THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

EDDIE STANKY

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

Eddie Stanky leads the Tribe
to a come-from-behind win

September 19, 1948 ... The Braves did it the hard way by winning a baseball game without Johnny Sain nor Warren Spahn pitching. However it took the combined efforts of Red Barrett and Clyde Shoun to pin down the Cincinnati Reds at the Wigwam and give the Tribe a six-game advantage over the second-place Dodgers and Cardinals.

The Braves came from behind to pin a 4 to 2 defeat on the Reds, in a game that saw Eddie Stanky come off the bench to deliver a base hit that helped tied the score in the seventh inning. In doing so the Braves won their six straight game and twelfth in their last thirteen outings.

Barrett, making his first start in a week, pitched a good game by granting six hits in seven innings, before going out for a pinch-hitter, and walked only one man. Shoun faced only two batters in two innings and got the win. It was his fifth of the year without a defeat and his fifth in a row over the Reds over the last two years. Ken Raffensberger pitched a good game for Cincinnati up until the time he was removed for the veteran right-hander, Harry Gumbert.

The Reds jumped into the lead against Barrett in the fourth inning when they scored two runs. Bob Elliott broke through on Raffensberger in the sixth inning, when he hit his 21st home run of the year over the left-field fence, cutting the Cincinnati lead to one run. They tied up the score in the seventh after two were out. Raffensberger passed Sibbi Sisti on five pitches and manager Billy Southworth called on Stanky to pinch-hit. It was his first game since July 8th.

Stanky watched two inside pitches and then sent a ground ball through third and short to send Sisti the second base. Tommy Holmes next stroked a left-field single through the hole at short to score Sibbi, who just beat the throw home to tie the score.

In the eighth-inning they finally got to the tiring Reds pitcher. Mike McCormick started with a single to left and Elliott sacrificed him along. Frank McCormick hit a grounder that bounced off Grady Hatton's chest into foul territory near the third-base for a base hit, as Mike moved over to third. After an unsuccessful suicide squeeze attempt, Clint Conaster flied out to Johnny Wyrostek in center to score Mike with what proved to be the winning run. Earl Torgeson, running for Frank, scored the Braves fourth run, when Phil Masi doubled to left. An infield hit by Sisti kept the rally alive, but Virgil Stallcup made a nice catch of a line drive to prevent any further scoring.

Red Barrett passed Wyrostek in the fourth inning for his first base on balls granted in his last 36 2/3 innings pitched. Stanky gave full credit to the troupe of youngsters, known as the "Stanky All-Stars" who came to the park every day to help him get in shape by pitching and catching flyballs.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

 

 
 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R H E  
 

CINCINNATI REDS

 

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

2

6

0

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

2

x

 

 

4

12

0

 

 

 

W

CLYDE SHOUN (5-0)

 

2B

 

DARK (BOST), MASI (BOST)

 

L

KEN RAFFENSBERGER (10-11)

 

 

S

   

3B

   
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 19,849

 

HR

 

ELLIOTT (BOST)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 0 2 .325  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 0 2 .327  

 

Mike McCormick lf 4 1 1 .291  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 1 1 .287  

 

Frank McCormick 1b 4 0 2 .258  

 

Earl Torgeson pr/1b 0 1 0 .251  

 

Clint Conaster cf 4 0 0 .267  

 

Phil Masi c 4 0 2 .249  

 

Sibby Sisti 2b 3 1 1 .241  

 

Red Barrett p 2 0 0 .179  

 

Eddie Stanky ph 1 0 1 .328  

 

Bobby Sturgeon pr 0 0 0 .222  

 

Clyde Shoun p 1 0 0 .190  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Red Barrett 7 6 2 1 2  
  Clyde Shoun 2 0 0 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

84 58 -

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 78 64 6

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 78 64 6

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 75 65 8

 

 

New York Giants 74 68 10

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 61 81 23

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 58 82 25

 

 

Chicago Cubs 57 83 26

 

 

Number to clinch - 5