“DIARY OF A WINNER”

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The
Braves blame the umpire for this loss

May 9, 1914 ... It was the Braves fate that they be sent to their teepees without a victory this time. Today the score was 2 to 0 in favor of the New York Giants. Fate apparently selected the seventh inning in which to humiliate and discourage the tribe today.

It was in the seventh inning that the Giants hammered home the winning runs off Braves starter, Lefty Tyler. However the defeat today was more upsetting than the one of yesterday. Tyler was apparently invincible today, and the Giants had trouble in their efforts to get their bats on the ball's pitched to them from Christy Mathewson.

Possibly had not Tyler become upset over the rulings of umpire Cy Rigler, the Giants might never have converted their singles into two runs. Tyler was quite certain that he had pitched a ball over the plate, while Chief Meyers just stood there in the seventh. Rigler was quite as certain that the ball had not passed over any part of home plate, and as he was the one with the last word on the subject, so there was no chance that any mediation would result in a favorable judgment in favor of Mister Tyler.

So exasperated did Tyler become that he was lost his focus and was unable to pitch with the speed and accuracy that he possessed up until that point. Meyers went on to hit for a double sending in the two runs that spelled defeat for the Braves. Art Fletcher opened up the inning with a clean drive to right for a base hit, and Larry Doyle made a nice sacrifice bunt to put him on second base. Fred Merkle then sent a bounder past second base and Fletcher eased into third. Fred Snodgrass now sent a ground ball down at Rabbit Maranville who decided to get the runner at home, and Fletcher found Bert Whaling waiting for him. Milt Stock came up next and hammered a ball past third base to fill the bases. Then came the drama with Chief Myers to set up the winning run.

Tyler was so upset by the incident that he could do little but throw heated remarks in the direction of Rigler after the base hit. Therefore manager Stallings sent Tommy Griffith in to hit for Tyler in the eighth and called upon Gene Cocreham to finish the game.

Up until the seventh inning Tyler pitched magnificently and his defense it support was airtight. Only one clean smash, for a base hit had been made in the six innings he toiled. The southpaw had gone along unconcerned, in spite of the fact that his teammates were doing little or no hitting off Mathewson.

Umpire Rigler and the Braves infielders were not friends before the incident in the seventh, as a play in the second inning had set the wheel in motion for the later confrontation. The second inning question was a decision by Rigler that cut off an apparent rally by the Braves and the promise of many runs. It was so egregious that even President Gaffney scurried onto the field after the game to fire his verbal contempt at Mister Rigler.

The play that brought about the heat conditions was pulled off by Fred Snodgrass. In the second inning Butch Schmidt was safe at first on Larry Doyle's fumble of a ground ball. Charlie Deal hit one safely to right for a base hit, allowing Schmidt to gallop to third base. Whaling lined one into right field that Snodgrass came running in for. It did not appear that the speedy outfielder would be able to reach the ball and with one final effort, he threw himself forward and stuck out his gloved hand, which seem to trap the ball on the ground, before he fell forward onto his chest. Schmidt and Deal were tearing around the bases and Snodgrass jumped to his feet and held the ball aloft with his bare hand. Rigler threw up the out sign and decided that Whaling was out and that Deal was therefore doubled off first base. Then came the pandemonium, with the chief spokesman being Johnny Evers, who stood face-to-face with Rigler for two minutes. But it was all for no purpose, as the decision was final.

But the second inning was only one of nine and the peerless "Matty" was in complete control of the ballgame and the bats of the visitors, so the final was 2-0.

 

at The Polo Grounds (New York) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

10

3

NEW YORK GIANTS

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

x

 

2

9

1

W-Christy Mathewson (3-1)
L-Lefty Tyler (1-2)
Attendance – 18,000

2B-Connolly (Bost), Fletcher (NY), Meyers (NY)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Joe Connolly lf 4 0 1 .225  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 0 1 .315  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 1 .161  

 

Jim Murray rf 4 0 1 .158  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 2 .292  

 

Charley Deal 3b 4 0 1 .333  

 

Bert Whaling c 3 0 1 .400  

 

Les Mann cf 3 0 0 .162  

 

Lefty Tyler p 2 0 1 .400  

 

Tommy Griffith p 1 0 1 .095  

 

Gene Cocreham p 0 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Lefty Tyler 7 5 0 1 1  
  Gene Cocreham 1 4 0 1 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 15 2 -

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 9 5 4

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 8 6 5

 

 

New York Giants 8 6 5

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 10 10 6

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 8 14 9

 

 

Chicago Cubs 7 13 9

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

3 11 10