THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

JEFF HEATH SLIDES HOME

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

The Braves take their third straight

July 10, 1948 ... The Braves captured their third straight game and stepped four games ahead of their nearest competitor, the Pittsburgh Pirates, as they edged the Phillies 4 to 3 before 25,000 fans at Braves Field. Big Bill Voiselle came within one out of racking up his sixth complete game but he was forced out with the tying run on first in the last of the ninth.

Voiselle carried a 4 to 1 lead into the last inning against his opposing starter Dutch Leonard and reliever Schoolboy Rowe, when he ran into trouble. Del Ennis hit him for his 12th round tripper of the year to open the inning and Bert Haas singled solidly to center two batters later. Bob Elliott took care of Eddie Miller's ground ball as Haas advanced. Phil Masi then permitted a pitch to get away from him for a passed ball and Haas scooted over to third. He pranced home with the Phillies third run on a single by Andy Seminick, cutting the Braves lead to one run.

When Don Padgett came up to the plate to pinch-hit, Billy Southworth called in Clyde Shoun and it was a chess match as manager Ben Chapman then substituted Al Lakeman as a pinch-hitter. The Braves' Sidewinder took care of Lakeman all by himself on a swinging third strike. Voiselle would've liked and gone all the way but he pitched a great game in getting his 10th win of the year. He granted only one run and six hits through the first eight innings and walked nobody until the eighth.

The tribal muscleman, Jeff Heath, was a standout all night both with the bat and on defense. He batted in two runs against Leonard who carried a 1.96 ERA into the game. He also covered left-field like a blanket, taking a long drive against the wall with a runner on third in the fourth inning. Al Dark continued his consecutive game hitting streak, reaching 22, one under Richie Ashburn's 23, the record for the National League this season. Phil Masi pounded out to long doubles and a single.

The Braves initial score came in the second inning and was unearned. With one out both Heath and Russell singled in succession and then Masi hit a routine grounder down to Haas, who in his eagerness to start a doubleplay, took his eye off the ball. The ball skipped over to deep short and Heath headed for home and was safe when Seminick dropped the throw. The Braves added three more in the third when Dark led off with a single and Torgeson and Elliott were both walked to load the bases. Heath lined a single right to score clean up the bases.

Bob Sturgeon arrived in Boston early this morning to take the place of the injured Eddie Stanky who was able to watch the baseball game on a television while recuperating from his ankle injury at the Cardinal O'Connell house today. Stanky will be gone for an estimated two months.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D  

 

 

 

 
 

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2

3

4

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7

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10

 

R H E  
 

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

 

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

2

 

 

3

9

4

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

x

 

 

4

9

1

 

 

 

W

BILL VOISELLE (10-6)

 

2B

 

BLATNIK (PHIL), MASI (2)(BOST)

 

L

DUTCH LEONARD (7-8)

 

 

S

CLYDE SHOUN (2)  

3B

   
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 27,050

 

HR

 

ENNIS (PHIL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 0 0 .328  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 1 2 .330  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 2 1 0 .266  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 1 0 .274  

 

Jeff Heath lf 4 1 2 .314  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 0 1 .266  

 

Phil Masi c 4 0 3 .243  

 

Connie Ryan 2b 4 0 0 .163  

 

Bill Voiselle p 3 0 1 .075  

 

Clyde Shoun p 0 0 0 .125  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Bill Voiselle 8.2 9 3 2 3  
  Clyde Shoun 0.1 0 0 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

45 31 -

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 39 34 4 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 39 35 5

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 35 36 7 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 35 37 8

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 36 40 9

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 36 41 9 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 32 43 12 1/2