THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

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

The Braves come back, but can't hold the lead

June 16, 1948 ... A poor performance by Bill Voiselle pushed the Braves back into a tie at the top of the National League.  Seven straight times the Cubs had lost to the Braves, but today they won 8 to 5, before a Ladies Day crowd at Braves Field.

It was Bill Voiselle's seventh incomplete game, as he retired only one Cub batter before he was taken out of the game.  He allowed three runs but had great control.  The Cubs just had his number.  Eddie Waitkus sent one into the Cubs bullpen with one aboard, and a smashed single and double accounted for three first inning runs.

After Red Barrett came in and allowed another run in the second inning, the Braves mounted a comeback. A walk and singles by Mike McCormick and Sibby Sisti, accounted for one run, and Barrett drove home a pair himself, to make it 4-3. In the fourth, the Tribe scored two times on three consecutive singles by Jim Russell, Phil Masi and Sibby Sisti.  After Tommy Holmes was walked, driving in a run, Sisti scored on a wild pitch to grab a 5 to 4 lead.

But the joy was short lived. The Cubs countered with three runs in the fifth and tagged on one in the ninth.  Emil Kush, who replaced Cubs starter Bob McCall, pitched hitless ball over the last four innings, to get the win.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

   
 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R H E  
 

CHICAGO CUBS

 

3

1

0

0

3

0

0

0

1

 

 

8

12

0

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

3

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

5

8

3

 

 

 

W

EMIL KUSH (1-1)

 

2B

 

NICHOLSON (CHI), WAITKUS (CHI), MASI (BOST)

 

L

RED BARRETT (3-5)

 

 

S

   

3B

   
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 9032

 

HR

 

WAITKUS (CHI), PAFKO (CHI)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 4 0 0 .309  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 3 0 0 .358  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 0 0 .260  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 5 0 0 .278  

 

Mike McCormick lf 5 1 2 .274  

 

Jim Russell cf 3 1 1 .289  

 

Phil Masi c 4 1 2 .254  

 

Sibby Sisti ss 4 2 2 .186  

 

Bill Voiselle p 0 0 0 .083  

 

Red Barrett p 2 0 1 .176  

 

Jeff Heath ph 1 0 0 .291  

 

Bobby Hogue p 0 0 0 .143  

 

Bill Salkeld ph 0 0 0 .357  

 

Bobby Sturgeon pr 0 0 0 .259  

 

Clyde Shoun p 0 0 0 .125  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill Voiselle 0.1 4 3 0 0  
  Red Barrett 4.2 6 3 0 0  
  Bobby Hogue 3 1 0 2 1  
  Clyde Shoun 1 1 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

28 22 -

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 28 22 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 27 23 1

 

 

New York Giants 27 23 1

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 26 26 3

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 23 25 4

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 23 30 6 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 20 31 8 1/2