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Series Wrapup

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB R RA Rdiff pythWL Home Road
1 BSN 91 62 .595 --- 4.8 3.8 1.0 93-60 45-31 46-31
2 STL 85 69 .552 --- 4.8 4.2 0.6 87-67 44-33 41-36
3 BRO 84 70 .545 --- 4.8 4.3 0.5 84-70 36-41 48-29
4 PIT 83 71 .539 --- 4.5 4.5 0.0 78-76 47-31 36-40
5 NYG 78 76 .506 --- 5.0 4.5 0.5 84-70 37-40 41-36
6 PHI 66 88 .429 --- 3.8 4.7 -0.9 62-92 32-44 34-44
7 CIN 64 89 .418 --- 3.8 4.9 -1.1 60-93 32-45 32-44
8 CHC 64 90 .416 --- 3.9 4.5 -0.7 65-89 35-42 29-48

Postseason
World Series (4-2):   Cleveland Indians over Boston Braves

Story

1948 Boston BravesThe Boston Braves overcame a phenomenal performance by Stan Musial to capture their first National League pennant in 34 years in 1948, finishing the campaign 6 ½ games in front of the second-place Cardinals, with a record of 91-62.  Musial had the greatest season of his Hall of Fame career, leading the league in virtually every major offensive category.  Stan the Man topped the circuit with a .376 batting average, 131 runs batted in, 135 runs scored, 230 hits, 18 triples, 46 doubles, 429 total bases, a .450 on-base percentage, and a .702 slugging percentage, en route to earning N.L. MVP honors.  With a career-high 39 home runs, Musial came within one homer of capturing the Triple Crown (Ralph Kiner and Johnny Mize tied for the league lead with 40 long balls).

Unfortunately for Musial, the lack of support he received from everyone else in the St. Louis lineup, with the exception of Enos Slaughter, kept him out of the World Series for the second straight year, after he appeared in the Fall Classic in four of his first five seasons.  Instead, the Braves represented the senior circuit in the Fall Classic, even though they finished just fourth in the league in runs scored. 

Bob Elliott, Tommy Holmes, and Rookie of the Year Alvin Dark led the Braves on offense.  Elliott, the reigning N.L. MVP, hit 23 home runs, knocked in 100 runs, scored 99 others, batted .283, and topped the circuit with 131 bases on balls.  Holmes scored 85 runs and placed among the league leaders with a .325 batting average.  Dark also scored 85 runs, and he finished near the top of the league rankings with 39 doubles and a .322 batting average.

Meanwhile, Johnny Sain anchored Boston’s pitching staff, which surrendered a league-low 584 runs to the opposition over the course of the regular season.  Sain led all N.L. hurlers with 24 wins, 28 complete games, and 314 innings pitched, while also placing third in the league with a 2.60 ERA.  Warren Spahn gave the Braves another solid starter, going 15-12, with 16 complete games and 257 innings pitched. 

However, with no other Boston pitcher winning more than 13 games, the Braves found themselves at a disadvantage when they met the pitching-rich Cleveland Indians in the World Series.  After Sain out-dueled Bob Feller 1-0 in Game One, the Indians took four of the next five contests to claim their first world championship in 28 years.  The Braves lost the Series even though their pitching staff held Cleveland’s lineup to a team batting average of just .199.

Other outstanding performers, notable events, and points of interest from around the league follow:

September 9 - Rex Barney of the Brooklyn Dodgers pitched a 2–0 no-hitter over the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds.

November 26 - National League president Ford Frick stepped in and paid $350 for funeral services, including the cost of a coffin, for the unclaimed body of Hack Wilson.  The former slugger, who likely died of alcohol abuse a few days earlier in a Baltimore hospital, was identified only as a white male.

Philadelphia Phillies rookie Richie Ashburn batted .333 and led the National League with 32 stolen bases.

Stan Musial’s 429 total bases were the most compiled by any major league player since Jimmie Foxx posted 438 for the A's in 1932.

Musial collected five hits in a game on four separate occasions during the season.

Harry Brecheen of the Cardinals finished 20-7, to lead all N.L. pitchers with a .741 winning percentage.  He also led all league hurlers with a 2.24 ERA, 149 strikeouts, and seven shutouts.

New York’s Johnny Mize hit 40 home runs, knocked in 125 runs, scored 110 others, and batted .289. 
 
Enos Slaughter batted .321, drove in 90 runs, and scored 91 others for St. Louis.

Pittsburgh’s Ralph Kiner hit 40 homers, knocked in 123 runs, and scored 104 others.

Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
BRO 1972 5328 744 1393 671 .191 256 54 91 114 0 2030 .322 .262 .627 100 0 100
BSN 1827 5297 739 1458 695 .219 272 49 95 43 0 2113 .356 .293 .691 116 0 140
CHN 1928 5352 597 1402 564 .198 225 44 87 39 0 1976 .303 .288 .619 104 0 70
CIN 1888 5127 588 1266 548 .207 221 37 104 42 0 1873 .323 .280 .611 121 0 79
NY1 1962 5277 780 1352 733 .193 210 49 164 51 0 2152 .351 .271 .654 113 0 65
PHI 1779 5287 591 1367 548 .207 227 39 91 68 0 1945 .321 .268 .624 99 0 81
PIT 1885 5286 706 1388 650 .176 191 54 108 68 0 2011 .298 .249 .605 100 0 56
SLN 1940 5302 742 1396 680 .199 238 58 105 24 0 2065 .345 .287 .661 125 0 76

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
BRO 366 84 70 1393 670 633 5980 1316 119 91.140 581 667 52 9 22 35 2
BSN 321 91 62 1390 579 430 5853 1354 93 58.150 521 582 70 10 17 11 0
CHN 375 64 90 1355 636 609 5921 1355 89 119.230 603 701 51 7 10 27 2
CIN 364 64 89 1343 599 572 5900 1410 104 85.010 667 750 40 8 20 20 2
NY1 385 78 76 1373 527 551 5959 1425 122 73.760 599 700 54 14 21 23 1
PHI 317 66 88 1364 552 561 5809 1385 95 98.070 617 727 61 6 15 26 3
PIT 322 83 71 1370 519 564 5938 1373 120 78.570 632 701 65 5 19 36 5
SLN 360 85 69 1367 635 476 5835 1392 103 61.840 594 646 60 12 18 22 2

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
BRO 1784 5978 4172 1646 160 .971 0 0 0 0 14
BSN 1677 5984 4164 1677 143 .952 0 0 0 0 8
CHN 1707 6045 4062 1811 172 .958 0 0 0 0 11
CIN 1703 5820 4018 1644 158 .971 0 0 0 0 10
NY1 1752 5973 4106 1711 156 .969 0 0 0 0 7
PHI 1637 5908 4092 1606 210 .948 0 0 0 0 19
PIT 1705 6008 4114 1757 137 .976 0 0 0 0 20
SLN 1747 5941 4107 1716 118 .977 0 0 0 0 8

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