THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

DANNY LITWHILER

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

The Reds overpower the Braves

July 20, 1948 ... Danny Litwhiler led a 13 hit assault on five Braves pitchers, to give the Cincinnati Reds a 9 to 6 victory at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. For five innings Bill Voiselle had quite an edge over Herm Wehmeier as well as a 2 to 1 lead, in a game which switched quickly and disastrously from a pitching battle to a home run barrage.

Litwhiler's ninth home run of the year started the Reds on a five-run sixth inning, which sent them out front for good. It was the second of four hits by the scrappy outfielder who the Braves sent to Cincinnati in May, so they could bring up an outfielder from the Milwaukee farm club.

Jeff Heath gave the Braves a one run jump in the second inning when he lined a drive over the centerfield wall for his 10th home run of the year. Doubles by Tommy Holmes and Alvin Dark made it 2 to 0 for Boston in the third inning. The Reds picked up one in their half of the third to make it 2 to 1.

The game disintegrated in the sixth inning. With two out, Litwhiler homered against the laundry building behind the left-field wall. Successive singles by Virgil Stallcup, Ray Lamano and Wehmeier put the Reds ahead 3 to 2. That also brought Clyde Shoun in from the Braves bullpen. He got one strike on Johnny Wyrostek, who then lifted one into the right-field bleachers for his 12th of the year and a 6 to 2 lead.

A single by Mike McCormick and a home run by Tommy Holmes cut the Reds lead to 6 to 4. Then a pass to Earl Torgeson, Bob Elliott's infield single, and an error made it 6 to 5.

Billy Southworth then brought in Al Lyons to keep the Braves in the game and his first batter received a free pass. Then with one out, Ted Kluszewski slammed one into the right-field bleachers for two more runs. Litwhiler's double and Lamano's single finished the Reds scoring, as well as Lyons. Ernie White came in and put out the fire. The Braves picked up a run in the eighth that meant nothing on a pass, a sacrifice and a single by Holmes.

With the Brooklyn Dodgers shutting out the Cubs, the Braves lead was cut the 6 1/2 games. They have now lost two full games in less than 24 hours.

 

at Crosley Field (Cincinnati) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

1

1

0

0

0

3

1

0

 

6

8

0

CINCINNATI REDS

0

0

1

0

0

5

3

0

x

 

9

13

5

W-Herm Wehmeier (6-5)
S-Harry Gumbert (11)
L-Bill Voiselle (10-7)
Attendance 3804


2B-Holmes (Bost), Dark (Bost), Hatton (Cinc), Litwhiler (Cinc)
HR-Heath (Bost), Holmes (Bost), Litwhiler (Cinc),
Kluszewski (Cinc), Wyrostek (Cinc)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 2 3 .324  

 

Alvin Dark ss 5 0 2 .323  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 1 0 .261  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 0 1 .274  

 

Jeff Heath lf 5 1 1 .311  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 0 0 .268  

 

Bill Salkeld c 2 1 0 .272  

 

Connie Ryan 2b 2 0 0 .195  

 

Bill Voiselle p 2 0 0 .067  

 

Clyde Shoun p 0 0 0 .176  

 

Mike McCormick ph 1 1 1 .302  

 

Al Lyons p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Ernie White p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Frank McCormick ph 1 0 0 .225  

 

Red Barrett p 0 0 0 .136  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Bill Voiselle 5.2 9 5 2 1  

 

Clyde Shoun 0.1 1 1 0 0  

 

Al Lyons 0.2 3 3 1 0  

 

Ernie White 0.1 0 0 0 0  

 

Red Barrett 1 0 0 1 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

50 34 -

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 41 38 6 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 42 39 6 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 41 39 7

 

 

New York Giants 40 39 7 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 40 45 10 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 39 46 11 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 35 48 14 1/2