THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

HARRY BRECHEEN

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

Harry Brecheen and Stan Musial beat the Braves

June 22, 1948 ... Harry Brecheen allowed the Braves only eight scattered hits and his dangerous bat started a three-run rally in the ninth-inning, that gave the Cardinals a 5 to 2 victory, reducing the Braves lead over them to 1 1/2 games and only one game over the Pirates. Stan Musial, the National League's leading batter, went five for five and boosted his average to .405, knocking in two runs in the ninth, to shatter the 2 to 2 deadlock and clinch the contest.

Up until the ninth-inning it was a close pitching duel between Brecheen and the Braves' Bill Voiselle. But in the final inning, a mental lapse by the Braves pitcher, started the downfall. Brecheen, himself, singled to left center for his second hit of the night. Red Schoendinst drove one between first and second that Earl Torgeson was able to snare, but he was not able to get it out of his glove to get Brecheen at second for the force. So Torgy turned to throw to first, but there was nobody there, as Voiselle was still standing on the pitchers mound, watching the play. That put men on first and second with only one out. Marty Marion then walked to fill the bases and that was it for Voiselle.

With the left-handed Musial coming to bat, manager Billy Southworth called in his southpaw, Clyde Shoun. But he was no puzzle to Musial, who singled to center to score two runs. Enos Slaughter followed with another hit that scored Marion with the third run of the inning. That was it for Shoun, as Bobby Hogue came in to put out the fire.

The Cardinals a grabbed an early 1 to 0 lead in the second, but the Braves bounced back to take the lead 2 to 1 in the third. Tommy Holmes doubled to center and scored on Bob Elliott's double to right-center. Mike McCormick sent Elliott across with a single over second. The Cardinals came back in the fifth to tie it up, setting the stage for the ninth-inning. Brecheen didn't walk a man and struck out three.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

 

 
 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R H E  
 

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

 

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

3

 

 

5

13

0

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

2

8

2

 

 

 

W

HARRY BRECHEEN (8-2)

 

2B

 

HOLMES (BOST), ELLIOTT (BOST)

 

L

BILL VOISELLE (7-4)

 

 

S

   

3B

   
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 29,064

 

HR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 4 0 1 .313  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 1 1 .352  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 0 0 .267  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 1 3 .282  

 

Mike McCormick lf 3 0 1 .291  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 0 0 .284  

 

Phil Masi c 4 0 0 .237  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 0 2 .285  

 

Bill Voiselle p 2 0 0 .069  

 

Clyde Shoun p 0 0 0 .091  

 

Bobby Hogue p 0 0 0 .143  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill Voiselle 8.1 11 5 3 4  
  Clyde Shoun - 2 0 0 0  
  Bobby Hogue 0.2 0 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

34 24 -

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 32 24 1

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 32 25 1 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 29 26 3 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 27 32 7 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 24 29 7 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 26 34 9

 

 

Chicago Cubs 23 33 10