“DIARY OF A WINNER”

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Great Braves defense beats
the St. Louis Cardinals

May 25, 1914 ... The Boston Braves played a great defensive game at Robison field in St. Louis. Whenever serious trouble threatened, the Braves defense tightened up and they managed to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals in the opening game of the series by a score of 3 to 2. It was their first appearance of the season in St. Louis and judging from their hard work, it is hard to understand why they are so low in the standings.

Cardinals manager Miller Huggins selected Rube Robinson to be his starting pitcher and he managed to only get through the second inning. Braves manager Stallings sent in Lefty Tyler, his star southpaw pitcher, to keep his team on their winning streak. Tyler walked away on the correct side today, with his team backing him up in the field.

Jim Murray made a great shoestring catch on Zinn Beck's line drive in the seventh inning, which if he had missed, would have gone for a triple. In the ninth-inning Ted Cather lined a bullet into Jack Martin's glove at third base and in the sixth inning with the Cardinals already one run up and with two men on base, Larry Gilbert then pulled down Ivey Wingo's hot line drive to left-center field, which looked ticketed for the fence.

The Braves scored in the first inning after two men were out. Murray began the trouble with a drive to left for two bases. Gilbert coaxed a walk from Robinson and then Butch Schmidt followed with a drive to left that scored Murray. Bert Whaling ended the inning with a ground ball out, but the Braves had a quick 1 to 0 lead.

Boston made two more runs in the second inning. Martin slapped a high hopper over second base that Beck was only able to knock down. Leslie Mann was up next and grounded out, but he allowed Martin to get to second base. Lefty Tyler followed and hit a ball back to Robinson, whose throw to third had Martin, but Cozy Dolan dropped the ball. Johnny Evers hit an easy grounder back to Robinson who bluffed Martin back to third and then tossed to first for the out, as Tyler moved up to second base. With two strikes and no balls on him, Rabbit Maranville slapped the ball it over first base to score Martin and Tyler, but he was thrown out trying to stretch his base hit into a double.

With the score 3 to 0, St. Louis scored their first run in the fourth inning. Dots Miller started with a double to left field and scored on Wilson's single to center. Two innings later, St. Louis scored their second and final run in the sixth inning. Lee Magee started with a single to center and Dolan slapped a single through short. Miller followed with a sharp one hit at Maranville, who easily tossed the third base to force Magee. Wilson got called out on strikes and Cather shot a double to left, scoring Dolan, but Miller had to pull up at third base. That was the end of the scoring as Wingo lifted a fly ball to Gilbert for the final out of the inning.

Neither team scored after that and the final score was 3 to 2, for the Braves fifth win in eight games.

 

at Robison Field (St. Louis) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

3

11

1

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

 

2

7

2

W-Lefty Tyler (3-3)
L-Hank Robinson (4-6)
Attendance – 2200

2B-Murray (Bost), Martin (Bost), Miller (StL),
Cather (StL), Wingo (StL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 0 1 .252  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 2 .211  

 

Jim Murray rf 4 1 2 .167  

 

Larry Gilbert lf 2 0 0 .200  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 2 .289  

 

Bert Whaling c 4 0 0 .222  

 

Jack Martin 3b 4 1 3 .244  

 

Les Mann cf 4 0 1 .157  

 

Lefty Tyler p 4 1 0 .263  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Lefty Tyler 9 7 2 2 6  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 21 8 -

 

 

New York Giants 16 11 4

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 19 15 4 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 17 19 7 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 13 15 7 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 12 15 8

 

 

Chicago Cubs 15 19 8 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

8 19 12