THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

CLINT CONASTER

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

Clint Conaster's HR wins
a must game for the Braves

August 22, 1948 ... The Brooklyn Dodgers stole eight bases, five in one inning, but the Braves won the game. They boosted their National League lead to two full games over both the Dodgers and the Cardinals, who lost the Pittsburgh.

Bill Voiselle was the victim of the first seven thefts, due to his own lackadaisical pitching and catcher Bill Salkeld's poor throwing. Over the six innings he worked, Voiselle only allowed four hits, and if not for the crazy baserunning, may have staggered through the rest of the game. But the Dodgers got one run in the second when Pee Wee Reese led off with a single to left. Voiselle tried to hold him on, but threw the ball into the dirt and Reese moved on the second. Then Voiselle tried to pick Reese off second and his throw rolled into centerfield, allowing Pee Wee to go to third. He scored on a single by Gil Hodges and the Dodgers were up 1 to 0.

The Braves went ahead 2 to 1 in the fourth. Earl Torgeson walked and scored on Bob Elliott's triple. Jeff Heath then beat out a grounder to Jackie Robinson, but nobody was covering first, so Elliott scored.

With one out in the fifth inning, Marv Rackley started the Dodgers into a stretch that ended with five stolen bases. He singled and stole second. Robinson brought him home with a single to left and then Gene Hermanski singled to right with Jackie scooting over to third. Hermanski then stole second and Reese was given an intentional walk to load the bases. It was at this point that Robinson broke for the plate. Voiselle fired the ball high to Salkeld, but the catcher shoved his right foot across the plate as Robinsons sliding right foot was coming across. Umpire Jocko Conlon ruled Jackie safe, and while Salkeld took exception, Hermanski and Reese also stole second and third. It was Robinsons fourth steal of home this year.

A home run by Clint Conaster, with one on in the eighth inning, gave the Tribe a 4 to 3 lead. Jeff Heath got his third hit of the day in the eighth inning. He lined one back to the pitcher to get on base. Then with two out and the count three and one, Conaster smashed his home run to put the Braves out in front for good. It looked for a moment as though Duke Snider had caught the ball, as he leaped tie against the wall, but it fell among the spectators just out of his grasp. Then Warren Spahn came in and got the save.

Spahn's pitching performance, coming after winning his game yesterday, was equally as good today. Pete Reiser had singled off Red Barrett with two out in the eighth and stole second when Southworth called in Spahn to take over. Bruce Edwards smashed a line drive to center, but Tommy Holmes caught up with it and took it over his shoulder running away. In the ninth-inning Spahn got two strikeouts, one on Robinson and the other on Snider to win the game.

Bob Elliott will have x-rays taken tomorrow, as a ball hit him right on his elbow during a relay throw after he hit his triple.

 

at Ebbets Field (Brooklyn) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

2

0

 

4

12

2

BROOKLYN DODGERS

0

1

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

 

3

7

1

W-Red Barrett (5-7)
S-Warren Spahn (1)
L-Erv Palica (5-6)
Attendance 33,151


2B-Dark (Bost), Holmes (Bost)
3B-Elliott (Bost)
HR-Conaster (Bost)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 0 1 .317  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 0 3 .335  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 1 0 .249  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 5 1 1 .285  

 

Jeff Heath lf 4 1 3 .309  

 

Bill Salkeld c 3 0 1 .263  

 

Phil Masi c 0 0 0 .241  

 

Clint Conaster cf 4 1 2 .282  

 

Sibby Sisti 2b 4 0 0 .218  

 

Bill Voiselle p 2 0 0 .109  

 

Frank McCormick ph 1 0 1 .215  

 

Al Lyons pr 0 0 0 .000  

 

Red Barrett p 0 0 0 .179  

 

Warren Spahn p 1 0 0 .175  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Bill Voiselle 6 5 3 6 3  

 

Red Barrett 1.2 2 0 0 0  

 

Warren Spahn 1.1 0 0 0 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

65 49 -

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 61 49 2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 63 51 2

 

 

New York Giants 58 53 5 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 57 52 5 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 52 61 12 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 48 67 17 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 46 68 19