THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

VERN BICKFORD

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

The Braves split a doubleheader
but gain on the Dodgers

September 4, 1948 ... After blowing a 3 to 1 lead in the seventh inning of the first game, and losing 4 to 3, the Braves bounced back to beat the Phillies 8 to 1, at Braves Field.

The Tribe may well have had a double victory, but Bill Voiselle was the victim of some ragged defense in the seventh inning of the opening game. Schoolboy Rowe pitched a credible game after granting two runs in the first and captured his ninth victory of the year. The seventh inning was tough to take, especially for Voiselle, who had been pitching good ball, having allowed but one run in four hits in six innings.

The Braves got two in the first inning on Tommy Holmes' single, an error by Bama Rowell on Earl Torgeson's grounder, and Jeff Heath's triple off the centerfield wall. They then picked up another run in the sixth.

The Phillies had scored one in the first and then Voiselle coasted until the seventh. He granted successive singles to Johnny Blatnick and Ralph Caballero to open that inning. Then Phil Masi tried to pick Caballero off first, throwing low and the ball went into right field, to advance the runners. Eddie Seminick came up next and hit a hard ground ball to Bob Elliott, that he threw hurriedly and bounced the ball three yards in front of Torgy getting by him. That scored Blatnick and Caballero reached third, as Seminick jogged down to second base. Rowe next hit a slow grounder to Alvin Dark, and with Caballero breaking for the plate, only had a play to first. Seminick held on second base. Dark threw out Harry Walker but Voiselle hit Granny Hamner with a inside pitch on the right wrist. Rowell came up and slapped a ground ball to the right of Torgy at first, which took a bad hop, and skipped by him for a double to score Seminick, with the run that meant ballgame. Bob Hogue came in next and pitched hitless ball in relief.

Vern Bickford went the distance in the nightcap, to win his ninth of the year against five losses, and his first over the Phillies. He spread eight hits and passed none until he lost Al Lakeman with two outs in the ninth-inning.

Walt Dubiel started for the Phillies and like Voiselle, in the first game, was the victim of some erratic defense. The Braves got six runs in the second when Hamner, playing shortstop, booted a doubleplay ball and the onslaught followed. Elliott took his 19th round tripper of the year over the fence to left of the scoreboard. Both Salkeld and Mike McCormick received walks from Dubiel and Sisti hit a doubleplay ball right at Hamner, who made a fumble to fill the bases.

Rowell next booted a ground ball off the bat of Bickford, that shot into short right field. Salkeld and McCormick both scored on the play. Holmes knocked in Sisti and Bickford on a triple to left-center after that. Veteran pitcher, Ed Heusser came into pitch next and Holmes scored on a fly ball from Alvin dark out to Johnny Blatnick.

Eddie Miller came in to replace Hamner at short in the third inning and booted Mike McCormick's ground ball with one down in the seventh. Mike came across on Bickford's double to the base of the scoreboard in right, making it 7-0. The last Braves run came in the eighth on Torgy single and Jeff Heath's double.

The Braves gained a half game on their closest rivals, the second-place Dodgers and the third-place Cardinals, both of whom lost. The Braves lead Brooklyn by two games and the Cardinals by 2 1/2. Leo Durocher's Giants continued to be a stumbling block for the Dodgers. They turned back their city rivals for the third straight time by a 3 to 0 score. The defeat was Brooklyn sixth in their last seven games.

Ken Raffensberger of the Reds set down the Cardinals on five hits by a score of 3 to 1. But it took a fast doubleplay to save the victory, as the Cardinals rallied in the ninth and put two runners on base with nobody out.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 


GAME #1
 

 
 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R H E  
 

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

 

1

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

 

 

4

7

1

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

 

 

3

5

3

 

 

 

W

SCHOOLBOY ROE (9-9)

 

2B

 

WALKER (PHIL), ROWELL (PHIL), ELLIOTT (BOST)

 

L

BILL VOISELLE (13-13)

 

 

S

   

3B

  HEATH (BOST)
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 17,884

 

HR

 

 

 

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 


GAME #2
 

 
 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R H E  
 

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

 

 

1

8

3

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

6

0

0

0

0

1

1

x

 

 

8

11

0

 

 

 

W

VERN BICKFORD (8-5)

 

2B

 

CABALLERO (PHIL), HOLMES (BOST), DARK (BOST),
HEATH (BOST), M.McCORMICK (BOST),
BICKFORD (BOST)

 

L

WALT DUBIEL (6-8)

 

 

S

   

3B

  HOLMES (BOST)
 

 

 

 

   

 

 

HR

 

ELLIOTT (BOST)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 1 1 .318  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 1 1 .322  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 3 1 0 .247  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 0 2 .288  

 

Jeff Heath lf 4 0 1 .306  

 

Mike McCormick cf 4 0 0 .302  

 

Phil Masi c 3 0 0 .248  

 

Sibby Sisti 2b 3 0 0 .244  

 

Bill Salkeld ph 1 0 0 .264  

 

Bill Voiselle p 2 0 0 .100  

 

Bobby Hogue p 1 0 0 .095  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Bill Voiselle 6.2 7 4 1 1  

 

Bobby Hogue 2.1 0 0 0 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 1 2 .318  

 

Alvin Dark ss 5 1 2 .323  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 0 1 .247  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 5 1 2 .289  

 

Jeff Heath lf 5 0 2 .308  

 

Bill Salkeld c 4 1 0 .257  

 

Mike McCormick cf 3 2 1 .303  

 

Sibby Sisti 2b 2 1 0 .241  

 

Vern Bickford p 3 1 1 .171  

 

             
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Vern Bickford 9 8 1 1 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

73 57 -

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 69 57 2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 69 58 2 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 65 57 4

 

 

New York Giants 65 60 5 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 56 71 15 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 54 72 17

 

 

Chicago Cubs 54 73 17 1/2