THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOB ELLIOTT

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

Bob Elliott and Alvin Dark beat down the Cubs

August 8, 1948 ... The Braves gave great support to Bill Voiselle's effective pitching in the clutch, with 10 base hits for a 6 to 3 win over the Cubs before 41,527 fans at Braves Field this afternoon. It was the largest crowd to see a game in two seasons. Voiselle was taken for nine hits as he chalked up his 12th victory, getting out of jams in the fourth, sixth and ninth innings, when the Cubs had chances to knock them out of the game. The victory however, did not improve the Braves' status as the front runners in the National League. They dropped a half game off the lead to the Cardinals, who took a doubleheader from the Phillies and reduced the Braves margin over them to four games.

Bob Elliott paced the team with a perfect day on a pair of doubles and two passes, driving in two runs. Alvin Dark lined three consecutive hits, scored two runs and drove home another, leading the league in the recognition for the outstanding rookie.

When the Braves were presented with scoring opportunities in the first two innings, they cashed in on their good fortune. With two gone in the first, Earl Torgeson reached first on a booted ball by Emil Verban. Then he dashed all the way to the plate on the first one of Elliott's doubles, which rattled off the left-field fence.

The Braves lead went up the three runs in the second inning, as the Braves cashed in on the presents the Cubs are handing out. Phil Masi opened up the inning with a neat bunt down the third-base line. Without a chance to get him at first, Andy Pafko fired the ball just the same. It went into right field and allowed Masi to scamper down the third. Bobby Sturgeon then hit a ground ball to Roy Smalley and the routine play should have held Masi on third, but catcher Bob Scheffing dropped Smalley's throw to the plate, allowing Phil to score. Sturgeon was then sacrificed to second by Voiselle and scored on a line single to left by Dark.

For three innings, Voiselle faced only nine batters, but in the fourth ran into some trouble, as Verban and Eddie Waitkus singled in succession. Phil Cavarretta's sacrifice fly scored the first Chicago run. Consecutive doubles by Dark and Torgeson wiped out this run in the fifth. Then Verban and Waitkus did it again in the sixth and duplicated the fourth inning performance, with Verban scoring as Cavarretta grounded into a doubleplay.

Another double off the fence, this time by Mike McCormick, and Phil Masi's single gave the Braves one run in the sixth, to make it 5 to 3. Dark's single and Elliott's double completed the scoring for the Braves in the seventh with their sixth run.

Voiselle had retired eight men in a row when he got himself into a jam in the ninth. With one out, he walked Bill Nicholson and after a fly ball, Scheffing doubled Nicholson home. Hal Jeffcoat beat out an infield hit, but Bob Elliott threw out the next batter to close out the game.

Bob Elliott was walked twice, raising his season's total to 100, more free passes then he has ever received. The Cubs have given him 31 free tickets.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

 

 
 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R H E  
 

CHICAGO CUBS

 

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

1

 

 

3

9

3

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

1

2

0

0

1

1

1

0

x

 

 

6

10

0

 

 

 

W

BILL VOISELLE (12-9)

 

2B

 

PAFKO (CHI), SCHEFFING (CHI), DARK (BOST),
ELLIOTT (2)(BOST), TORGESON (BOST),
M.McCORMICK (BOST)

 

L

HANK BOROWY (3-4)

 

 

S

   

3B

   
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 41,527

 

HR

 

PAFKO (CHI)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 0 0 .318  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 2 3 .334  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 1 1 .261  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 2 0 2 .289  

 

Jeff Heath lf 2 0 0 .300  

 

Clint Conaster cf 2 0 0 .279  

 

Mike McCormick cf 2 1 1 .299  

 

Phil Masi c 4 1 2 .247  

 

Bobby Sturgeon 2b 4 1 0 .250  

 

Bill Voiselle p 3 0 1 .105  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill Voiselle 9 9 3 2 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

59 43 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 54 46 4

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 52 45 4 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 42 48 6

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 48 47 7 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 49 52 9 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 45 58 14 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 41 61 18