THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

SIBBI SISTI

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

The Braves' seven run 7th inning nets a victory

June 4, 1948 ... The Braves found a better way to win a baseball game rather than through an official protest by their manager Billy Southworth. The team was hopping mad at a reversed balk call ruled by home plate umpire Lou Jorda and then exploded with a seven run seventh inning that enabled them to wipe out a Pirate lead and score a 10 to 7 victory before 37,355 at Forbes Field.

With Tommy Holmes on third and Bob Elliott on second, Pirates starter Bob Chesnes committed a balk that permitted Holmes to score and Elliott to take third. Then the pitcher appeared to make another balk and third-base umpire Babe Pinelli waived home Elliott. But then Chesnes fired the ball to Gustine who tagged Elliott out. Jorda had reversed Pinelli's decision claiming that the pitcher was not on the rubber. Southworth announced that he would play the game under protest, but the Braves took care of business on their own.

Jim Russell's three run homer climaxed the tribes uprising. Hitting left-handed, Russell stroked a towering drive that hit the left centerfield brick wall and bounced into the Braves bullpen, for his fourth homer of the year.

During the Braves big seven run inning, 13 men went to the plate. Sibbi Sisti and Eddie Stanky tied a record by each walking twice in the same inning. Sisti walked to start things off and after Hogue sacrificed, Stanky doubled both men across to tie up the game at 5 to 5. Earl Torgeson greeted relief pitcher Forrest Main with a double to bring Tommy Holmes across. After Bob Elliott struck out, Heath walked and Russell walloped his home run. A final run then came on bill Salkeld's single, a second walked to Sisti and Hogue's looper double down the right-field line. Seven runs across the plate and the Braves led the game 10 to 5.

Southworth used four pitchers to land the victory with Bobby Hogue winding up receiving credit for his first major league win. He was rescued by Bill Voiselle with the bases loaded and two out in the seventh. Voiselle came in and struck out pinch-hitter Max West.

Hogue had pitched 3 2/3 innings of good relief to keep the Braves in the game. After the big seventh inning he gave up a run to make it 10 to 6, when Ralph Kiner smacked his 13th home run of the year far over the left-field wall. Then Wally Westlake and Ed Stephens both singled and Danny Murtaugh drew a walk to fill the bases. Voiselle then came in and fanned West to preserve the victory.

In the first inning Tommy Holmes got the Braves into a baserunning jam which backfired in favor of his team. Holmes was on second and Torgeson on first when Heath lined a single to right. Holmes rounded third and then changed his mind, but saw Torgeson coming to third-base also. Fortunately for the Braves, Walker fumbled the ball in right field, allowing Holmes to score with Torgeson in hot pursuit, to give the Braves an initial 2 to 0 lead. Holmes continued his hitting streak through 16 games, accounting for half of the Braves runs by scoring three and knocking home two others.

Alvin Dark had been benched for defensive reasons and Sibbi Sisti, who started the season at shortstop, was given another chance. Clint Conaster donned the gear to catch during batting practice. Eddie Stanky, who was still nursing a blistered heel, felt well enough to play and was restored to his leadoff spot.

 

at Forbes Field (Pittsburgh) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

2

0

1

0

0

0

7

0

0

 

10

12

1

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

1

2

2

0

0

0

1

1

0

 

7

13

2

W-Bobby Hogue (1-1)
S-Bill Voiselle (1)
L-Hal Gregg (0-3)
Attendance 37,355

2B-Russell (2)(Bost), Holmes (Bost), Torgeson (Bost),
Hogue (Bost), Rojek (2)(Pitts), Stevens (Pitts)
3B-Hopp (Pitts)
HR-Russell (Bost), Cluttz (Pitts), Kiner (Pitts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 4 1 1 .252  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 3 2 .386  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 2 1 .281  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 0 0 .276  

 

Jeff Heath lf 3 1 1 .313  

 

Jim Russell cf 5 1 3 .254  

 

Bill Salkeld c 4 1 2 .345  

 

Sibby Sisti ss 3 1 0 .120  

 

Vern Bickford p 1 0 0 .143  

 

Clyde Shoun p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Bobby Hogue p 2 0 1 .167  

 

Bill Voiselle p 1 0 1 .095  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Vern Bickford 1.2 4 3 1 0  
  Clyde Shoun 0.2 1 2 2 0  
  Bobby Hogue 4.1 5 1 2 2  
  Bill Voiselle 2.1 3 1 1 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 22 15 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 21 17 1 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 21 18 2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

18 18 3

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 21 20 3

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 18 21 5

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 19 23 5 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 15 24 8