THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

EDDIE STANKY

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

Eddie Stanky's bases loaded single
wins the game for the Braves

May 7, 1948 ... Bill Voiselle has waited for years to accomplish what he did today in whipping Ewell Blackwell and the Cincinnati Reds, by a 4 to 3 score, for the first Braves victory on western soil for the year. Back in 1944 when Voiselle was a 21 game winner with the Giants, he blanked the Reds at the Polo Grounds. Since then he has failed to register a single victory over Cincinnati. They have beat him six times in a row, but today Voiselle got his third straight victory of the season, riding a two run Eddie Stanky single in the sixth inning, after Blackwell was removed with a strained arm.

Earlier in the game, Bob Elliott and Jeff Heath knocked out home runs against Blackwell, but it was Stanky's single with the bases loaded and two outs that brought home the victory.

The Reds gave Blackwell a one run lead in the first inning. Frank Baumholtz singled and stole second, although it seemed that Alvin Dark at tagged him out. Johnny Wyrostek then pushed a single past Stanky to score Baumholtz. That run was equaled on Bob Elliott's third homer of the year. Elliott unloaded on an outside fastball and sent it whistling with a howling wind, into the right-field seats in the second inning.

The tie held until the last of the fourth. Wyrostek walked but was forced at second by Grady Hatton. Voiselle next passed Hank Sauer and on Kluszewski's fly ball out to Jim Russell, Wyrostek moved over to third. Then Ray Lomanno stroked a single that just eluded Elliott and the Reds had a 2 to 1 lead.

Blackwell's demise occurred in the sixth inning. With one gone, Heath lined a drive into the right-field seats for his third home run of the year. After this, Blackwell seem to go to pieces. He walked Tommy Holmes on four straight pitches after getting him down two strikes. Bill Salkeld hit a long single right that sent Holmes the third. Alvin Dark rolled one down to Virgil Stallcup, who got Salkeld on the fielder's choice. Then Blackwell walked Voiselle to fill the bases. That was his afternoon and Harry Gumbert was brought in the pitch. Stanky hit him with a single to right, that brought home Holmes and Dark to give the Braves a 4 to 2 lead.

Voiselle scattered eight Cincinnati hits. With any kind of luck he would have held the Reds to one run, a huge ninth-inning blast by Ted Kluszewski.

 

at Crosley Field (Cincinnati) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

1

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

 

4

8

0

CINCINNATI REDS

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

 

3

8

0

W-Bill Voiselle (3-0)
L-Ewell Blackwell (2-3)
Attendance 2053

2B-Holmes (Bost), Elliott (Bost)
HR-Elliott (Bost), Heath (Bost), Kluszewski (Cinci)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 4 0 1 .292  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 3 0 0 .273  

 

Jim Russell cf 5 0 0 .161  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 1 2 .340  

 

Jeff Heath lf 4 1 2 .275  

 

Cliff Conaster lf 0 0 0 .000  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 3 1 2 .406  

 

Bill Salkeld c 2 0 1 .333  

 

Phil Masi c 1 0 0 .100  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 1 0 .282  

 

Bill Voiselle p 2 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill Voiselle 9 8 3 2 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 10 6 -

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 9 5 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 8 5 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 8 7 1 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

7 9 3

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 7 9 3

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 7 10 3 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 5 10 4 1/2