THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

EARL TORGESON

BOSTON BRAVES ...
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 bothersome appendix.  

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.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

 

 
 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R H E  
 

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

 

3

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

1

 

 

7

13

0

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

 

1

7

2

 

 

 

W

TINY BONHAM (3-3)

 

2B

 

GUSTINE (PITT), TORGESON (2)(BOST),
HEATH (PITT)

 

L

BILL VOISELLE (7-5)

 

 

S

   

3B

  GUSTINE (PITT)
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 31,490

 

HR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 4 1 1 .314  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 1 1 .345  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 3 2 1 .268  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 1 0 .276  

 

Jeff Heath lf 3 1 1 .306  

 

Jim Russell cf 1 0 0 .172  

 

Bill Salkeld c 4 1 1 .237  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 1 2 .290  

 

Bill Voiselle p 1 0 0 .172  

 

Clyde Shoun p 4 1 1 .237  

 

Frank McCormick ph 4 1 2 .290  

 

Nels Potter p 4 2 2 .200  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Bill Voiselle 2 5 3 2 0  

 

Clyde Shoun 6 7 1 3 2  
  Nels Potter 1 1 1 1 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

35 26 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 34 26 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 33 27 1 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 31 28 3

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 30 32 5 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 27 30 6

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 27 36 9

 

 

Chicago Cubs 24 36 10 1/2