THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BILL VOISELLE

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

Bill Voiselle wins both games of the doubleheader

June 17, 1948 ... The Braves staged two come-backs to sweep a doubleheader from the Cubs and move in front for the scramble for the National League pennant, by one half game. Big Bill Voiselle was the winner of both games, the first by a 7 to 6 score and the second by an 8 to 7 score.

Voiselle was unable to finish any of the seven previous starts and relegated to the bullpen. He came in and pitched one run ball for 7 2/3 innings in the first game and worked one frame of the second game, to earn his seventh victory of the year. He became the first National League pitcher to win seven this season.

The Cubs knocked out Warren Spahn in the second inning of the first game and built up a good lead. The Braves were five runs down after the second inning, when they staged the first of two remarkable comebacks. A three run sixth inning, with the Braves down 6 to 4, sparked by an unexpected double down the right-field line by Sibbi Sisti, and climaxed by Earl Torgeson's liner to right, won the first game. Bob Elliott was credited with driving home the winning run when he sent a hot shot down to shortstop Gene Mauch. Mauch came up with the ball cleanly, but as secondbaseman Hank Schenz was making the force at second, Torgeson knocked into him just enough to slow up the toss the first. Elliott was safe and Eddie Stanky scored the winning run.

The Braves scored first in the second game and the Cubs tied it up in the second inning. Two unearned runs were recorded by the Braves in the fourth and they were answered by the Cubs in their half of the fifth. The Cubs finally got to Vern Bickford in the seventh inning when they chalked up four runs.

Going into the eighth-inning, leading 4 to 3, Cubs starter Johnny Schmitz gave up four singles in succession. Jess Dobernic came in to pitch and faced Eddie Stanky, who sliced one just fair over the first-base bag. With the bases loaded, Tommy Holmes' fly to short right field scored Sisti with the tying run.

Mike McCormick opened up the winning ninth-inning with a base hit. Jim Russell laid down a sacrifice bunt and Dobernic decided to go for the force at second, but the throw was late. Phil Masi sacrificed McCormick over to third and Russell to second. Sisti was given an intentional pass to load the bases and Bill Salkeld came up as a pinch-hitter. The game came to an conclusion when Dobernic walked Salkeld and McCormick came home with the winning run.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 


GAME #1
 

 
 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R H E  
 

CHICAGO CUBS

 

1

4

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

 

 

6

11

1

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

0

2

0

2

3

0

0

x

 

 

7

9

1

 

 

 

W

BILL VOISELLE (6-3)

 

2B

 

HAMNER (CHI), HOLMES (BOST), SISTI (BOST)

 

L

CLIFF CHAMBERS (1-6)

 

 

S

   

3B

  LOWREY (CH)
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 24,714

 

HR

 

NICHOLSON (CHI)

 

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 


GAME #2
 

 
 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R H E  
 

CHICAGO CUBS

 

0

1

0

0

2

0

4

0

0

 

 

7

12

4

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

1

0

0

2

0

0

0

4

1

 

 

8

12

3

 

 

 

W

BILL VOISELLE (7-3)

 

2B

 

LOWREY (CHI), STANKY (BOST), RUSSELL (BOST)

 

L

JESS DOBERNIC (2-1)

 

 

S

   

3B

   
 

 

 

 

   

 

 

HR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 4 2 1 .307  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 1 2 .361  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 3 1 2 .267  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 1 0 .273  

 

Jeff Heath lf 3 0 2 .299  

 

Jim Russell cf 3 0 0 .284  

 

Bill Salkeld c 2 0 1 .361  

 

Phil Masi ph/c 2 0 0 .250  

 

Sibby Sisti ss 4 1 1 .189  

 

Warren Spahn p 0 0 0 .179  

 

Bill Voiselle p 3 1 0 .074  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Warren Spahn 1.1 6 4 1 0  
  Bill Voiselle 7.2 5 1 3 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 4 1 3 .318  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 0 0 .353  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 0 1 .267  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 5 1 1 .271  

 

Mike McCormick lf 4 2 2 .288  

 

Jim Russell cf 3 2 2 .290  

 

Phil Masi c 4 1 1 .250  

 

Sibby Sisti ss 4 1 1 .192  

 

Vern Bickford p 3 0 1 .143  

 

Red Barrett p 0 0 0 .176  

 

Bobby Hogue p 0 0 0 .143  

 

Jeff Heath ph 1 0 0 .297  

 

Bill Voiselle p 0 0 0 .074  

 

Bill Salkeld ph 0 0 0 .361  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Vern Bickford 6.1 9 7 5 2  
  Red Barrett 0.1 2 0 1 0  
  Bobby Hogue 1.1 0 0 1 2  
  Bill Voiselle 1 1 0 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

30 22 -

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 29 22 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 28 23 1 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 27 24 2 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 26 27 4 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 23 26 5 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 24 30 7

 

 

Chicago Cubs 20 33 10 1/2