THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

CLINT CONASTER

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

Conaster leads the Braves'
attack in New York

August 17, 1948 ... The Braves rebounded at the Polo Grounds, behind the six hit pitching of Bill Voiselle and trounced the Giants by a 10-2 score. It was a particularly joyous occasion for Voiselle, who came back to haunt his former teammates, with his fourth win, without a defeat, against them this year.

The silent bats of the Braves, that sent them away from home with only a two-game lead over the Dodgers, finally became loaded with tremendous power. Clint Conaster rattled a tremendous home run and a triple, along with a single, to lead the 14 hit attack against three Giants pitchers.

A familiar doormat for the Braves, southpaw David Koslo, started them off to their one-sided win. Instead of letting well enough alone, manager Leo Durocher, figured that the pitcher, who had lost nine of his ten last starts, would be a good choice. After two scoreless innings, the Braves slammed everything that he threw at them. Conaster started with a 450 foot triple to left-center, opening up the third inning. Sibbi Sisti matched that when Don Mueller tried to make a shoestring catch of his line drive. Voiselle even got into the act, by lining a single to center and the Braves were up 2 to 0.

Mike McCormick opened up the fourth inning with another triple to distant left-center. Phil Masi hit one almost as far, but Whitey Lockman camped under it and McCormick walked home. After Clint Conaster almost tore Koslo's head off with a line drive through the box, Durocher finally decided that his pitcher had enough. He brought in Ray Poat, who retired both Sisti and Voiselle on strikes.

Johnny Mize got one of the runs back in the fourth with his 28th homer of the season, but from then on, until Sid Gordon belted his 23rd home run in the sixth, Voiselle had complete mastery over the Giants.

Even Poat could not stand the assault of the Braves, as three singles and a base on balls gave the Tribe two more in the fifth inning. He did weather the sixth and seventh, although Sibbi Sisti, who was the only hitless Braves player, spanked a torrid line drive at Buddy Kerr. But the fate that Koslo had suffered previously, was only small compared to Poat's treatment after that.

Bob Elliott drilled a long home run against the upper deck facade in left field. Phil Masi walked next and Clint Conaster sent another tremendous liner into the same section, in left, for three runs.

Alex Konikowski came in the pitch for New York and silenced the thunder in the ninth. However, a couple of singles by Elliott and Heath, along with an error, brought two more across for 10 runs.

Nelson Potter, the best the Braves pitchers at the moment, will miss his next start due to a back ailment.  Jim Russell was flown back to Boston after suffering a heart problem three weeks ago.

 

at The Polo Grounds (New York) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

2

1

2

0

0

3

2

 

10

14

0

NEW YORK GIANTS

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

 

2

6

2

W-Bill Voiselle (13-10)
L-Dave Koslo (7-6)
Attendance 32,616

2B-Mueller (NY)
3B-Conaster (Bost), Sisti (Bost), F.McCormick (Bost)
HR-Elliott (Bost), Conaster (Bost), Mize (NY), Gordon (NY)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 0 1 .318  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 1 1 .329  

 

Mike McCormick cf 2 0 1 .319  

 

Earl Torgeson ph/1b 2 2 0 .254  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 2 2 .291  

 

Frank McCormick 1b 2 1 1 .196  

 

Jeff Heath ph/lf 3 0 2 .302  

 

Phil Masi c 4 1 0 .236  

 

Clint Conaster cf 5 2 3 .281  

 

Sibby Sisti 2b 5 1 2 .221  

 

Bill Voiselle p 4 0 1 .113  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Bill Voiselle 9 6 2 4 5  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

63 47 -

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 59 47 2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 59 50 3 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 54 50 6

 

 

New York Giants 54 53 7 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 52 57 10 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 47 63 16

 

 

Chicago Cubs 44 65 18 1/2