THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

JOHNNY SAIN

BOSTON BRAVES ...
SPAHN & SAIN and PRAY FOR RAIN ...
 WORLD SERIES, GAME #1
Johnny Sain shuts out the Indians

October 6, 1948 ... Johnny Sain pitched the Braves to a 1 to 0 victory over the Cleveland Indians in the first game of the World Series, before the 40,135 customers at Braves Field. The man showed that he was a much more resourceful pitcher been his counterpart Bob Feller, thanks to an eighth-inning single by Tommy Holmes.

The took a close decision by second base Umpire Bill Stewart, however, to help Sain along in the shutout and win his first World Series game. The Indians set a trap with Phil Masi on second base. He came close to ringing up the only player who would score the only Braves run in the game.

Seven times this season Feller and Boudreau have worked a pickoff play that had erased a runner on second base. To them it seemed like it had worked for and eighth time. But National League umpire, Stewart, didn't see it that way. In his judgment, Boudreau's tag was too high on Masi and too late.

For seven innings Sain and Feller had matched each other and were tossing a shutout. It seeing that this game might go into overtime, so brilliant were the ace right-handers, each of whom was tops in their respective league.

Bill Salkeld was the first Braves hitter in the last of the eighth and he looked at a called strike. The next four Feller throws were off the mark and Salkeld went down to first base. Billy Southworth was coaching on third base and called time. He ordered in Phil Masi to pinch run for Salkeld at first. He then flashed a sacrifice bunt sign to Mike McCormick, who laid down a perfect bunt on the first pitch. As Feller threw McCormick out at first, Masi scooted down to second.

MASI SCORES

The Indians were looking for a doubleplay so they gave Eddie Stanky an intentional pass. Southworth countered by putting the faster Sibbi Sisti in to pinch run for Stanky. Up to the plate came Johnny Sain, a good hitting pitcher. Then the Indians decided they would try and catch Masi napping at second. Boudreau slipped up behind him at the same time Feller fired the ball to second base. It almost worked, and in fact Boudreau believed he had gotten him. But Feller's throw was belt high and Masi got back to the bag with his fingers tips. Boudreau swooped down on Phil and the glove brushed off his shoulder. The umpire called Masi safe.

So, at the plate, Sain then lined out to Walt Judnich, in right field, on the next pitch. That brought Holmes to the plate and he looked at the first pitch for a ball. The next one he fouled into the third base grandstand. On the next pitch, he drove a low line drive to the right of Ken Keltner at third. It was going safely into left field and Masi took off like a shot. Southworth waved him around third and with his cap in his hand, he scored the one and only run of the game which turned out to be the game-winner.

Sain yielded only four hits and they were all singles. Five times the Indians had a man on second and twice they tried to steal bases and were thrown out. Sain was cool, tough, and delivered in the clutch. He felt that one run would be all that he needed. Never was it better than when it happened in the eighth-inning.
 



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1948 WORLD SERIES

 

 

Boston Braves

1 Game

 

 

Cleveland Indians

0 Games

 

 

 

 
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WORLD SERIES, GAME #1
 

 
 

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10

 

R H E  
 

CLEVELAND INDIANS

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

0

4

0

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

x

 

 

1

2

2

 

 

 

W

JOHNNY SAIN (1-0)

 

2B

 

 

 

L

BOB FELLER (0-1)

 

 

S

   

3B

   
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 40,135

 

HR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INDIANS

 

AB

R

H

 

 

Dale Mitchell lf 4 0 0  

 

Larry Doby cf 4 0 1  

 

Lou Boudreau ss 4 0 0  

 

Joe Gordon 2b 4 0 1  

 

Ken Keltner 3b 4 0 1  

 

Wally Judnich rf 4 0 0  

 

Eddie Robinson 1b 3 0 0  

 

Jim Hegan c 3 0 1  
  Bob Feller p 2 0 0  
             
    IP H ER SO  
 

Bob Feller

8 2 1 2  

 

 

 

 

 

             

 

BRAVES

 

AB

R

H

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 0 1  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 0 0  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 2 0 0  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 0 0  

 

Marv Rickert lf 3 0 1  

 

Bill Salkeld c 1 0 0  

 

Phil Masi pr/c 0 1 0  

 

Mike McCormick cf 2 0 0  

 

Eddie Stanky 2 0 0 0  

 

Sibby Sisti pr/2b 0 0 0  

 

Johnny Sain p 3 0 0  
             
    IP H ER SO  
 

Johnny Sain

9 4 0 6