“DIARY OF A WINNER”

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Bill James is much too generous
with free passes to the Phillies
and it costs him

May 29, 1914 ... Boston's $8000 battery from Seattle worked pretty well in today's game, but the Braves lost just the same, by a score of 3 to 1 at the Baker Bowl. Bill James was not hit is hard as Phillies starter, Elmer Jacobs, but Bill got in two bad rounds, when he was unfortunate enough to issue free passes and have those followed by good smart base hits.

Those accounted for two of the Phillies three runs, and the other resulted from a smash over the right field wall by Gavvy Cravath in the fifth inning. He was the first batter up and took two strikes. Then James could not locate the plate, and with the help of a foul ball, ran the count to three and two. James was then forced to groove the ball, and Cravath send it against the wind, but hard enough to make it over the fence.

In the third inning, the Phillies got the first run of the game, when Dode Paskert was walked and advanced on George Burns' out at first. James struck out Jacobs, but Bobby Byrne poled a long single right that scored Paskert. In the seventh inning, with one out, Sherry Magee was walked. Cravath singled and stole second base just before Fred Luderus was walked to fill the bases. Paskert hit a long fly out to Joe Connolly to score Magee. James still had trouble in finding the plate and passed Burns again, but Jacobs bounced back to him and the inning ended, making the score 3 to 1.

The Braves had several chances to score, but made good in only one of them. The other times Jacobs tightened up and cut off all hope. In the fifth inning with two men out, James got the benefit of a close decision at first base. Johnny Evers was passed and Rabbit Maranville knocked out a double that scored James. Evers tried to score but could not beat Cravath's throw to the plate.

 

at Baker Bowl (Philadelphia) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

 

1

8

1

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

0

0

1

0

1

0

1

0

x

 

3

3

1

W-Elmer Jacobs (1-1)
L-Bill James (2-2)
Attendance – 2000

2B-Maranville (Bost), Whaling (Bost)
HR-Cravath (Phil)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Johnny Evers 2b 3 0 0 .255  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 1 .217  

 

Joe Connolly lf 4 0 2 .275  

 

Larry Gilbert rf 2 0 2 .289  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 3 0 0 .292  

 

Bert Whaling c 3 0 1 .219  

 

Hank Gowdy ph 1 0 0 .260  

 

Jack Martin 3b 4 0 0 .246  

 

Les Mann cf 2 0 0 .152  

 

Jim Murray cf 2 0 1 .183  

 

Bill James p 3 1 1 .250  

 

Otto Hess ph 1 0 0 .154  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill James 8 3 3 6 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 21 11 -

 

 

New York Giants 19 11 1

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 22 15 1 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 14 16 6

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 18 21 6 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 14 17 6 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 16 21 7 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

9 21 11