“DIARY OF A WINNER”

JOHNNY EVERS

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Johnny Evers helps the Braves beat the Cubs

May 21, 1914 ... Johnny Evers, the former manager of the Chicago Cubs, played a big part in their defeat by the Boston Braves at the West Side Grounds, by a score of 3 to 1. He paved the way for the first run when he waited for a base on balls in the first inning, and later crossed the plate on Rabbit Maranville's three bagger. In the fifth, a long fly from Johnny's bat sent Hank Gowdy across with the third Braves' run.

Many of the Evers' admirers, who had taken a pledge not to attend any more games at the Chicago ballpark, turned out to welcome their former second baseman, and today was made a special occasion by their group.

Manager Stallings sent Lefty Tyler to work against the Cubs. Tyler held his opponents to seven hits, and in only one inning did they manage to get one hit. This happened in the third, when Vic Saier and Heinie Zimmerman each peeled off a single without getting a run across. It was through Cubs starter, Larry Cheney's efforts, that the Cubs scored their one run in the fourth inning. Tyler passed Roger Bresnahan with two outs, after which Cheney surprised everyone by connecting for a triple.

Evers was accorded a rousing reception when he came to bat in the first inning. He waited on four pitches that were wide of the plate. Then Maranville stepped into the first pitch he saw and drove it to left field for three bases, scoring Evers. Bresnahan then threw the ball to Zimmerman in an effort to catch Maranville off third, but Zimmerman muffed the ball allowing the Braves shortstop to scoot home. Larry Gilbert followed by beating out a hit but was caught off first after taking too big a lead. Butch Schmidt drove centerfielder Tommy Leach to the fence on a fly ball, and Jack Martin grounded out to end the inning.

Gowdy opened the fifth inning with a double to left and Leslie Mann sent an easy roller back to Cheney, but Tyler laced a single to left field, sending the catcher to third base. Evers' long fly ball scored Gowdy to make the score 3 to 1.

Zimmerman made it around to third base on a single and Mann's fumble in the eighth-inning but could not score. Tyler held the Cubs down and the game belonged to the Braves.

 

at West Side Grounds (Chicago) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

 

3

8

2

CHICAGO CUBS

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

 

1

7

1

W-Lefty Tyler (2-3)
L-Larry Cheney (5-3)
Attendance – 4000

2B-Gowdy (Bost), Schmidt (Bost)
3B-Maranville (Bost), Cheney (Chi)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Johnny Evers 2b 2 1 1 .258  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 3 1 2 .213  

 

Joe Connolly lf 3 0 0 .236  

 

Larry Gilbert rf 4 0 1 .200  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 1 .293  

 

Jack Martin 3b 4 0 1 .235  

 

Hank Gowdy c 4 1 1 .274  

 

Les Mann cf 4 0 0 .147  

 

Lefty Tyler p 3 0 1 .333  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Lefty Tyler 9 7 1 3 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 18 8 -

 

 

New York Giants 14 9 2 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 17 13 3

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 12 12 5

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 16 16 5

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 11 13 6

 

 

Chicago Cubs 13 17 7

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

5 18 11 1/2