THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

ROBIN ROBERTS

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

The Phillies drop the Braves twice

July 4, 1948 ... The Braves dropped both ends of their July 4th doubleheader to the Phillies at Shibe Park. The Phils beat Bill Voiselle, 7 to 2, in the opener as Phillies starter Blix Donnelly allowed only four hits to Boston. Later Philly beat Red Barrett by a 5 to 2 score and the double win put them in fourth place. The Braves were out batted 13 to 12 in the opener, while the Phillies struck only 8 blows to Boston's 10 in the second game.

The first game was not much of a contest. The Tribe was practically helpless against Donnelly while the Phillies hung up three runs in two innings against Voiselle and his reliever Nelson Potter. The home team scored their final run against rookie Johnny Antonelli, who made his first major-league appearance.

For five innings the only Boston hit that the Braves were able to get against Donnelly, was Earl Torgeson's right-field homer in the fourth inning. Later, when behind 6 to 1, .the Braves scored again on Bill Salkeld's double, and a hit by Eddie Stanky. Donnelly had allowed only three hits in the last 20 innings he had pitched.

In the second game Philly put in Robin Roberts to face the Braves Red Barrett. In the third inning, which the Braves scored two runs on Al Dark's home run and Tommy Holmes double, the Philly rookie struck out Barrett, Torgeson and Jim Russell. Red Barrett survived only until the third inning. In the fourth with the Braves up 2 to 1, Philly got four runs and that was enough to win the game.

Al Dark continued his batting streak. In six times at bat the rookie infielder had a hit each game. He is now hit safely in 15 straight games with 24 hits in 56 times at bat for a .417 batting average. Jeff Heath returned to the starting lineup and knocked out a pair of clean doubles to left and right and then a solid single.

 

at Shibe Park (Philadelphia) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

 

2

4

3

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

0

3

0

0

0

0

3

1

x

 

7

14

1

W-Blix Donnelly (5-4)
L-Bill Voiselle (8-6)
Attendance 21,861

2B-Dark (Bost), Salkeld (Bost)
HR-Torgeson (Bost), Miller (Phil)

 

Game #2 ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

2

10

0

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

0

1

0

4

0

0

0

0

x

 

5

8

0

W-Robin Roberts (3-1)
L-Red Barrett (4-6)


2B-Heath (2)(Bost), Holmes (Bost)
HR-Dark (Bost)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 3 0 1 .318  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 0 0 .339  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 1 1 .267  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 0 0 .279  

 

Jim Russell cf 3 0 0 .286  

 

Mike McCormick lf 3 0 0 .306  

 

Bill Salkeld c 3 1 1 .302  

 

Alvin Dark ss 3 0 1 .316  

 

Bill Voiselle p 0 0 0 .061  

 

Clint Conaster ph 1 0 0 .212  

 

Nels Potter p 1 0 0 .333  

 

Jeff Heath ph 1 0 0 .286  

 

Johnny Antonelli p 0 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill Voiselle 2 5 3 2 1  
  Nels Potter 5 7 3 1 3  
  Johnny Antonelli 1 2 1 1 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 4 1 3 .326  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 3 0 2 .343  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 5 0 0 .261  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 0 0 .274  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 0 0 .282  

 

Jeff Heath lf 4 0 3 .297  

 

Phil Masi c 4 0 1 .252  

 

Alvin Dark ss 3 1 1 .316  

 

Red Barrett p 2 0 0 .136  

 

Ernie White p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Frank McCormick ph 1 0 0 .204  

 

Bobby Hogue p 0 0 0 .111  

 

Bill Salkeld ph 1 0 0 .299  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Red Barrett 3 6 5 1 0  
  Ernie White 2 1 0 1 1  
  Bobby Hogue 3 1 0 0 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

40 29 -

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 36 30 2 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 36 31 3

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 36 35 5

 

 

New York Giants 33 33 5 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 29 35 8 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 31 38 9

 

 

Chicago Cubs 29 39 10 1/2