“DIARY OF A WINNER”

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The Braves play ragged ball in
the Brooklyn season opener

April 14, 1914 ... The Boston Braves were thoroughly beaten today by the Brooklyn Robins at Ebbets Field, in the season opener, by a score of 8 to 2. Despite the cold weather a large crowd turned out, partly to encourage the local team and its new manager, Wilbert Robinson, and partly to see the reconstructed Boston team under the direction of Captain Johnny Evers. Hopefully they won't form an opinion as to the strength of the Braves based on what they saw today.

The Braves played about the poorest game they have show this spring. One misplay early in the game seem to upset them, and they did not show what they were capable of doing at bat or in the field. Ed Reulbach was on the mound for Brooklyn and appeared to be in fine shape, while Lefty Tyler was hit quite freely. He looked good in the beginning when he retired the side on strikes, although Jake Daubert touched him for a triple on the first ball he saw. A muffed fly ball by Tommy Griffith in the second inning, after two were out, seemed to throw Lefty off his stride, and he did not do very well thereafter.

Tyler's teammates did not do any batting behind him. Three hits, two of which he made himself, in five innings hardly gave him the support he needed. Dick Crutcher, who took over in the top of the sixth inning, held the Robins hitless in the three innings he worked.

Much to the surprise of manager George Stallings, he was able to get both Rabbit Maranville and Charley Deal into the lineup. Maranville returned from Springfield after midnight and Deal's bad leg was so much improved, that he started the game and played until he got on base in the seventh inning, when Jack Martin was put in to run for him.

It was a pretty cold day for the opening game and a stiff wind blew across the field, making it uncomfortable for the spectators, who were for the most part, in heavy overcoats and wraps. John Tener, President of the National League was the chief guest, and threw out the first pitch. Tener was preceded by the parade of the players from both clubs, and the raising of the flag in deep center field as the band played the Star-Spangled Banner.

Lefty Tyler started the game by striking out Jack Dalton and George Cutshaw. Then Daubert sent one flying over Larry Gilbert's head in center field for three bases. Tyler finished by striking out Zach Wheat, to get out of the inning. But the Robins jumped out front in the second inning when Red Smith led off with a single, and after two were out, Otto Miller sent a fly ball to right-center that Tommy Griffith ran hard for, got his hands on, and then dropped the ball. To make it worse, he then kicked it. Smith scored and Miller made it to third on the misplay. Tyler seemed a little unsteady and then walked Reulbach. Dalton dropped in a Texas leaguer over second to score Miller, making it 2 to 0.

The Robins got another run in the third and one more in the fourth, before the floodgates opened in the fifth inning when they scored four additional runs. Up until this time, the Braves hitting amounted to three hits. One was by Joe Connolly in the second inning, and two singles by Tyler in the third and fifth innings. All came with two outs.

The Braves finally got to Reulbach in the seventh inning. Deal got a hit and Martin was put in to run. Bert Whaling came across with a single and Crutcher cracked out a two bagger, scoring Martin and putting Whaling on third, who finally scored on Maranville's sacrifice fly. The Braves had another chance to do something in the eighth when Jeff Pfeffer, who relieved Reulbach, came in and gave up a single to Gilbert. Butch Schmidt and Connolly then drew passes to fill the bases. Oscar Dugey was sent in to bat for Martin and popped out. With the bases still full, Hank Gowdy ended the threat when he flew out to Wheat.

With one out, Maranville and Evers singled in the ninth, and advanced on Gilbert's ground out to first. Tommy Griffith closed out the game with a line drive to shortstop Dick Egan.

 

at Ebbets Field (Brooklyn) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

 

2

9

4

BROOKLYN ROBINS

0

2

1

1

4

0

0

0

x

 

8

11

1

W-Ed Reulbach (1-0)
S-Jeff Pfeffer (1)
L-Lefty Tyler (0-1)
Attendance – 15,000

2B-Crutcher (Bost), Smith (Bkn), Wheat (Bkn)
3B-Daubert (Bkn)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 1 .250  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 0 1 .250  

 

Larry Gilbert cf 5 0 1 .200  

 

Tommy Griffith rf 5 0 0 .000  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 3 0 0 .000  

 

Joe Connolly lf 3 0 1 .333  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 3 0 1 .333  

 

Jack Martin pr/3b 0 1 0 .000  

 

Oscar Dugey ph/3b 1 0 0 .000  

 

Bert Whaling c 3 1 1 .333  

 

Hank Gowdy c 1 0 0 .000  

 

Lefty Tyler p 2 0 2 1.00  

 

Dick Crutcher p 1 0 1 1.00  

 

Les Mann ph 1 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Lefty Tyler 5 11 3 3 5  
  Dick Crutcher 3 0 0 2 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 1 0 -

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 1 0 -

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 1 0 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 1 0 -

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

0 1 1

 

 

Chicago Cubs 0 1 1

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 0 1 1

 

 

New York Giants 0 1 1