THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BOB ELLIOTT & TOMMY HOLMES

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

The Dodgers knock off the Braves

August 13, 1948 ... The Braves were bumped off by the Dodgers, 6 to 3, at Braves Field, as the local leaders had their National League advantage reduced to three games. It was the Dodgers fourth win in ten starts against the Braves, with Brooklyn starter, Preacher Roe winning three of them. The Dodgers and the Pirates each picked up a game on the Braves, but the Cardinals stayed where they were, losing to the Giants.

Bob Elliott provided the Braves with the punch, driving in all the runs. He sent Bill Voiselle off to a flying two run lead in the opening inning, when took a Roe fastball over the centerfield fence with Earl Torgeson aboard. It was his 17th homer, a tremendous ball up that sailed out of the park about 400 feet from the plate. Then he chased home Al Dark in the eighth-inning with the final runs, that helped drive Roe out of the game. But a pair of three run Dodger splurges, enabled them to square the five-game series at a victory each.

Voiselle hung on to his 2 to 0 lead until the fourth inning. Duke Snider opened it up with a triple down the left-field line and Reese hit his sixth home run of the year, a high fly ball that cleared the fence in left. That tied it up for the moment, as Voiselle went on to get out the next two hitters easily. However the deadlock was dissolved when both Eddie Miksis and Roe singled and Marv Rackley drove one into centerfield to put the visitors out in front for keeps.

Their lead grew to a 6 to 2 game in the sixth inning when, with two out and two on, Rackley dropped a single into short left and Jackie Robinson zipped one into centerfield for the two final runs.

Dark tried to get the Braves back in the game with a double off the left-field fence in the eighth and Elliott slammed a single to center that scored him. Mike McCormick kept the rally alive with a hotshot to right and Hank Behrman was then called in to quell the uprising. Behrman snuffed out the promising Braves rally when Phil Masi hit a curveball down to Pee Wee Reese for the inning ending double play.

After the game Jim Russell left for his home in Fayette City, Pennsylvania where he will recover from his general rundown condition, and try to regain all the weight he lost while in the hospital. It is hoped he will rejoin the team when they get to Pittsburgh in two weeks

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

 

 
 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R H E  
 

BROOKLYN DODGERS

 

0

0

0

3

0

3

0

0

0

 

 

6

15

0

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

 

 

3

7

1

 

 

 

W

PREACHER ROE (6-6)

 

2B

 

HOLMES (BOST), DARK (BOST)

 

L

BILL VOISELLE (12-10)

 

 

S

HANK BEHRMAN (4)  

3B

  SNIDER (BKN)
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 31,444

 

HR

 

REESE (BKN), ELLIOTT (BOST)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 0 1 .315  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 1 1 .336  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 3 1 0 .259  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 1 3 .295  

 

Mike McCormick lf 3 0 2 .309  

 

Phil Masi c 3 0 0 .240  

 

Clint Conaster cf 4 0 0 .263  

 

Bobby Sturgeon 2b 3 0 0 .235  

 

Bill Salkeld ph 1 0 0 .271  

 

Bill Voiselle p 1 0 0 .103  

 

Bobby Hogue p 1 0 0 .063  

 

Vern Bickford p 0 0 0 .133  

 

Sibby Sisti ph 1 0 0 .195  

 

Clyde Shoun p 0 0 0 .176  

 

Jeff Heath ph 1 0 0 .301  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Bill Voiselle 3.2 8 3 0 2  

 

Bobby Hogue 2 5 3 0 1  

 

Vern Bickford 1.1 1 0 1 0  

 

Clyde Shoun 2 1 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

61 45 -

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 56 46 3

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 56 48 4

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 52 47 5 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 53 50 6 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 50 55 10 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 45 61 16

 

 

Chicago Cubs 42 63 18 1/2