THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

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

The Braves
lose a doubleheader
and first place

August 29, 1948 ... For the first time since June 13th, the Braves left the ballpark without leading the National League pennant race. They dropped a doubleheader to Pittsburgh at Forbes Field by scores of 6 to 1 and 5 to 2 and lost their league leadership to the Brooklyn Dodgers, who swept a twin bill from the Cardinals and lead the Braves by .003 percentage points. The hitters were impotent against the pitching of Bob Chesnes and Vic Lombardi.

Chesnes pitched shutout ball for eight innings in the first game, but finally fell to the power of Jeff Heath in the ninth, for the lone Braves run. Bob Elliott was only great player to reach third base until he hit a long triple to right-center that scored Earl Torgeson. Chesnes won his sixth consecutive game and 11th of the season against three defeats.

Warren Spahn was hit quite easily. He pitched eight innings and the nine hits made against him, were doubles and one was a triple by Danny Murtaugh. The Pirates got their first run on spot in the opening inning on a double by Stan Rojek and Dixie Walker single to left. They added one run in the fifth, two in the sixth and two in the seventh.

The Braves recovered from the first game until the seventh inning in the second game. Bill Voiselle was nursing a 2 to 1 lead and five solid hits sent four runs across the plate with the Pirates up 5-2.

In the sixth inning, Clint Conaster had a great chance to get Voiselle a good lead. Mike McCormick had singled to open the inning and Bob Elliott walked. Both men were sacrificed along by Frank McCormick, but Conaster swung futilely at one of Lombardi's curves and hit a foul pop up that was caught behind the plate. Phil Masi then hit a hard ground ball down to third base for the final out.

The Braves got their two runs in the first inning after two were out. Mike McCormick singled to left and Elliott hit one to right. They both came across plate a moment later on Frank McCormick's line double off the right-field wall.

 

at Forbes Field (Pittsburgh) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

1

7

1

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

1

0

0

0

1

2

2

0

x

 

6

9

0

W-Bob Chesnes (11-3)
L-Warren Spahn (11-9)
Attendance - 30,276


2B-Rojek (Pitt), Murtaugh (Pitt), Westlake (Pitt), Kluttz (Pitt)
3B-Heath (Bost), Murtaugh (Pitt)
 

 

Game #2 ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

2

7

0

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

0

0

1

0

0

0

4

0

x

 

5

12

0

W-Vic Lombardi (7-6)
L-Bill Voiselle (13-12)


2B-F.McCormick (Bost), West (Pitt)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 0 1 .324  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 0 1 .324  

 

Earl Torgeson ph 4 1 1 .248  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 0 2 .291  

 

Jeff Heath lf 4 0 1 .307  

 

Clint Conaster cf 3 0 0 .267  

 

Bill Salkeld c 3 0 0 .265  

 

Sibby Sisti 2b 2 0 0 .237  

 

Warren Spahn p 2 0 0 .162  

 

Mike McCormick ph 1 0 1 .300  

 

Johnny Antonelli p 0 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Warren Spahn 7 9 6 4 0  

 

Johnny Antonelli 1 0 0 1 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 3 0 0 .322  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 0 1 .323  

 

Mike McCormick lf 4 1 2 .303  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 1 1 .291  

 

Frank McCormick 1b 3 0 2 .235  

 

Clint Conaster cf 4 0 0 .261  

 

Phil Masi c 4 0 0 .244  

 

Sibby Sisti 2b 4 0 1 .237  

 

Bill Voiselle p 2 0 0 .103  

 

Bobby Hogue p 0 0 0 .100  

 

             
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill Voiselle 6.1 8 4 2 1  

 

Bobby Hogue 1.2 4 1 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 66 51 -

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

69 54 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 67 55 1 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 64 54 2 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 60 59 7

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 55 67 13 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 52 70 16 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 50 72 18 1/2