to preserve his win.

Sain's opponent, Schoolboy Rowe was tough with his only bad inning being the third. With two outs he was ahead of Alvin Dark, two strikes and one ball. But Dark dumped a Texas League single into short center. Earl Torgeson drew a walk and up came Bob Elliott, to belt the first pitch into the stands and put the Braves up 3 to 0.

The Boston batters pounded the Phillies for 13 runs in the night game. Warren Spahn had their number all the way, knocking in his many runs as he allowed, when he doubled and homered. It was the first home run of his four year major league career. He allowed four hits and struck out five. The Tribe connected for 16 hits, including Jeff Heath's 18th home run of the year, Spahn's first and Earl Torgeson's two doubles.

Tommy Holmes singled in two runs in the second inning to put the Braves up 2 to 0. Walks to Heath and Mike McCormick, along with an infield single by Phil Masi had loaded the bases. Elliott's double and Mike McCormick's single added one more in the fifth. The Phillies broke the ice in their half of the fifth, scoring on a triple by Bama Rowell and a ground ball out by Andy Seminick.

The Braves sealed in the sixth inning and sent Phillies starter, Robin Roberts, to the showers. They batted around after two were out, compiling seven runs. Holmes got a base hit and Dark's double to right sent Holmes over to third. Torgeson slammed a line drive to center that scored both Holmes and Dark, with Torgy ended up on second base. Elliott was walked and then Jeff Heath lined one into the gap in left-center to score Torgeson and send Elliott over to second base. Charlie Bucknell came in to relieve Roberts and walked Mike McCormick to load the bases. Masi next connected with a fastball to center, that brought in everybody, with Phil ending his journey on second base. He scored on a single by Sibbi Sisti, putting the Braves up 10 to 1.

The Phillies got one run back in their half of the inning and in the eighth, Spahn followed a double by Sisti with a smash that went over the 331 foot mark and 50 ft high right-field wall. Heath got into the act in the ninth-inning sending a terrific drive over the right-center field wall, making the Braves total of 13 runs.

They Braves, thus took a 3 1/2 game lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League race. The Pirates edged the Chicago Cubs, 13 to 12 this afternoon, on Ralph Kiner's pinch-hit grand slam.

 

at Shibe Park (Philadelphia) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

3

6

0

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

 

1

7

1

W-Johnny Sain (19-14)
L-Schoolboy Rowe (9-10)
Attendance 4719

2B-Hamner (Phil), Ennis (Phil)
HR-Elliott (Bost), Miller (Phil)

 

Game #2 ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

2

0

0

1

7

0

2

1

 

13

16

2

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

 

2

4

0

W-Warren Spahn (13-10)
L-Robin Roberts (6-7)


2B-Torgeson (2)(Bost), Spahn (Bost), Elliott (Bost),
Dark (Bost), Masi (Bost)
3B-Rowell (Phil)
HR-Spahn (Bost), Heath (Bost)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 0 0 .323  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 1 3 .335  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 3 1 0 .245  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 1 1 .287  

 

Jeff Heath lf 3 0 1 .306  

 

Bill Salkeld c 3 0 0 .260  

 

Mike McCormick lf 4 0 0 .293  

 

Sibby Sisti 2b 3 0 1 .237  

 

Johnny Sain p 3 0 0 .176  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Johnny Sain 9 7 1 1 5  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 6 1 3 .325  

 

Alvin Dark ss 6 1 1 .333  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 5 1 2 .247  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 2 1 .286  

 

Jeff Heath lf 3 3 2 .309  

 

Mike McCormick cf 4 2 1 .293  

 

Phil Masi c 5 1 2 .247  

 

Sibby Sisti 2b 5 1 2 .242  

 

Warren Spahn p 4 1 2 .163  

 

             
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Warren Spahn 9 4 1 2 5  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

78 57 -

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 72 58 3 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 71 61 5 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 72 63 6

 

 

New York Giants 71 63 6 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 57 77 20 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 57 78 21

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 56 77 21