SPAHN & SAIN and PRAY FOR RAIN ...
The Pirates beat Bill Voiselle
June 26, 1948 ... Bill
Voiselle made his ninth consecutive early exit from a baseball game
this year, this time after two innings of battering by the Pirates,
who ended up beating the Tribe by a score of 7 to 1 before 31,490
fans at the wigwam. Ernie Bonham was on the mound for Pittsburgh and
pitched a masterful seven hitter.
The man with the biggest stick of the night was the Pirates Frank Gustine, who
sprayed two doubles, a single and a triple around the ballpark. He was aided by
Ed Fitzgerald who had three singles.
Only Earl Torgeson was successful against Bonham's fork ball. Torgy doubled to
left and to right, and singled in the ninth, when his pop up eluded the
in-rushing Bonham. The ball dropped over his head and Torgy promptly became the
only Braves baserunner to past second base during the game. Jeff Heath knocked
out a long double to right and Torgeson completed his journey around the bases
before Dixie Walker could get the ball to the plate.
Voiselle escaped the first batter of the game, but three runs came home before
he could retire the side in the first inning. In the second inning with a runner
aboard, Gustine tripled off the left-field scoreboard to give the Pirates a 4 to
0 lead. Clyde Shoun took over for the Braves in the third and allowed a run, but
pitched well until he was scored upon in the seventh. He was removed for a
pinch-hitter and Nelson Potter made his debut for the Braves in the ninth.
Potter allowed the Bucs to score again on a walk, a single and an infield out.
Sibbi Sisti was taken to the hospital in the morning after complaining of severe
pain in the side. It was determined that the unlucky Braves shortstop had a
The entire Braves team went to 25 pounds throughout the state before the game,
soliciting funds for the Jimmy Fund, which fights cancer in children. Billy
Southworth, Freddie Fitzsimmons, Johnny Cooney, Frank McCormick and Bob Elliott
all spoke at the Boston Common. Eddie Stanky was called on to umpire an inning
of a semipro baseball game in Haverhill. Red Barrett and Bobby Sturgeon were in
Springfield with President Lou Perini, to do the fundraising out there.