THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

EDDIE STANKY

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

Eddie Stanky has a big day at the plate

May 1, 1948 ... Bobby Hogue curbed a Giants' seventh-inning rally to preserve Bill Voiselle's 6 to 3 victory and knock New York out of first place. Last Sunday Hogue faced Walker Cooper who blasted a grand slam home run off him at Braves field. Today they matched up again.

Voiselle had been taken out of the game and Clyde Shoun and not been able to get anybody out. The Braves had a five-run lead when the last of the seventh-inning commenced and was on the verge of being wiped out. The bases were loaded with two outs and Hogue strolled in from the bullpen to once again face Walker Cooper. One thing Hogue was certain of, was the fact that he was not going to throw Cooper the same pitch that he did last week. If Cooper was going to hit him it would have to be on a slow breaking curve. The Giants' catcher started a swing and change his mind on the first pitch. He tried to check his bat, but before he could bring the bat back, the ball struck it. The contact resulted in a pretty little pop up that Eddie Stanky gathered in to end the inning and the threat, enabling the Braves to make it two in a row over the Giants.

The Braves won the game in the four-run first inning when they knocked out starter, Bobo Newsom. Newsom was not able to retire a single Boston hitter. The Braves were hitting the ball in every available hole in the Giants infield. Eddie Stanky, who led the Braves 12 hit attack with three base hits, led off with a single. Jim Russell then lined a single to right and Earl Torgeson found a spot between short and third for another base hit, to score Stanky and put Russell on third. Then as if by magic, Bob Elliott dropped a little Texas Leaguer in center field to score Russell and moved Torgy over to third. Jeff Heath next rolled an easy ground ball down to Bill Rigney at second and he juggled the ball to allow Torgeson the score. With Elliott at second now, Tommy Holmes hit a grounder down to first that Johnny Mize couldn't bend over far enough to stop and it went through for single, scoring Boston's fourth run.

That was enough for Newsom and it brought Clint Hartung onto the mound. He gave up a run in the fourth on Alvin Dark's single, his steal of second and Torgeson's base hit, making it 5 to 0. Voiselle, in the meantime, was pitching a great ballgame. He had a two-hit shutout going into the seventh inning when he came apart. Buddy Kerr opened with a single, but Bob Elliott started a swift doubleplay on Jack Lohrke's grounder to third. But the reprieve was only temporary as Hartung doubled, Rigney singled and a walk to Whitey Lockman loaded the bases. Sid Gordon lined a single that scored two more runs and ended the day for Voiselle.

Before the game ended the Giants had to use a couple more pitchers. Hartung grew wild in the eighth and walked four batters for the sixth Boston run. He was replaced by Ken Trinkle, who got him out of the jam. In the ninth, Mickey McGowan was on the mound and he gave up a hit and a walk, but struck out Eddie Stanky to prevent any scoring. It was the only time Stanky failed to reach base today, having gone into the ninth with three singles and two walks.

Whitey Lockman made one of the best catches of the day in the fourth inning, robbing Bob Elliott of an extra base hit as well as two RBIs. There were two men on and two out when Elliott slammed one the distant left-field. Lockman raced over toward left center at full speed crossed his glove over his right knee and caught the ball on the dead run.

Just returned to the lineup, both Bob Elliott and Tommy Holmes have now hit safely in six straight games.

 

at The Polo Grounds (New York) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

4

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

 

6

11

1

NEW YORK GIANTS

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

 

3

7

2

W-Bill Voiselle (2-0)
S-Bobby Hogue (1)
L-Bobo Newsome (0-1)
Attendance 30,762

2B-Hartung (NY)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 4 1 3 .264  

 

Jim Russell cf 5 1 1 .189  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 1 2 .313  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 1 1 .333  

 

Jeff Heath lf 5 0 1 .250  

 

Mike McCormick lf/rf 0 0 0 .250  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 0 2 .409  

 

Clint Conaster lf 0 0 0 .000  

 

Bill Salkeld c 4 0 0 .333  

 

Phil Masi c 0 0 0 .120  

 

Alvin Dark ss 3 2 2 .333  

 

Bill Voiselle p 3 0 0 .000  

 

Clyde Shoun p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Bobby Hogue p 1 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill Voiselle 6.2 5 3 5 3  
  Clyde Shoun - 1 0 1 0  
  Bobby Hogue 2.1 1 0 1 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 7 4 -

 

 

New York Giants 7 5 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 6 5 1

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 5 4 1

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

6 7 2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 6 7 2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 5 7 2 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 4 7 3