THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BILL VOISELLE

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

Bill Voiselle wins his own game

July 29, 1948 ... Bill Voiselle batted and pitched the Braves to a 2 to 1 triumph over the Pirates before a Ladies Day gathering of 23,129. As a result, he kept the Braves 5 1/2 games ahead of the Dodgers. He pounded out his fifth hit of the season in the second inning, to provide his own winning margin for his 11th triumph of the year.

His pitching in the clutch was terrific and it overshadowed his stick work, even though his base hit won the game. He pitched one-hit ball over the last five innings but was in hot water because of his wildness. Three times during the final stages of the game, he walked the Pirates leadoff hitter. Twice he disposed of Ralph Kiner, the major league leader in home runs, when a circuit smash would have won the game for the Pirates.

Mel Queen was the victim of Voiselle's great pitching. He yielded a run in the first inning on a double by Tommy Holmes and well stroked line drives by Al Dark as well as one by Earl Torgeson. That gave the Braves a 1 to 0 lead.

Clint Conaster drew a walk to start the second inning and the next four batters hit safely, but instead of a big inning for the Braves they only scored one run. Conaster tried to score on Bill Salkeld's double to right, but he held up long enough around third-base, to be erased at the plate on a great throw by Dixie Walker. A single by Connie Ryan sent Salkeld to third and he scored when Voiselle stroked a slow roller over second base against a drawn-in infield. Voiselle got his hit off Kirby Higbe, who came in to relieve Queen. Holmes followed with another single to load the bases, but Higbe retired the next two batters to keep the Pirates in the game.

The Pirates got their only run in the third inning and made it the hard way. Ed Bockman doubled to open the inning and took third on Dixie Walker's base hit. He scored on Kiner's single. A sacrifice and an intentional pass filled the bases for the Pirates, but Voiselle got Murtaugh and Rojek to end the threat.

By beating the Pirates of the first time in five tries this year, Voiselle now has the record of beating every club in the league at least once. He has gotten the Giants and the Cubs three times. The Braves now have a four-game winning streak as the result of sweeping the Pirates and winning the finale in St. Louis.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

 

 
 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R H E  
 

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

 

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

1

7

1

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

x

 

 

2

8

0

 

 

 

W

BILL VOISELLE (11-8)

 

2B

 

BOCKMAN (PITT), HOLMES (BOST),
SALKELD (BOST)

 

L

MEL QUEEN (2-3)

 

 

S

   

3B

   
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 29,031

 

HR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 3 1 2 .317  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 0 0 .329  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 0 0 .253  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 2 0 1 .286  

 

Jeff Heath lf 4 0 0 .309  

 

Clint Conaster cf 3 0 1 .256  

 

Bill Salkeld c 3 1 2 .286  

 

Connie Ryan 2b 3 0 1 .223  

 

Bill Voiselle p 3 0 1 .096  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill Voiselle 9 7 1 6 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

55 37 -

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 48 41 5 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 47 43 7

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 46 44 8

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 44 45 9 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 45 49 11

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 41 52 14 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 39 54 16 1/2