THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

PHIL MASI & BOB ELLIOTT

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

The Braves win the season finale

October 3, 1948 ... The Braves picked up their 91st victory by winning the season finale over the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds by an 11 to 1 score. Manager Southworth employed 21 men, with his bullpen crew of Nelson Potter, Clyde Shoun, bill Voiselle, Bobby Hogue and rookie Johnny Antonelli dividing up the pitching.

Bob Elliott drove in four runs to reach the 100 RBI circle for the fifth time in his major league career. He had to wait until's final time at bat, and with a three and two count, he doubled viciously inside the third-base to score Connie Ryan who had walked. Tommy Holmes, by going three for three, totaled 190 base hits, to lead the league. Nelson Potter received credit for the win, his fifth of the year.

Red Barrett was assigned to help Jeff Heath, as he was released from Swedish Hospital. The two went to Grand Central Station where they joined the rest of the team for the train trip back to Boston. Upon their return, Heath rolled through the cheering crowd crowd in his wheelchair, keeping his head down. Finally a youngster came up to him and said hello. Heath looked up put his arm on the little boy shoulder and one can see the tears coming down from his eyes.

 

at The Polo Grounds (New York) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

4

2

2

0

1

0

0

0

2

 

11

16

0

NEW YORK GIANTS

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

1

8

1

W-Nels Potter (8-5)
S-Johnny Antonelli (1)
L-Alex Konikowski (2-3)
Attendance 6605


2B-Holmes (Bost), Dark (Bost), Elliott (Bost),
M.McCormick (Bost), Lohrke (NY), Thomson (NY)
3B-Rickert (Bost)
HR-Elliott (Bost), Mize (NY)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 3 2 3 .325  

 

Clint Conaster cf 2 2 1 .277  

 

Alvin Dark ss 3 0 1 .322  

 

Sibby Sisti ss/2b 2 0 1 .244  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 6 1 3 .253  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 5 1 2 .283  

 

Johnny Antonelli p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Marv Rickert lf 6 1 2 .211  

 

Bill Salkeld c 2 0 0 .242  

 

Paul Burris c 3 0 1 .500  

 

Mike McCormick cf 2 1 1 .303  

 

Al Lyons cf/rf 2 0 0 .167  

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 2 2 1 .319  

 

Bobby Sturgeon ss 1 0 0 .218  

 

Nels Potter p 1 0 0 .378  

 

Ray Sanders ph 0 0 0 .250  

 

Clyde Shoun p 0 0 0 .190  

 

Frank McCormick ph 1 0 0 .250  

 

Bill Voiselle p 1 0 0 .097  

 

Bobby Hogue p 0 0 0 .095  

 

Connie Ryan 3b 0 1 0 .213  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Nels Potter 2 2 1 0 0  

 

Clyde Shoun 2 1 0 1 1  

 

Bill Voiselle 2 1 0 0 0  

 

Bobby Hogue 2 4 0 0 1  
  Johnny Antonelli 1 0 0 1 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

(*) BOSTON BRAVES

91 62 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 85 69 6 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 84 70 7 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 83 71 8 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 78 76 13 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 66 88 25 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 64 89 27

 

 

Chicago Cubs 64 90 27 1/2

 

 

(*) Clinched National League Pennant