Boston Braves 1947
Then in July the Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals started playing red-hot baseball. Brooklyn, led by pitchers Ralph Branca, 21-12, and Joe Hatten, 17-8, outfielder Dixie Walker, .306, catcher Bruce Edwards .295, Spider Jorgensen, .274, infielders Eddie Stanky and PeeWee Reese along with Negro rookie Jackie Robinson, .290 and a NL leading 29 stolen bases, jumped to a NL lead and opened up a 10-game lead by August. The Brooklyn Dodgers won the NL pennant then lost to the Yankees in 7 games.
The Boston Braves finished in 3rd place in 1947 with an 86-68 record, 8-games in back of Brooklyn and 3-games behind St. Louis.
The Boston Braves in 1947 were managed by former Cardinal skipper Billy Southworth. The Braves were led by third baseman Bob Elliott, .317, 22 Hrs, 113 RBIs. Bob Elliott, a proven run producer, had been picked up from Pittsburgh in a trade for an over-the-hill Billy Herman.
Hard-hitting Bob Elliott was chosen NL MVP; he, along with outfielder Tommy Holmes (.309), catcher Phil Masi,.304, and rookie first baseman Earl Torgeson .281, 16 Hrs, made the Braves the NL’s best hitting team (.275) for the first time since 1877.
The Boston Braves were led by twin pitching aces Warren Spahn, 21-10, 2.33 ERA and Johnny Sain, 21-12, 3.52 ERA, who lifted Boston to its best finish in 31 years. Hall of Fame Warren Spahn led the NL in ERA, shutouts (7), and innings pitched (290).
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