THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The Braves lose the lead to Brooklyn in both games
June 1, 1914 ... After Brooklyn had been pummeled by every team on the Western circuit and had returned to Flatbush, only to be used as doormats by the New York Giants, as a captured first place, it really looked as
though the Boston Braves had struck a soft spot where they could hope to pull up a few points in the race. So the Braves went to Ebbets field, preparing to snatch a doubleheader from Brooklyn. When the arrived at the stadium they were further elated to learn that the peerless Jake Daubert had been seized with an attack of
tonsillitis. That was the very rosy picture conjured up by the Braves before the first game started. But it was merely a dream and when the Braves woke up four hours later, they found that they had been scalped twice. Not only did the Robins perk up and play like a bunch of champions, but they pulled the second game out of the
fire, when it looked to be rather safely in the possession of Boston. It was the work of Daubert's replacement, John Hummel, that did the greater part of the mischief with two timely singles in the first game, and a triple and a single in the second contest.
In the first game Brooklyn simply knocked Lefty Tyler off the mound in four innings and padlocked their victory before manager Stallings could yank his twirler off the rubber. Dick Crutcher was picked to substitute, and had he been put into pitch at the outset, the Braves might have won,
because Brooklyn did not maltreat the young man to any alarming extent. The Braves opened up the game like winners. With two outs, Jim Murray smashed a one base hit the left and then stole second. Larry Gilbert hammered a double to left sending Murray home with the first run. Butch Schmidt
smashed one down at Kid Elberfield that he couldn't handle and Gilbert came all the way around from second on the error. Unfortunately Schmidt had the audacity to attempt to steal and was nipped at second, but the Braves jumped out to a 2 to 0 lead. Raleigh Atchison, the Brooklyn starter,
pitched like a champion after that for the remaining eight innings.
The Robins hammered a run out of Tyler in the second inning on singles by Elberfield and Jack Dalton, as well as a base on balls. They hammered two more runs out of him in the third inning and pounded him in the fourth when Dick Crutcher finally came to his rescue.
Things brightened from the Boston viewpoint in the third inning, when three men got on base with nobody out. Tyler walked while Johnny Evers and Rabbit Maranville beat out bunts. But then Murray popped out and Gilbert and Schmidt both fanned.
It was remarkable that more runs were not scored by Brooklyn in the third, or their hitting was terrific. Red Smith opened with a single and was driven home by a screening double from Zach Wheat. After George Cutshaw fouled out to Bert Whaling, Wheat attempted to steal third and was taken
down. Joe Riggert came up next and calmly smashed the ball over the right field fence for a home run to give Brooklyn a 3 to 2 lead. They scored one more in the fourth inning when Atchison got a base hit and romped home on Dalton's triple to left. Hummel then got one of his nice base hits
and scored Dalton. Brooklyn got their final run in the sixth on a single by Atchison, a sacrifice and Smith's RBI single, to make the final score 6 to 2.
The second beating was a heartbreaking one for the Braves. Otto Hess pitched a good ballgame and although he was hit freely, he was not pampered with consecutive hits until the sixth inning. Up until that time the Braves, though not hitting well, were playing great defense. The Braves again
started the game as though they were going to win it. In the first inning Maranville drew a pass and Murray smashed a double. Cutshaw took Gilbert's ground ball cleanly but through low to the plate allowing the Rabbit to score the first run. In the second inning Gowdy opened it up by
walloping the ball over the right field fence, giving the Braves a quick 2 to 0 lead. That was as far as the Braves got, as Allen settled down and the Braves could only get one man is far as second base, and that was due to an error.
In the sixth Brooklyn smashed out a double and a triple, along with a base on balls and a hit batsman, to win the game. It was the pesky Hummel who smashed a triple in the third inning and gave Brooklyn their only run up until the sixth. The sixth opened with Zach Wheat drawing a walk, after
which Cutshaw banged a double to center. Good fielding held Wheat at third, but Hess plunked Elberfield. Frank Allen, the Brooklyn starter, then hammered the ball against the centerfield fence for a triple to clear the bases. Dalton drew a pass and stole second base and catcher Hank Gowdy
faked a throw, and caught Allen who had broken for home on the steal, ran directly into the big catcher's arms.
The Brooklyn fans have never taken while to Johnny Evers, since he was a member of the Cubs, and every time he went to bat they jumped all over him. He retaliated by making faces and taking bows to his hecklers in the stands.