THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

STAN MUSIAL

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

Stan Musial sets a NL record
and beats the Braves

September 22, 1948 ... With the National League pennant staring them right to face, the Braves dropped an 8 to 2 decision to the Cardinals at Braves Field. Warren Spahn saw his four-game winning streak shattered, as he was driven from the box after three innings, while Al Brazle never was in trouble, breaking up the Tribe's eight game winning streak.

The same combination of at least two wins, or a victory and a defeat by the Cardinals, will have to occur before the flag is clinched. But while everyone was disappointed with the Braves performance, they had an opportunity to see Stan Musial, the leading hitter in baseball, break a National League record and tie one set by Ty Cobb in 1922.

Against the combination of five pitchers, Musial got five hits in five times at bat. It was the fourth time that he has done so this season. One of them, his 38th home run off Red Barrett in the fourth inning, was lined into the bullpen in right field with Red Schoendinst on base, to give them Cardinals a 7 to 1 lead. Musial also singled off Spahn in the first inning, doubled in the third, singled out Bobby Hogue in the sixth and again in the eighth off Clyde Shoun.

Spahn got by the first inning fairly well, but was met by consecutive singles from Nippy Jones and Terry Moore to open the second. Don Lang then dropped Spahn with a line drive back to the box, although he recovered in time to pick up the ball, and throw Moore out at second. Del Rice then singled to left to score Jones with the first Cardinals run.

Musial doubled to left to start out the third, and Enos Slaughter scored him with a single to right. When Tommy Holmes let the ball roll through his legs, Slaughter moved over to third, where he scored on Jones' liner out to Mike McCormick.

The Braves made it 3 to 1 in their half of the inning when Bobby Sturgeon, batted for Spahn, and lined one down the right-field line. Musial made a desperate lunge for the ball and completed a somersault in his attempt to catch it. Sturgeon just reached third base after Musial righted himself and made the throw to almost get him. Alvin Dark's grounder to Marty Marion at shortstop was able to score Sturgeon.

In the fourth inning a double by Lang, a single by Brazle, a double by Schoendinst and Musial's home run ended the game for red Barrett. Slaughter was then walked and Jones hit a line drive that hit Slaughter in the face and injured him. The Cardinals added their final run in the sixth on doubles by Clint Conaster and Phil Masi.

Slaughter was taken to the hospital where he was admitted.  It was determined that his nose was broken and surgically repaired.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

 

 
 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R H E  
 

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

 

0

1

2

4

0

1

0

0

0

 

 

8

17

2

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

x

 

 

2

6

1

 

 

 

W

AL BRAZLE (8-6)

 

2B

 

MUSIAL (StL), LANG (2)(StL), SCHOENDINST (StL),
NORTHEY (StL), CONASTER (BOST), MASI (BOST)

 

L

WARREN SPAHN (15-11)

 

 

S

   

3B

  STURGEON (BOST)
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 10,937

 

HR

 

MUSIAL (StL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 3 0 1 .322  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 0 0 .3225  

 

Mike McCormick lf 4 0 0 .292  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 0 0 .285  

 

Frank McCormick 1b 4 0 0 .251  

 

Clint Conaster cf 4 1 2 .271  

 

Phil Masi c 4 0 2 .255  

 

Sibby Sisti 2b 4 0 0 .239  

 

Warren Spahn p 0 0 0 .161  

 

Bobby Sturgeon ph 1 1 1 .233  

 

Red Barrett p 0 0 0 .179  

 

Bobby Hogue p 0 0 0 .095  

 

Connie Ryan ph 1 0 0 .220  

 

Clyde Shoun p 0 0 0 .190  

 

Al Lyons ph/p 1 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Warren Spahn 3 6 2 0 1  

 

Red Barrett 0.2 4 4 1 1  

 

Bobby Hogue 1.1 2 0 1 0  

 

Clyde Shoun 2 3 1 0 1  
  Al Lyons 2 2 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

86 59 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 79 66 7

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 79 67 7 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 78 67 8

 

 

New York Giants 75 71 11 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 64 83 23

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 60 83 25

 

 

Chicago Cubs 60 85 26

 

 

Number to clinch - 2