THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

WARREN SPAHN
& VERN BICKFORD

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

Vern Bickford pitches a good one in Brooklyn

October 1, 1948 ... The Braves beat the Brooklyn Dodgers, 3 to 1 at Ebbets Field, as Vern Bickford pitched the Braves to a seven hit victory and gave them a 14 to 9 edge over Brooklyn in their season series.

Marv Rickert arrived just in time for the game to take the place of Jeff Heath. He had only one chance in the field which was a routine fly ball and failed to hit the ball out of the infield. He knocked in one run however, as Ralph Branca hit him with a pitch to force in Alvin Dark with the Braves second run of the game.

It was an unusual ballgame as that in only one of the first eight innings, did the Braves get a single runner on base. But they did win the game in the fourth inning. Tommy Holmes, Dark and Earl Torgeson all singled. Bob Elliott then walked to bring in one run and Rickert brought in the other one. Then with the bases loaded and nobody out, Branca retired the side.

Relief pitcher Hank Behrman relieved Branca in the eighth and gave up a run in the ninth on a walk to Elliott, a ground ball out to advance him, and Clint Conaster's single to left.

Bickford shutout the Dodgers for eight innings, giving up a walk and a single in the first, and singles to Gil Hodges and Branca in the second. Then he retired 13 men in a row before Gene Hermanski opened up the seventh with a double to right. He struck out Campanella but filled the bases, with one down, on successive walks to Pete Reiser and George Shuba. Vern went to three and two on pinch-hitter Bruce Edwards before he grounded out into a doubleplay. Bickford went into the ninth with a four hit shutout, but lost it when Duke Snyder doubled and scored on Hermanski's single. Campanella singled after that, but Bickford retired the next three men for his 11th victory of the year.

 

at Ebbets Field (Brooklyn) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

1

 

3

4

0

BROOKLYN DODGERS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

1

7

0

W-Vern Bickford (11-5)
L-Ralph Branca (14-9)
Attendance 3449


2B-Hermanski (Bkn), Snider (Bkn)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 1 1 .322  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 1 1 .319  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 0 1 .251  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 2 1 0 .282  

 

Marv Rickert lf 3 0 0 .111  

 

Clint Conaster cf 4 0 1 .273  

 

Phil Masi c 3 0 0 .252  

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 3 0 0 .322  

 

Vern Bickford p 3 0 0 .204  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Vern Bickford 8 7 1 3 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

(*) BOSTON BRAVES

89 61 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 84 68 6

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 83 69 7

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 83 70 7 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 77 74 12 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 65 87 27

 

 

Chicago Cubs 63 89 27

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 63 89 27

 

 

(*) Clinched National League Pennant