THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

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

Bill Voiselle wins both games
of the doubleheader

June 20, 1948 ... In beating the Cincinnati Reds by scores of 5 to 4 and 4 to 1, the Braves increased their lead in the National League to 1 1/2 games. Backed by the surprisingly good pitching of both Red Barrett and Vern Bickford, the Tribe didn't have to stage late inning comebacks. They took early command in both games and electrified their followers was some brilliant defense that saved the day. The Braves have now won 14 of their last 17 games, equaling their best winning streak of the season.

Red Barrett was hit with 13 safeties in the opener, but kept them well scattered until the ninth, when he was relieved by Bobby Hogue, who got two outs to preserve the one run game. For seven innings Bickford limited the Reds to just two infield hits. He lost a shutout in the eighth, when he was hit for a pair of doubles and a single, but Jim Russell got him out of trouble by making a leaping catch of Hank Sauer's long line drive at the left-field fence.

The Braves opened the game by scoring a run off Herm Wehmeier, on doubles by Tommy Holmes and Bob Elliott. They got another run in the third inning on a walk, a single by Holmes and Earl Torgeson's sacrifice fly. The Reds picked up a run in the fifth, but the Braves counted for two more in their half of the inning. Holmes picked up his third hit and jogged home when Torgeson slammed a long home run into the wind, that landed in the visitors bullpen. That put the Braves up 4 to 1.

After the Reds got one back in the seventh, Alvin Dark opened up the eighth with a single. Holmes got his fourth hit of the afternoon, when he topped a ball down the first base line, that reliever Ken Peterson overran. In his haste, his throw to first baseman Babe Young was in the dirt and rolled away. Since there were two outs, Dark was flying around the bases and didn't stop until he slid into home with the Braves fifth run.

The Reds chased Barrett in the ninth-inning when they staged a comeback. Barrett gave up a single and a double and then Johnny Wyrostek lined a vicious line drive to deep center that scored two. That brought in Bobby Hogue who walked Grady Hatton, but then retired Hank Sauer on a pop out and a groundout to Eddie Stanky, giving him his second save of the year.

In the second contest, Vern Bickford and Johnny VanderMeer engaged in a great pitching duel for four innings. But the Braves erupted in the fifth inning to score three runs that would clinch the game. After a walk to Stanky, Holmes again singled and both of them advanced on a sacrifice. Bob Elliott got a free pass to load the bases and Mike McCormick came through in the clutch, as he had been doing the last three weeks, with a single to left that scored the two runners. A pass to Jim Russell loaded the bases again and another one to Phil Masi forced home the third run. That was it for VanderMeer and the Braves got another run off Walter Cress in the eighth-inning.

In the sixth inning of the second game, the Braves drew three walks, stole three bases, and made a clean single, but were unable to score a run. Earl Torgeson was one of the men who stole a base, extending his perfect stolen base streak to 14 of 14. Tommy Holmes picked up five hits in nine at-bats, raising his average to .362.

 

 
  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  
 

CINCINNATI REDS

 

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

2

 

 

4

13

1

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

1

0

1

0

2

0

0

1

x

 

 

5

9

0

 

 

 

W

RED BARRETT (4-5)

 

2B

 

KLUSZEWSKI (CIN), WYROSTEK (CIN),
GALAN (CIN), HOLMES (BOST), ELLIOTT (BOST)

 

L

HERM WEHMEIER (5-2)

 

 

S

BOBBY HOGUE (2)  

3B

   
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 32,812

 

HR

 

TORGESON (BOST)

 

 

 
  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  
 

CINCINNATI REDS

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

 

 

1

5

1

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

0

0

0

3

0

1

0

x

 

 

4

8

2

 

 

 

W

VERN BICKFORD (4-2)

 

2B

 

KLUSZEWSKI (CIN)

 

L

JOHNNY VANDER MEER (3-7)

 

 

S

   

3B

   
 

 

 

 

   

 

 

HR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 4 1 1 .315  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 2 4 .364  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 1 1 .272  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 0 1 .276  

 

Jeff Heath lf 3 0 1 .299  

 

Mike McCormick lf 1 0 0 .294  

 

Jim Russell cf 2 0 0 .290  

 

Bill Salkeld c 3 0 0 .325  

 

Al Dark ss 4 1 1 .262  

 

Red Barrett p 3 0 0 .150  

 

Bobby Hogue p 0 0 0 .143  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Red Barrett 8.1 13 4 1 2  
  Bobby Hogue 0.2 0 0 1 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 1 1 0 .314  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 1 1 .362  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 3 0 2 .278  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 2 1 0 .273  

 

Mike McCormick lf 4 0 1 .292  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 0 1 .290  

 

Phil Masi c 3 1 0 .244  

 

Al Dark ss 3 0 2 .271  

 

Vern Bickford p 4 0 1 .167  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Vern Bickford 9 5 1 2 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

34 22 -

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 32 23 1 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 30 25 3 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 29 26 4 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 27 30 7 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 23 29 9

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 24 24 11

 

 

Chicago Cubs 23 33 11