June 19, 1948

Clyde Shoun, making his first start at Braves Field after moving from the bullpen to the starting rotation, got the win as the Braves played their first home night game of the year and topped Cincinnatti, 5-4.

Night games were still the exception around the major leagues, though the advantages of starting games after normal working hours were nudging baseball away from routinely playing on weekday afternoons.

A few days earlier, another step toward what we now take for granted – the first Boston big-league game on television. Johnny Sain won at home for the first time that season, a 6-3 decision over the Cubs, in front of 24,124 at Braves Field and untold thousands watching the game on WBZ-TV Ch. 4.

On that night the Braves took over first place for the first time in 1948.

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