“DIARY OF A WINNER”

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The
Braves make a great come-from-behind win

May 4, 1914 ... It was a wonderful uphill fight that the Braves won today, beating the Philadelphia Phillies, 10 to 7 at the ballpark in the South End. Nobody would have given a nickel on the chances of winning after the first inning, when as the result of three base on balls, two singles, two doubles and an error, the Phillies jumped out to a 5 to 0 lead.

Dick Rudolph opened up the game, and after what happened to him, no one expected to see him come back for anymore. He stayed in there, and except for the fourth inning when he gave up two more runs, stuck in there until the finish. He was pounded to a pulp and was as wild as a hawk, but he never lost his self control and so came off with flying colors.

The Braves, who do not seem to know when they are beaten, gave him great support in the field and did some timely slugging, something they have not done behind any of the Boston pitchers this season. Fifteen hits for a total of 22 bases, was the sum total of their stick work. Fourteen of these hits were made off Grover Cleveland Alexander in the seven innings he was on the mound. Joe Connolly had two singles and a home run, Charlie Deal had two doubles and a single, and Butch Schmidt had two singles and a double. Johnny Evers chipped in with a couple of singles as did Hank Gowdy. It was an encouraging awakening all down the line. Besides doing some great work at the plate, Charlie Deal fielded a good game in at third, in spite of his game leg. Leslie Mann covered a lot of ground in center field and made one great catch. Tommy Griffith took a fly from Beals Becker while backing up against the centerfield bleacher fence, and Joe Connolly made a great one-handed catch close to the left field fence.

After being down five runs in the first inning, the Braves began to chip away. They simply ignored the big lead and went in and scored a couple runs themselves in the second inning. Schmidt drew a base on balls, Deal doubled to right, scoring Schmidt, and went to third on Mann's out at first. He scored on Connolly's single to right, making it 5 to 2.

In the third inning they scored another run when Johnny Evers got a second life on Hans Lobert's error. He went to second on Rabbit Maranville's out at first, and to third on Griffiths ground ball out. He came home when Schmidt singled to left to make it 5 to 3.

In the top of the fourth inning the Philly scored two more runs to give themselves a cushion. With the score 7 to 3 against them, the Braves came back in their half of the fourth with three runs. Mann drew a pass and scored on Rudolph's double. Connolly then sent the ball sailing onto Columbus Avenue and scored behind Rudolph to make it a one run game, 7 to 6.

Rudolph tightened his pitching up and the Phillies did no more scoring. The Braves were able to take the lead in their half of the sixth. With one out Evers singled and Maranville followed with another base hit. With Evers on second, he took a long lead to draw a throw, and then beat it to third base. He then stole second base putting runners at second and third. Schmidt came through again with a fine double to left field, giving the Braves the lead, 8 to 7.

Two more runs came in in the seventh and eighth innings for the home team. In the seventh Gowdy led off with a single and stole second base, going to third when Bill Killifer unleashed a wild throw. Connolly bounded a single over first base score Hank, making the score 9 to 7. In the bottom of the eighth Maranville made it safely to first on an error by Lobert. Seconds later he scored on a wild pitch, completing the satisfactory come from behind victory, 10 to 7.

T E A M S

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

5

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

7

13

6

BOSTON BRAVES

0

2

1

3

0

2

1

1

x

 

 

10

15

3

 

W-Dick Rudolph (1-3)
L-Grover Cleveland Alexander (3-1)
Attendance - 2000

2B-Becker (Phil), Killefer (Phil), Cravath (Phil),
Rudolph (Bost), Schmidt (Bost), Deal (2) (Bost)
3B-Paskert (Phil)
HR-Connolly (Bost)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Joe Connolly lf 5 1 3 .253  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 5 2 2 .348  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 5 2 1 .167  

 

Tommy Griffith rf 5 0 0 .073  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 1 3 .300  

 

Charley Deal 3b 5 1 3 .310  

 

Hank Gowdy c 4 1 2 .371  

 

Les Mann cf 3 1 0 .133  

 

Dick Rudolph p 4 1 1 .231  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dick Rudolph 9 13 6 5 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 13 2 -

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 8 4 3 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 6 5 5

 

 

New York Giants 6 5 5

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 7 9 6 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 7 11 7 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 6 11 8

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

3 9 8 1/2