SPAHN & SAIN and PRAY FOR RAIN ...
Robinson' walk-off beats the Braves
September 28, 1948 ... In
a typical Brooklyn-Boston baseball game, the newly crowned Braves
were defeated by the scrappy Dodgers, 9 to 8, after 13 innings of
play at Ebbets Field. The game was the 11th of 20 games between the
two teams that was been decided by one run. The Braves have captured
eight of these nerve-racking contests.
Nelson Potter was primed for
the World Series by turning in five innings of scoreless relief pitching. On the
negative side, Eddie Stanky, playing second base, proved that he cannot move
sufficiently about to be a factor in the World Series.
Warren Spahn was hit hard in the five innings he pitched, giving up seven
runs on eight hits, with the Dodger right-handed hitters getting him for seven
hits, two of which were home runs and a pair of doubles. Clyde Shoun came in to
pitch the one batter and that was Jackie Robinson in the 13th inning, who belted
his 12th home run into the lower left field stands on a two and two serve, to
break up the ballgame with the game-winner walkoff.
Mike McCormick opened the 12th with a triple off southpaw preacher Roe. Frank
McCormick in a fly ball to left and because Mike failed to slide into the plate,
he was easily tagged out by Roy Campanella on gene Hermanski's throw home.
Warren Spahn, surprisingly, was distracted by Jackie Robinson on third-base,
allowing the Dodgers speedster to steal home in the fifth inning, on Spahn's
first pitch to Carl Furillo.
The Braves hit the ball hard as Jeff Heath belted his 20th home run and a
double. Frank McCormick had his fourth home run of the year into the left-field
stands, while Mike McCormick chipped in with a single, a double and a triple.
Bob Elliott also at two base hits. Stanky added a vital base hit the four times
he was at the plate. It was a single to left that scored Clint Conaster, in his
fourth and final appearance of the day, before coming out for Sibbi Sisti in the
Pee Wee Reese's ninth home run of the year sent the Dodgers off in the first
inning against Spahn. They traveled 350 feet into left field grandstand.