“DIARY OF A WINNER”

LES MANN

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The Giants trample the Braves

May 1, 1914 ... 11 to 2 was the score at the game today between the Giants in the Braves, with the Boston team drawing the short end, and incidentally getting the worst beating they have had all season. There was plenty of hitting by both teams with the Giants coming through for 16 hits and a total of 21 bases, while the Braves had 11 hits for a total of 14 bases. The Giants got two hits when they would do damage, while the Braves, in one inning, got a double and three singles yet only scored one run.

Manager Stallings started Dick Crutcher and the first four men to face him knocked out two doubles and two singles. Lefty Tyler took up the burden in the third inning and was given such poor support, that he finally went bad. In the ninth-inning he was touched up her six hits and forced one run over the plate on a base on balls.

Rube Marquard was on the mound for the visitors and was there in the pinches, and except, in one instance, was never in the hole. The hitting of Evers and the fielding of Les Mann were the redeeming features of the game from the viewpoint of the Boston fan. Evers turned in a double and two fine singles in his five at bats and Mann made one of the greatest jumping one-handed catches seen in a long time.

It was on a hit by Bob Bescher in the second inning, and Mann made the catch with a high jump while running at top speed, and within a short distance of the centerfield bleacher fence. The ball hit his hand, but did not stick. While still in the air he tried another stab at the ball and made a sure catch of it before his feet touched the ground. He made several other fine plays, but there was nothing to compare with this one.

Larry Doyle and Bescher were the hitting stars of the day. Doyle made three hits for a total of five bases and Bescher was three for four, not counting the double and possibly the triple that Mann robbed him of.

The Braves had a chance to do something in the seventh inning, when with the score 5 to 2 and two men out, with the bases full, Rabbit Maranville came to bat. He failed to deliver, and a fly ball to George Burns in right, was all that resulted from his trip to the plate.

In the ninth-inning the Giants batted around. George Burns doubled and scored on Doyle's single. Singles by Fred Merkle and Red Murray followed. With the bases full, Tyler forced in another run over the plate by walking Milt Stock. Chief Meyers brought in two more with a double to right and Bescher drove in two additional, on a single to center for the sixth and final run of the game.

T E A M S

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

NEW YORK GIANTS

2

0

1

0

0

1

1

0

6

 

 

11

16

1

BOSTON BRAVES

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

 

 

2

11

3

 

W-Rube Marquard (1-1)
L-Dick Crutcher (1-2)
Attendance - 2000
2B-Doyle (2) (NY), Burns (NY), Bescher (NY), Meyers (NY),
Evers (Bost), Deal (Bost), Mann (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Wilson Collins rf 4 0 0 .200  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 0 2 .333  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 3 1 1 .176  

 

Jimmy Murray lf 4 0 0 .125  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 1 .207  

 

Clarence Kraft 1b 3 0 0 .250  

 

Charley Deal 3b 3 0 0 .250  

 

Hank Gowdy c 3 0 0 .370  

 

Les Mann cf 3 0 0 .100  

 

Dick Crutcher p 3 0 0 .222  

 

Oscar Dugey ph 3 0 0 .370  

 

Lefty Tyler p 3 0 0 .100  

 

Jack Martin ph 3 0 0 .222  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dick Crutcher 2 5 2 0 0  
  Lefty Tyler 7 11 7 1 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 11 2 -

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 7 3 2 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 5 4 4

 

 

New York Giants 5 4 4

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 7 7 4 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 5 9 6 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 5 10 7

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

2 8 7 1/2