THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

JOHNNY SAIN

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

Johnny Sain wins his 20th of the season

September 14, 1948 ... The Braves' pitching jewel of consistency, Johnny Sain, reached the charmed 20 victory circle for the third year in a row, when he handily put down the Chicago Cubs 10-3, before a surprisingly small gathering of 8819 fans at Braves Field. Sain's win, together with the Dodgers' twin killing of the Pittsburgh Pirates, boosted Boston's National League lead to five games over the Bucs.

Sain had no difficulty in completing his 24th game of the year, as his teammates equaled their previous one inning scoring high of the season, building up in an eight run lead in the second inning. Manager Billy Southworth was tempted to give Sain a rest after the Braves had built up a 10 to 0 lead, but a two run Cubbie sixth changed his mind.

The Braves unleashed a 16 hit attack with 14 of them coming in the first three innings against starter Hank Borowy and reliever Ralph Hamner. They batted around in the second, an inning in which Jeff Heath got two singles. Heath singled to start the inning and Bill Salkeld grounded out. Mike McCormick walked and Sibbi Sisti hit a fly ball to right-field that eluded the in rushing Bill Nicholson, and rolled to the fence, scoring both Heath and McCormick. Roy Smalley kicked around Tommy Holmes' grounder and then Al Dark doubled to right. Successive singles by Torgeson, Elliott and Heath made manager Charlie Grimm call in Ralph Hamner. Hamner gave up singles to Salkeld and McCormick for the seventh and eighth runs, before Sibbi Sisti grounded out for the second time.

Singles by Sain, Dark, Elliott and Torgeson gave the Tribe another pair of runs in the third inning. The Cubs picked up two in the sixth and then Danny Lynch, a 24-year-old rookie, completed their scoring in the ninth with a home run.

Manager Billy Southworth has laid out a plan that calls for Sain and Spahn to continue going with only two days rest, right up until the end of the season. The Braves have now beaten the Cubs 15 times in 21 games this year.

In Brooklyn, the Dodgers dealt Pittsburgh's pennant chances a near knockout blow, when they swept both ends of a doubleheader, 8 to 5 and 7 to 3. The Dodgers pounded out 27 hits in the doubleheader with every player except Gene Hermanski collected at least one base hit. Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson cranked out five hits apiece, including home runs.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

 

 
 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R H E  
 

CHICAGO CUBS

 

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

1

 

 

3

10

1

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

8

2

0

0

0

0

0

x

 

 

10

16

0

 

 

 

W

JOHNNY SAIN (20-14)

 

2B

 

DARK (BOST), ELLIOTT (BOST)

 

L

HANK BOWORY (5-8)

 

 

S

   

3B

  SAIN (BOST), M.McCORMICK (BOST)
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 8091

 

HR

 

LYNCH (CHI)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 1 1 .326  

 

Alvin Dark ss 5 2 3 .333  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 5 1 3 .248  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 5 1 2 .286  

 

Jeff Heath lf 4 2 2 .318  

 

Bill Salkeld c 4 0 1 .250  

 

Mike McCormick cf 4 1 2 .294  

 

Sibby Sisti 2b 4 0 0 .233  

 

Johnny Sain p 4 2 2 .189  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Johnny Sain 9 10 3 4 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

80 58 -

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 73 61 5

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 74 62 5

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 74 63 5 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 73 63 6

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 58 80 22

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 56 78 22

 

 

Chicago Cubs 57 80 22 1/2