“DIARY OF A WINNER”

JOE CONNOLLY

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Bill James & Joe Connolly lead the Braves
in beating the first place Pirates

May 18, 1914 ... The Braves trotted their way home in a splendid victory over the fast falling Pittsburgh Pirates today, by a score of 4 to 1. The way the Braves went into their practice work showed that they were in no way discouraged over the series loss in Cincinnati, and they were peppering the ball right from the start.

The Pirates seem to be demoralized, and the Braves were not slow in seeing this. And toward the finish of today's game, when a few blows were needed to settle the issue, they delivered in great fashion. Bill James was on the mound and did well on his part. Whenever the Pirates got going and landed a man on base, he tightened up and shut off every prospect of the rally.

When Pittsburgh scored first in the seventh inning, James never wavered and kept on putting the ball over the plate, realizing that he had eight men behind him. In this inning Max Carey bunted down the first base line and beat Butch Schmidt's toss to James, who was covering first base. Mike Mowery then got things going for the Pirates by doubling to center field and scored Carey, giving the Pirates a 1 to 0 lead.

The run looked good to Pittsburgh, as starter Babe Adams was pitching his usual clever game. However James thought he would get things going himself in the eighth, when he beat out a little bunt roller, and then went to second on Johnny Evers base hit. Rabbit Maranville hit a ground ball that advanced both runners, but he was out at first. Joe Connolly came to the plate and scored both his teammates on a timely single to right, giving Boston a 2 to 1 lead.

After Adams was taken out for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the eighth, George McQuillan came in to pitch the ninth. Schmidt singled and McQuillan walked Jack Martin. Gowdy sacrificed both men up a base and then Honus Wagner fumbled Larry Gilbert's ground ball to short, that sent Schmidt home. James followed and sent a long sacrifice fly that scored Martin from third, making it 4 to 1.

In the two games against the Braves this year, the Pirates have scored only two runs. The team is slipping fast as they have not won a game in nine days.

 

at Forbes Field (Pittsburgh) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

 

4

9

1

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

 

1

6

1

W-Bill James (1-1)
L-Babe Adams (3-3)
Attendance – 1500

2B-Martin (Bost), Mowrey (Pitts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 1 1 .266  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 1 .146  

 

Joe Connolly rf 3 0 2 .271  

 

Jim Murray lf 4 0 0 .140  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 1 1 .282  

 

Jack Martin 3b 3 1 2 .261  

 

Hank Gowdy c 3 0 1 .320  

 

Les Mann cf 2 0 0 .158  

 

Larry Gilbert ph/cf 2 0 0 .176  

 

Bill James p 3 1 1 .143  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill James 9 6 1 0 5  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 15 8 -

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 16 11 1

 

 

New York Giants 12 8 1 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 11 10 3

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 11 10 3

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 14 15 4

 

 

Chicago Cubs 11 16 6

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

4 16 9 1/2