THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

WARREN SPAHN

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

Warren Spahn conquers the slug-less Cubs

September 15, 1948 ... The Chicago Cubs bowed before Warren Spahn, who spun a 5 to 2 victory at Braves Field, allowing his team to retain its five-game margin over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Winning his third straight and seventh of his last ten, the southpaw spotted the Cubs only nine hits, while his teammates took advantage of inept Cubs fielding to rout starter Doyle Lade.

Spahn walked only one and struck out three while the Braves hitters brought home five runs on seven base hits, including two doubles and four errors by the Cubbies.

It was a close ballgame for five innings with the Tribe holding a 2 to 1 margin, when Jeff Heath opened with a single to center and reached second when Peanuts Lowrey fumbled the ball. Lade walked Bill Salkeld on four straight pitches and then Mike McCormick hit a nubber off the end of his bat that spun out of the reach of secondbaseman Emil Verban, who was near second base and had the double-play in front of him. That loaded the bases for young Ray Sanders, appearing in his first major-league game this year, batting for Sibbi Sisti. He hit a ground ball down the Phil Cavarretta , who in his hurried attempt, failed to pick up the ball and all runners were safe, with Jeff Heath coming across for the third Braves' run. Spahn then grounded one down to Cavarretta who got Salkeld at the plate, but Spahn beat the throw to first. Tommy Holmes hit a ground ball to Cavarretta again, who could make no play at the plate and Mike McCormick scored, putting the Braves up 4 to 1.

The Cubs came back with a second run in the top of the seventh but the Braves countered that in the bottom half of the inning. Earl Torgeson and Bob Elliott both walked against reliever Bob Chipman. They moved up on Heath's sacrifice bunt and Phil Masi, pinchhitting for Salkeld, was intentionally passed to fill the bases. Mike McCormick hit a fly ball out to Bill Nicholson in right and scored Torgy with the day's final run.

A smile came to all the Braves and even the Cubs when Andy Pafko caught Bob Elliott's line drive in the wedding of his glove above his head. He failed to realize the ball was there and looked anxiously around the ground looking for it. Elliott parked himself on first, while Pafko finally discovered where it was.

The win was the Braves 12th in their last 15 games, showing how well they have been playing since they dropped three straight in Pittsburgh. Al Dark saw his 19 game hitting streak come to an end, as he failed to get the ball out of the infield. He batted at a .368 clip with 31 hits in 85 trips during the streak.

It was announced that the first game of the 1948 World Series will be played on October 6 in the home city of the National League pennant winner. If played at Braves Field, the top price for a box seat will be eight dollars. Grandstand reserve seats will be six dollars and general admission to the bleachers at one dollar. Pavilion seats will be priced at five dollars.

 

 
  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

1

0

0

1

0

0

 

 

2

9

4

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

1

0

0

1

0

2

1

0

x

 

 

5

7

0

 

 

 

W

WARREN SPAHN (14-10)

 

2B

 

LOWREY (CHI), PAFKO (CHI), McCULLOUGH (CHI),
SALKELD (BOST), TORGESON (BOST)

 

L

DOYLE LADE (4-4)

 

 

S

   

3B

   
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 7708

 

HR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 0 0 .323  

 

Alvin Dark ss 5 0 0 .329  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 2 2 2 .252  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 0 1 .287  

 

Jeff Heath lf 3 1 2 .321  

 

Bill Salkeld c 2 1 1 .253  

 

Phil Masi ph/c 0 0 0 .247  

 

Mike McCormick cf 4 1 1 .293  

 

Sibby Sisti 2b 1 0 0 .232  

 

Ray Sanders ph 1 0 0 .000  

 

Connie Ryan 2b 1 0 0 .216  

 

Warren Spahn p 4 0 0 .155  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Warren Spahn 9 9 2 1 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

81 58 -

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 74 61 5

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 75 62 5 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 75 63 5 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 73 64 7

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 57 79 22 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 58 81 23

 

 

Chicago Cubs 57 81 23 1/2

 

 

Number to clinch - 10