THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

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The
Pirates spoil Bob Elliot's big day

May 18, 1948 ... After Bob Elliott had been honored as last year's National League most valuable player before the game, the Pittsburgh Pirates spoiled the homecoming of the Braves by a 4 to 3 score at Braves Field. Elliott received his award and promptly the Braves played a mediocre ballgame, as Bill Voiselle suffered his first defeat of the season after four victories.

The big right-hander, who had his winning streak of six games at the end of last year and two more this year on the line, was victimized by Ralph Kiner in the eighth-inning with a mammoth home run, his eighth of the year. Kiner drove the ball half way up the flashy new scoreboard to score Johnny Hopp, erasing a 3 to 2 lead that Voiselle had been handed by Earl Torgeson and Tommy Holmes.

Ex-Braves player Max West, also treated Voiselle unkindly with a single, double and a home run, and played first base as though we had an inkling of what was about to take place. His first hit, a single to right, saw him score in the second inning. Danny Murtaugh shot him around third-base with a double to left and Max scored on an infield out. His next trip around the bases was much quicker when he drove a long fly over the bullpen into the pavilion seats for his third round tripper of the year.

Another Braves castoff, Elmer Singleton, mowed down the Braves easily for the first five innings, although he was in dangerous territory in the first inning after loading the bases. Earl Torgeson grounded out to West for the final out and killed the rally.

Torgeson amended his earlier failure in the sixth inning after Jeff Heath had been given a walk. On a 2-0 pitch, Earl smashed a low liner close to the foul pole that looked as though it would hit the fence, but managed to sail across into the bullpen. That tied the score up at 2 to 2.

Tommy Holmes put the Braves ahead opening the seventh inning with a longer drive that never was in question once it left the bat. Singleton promptly was removed and Vic Lombardi, who ended up receiving credit for the victory, was brought in to pitch. Manager Billy Southworth countered by removing both Heath and Holmes from the lineup and bringing in Clint Conaster and Mike McCormick against the left-handed pitcher.

The shift backfired over the last couple of innings when the Braves had opportunities to get to Lombardi. Connie Ryan walked to open the eighth and Frank McCormick batting for the relief pitcher Bobby Hogue, flied to center after just missing a double off the left-field wall that landed foul by a few feet.

With the Braves down 4 to 3, Bob Elliott walked in the ninth-inning with one out after having gone 0 for 4. But Conaster was only able to pop out and Torgeson grounded out to end the game.

Bob Elliott received his award with the players from both teams gathered around home plate, a few minutes after the tarp had been removed from the field. It was given to him by Ford Frick, the president of the National League. Naturally, Elliott called it the biggest thrill of his career and even more so because it was his first year in a Braves uniform. The plaque at a profile of the late commissioner, Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis engraved on it.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

   
 

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R H E  
 

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

 

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

 

 

4

9

1

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

 

 

3

7

0

 

 

 

W

VIC LOMBARDI (1-2)

 

2B

 

MURTAUGH (PITT), WEST (PITT)

 

L

BILL VOISELLE (4-1)

 

 

S

   

3B

   
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 19,181

 

HR

 

WEST (PITT), KINER (PITT), TORGESON (BOST),
HOLMES (BOST)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 1 2 .440  

 

Mike McCormick rf 1 0 0 .185  

 

Alvin Dark ss 5 0 2 .278  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 0 1 .209  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 0 0 .291  

 

Jeff Heath lf 1 1 0 .311  

 

Clint Conaster ph/lf 1 0 0 .214  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 1 1 .303  

 

Phil Masi c 4 0 0 .087  

 

Connie Ryan 2b 1 0 1 .167  

 

Bill Voiselle p 3 0 0 .000  

 

Bobby Hogue p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Frank McCormick ph 1 0 0 .125  

 

Vern Bickford p 0 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Bill Voiselle 7 8 4 4 6  

 

Bobby Hogue 1 1 0 0 1  
  Vern Bickford 1 0 0 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 14 7 -

 

 

New York Giants 13 9 1 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 13 11 2 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

12 11 3

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 13 12 3

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 11 13 4 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 9 13 5 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 9 18 8