THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOB ELLIOTT

BOSTON BRAVES ...
SPAHN & SAIN and PRAY FOR RAIN ...
 WORLD SERIES, GAME #5
Bob Elliott and the Braves slam Feller and
Spahn slams the door shut in relief

October 10, 1948 ... The war cries today were the shouts of the Boston Braves, who today beat the Cleveland Indians before a record assembly of 86,288 in Municipal Stadium. By whipping Bob Feller for the second time, the Braves carried the World Series to at least a sixth game and brought it home back to Boston. Cleveland leads the series three games to two and only needs one more game to wrap it up.

 

ELLIOTT HOMERS

Bob Elliott, the maligned Braves infielder, led the assault today on Feller. He ripped him for two home runs, twice giving the Braves early three run leads, which starter Nelson Potter failed to hold. But Warren Spahn, the other previously inconspicuous Braves star, came to the rescue. His magnificent 5 2/3 innings of relief, gave him his first World Series victory. He came in and simply froze the bats of a red-hot ball club.

The Braves chased Feller from the premises in the seventh inning with a six run splurge, that made the Cleveland Indians pitching appear futile, and putting the contest beyond recall. Spahn was pitching today like the cool effective craftsman, who was a 21 game winner a year ago, as well as the clutch performer against the Dodgers and the Cardinals during the pennant run.

Just about when everyone had virtually awarded the Indians the series, the Braves turned into a band of butchers. The team had bounced back on many occasions during the regular season, just as they did today and one could sense that the Braves had their war clubs sharpened at the outset of the game. Tommy Holmes drove Feller's second pitch into left-center for a base hit and then Alvin Dark's soft roller was too slow for either Keltner nor Boudreau to be able to handle in time. Earl Torgeson then lined a vicious drive toward right-field at Wally Judnich for the first out. Elliott came to the plate and looked at a curve for a strike. The next one was a fastball that Feller wished he could get back. Elliott slammed the pitch beyond reach, breaking his slump, as the ball cleared the wire fence in right center about 15 feet beyond the 365 foot marker.

BOB FELLER

Up 3 to 0 now, Potter got off to a rocky beginning. Dale Mitchell hit his second pitch out of the park, about 20 feet to the left of where Elliott's homer had gone. Entering the third inning with the Braves up 3 to 1 Elliott came up again and Feller threw him a curve this time. Again, the Braves slugger was prepared and lunged into the toss, with all his power and lined a sizzling line drive into the lower deck of the left field grandstand for his second home run of the game.

Potter went to pieces in the fourth inning and couldn't hold the three run lead. Joe Gordon greeted him with a line drive single to left and then he walked Keltner. Judnich reached for one of Potter's screwballs and caught it off the end of the bat, sending a blooper into short center, scoring Gordon and sending Keltner to third. After Eddie Robinson popped out, Jim Hegan slammed the first serve well into the lower grandstand and left, putting the Indians ahead 5 to 4.

WARREN SPAHN

At this point Billy Southworth summoned Spahn from the bullpen and he produced a brilliant, one-hit shutout performance from that point on. He gave his only pass to Dale Mitchell just after he came in, but fanned Larry Doby to end the threat.

Feller opened up the sixth inning by striking out Marv Rickert. He then tried to squeeze a fastball by Bill Salkeld and the Braves catcher sent it on a 350 foot ride into the standing room only crowd in right-center, to tie up the ballgame again.

The game remained tied until the Braves seventh, when the Tribe broke it open. Holmes singled to left center and Dark sacrificed him to second. Torgeson then slammed a clean single to center, scoring Holmes and putting the Braves back up. That was it for Feller and in came Ed Klieman. The first batter he faced was Elliott, who he walked, moving Torgeson up to second base. Rickert then lined a single to center that scored Torgy and Doby tried to cut off Elliott, who was heading into third. But Doby's throw flew over Keltner's head into the Boston dugout. So Elliott walked home and Rickert was waived over to third-base. The next batter was Salkeld, who Kleiman also walked, so Boudreau handed the ball over to Russ Christopher, who also failed to hold the Braves.

SATCHEL PAIGE
& LARRY DOBY

Mike McCormick had a three and two count on him, when he lined a single into right. Rickert scored and Salkeld had plenty of time to glide to third. Eddie Stanky got the hit-and-run sign and he tossed his bat toward the ball, catching it and floating it out to right-field, allowing Salkeld to score and McCormick to race over to third, and that was it for Christopher. So, now striding in from the right-field bullpen, was none other than Satchel Paige.

The crowd howled and cheered as he warmed up. His first batter was Spahn and Warren pulled a long fly out to Doby in center, that scored McCormick from third with the sixth and final run of the inning. The big lead was all that Spahn needed as he retired Indians in order in the seventh and set down nine men in a row, when Boudreau came up to open the eighth. Boudreau slammed a double to right-center and then Spahn let the next batters swing at his dipping palm ball and his blazing fastball. They all swing in vain, with Gordon, Keltner and pinch-hitter Ray Boone, all going down on strikes.

In the ninth-inning Spahn disposed of Robinson on a fly ball, Hegan fanned for the second time and Warren closed out his phenomenal day of pitching, by striking out Joe Tipton and sending the series back to Boston where it started five afternoons ago.



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1948 WORLD SERIES

 

 

Boston Braves

2 Games

 

 

Cleveland Indians

3 Games

 

 
 

CLEVELAND STADIUM

 
   

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

3 0 1 0 0 1 6 0 0  

 

11 12 0  
 

CLEVELAND INDIANS

1 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0  

 

5 6 2  
  BALL STRIKE      
  0 0   W WARREN SPAHN   2B BOUDREAU (Clev)  
  OUT AT BAT   L BOB FELLER   3B    
  0 00 ATTENDANCE: 86,288 HR

ELLIOTT (2)(Bost), SALKELD (Bost),
MITCHELL (Clev), HEGAN (Clev)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRAVES

 

AB

R

H

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 2 2  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 1 1  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 5 1 2  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 3 2  

 

Marv Rickert lf 5 1 1  

 

Bill Salkeld ph 4 2 1  

 

Mike McCormick cf 5 1 1  

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 3 0 1  

 

Nels Potter p 2 0 1  

 

Warren Spahn p 2 0 0  

 

           
    IP H ER SO  

 

Nels Potter 3.1 5 5 0  
  Warren Spahn 5.2 1 0 7  

 

 

 

 

 

             

 

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  

 

Ray Boone ph 0 0 0  

 

Hal Peck rf 3 0 2  

 

Eddie Robinson 1b 3 0 2  
  Jim Hegan c 2 0 0  

 

Bob Feller p 3 0 0  

 

Ed Kleiman p 3 0 0  

 

Russ Christopher p 0 0 0  

 

Satchel Paige p 3 0 2  

 

Al Rosen ph 3 0 2  
  Bob Muncrief p 2 0 0  
  Joe Tipton ph 3 0 0  

 

           

 

  IP H ER SO  

 

Bob Feller 6.1 8 7 5  

 

Ed Kleiman - 1 3 0  

 

Russ Christopher - 2 1 0  

 

Satchel Paige 0.2 0 0 0  
 

Bob Muncrief

2 1 0 0