THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

MIKE McCORMICK

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

The Braves come from behind
and capture first place

June 11, 1948 ... The Boston Braves captured first place in the scramble for the National League pennant. They staged a sparkling come from behind sweep of the three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals, taking the finale 7 to 3, for their sixth consecutive victory on the road trip.

Of greater importance was the stirring relief effort of Ernie White. He had not pitched since April 25th and tonight he hurled the final three innings for the Braves, holding the Cardinals runless on one hit. Stan Musial doubled with two outs in the seventh, but White got Enos Slaughter on a hot shot back to the box.

Bill Voiselle worked six mediocre innings to start. He retired for a pinch-hitter in the seventh as the Braves put on a three-run rally to overcome a 3 to 1 Cardinals lead. Al Brazle was the starter for St. Louis and had mown down 11 out of the 12 Braves hitters from the third inning through the sixth. He got himself in a hole to open the seventh, when he walked Sibbi Sisti. Voiselle was taken out for pinch-hitter Alvin Dark and on the first pitch he pulled a hot single in the left-field. After Eddie Stanky laid down a sacrifice to put Sisti and Dark in scoring position, Mike McCormick poked a single to short right field. Sisti scored with ease and was followed by Dark. Cardinal catcher, Joe Garagiola tried to block the path of the charging Dark, but Alvin dove over him to square the game at 3 to 3. While all this was going on, Mike McCormick hustled down to second base. He went to third on a groundout and Bob Elliott smashed a single through short to give the Braves a 4 to 3 lead.

The Braves added to their total in the eighth, on a Jim Russell single, a sacrifice by Masi, a walk to Sisti and a smash by Stanky that missed being a home run by inches. The ball caromed off the wall in left-center for a double that scored Russell and Sisti. The final run in the ninth-inning was scored on a pass to Torgeson, a single by Heath and a sacrifice fly by Jim Russell.

In last place during the first week of the season, the Braves have made a magnificent drive to the top of the National League. They arrived at the ballpark and found themselves leading the league as the Giants had been knocked out by the Cubs in the afternoon. As a result of their latest success they are in first place by one half game over the Giants.

 

at Sportsman's Park (St. Louis) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

1

0

0

0

0

0

3

2

1

 

7

11

1

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

3

9

0

W-Bill Voiselle (5-3)
S-Ernie White (1)
L-Al Brazle (3-3)
Attendance 16,143

2B-Stanky (Bost), McCormick (Bost),
Musial (2)(StL), Jones (StL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 4 1 2 .296  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 1 0 0 .367  

 

Mike McCormick rf 4 1 2 .239  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 1 0 .276  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 0 1 .295  

 

Jeff Heath lf 5 0 2 .291  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 1 1 .281  

 

Phil Masi c 4 0 1 .250  

 

Sibby Sisti ss 3 2 1 .135  

 

Bill Voiselle p 1 0 0 .083  

 

Al Dark ph 1 1 1 .261  

 

Ernie White p 1 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill Voiselle 6 8 3 0 2  
  Ernie White 3 1 0 0 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

25 19 -

 

 

New York Giants 25 20 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 25 21 1

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 25 21 1

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 25 24 2 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 21 24 4 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 21 26 5 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 18 30 9