THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

ENOS SLAUGHTER

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

The Braves blow the lead and lose

July 24, 1948 ... Veterans Enos Slaughter and Terry Moore combined with a walk and a double in the 10th inning, to give the Cardinals a 4 to 3 victory over the Braves at Sportsman Park in St. Louis. It was the fourth loss in the last five games by the Braves and reduced their margin at the top of the National League to five games, with the Cardinals and the Dodgers tied for second place.

With the Braves leading 3 to 2 in the eighth-inning, Slaughter rapped his ninth home run of the year onto the pavilion roof in right field to tie the game. He then drew a walk on four pitches in the 10th inning with one away and Moore lined a double down the left-field line and Slaughter slid home with the winning tally, to give the Cardinals the walkoff.

Bob Elliott put the Braves in the lead when he opened the second inning by knocking out his 12th home run of the year. The Braves picked up another pair off starter Ken Johnson before the inning was over. Those two runs were unearned as a walk to Clint Conaster, an error by Don Lang, and a long single by Braves starter, Bill Voiselle, drove in the two runs. Connie Ryan, who was on first because of an error, scored all the way from there, as did Conaster from second.

The Cardinals got those runs back in the third, but actually should not have even had a run. Ralph LaPointe singled for a starter and after him, Marty Marion flied out, and Musial drew a walk. Slaughter hit a ground ball that had double-play written all over it to Al Dark, but instead of making the play himself, when he was only two feet from second base, Dark tossed the ball over the Ryan, which was good enough to erase Musial, but Stan took out Connie on the slide, and as result the ball got knocked away, enabling LaPointe to score and Slaughter to reach second. Then Slaughter scored on Ron Northey's single right, making it 3 to 2.

It remained there until Slaughter homered in the eighth to tie up the game. The Braves loaded the bases with two outs against George Munger in the eighth, but couldn't score as Musial made a fine catch of Phil Masi's line drive to deep center.

The Braves road record is now five in five, with one tie in 11 games. The Cardinals have won their last five games played against the Braves and have a 7-5 edge on the season. It was Voiselle's third loss in a row in trying to land his 11th win.

 

at Sportsman's Park (St. Louis) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

3

6

1

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

x

 

4

8

2

W-Murry Dickson (7-8)
L-Bill Voiselle (10-8)
Attendance 29,989

2B-Moore (StL)
HR-Elliott (Bost), Slaughter (StL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 3 0 1 .323  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 0 0 .328  

 

Mike McCormick cf 5 0 1 .288  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 5 1 1 .276  

 

Frank McCormick 1b 1 0 0 .224  

 

Earl Torgeson ph/1b 3 0 0 .258  

 

Clint Conaster lf 0 1 0 .221  

 

Jeff Heath lf 2 0 1 .311  

 

Phil Masi c 4 0 0 .238  

 

Connie Ryan 2b 4 1 1 .202  

 

Bill Voiselle p 4 0 1 .082  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Bill Voiselle 9.1 8 3 7 5  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

51 36 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 45 40 5

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 44 39 5

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 43 41 6 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 43 42 7

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 43 46 9

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 39 49 12 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 37 52 15