“DIARY OF A WINNER”

DOLF LUQUE

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Pittsburgh
sweeps the series with the Braves

May 20, 1914 ... The Boston Braves dropped the third game of the series with the Pittsburgh Pirates by a score of 4 to 1. There were few hits in the game, with both pitchers being effective.

Dolf Luque, the Cuban pitcher for the Braves, was the starter. He was very deliberate in his work and closely studied each pitch. He had the Pirates hitting the ball into the air, while Wilbur Cooper compelled the Braves to hit the ball on the ground. The Braves, therefore only had five putouts at first base to Pittsburgh's seventeen ground ball outs.

Boston outfielders took care of ten fly balls while Pittsburgh brought down only five. Wilson Collins, the left fielder for the Braves brought down eight fly balls himself.

Rabbit Maranville gave his pitcher poor support, making four errors, two of them in succession on the same man. This happened in the third inning, when he muffed Cooper's pop fly and allowing the pitcher to reach first base. Cooper then made a bluff toward second and Maranville threw the ball past first. A double by Max Carey brought Cooper home.

Only three Boston players got to third base, yet they had a man on base in every inning except the one. The Braves run came in the fifth inning and tied the score. Collins, the first batter, hit for a single and went to second on a sacrifice, scoring on a single by Johnny Evers. That was the only inning in which the Braves put together two hits.

The Pirates retook the lead in their half of the inning. They scored two more in the eighth to make the score 4 to 1, when Luque gave evidence that he was tiring.

 

at Forbes Field (Pittsburgh) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

 

1

6

5

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

2

x

 

4

5

1

W-Wilbur Cooper (5-1)
L-Dolf Luque (0-1)
Attendance – 2000

2B-Leonard (Pitt), Carey (Pitt)
3B-Gibson (Pitt)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 0 1 .253  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 2 .198  

 

Les Mann cf 3 0 0 .156  

 

Jim Murray rf 3 0 0 .130  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 3 0 1 .295  

 

Jack Martin 3b 3 0 1 .233  

 

Hank Gowdy c 4 0 0 .276  

 

Wilson Collins lf 3 1 1 .250  

 

Oscar Dugey ph 1 0 0 .100  

 

Dolf Luque p 2 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dolf Luque 9 6 1 2 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 17 8 -

 

 

New York Giants 14 8 1 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 16 13 3

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 12 11 4

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 15 16 5

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 11 12 5

 

 

Chicago Cubs 13 16 6

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

4 18 11 1/2