“DIARY OF A WINNER”

OTTO HESS

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Otto Hess takes advantage of Cubs'
mistakes in a Braves win

May 22, 1914 ... The Boston Braves got three hits, but good pitching by Otto Hess and misplays by the Cubs, enabled them shut out the West Siders by a score of 2 to 0 in Chicago. Hess held the Cubs to four hits, two of which were bunched in the seventh inning, but failed to produce a run. With two men on base and only one out, Hess applied the brakes. He struck out Bill Sweeney and Red Corriden to get out of the jam.

Hippo Vaughn, who held the Braves to three hits, was himself responsible for one of the Boston runs. In the seventh inning, after Jim Murray hit one to the centerfield fence for three bases, Vaughn let loose with a wild pitch and Murray scampered home. Hess then scored another run after Roger Bresnahan made a wild throw to give him life in the sixth inning.

The Braves infield put up a great defense. Rabbit Maranville and Johnny Evers handled a total of 17 chances between them without missing a beat. Maranville threw out seven men at first and Evers threw out six. Each one had two putouts. The pair also got two of the three hits that the Braves produced off Vaughn.

Nobody got the first base and not a hit was made, until the fourth inning. Johnny Evers knocked one over Zimmerman's head for a single, but was forced at second by Maranville. Leslie Mann then forced out the Braves shortstop. Mann stole second base, but Jim Murray then grounded out.

With one down in the sixth inning, Hess chopped one in front of the plate and was safe at first when Bresnahan made a wild throw. Evers sacrificed and Maranville cracked a single to center field that scored Hess, to make it 1 to 0. Murray opened the seventh with a triple and held third as Butch Schmidt grounded out. Vaughn could not locate the plate with Jack Martin at bat and passed him. The big Cubs pitcher continued with his wildness, as he let loose with a pitch that got by Bresnahan, allowing Murray to score the second run.

The Cubs bunched two hits in the seventh inning but were unable to score. Evers got around to third with two outs in the eighth but he too was left on base.

 

at West Side Grounds (Chicago) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

 

2

3

0

CHICAGO CUBS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

4

2

W-Otto Hess (1-0)
L-Hippo Vaughn (2-2)
Attendance – 2100

3B-Murray (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Johnny Evers 2b 2 0 1 .264  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 3 0 1 .216  

 

Les Mann cf 4 0 0 .139  

 

Jim Murray rf 4 1 1 .140  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 0 .279  

 

Jack Martin 3b 3 0 0 .216  

 

Hank Gowdy c 3 0 0 .262  

 

Wilson Collins lf 3 0 0 .222  

 

Otto Hess p 3 1 0 .125  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Otto Hess 9 4 0 2 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 19 8 -

 

 

New York Giants 15 9 2 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 18 13 3

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 16 17 6

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 12 13 6

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 11 14 7

 

 

Chicago Cubs 13 18 8

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

6 18 11 1/2