“DIARY OF A WINNER”

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Atchison keeps the Braves in check

April 24, 1914 ... The Brooklyn team came back at the Braves and took satisfaction for the defeat of the day before. They hopped on Hub Perdue from the start of the game, and at the end of four innings had piled up five runs. He was sent to the stable and Gene Cocreham was trotted out. He had poor control, and in the seventh inning, with Jake Daubert on first, Zack Wheat sent the ball sailing into the centerfield bleachers for a home run, and he then became wilder.

The Braves, with the exception of Johnny Evers, could not connect with Raleigh Atchison, the southpaw that Wilbert Robinson sent in the pitch. The only run made by the Braves did not score until the ninth-inning, as the result of a two bagger by Rabbit Maranville and a single by Evers.

What's threatened to develop into a rally in the sixth inning was stopped by a great one-handed catch by Wheat, of a line drive hit by Hank Gowdy with two men on. Wheat, running toward the ball, stuck up his gloved hand and block the ball. The ball bounced up into the air, and he nipped it with one hand when it came down again. Butch Schmidt was on third at the time, saw the play, and thought the ball had bounced out of Wheat's glove, so he started for home. Wheat threw the ball over to second and got Charlie Deal, who had run over toward third on the hit, but headed back to the bag. Deal got safely back to second but George Cutshaw threw the ball over the thirdbaseman, Red Smith, who touched the bag and Butch was ruled out.

Brooklyn got two runs in the top of the second. With two outs, Dick Egan doubled against the right-field fence. Perdue then passed Bill Fischer and then Atchison to load the bases. Jack Dalton scored both runners with a single to right. They added two more runs in the third inning, after two were out, on successive singles by Wheat, Smith and Casey Stengel. Another run came in the fourth and three more in the seventh, to make it 8 to 1.

Gene Cocreham was sent in to pitch in the fifth inning, and got along very well until the seventh, although he showed rather poor control as he passed two men in the sixth inning.

T E A M S

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

BROOKLYN DODGERS

0

2

2

1

0

0

3

0

0

 

 

8

10

0

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

 

1

9

1

 

W-Raleigh Atchison (2-0)
L-Hub Perdue (0-2)
Attendance - 5000
2B-Egan (Bkn), Murray (Bost), Maranville (Bost), Mann (Bost)
HR-Wheat (Bkn)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 5 1 1 .179  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 5 0 3 .308  

 

Jim Murray lf 4 0 1 .250  

 

Tommy Griffith rf 4 0 0 .069  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 2 0 1 .227  

 

Les Mann cf 4 0 1 .143  

 

Charley Deal 3b 3 0 1 .364  

 

Hank Gowdy c 4 0 1 .429  

 

Hub Perdue p 1 0 0 .333  

 

Wilson Collins ph 0 0 0 .000  

 

Gene Cocreham p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Oscar Dugey ph 1 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Hub Perdue 4 7 4 2 0  
  Gene Cocreham 5 3 3 7 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 7 2 -

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 5 2 1

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 4 2 1 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 4 4 2 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 4 5 3

 

 

New York Giants 2 4 3 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

2 5 4

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 2 6 4 1/2