THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOSTON BRAVES ...
SPAHN & SAIN and PRAY FOR RAIN ...
The Braves take down the Red Sox, 4-1

March 31, 1948 ... The Boston Braves defeated the Boston Red Sox a score of 4 to 1 in the first game of Boston's "City Series". Ernie White, once considered the top left-hander in the National League, took another long stride along the comeback trail as he retired nine straight batters in his three inning stint. He was far and away the most impressive of the five hurlers employed by the two clubs. The southpaw, who has done little or no pitching since 1942, threw six balls in the first inning, four in the second and nine in the third. Except for a long clout by Vern Stephens, that Tommy Holmes hauled down in the second inning, the Braves were called upon to give him nothing more than routine support.

White was pitted against Ellis Kinder as the starters, and the Red Sox pitcher was touched for a run in the second and two more in the fifth. He went seven innings and Denny Galehouse mopped up for the Red Sox, and was tagged for a long home run by rookie Clint Conaster in the eighth-inning.

Ed Wright and Clyde Shoun followed White and succeeded in squelching the Sox with five hits, two by Ted Williams. Wright was responsible for the Red Sox only run on Williams' triple and Jake Jones fly ball to left.

The Braves winning rally was sparked by successive triples from Alvin Dark and Jim Russell. Earl Torgeson's sacrifice fly scored the other run. The Tribe had scored in the second inning on Tommy Holmes' double and Connie Ryan's single. In between these blows, Phil Masi was passed, but he eventually was thrown out at the plate by Johnny Pesky, who made a fast play on a squeeze bunt by White.

Ted Williams continued to favor of his throwing arm. The Braves scored a run on which Russell scored after his triple on a sacrifice fly to left by Torgeson. Any sort of good throw to the plate after Torgy's fly, would have nailed him.

 

at McKechnie Field (Bradenton, FL) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

 

1

5

0

BOSTON BRAVES

0

1

0

0

2

0

0

1

x

 

4

11

0

W-Ed Wright
L-Ellis Kinder
Attendance


2B-Holmes (Braves), Ryan (Braves),
Stephens (Sox), Sheridan (Sox)
3B-Williams (Sox), Dark (Braves), Russell (Braves)
HR-Conaster (Braves)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RED SOX

 

AB

R

H

RBI

 

 

Neill Sheridan cf 4 0 1 0  

 

Johnny Pesky 3b 4 0 0 0  

 

Sam Mele rf 4 0 1 0  

 

Ted Williams lf 4 1 2 0  

 

Jake Jones 1b 3 0 0 1  

 

Vern Stephens ss 3 0 1 0  

 

Billy Goodman 2b 3 0 0 0  

 

Birdie Tebbets c 3 0 0 0  

 

Ellis Kinder p 2 0 0 0  

 

Denny Galehouse p 1 0 0 0  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Ellis Kinder 6 8 3 3 3  
  Denny Galehouse 2 3 1 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRAVES

 

AB

R

H

RBI

 

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 1 1 0  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 1 1 1  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 2 0 0 1  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 0 2 0  

 

Clint Conaster lf 4 1 2 1  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 1 2 0  

 

Phil Masi c 3 0 0 0  

 

Connie Ryan 2b 4 0 3 1  

 

Ernie White p 1 0 0 0  

 

Ed Wright p 1 0 0 0  

 

Bill Salkeld ph 1 0 0 0  

 

Clyde Shoun p 1 0 0 0  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Ernie White 3 0 0 0 0  
  Ed Wright 2 3 1 0 0  
  Clyde Shoun 3 2 0 0 2