“DIARY OF A WINNER”

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Bill Sweeney gives the Cubs
a walk-off win

May 23, 1914 ... Former Boston Brave, Bill Sweeney, connected for a single with Heinie Zimmerman on second base and one out in the ninth-inning, to give the Chicago Cubs a walk off victory over the Boston Braves by a score of 2 to 1. It was a game that was highlighted by a pitching duel between Dick Rudolph and Jimmy Lavender.

Outside of the second inning, Dick Rudolph hurled great ball, although he was not given clean backing. Maranville put Vic Saier on first base in the first inning and Heinie Zimmerman in the third inning, with errors. Both proceeded to steal second base, only to be marooned on the base paths.

Going into the ninth-inning with the score knotted at one apiece, Rabbit Maranville booted a ground ball by Zimmerman. After Frank Schulte sacrificed Zimmerman to second, Sweeney broke up the contest with a drive to left field. All this happened after the Braves squandered several chances to put the game away.

In the seventh inning the Braves had a swell opportunity to pile up a commanding lead. Down 1 to 0, Lavender and Zimmerman collaborated in giving Boston a run. Connolly was passed and Gilbert sacrificed, going to second when Zimmerman threw the ball into the box seats. Lavender walked Butch Schmidt to load the bases. Otto Hess came up to hit for Jack Martin, but he struck out. Gowdy did send a fly ball out to Tommy Leach that scored Connolly with the tie run, but Schmidt decided to steal second base with Gilbert on the bag. He obviously was doubled up to end that scoring threat.

Wilbur Good and Zimmerman were the only other man to see first base up to the eighth-inning. Both teams got men on base in the eighth but failed to break a 1 to 1 tie. Leslie Mann singled to start the Braves half, but never past second base, while Hank Gowdy cut off Good's chance by nailing him on an attempt to pilfer second base.

Things look good for the Braves in the ninth-inning as Joe Connolly opened up with a single and then errors by Saier and Corriden loaded the bases for Boston with only one out. Gowdy forced Connolly at the plate and then Mann bounced one back to the pitcher to end the threat.

Schulte gave the Cubs their start in the second inning by opening of with a triple down the first base line. Sweeney followed this up with a single to score the first run. This ended their scoring until the ninth-inning, for the game evolved into a pitching duel. Both Rudolph and Lavender rolled shut out ball, although the Braves robbed themselves of a great chance to tie the game by bad base running.

 

at West Side Grounds (Chicago) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

 

1

6

3

CHICAGO CUBS

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

2

6

2

W-Jimmy Lavender (5-3)
L-Dick Rudolph (1-6)
Attendance – 3800

2B-Connolly (Bost)
3B-Schulte (Chi)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 0 0 .253  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 0 .208  

 

Joe Connolly lf 3 1 2 .259  

 

Larry Gilbert rf 4 0 1 .207  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 3 0 1 .281  

 

Jack Martin 3b 2 0 0 .205  

 

Otto Hess ph 1 0 0 .111  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 1 0 0 .255  

 

Hank Gowdy c 3 0 1 .265  

 

Les Mann cf 4 0 1 .145  

 

Dick Rudolph p 3 0 0 .174  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dick Rudolph 8.1 6 1 1 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 20 8 -

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 19 13 3

 

 

New York Giants 15 10 3 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 17 17 6

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 12 14 7

 

 

Chicago Cubs 14 18 8

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 11 15 8

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

6 19 12 1/2