THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BILL VOISELLE

BOSTON BRAVES ...
SPAHN & SAIN and PRAY FOR RAIN ...

Bill Voiselle shuts out the N.L. champs

April 26, 1948 ... The Braves handcuffed the National League champion Brooklyn Dodgers, 5 to 0 on the brilliant three hit pitching of Bill Voiselle. Bob Elliott blasted a long line double off the left-field fence to drive home the first and only run Voiselle needed to give the 8000 Boston fans their initial taste of victory this chilly spring day.

Eddie Stanky was at his best they as a Boston Brave, picking on his old teammates for a walk that led to Boston's first run, a triple and a single. He scored twice besides setting up the winning run. In the field the handled eight chances without a miscue. Jim Russell also belted a two-run insurance homer in the seventh inning.

It was Voiselle pitching the way he did that made the Braves look like the ball club that a lot of experts picked to win the National League pennant this year. He scattered three singles and only one Dodger advanced is far as second base, being rubbed out on a doubleplay started by Danny Litwhiler in left field.

Leo Durocher made his first Boston appearance since 1946 and used four pitchers. He started Jack Banta who yielded three runs before he was removed in the third. Eddie Stanky started the game by walking but was forced at second by Russell. Gene Mauch made a dandy stop to rob Earl Torgeson of a hit, as Russell legged it to third base. Then Bob Elliott rifled a two bagger to bring in the first run.

In the second inning, a walk to Phil Masi, his steal of second base and Alvin Dark's single, scored the Braves second run. Then a triple by Stanky and a double by Torgeson brought home run number three and sent Banta to the showers. Willard Ramsdell was brought in and held the Braves in check through the fifth inning when he was removed for a pinch-hitter.

Jack VanCuyk was the victim of Jim Russell's home run. With two outs, Stanky singled to center and, batting right-handed against the southpaw, Russell knocked the cover off the ball and sent, what was left of it, over the fence in left field for his first home run of the year.

LEO DUROCHER &
BILLY SOUTHWORTH

The only time the Dodgers had a man in scoring position was in the second inning. Pee Wee Reese led off with a single and took second as Bruce Edwards rolled out to Torgeson. Dick Whitman hit a low liner to left and Litwhiler raced for it as Reese headed for third. After Danny grabbed the ball he fired to Stanky, who got Reese in a close play.

Heath made a fine running in catch of a sinking liner by Arky Vaughn in the first inning. He rifled the ball to Torgeson at first and was able to double up Billy Cox, who had walked.

Tommy Holmes ran for 15 minutes in the outfield and said his ankle is okay. Jackie Robinson was not in the Dodger starting lineup and worked around second base shagging balls in the infield. He reported to spring training 20 pounds overweight. His greatest asset is his speed and manager Durocher will not play him until he takes the weight off.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D

 

 

   
 

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R H E  
 

BROOKLYN DODGERS

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

0

3

1

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

1

1

1

0

0

0

2

0

x

 

 

5

8

0

 

 

 

W

BILL VOISELLE (1-0)

 

2B

 

ELLIOTT (BOST), TORGESON (BOST)

 

L

JACK BANTA (0-1)

 

 

S

   

3B

  STANKY (BOST)
 

 

 
 
   

ATTENDANCE: 8006

 

HR

 

RUSSELL (BOST)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 3 2 2 .250  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 2 1 .250  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 0 1 .303  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 0 2 .190  

 

Jeff Heath rf 2 0 0 .269  

 

Mike McCormick ph/rf 1 0 1 .250  

 

Danny Litwhiler lf 4 0 0 .269  

 

Phil Masi c 3 1 0 .136  

 

Alvin Dark ss 3 0 1 .308  

 

Bill Voiselle p 3 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill Voiselle 9 3 0 3 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 6 2 -

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 4 3 1 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 4 4 2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 3 3 2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 3 3 2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 4 4 2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 3 4 2 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

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