Baseballs

August 20, 1947

A three-run homer by Bob Eilliott with two outs in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Boston Braves to a 7-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The term “walk-off” didn’t really exist, in the baseball sense, back in those days, costing scribes a few seconds before they walked off to a cold beer in the press box lounge.

The Braves were trying mightily to keep pace in the National League pennant race. The win kept them in third place, seven games behind the Brooklyn Dodgers.

The club also made an announcement on the following week’s “Ladies Day” at Braves Field: Manager Billy Southworth and a few of his players will conduct a pre-game clinic. Expecting a large crowd, general manager John Quinn said women would be directed to seats in the pavilion if all the reserved grandstand seats were full.

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