THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

NELSON POTTER

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

Nelson Potter helps the Braves salvage a split

September 12, 1948 ... Nelson Potter may have saved the Braves a good shot at the pennant, when he salvaged the split of a doubleheader with the Phillies and kept them ahead of the surging Pittsburgh Pirates. His fine relief pitching produced a 2 to 1, 13 inning, nitecap victory over the Phillies, who had won the opening game 6 to 4.

Del Ennis had tripled to open the Phillies 10th inning, when Potter was summoned from the bullpen. He proceeded to strike out Eddie Miller and Andy Seminick, finally forcing Don Padgett to ground out to Sibbi Sisti. His dominance of the Phillies continued until the Braves had scored a run in the 13th inning.

It was the speed of the Braves that made the winning run possible. Alvin Dark beat out a hit to the shortstop Miller, in opening the 13th. It was the 18th consecutive game that Dark as hit in safely. When Earl Torgeson shoved the bunt toward third, Dark was not content with reaching second. With the thirdbaseman, catcher and pitcher all going after the ball, Dark took the opportunity to go to an uncovered third base. Phillies reliever, Walt Dubiel then passed the next two batters purposely to set up a doubleplay. But Bill Salkeld hit a fly ball to Del Ennis in right, deep enough to score the speedy Dark with the go-ahead run.

Vern Bickford had pitched a great ballgame for the Braves, but Blix Donnelly had done the same thing for the Phillies. The teams both scored a run in the third inning. Sibbi Sisti and Tommy Holmes both hit doubles off the left centerfield wall for the Braves run. The Philly run came on Johnny Blatnick's double past Bob Elliott, down the third-base line and a single by Miller to center.

The Braves did plenty of hitting in the opening game, but were not able to bunch them well against Dutch Leonard. Red Barrett pitched a good game, but was removed in the seventh inning for pinch-hitter Clint Conaster. Ennis' 26th home run of the year put Philly ahead 3 to 2, in the sixth inning.

Clyde Shoun and Bobby Hogue came in after Barrett and the Philly scored three runs off them in the seventh. That was enough of a margin for Leonard, although the Braves got one in the eighth on a double by Jeff Heath and a single by Mike McCormick. They added one more in the ninth on hits by Tommy Holmes, Dark and an error by Ennis.

Potter had not pitched again since August 23rd at Brooklyn when he aggravated a back injury. Potter pitched four innings and allowed three hits, walking three intentionally. He struck out four but it was his clutch pitching that was as good as any Braves pitcher has turned in all season.

Rip Sewell pitched the 2nd place Pirates to a 7 to 3 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. He got off to a shaky start, but through the last seven innings, allowed only two hits. He walked nine and struck out four. Two of the early Cubs runs were unearned arising from a wild throw on a made-to-order double-play grounder. It was the seventh victory in a row for the Pirates, who remain three games behind the Braves.

 

at Shibe Park (Philadelphia) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

1

1

 

4

14

0

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

2

0

0

0

0

1

3

0

x

 

6

11

2

W-Dutch Leonard (11-16)
L-Red Barrett (7-8)
Attendance 10,170

2B-Heath (Bost), Rowell (Phil)
3B-Rowell (Phil)
HR-Ennis (Phil)

 

Game #2 ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

2

7

1

PHILA PHILLIES

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

1

11

2

W-Nels Potter (7-5)
L-Monk Dubiel (7-9)


2B-Sisti (Bost), Holmes (Bost), Seminick (Phil),
Blatnik (Phil), Sisler (Phil)
3B-Ennis (Phil)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  

 

Mike McCormick lf 4 0 0 .293  

 

Phil Masi c 3 0 0 .260  

 

Sibby Sisti 2b 3 0 1 .237  

 

Red Barrett p 3 0 1 .306  

 

Clint Conaster ph 4 0 0 .293  

 

Clyde Shoun p 3 0 0 .260  

 

Bobby Hogue p 3 0 1 .237  

 

Bill Salkeld ph 3 0 0 .176  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Red Barrett 6 7 3 0 4  

 

Clyde Shoun 0.1 2 3 1 0  

 

Bobby Hogue 1.2 2 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 0 1 .327  

 

Alvin Dark ss 5 1 1 .330  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 5 0 1 .244  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 5 0 0 .285  

 

Jeff Heath lf 5 0 1 .315  

 

Bill Salkeld c 6 0 0 .250  

 

Mike McCormick cf 5 0 0 .291  

 

Sibby Sisti 2b 4 1 1 .238  

 

Vern Bickford p 4 0 2 .205  

 

Nels Potter p 1 0 0 .412  

 

             
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Vern Bickford 9 8 1 4 5  

 

Nels Potter 4 3 0 3 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

79 58 -

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 73 58 3

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 73 63 5 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 71 62 6

 

 

New York Giants 72 63 6

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 58 79 21

 

 

Chicago Cubs 57 78 21

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 56 78 21 1/2