THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOSTON BRAVES ...
SPAHN & SAIN and PRAY FOR RAIN ...
 WORLD SERIES, GAME #4
The Braves bats are kept silent once again

October 9, 1948 ... The Indians Steve Gromek, who had been largely forgotten, hurled his team to a 2 to 1 win over the Braves before 81,897 fans at Municipal Stadium, as the Indians gained their third victory for a 3 to 1 series lead on Larry Doby's monstrous 400 foot home run off Johnny Sain in the third inning. Sain pitched a neat five hitter but didn't win the game as his teammates could not hit the ball at the opportune times to get runs across.

Once again the Braves were futile with their bats. They managed to slap out seven hits, only two more than the Indians got off Sain. But with men in scoring position, Gromek and his knuckle half curveball bewildered the Braves. Outside of a few pitches, both pitchers were just about perfect. They each served up a home run ball but Sain had better control. Once more he didn't walk a batter, but he got off to a rough start when the Indians got to him for two hits and their initial run in the first inning.

DOBY'S HOMER

Working with only two days rest, a normal procedure for Sain over the past two months, his curveball didn't have the bite in the cold biting wind. He had blanked the Indians on four hits only three days ago, but his scoreless stretch was shattered in the first inning. Dale Mitchell, the leadoff hitter, looked at a called strike and then cut loose on the next pitch. He sent it whistling past Johnny's right knee out into center for a base hit. The Indians leading hitter in the series, Larry Doby, slammed a hot bounder to the right of Earl Torgeson. Torgy did well to block it and Sain raced over to take the toss, but Mitchell moved over to second and was in scoring position.

Lou Boudreau didn't wait long when he came to bat. Sain tried to throw him a low and away curve, but Boudreau was ready for it and poked it down the right-field line past Torgeson. Tommy Holmes was carefully going for the ball, fearful that it might bounced off the wall. Mitchell was homeward bound when Tommy picked it up and Boudreau was on his way to second. Holmes' throw was over Stanky's head and the Indians manager headed for third. He slid in just about the same time Bob Elliott got the ball from Alvin Dark and umpire Bill Stewart waved him out. Sain regained his composure and retired Joe Gordon on a ground ball to Dark, but he was down 1-0.

With one out in the third, Doby hit a towering drive among the standees in right-center to put the Indians out in front 2 to 0. That was the end of the Indians attack because Sain was in command for the rest of the game. Only one of the next 17 Cleveland batters reached first base.

LARRY DOBY

Gromek had a four hit shutout for six innings, keeping the Boston hits rationed to only one each inning. Torgeson doubled in the first inning, but Bob Elliott, who the Indians bottled up almost completely during the series, popped out to Hegan. In the third Stanky opened up with a long single to center and was pushed the second on Sain's sacrifice bunt. But then Holmes gave the ball a gentle roll down to Keltner and Dark popped out to Gordon to end that threat.

Opening the Boston seventh was Mark Rickert, who looked at two balls before Gromek came in with a high pitch down the center the plate. The lead was shaved in half by Marv's home run into the lower grandstand, giving the Braves hope of deadlocking the series. Mike McCormick followed up with a single to left but then Phil Masi unsuccessfully tried to sacrifice bunt him over.

The second of Torgeson's doubles in the eighth put Gromek in a hole. Once more Elliott, the 1947 MVP of the National League and leading RBI man on the team this year, had a chance to put the Braves back in the game. He took a swing at the first pitch but popped it up. Both Keltner and Hegan charged after it, bumped into each other, but Hegan kept his concentration and caught the ball.

Going into the ninth, Gromek turned on the juice. Rickert was his first strikeout victim of the game for the first out. Then Mike McCormick watched a called third strike blow by him. Bill Salkeld came up to bat for Masi and ran the count to three and two. He lined one straight at Bob Kennedy in right field, who tucked it away for the final out.



CLICK TO
VIEW SCORECARD
 
 

1948 WORLD SERIES

 

 

Boston Braves

1 Game

 

 

Cleveland Indians

3 Games

 

 
 

CLEVELAND STADIUM

 
   

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0  

 

1 7 0  
 

CLEVELAND INDIANS

1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 x  

 

2 5 0  
  BALL STRIKE      
  0 0   W STEVE GROMEK   2B TORGESON (2)(Bost), BOUDREAU (Clev)  
  OUT AT BAT   L JOHNNY SAIN   3B    
  0 00 ATTENDANCE: 81,897 HR

RICKERT (Bost), DOBY (Clev)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRAVES

 

AB

R

H

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 0 0  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 0 0  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 3 0 2  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 0 0  

 

Marv Rickert lf 4 1 2  

 

Mike McCormick cf 4 0 1  

 

Phil Masi c 3 0 0  

 

Bill Salkeld ph 1 0 0  

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 3 0 1  

 

Johnny Sain p 2 0 1  

 

           
    IP H ER SO  
  Johnny Sain 8 5 2 3  

 

 

 

 

 

             

 

INDIANS

 

AB

R

H

 

 

Dale Mitchell lf 4 1 1  

 

Larry Doby cf 3 1 1  

 

Lou Boudreau ss 3 0 1  

 

Joe Gordon 2b 3 0 0  

 

Ken Keltner 3b 3 0 0  

 

Wally Judnich rf 3 0 0  

 

Bob Kennedy rf 0 0 0  

 

Eddie Robinson 1b 3 0 2  
  Jim Hegan c 2 0 0  
  Steve Gromek p 3 0 0  

 

           

 

  IP H ER SO  
 

Steve Gromek

9 7 1 2