THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BILL VOISELLE

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

Bill Voiselle humbles the Giants

June 30, 1948 ... Bill Voiselle gave the Braves a 3 to 1 decision over the New York Giants before 22,117 witnesses at Braves Field. It was his eighth win of the year and it moved the Braves a game and a half ahead in the tightly packed National League standings. It gave the Braves their first victory of the year here against New York and it ended a stretch of nine consecutive starts during which Voiselle had failed to finish a game. Larry Jansen, the Giants starter, had beaten the Braves seven times in succession until tonight.

Voiselle was deprived of the shutout in the sixth inning when Johnny Mize lofted a drive which just floated over the fence in front of the visiting bullpen for his 16th homer of the season. The Braves scored all their runs and eight of their ten hits off Jansen, with Tommy Holmes poking him for three straight singles and boosting his batting average to .354.

It took four hits to give the Braves their first pair of runs. In the third inning Eddie Stanky and Holmes opened with consecutive singles and moved to second and third as Earl Torgeson grounded out. Bob Elliott slapped a ball between short and third that Buddy Kerr did well to stop and it went for a single as Stanky scored. Jim Russell then blasted a line single to center that brought Holmes across and the Braves jumped out in front 2 to 0.

In the next inning the Braves made their final run against Jansen. Alvin Dark opened with an infield single and stole second as Voiselle struck out. Holmes then brought him home with a slashing single into right field, making it 3 to 0.

Voiselle was terrific in the clutch. With Walker Cooper on second and one out in the sixth inning, following the home run by Mize, Voiselle rubbed out Marshall and Gordon on grounders to Dark. The pressure was terrific in the eighth-inning also but Voiselle didn't wilt. Wilmer Mizell singled and Marshall walked. There were two outs when the dangerous Sid Gordon came to the plate. Voiselle got down to a three and two count and then fired a sharp curve at Gordon which he fouled back and catcher Bill Salkeld caught for the final out. Voiselle now boasts three straight wins over the Giants since he was swapped to the Braves for Mort Cooper.

Johnny Antonelli, the 18-year-old phenom, who the Braves signed the other day warmed up for 10 minutes. He broke off a few great curveballs that manager Billy Southworth raved about.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

 

 
 

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R H E  
 

NEW YORK GIANTS

 

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

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1

7

0

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

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3

10

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BILL VOISELLE (8-5)

 

2B

 

MARSHALL (NY), COOPER (NY), LAYTON (NY),
SALKELD (BOST)

 

L

LARRY JANSEN (8-5)

 

 

S

   

3B

   
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 22,417

 

HR

 

MIZE (NY)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 3 1 1 .308  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 1 3 .354  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 5 0 0 .265  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 0 1 .274  

 

Jim Russell cf 3 0 2 .299  

 

Jeff Heath lf 2 0 0 .294  

 

Mike McCormick ph 1 0 0 .299  

 

Bill Salkeld c 4 0 2 .308  

 

Alvin Dark ss 3 1 1 .302  

 

Bill Voiselle p 4 0 0 .061  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill Voiselle 9 7 1 4 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

37 27 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 35 28 1 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 33 29 3

 

 

New York Giants 32 30 4

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 33 33 5

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 27 33 8

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 29 36 8 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 27 37 10