“DIARY OF A WINNER”

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The
Braves run out of luck against the Reds

June 6, 1914 ... The Braves had almost no luck in today's game with Cincinnati at the Walpole Street Grounds and were beaten by a score of 6 to 4. They had the lead from the second inning until the eighth and then with the bases full and two men out, Dick Hoblitzell put the ball up against the right-field fence to bring in three runs. With a couple of feet more leeway, Larry Gilbert would have made an easy catch, but it was just out of his reach.

Buck Herzog had his team fighting all the time and his own all-around aggressiveness had much to do with landing the victory. He put up a great game in the field and did some effective batting working well for the Cincinnati Reds. Lefty Tyler, who was the pitcher for the Braves, kept the hits pretty well scattered until the eighth-inning, and then everything broke badly for him. Hoblitzell's hit was not the only one that was lucky for the Reds, Herzog's double down the first base line, was thought to be foul by everyone but the umpire. That was another factor in the scoring of the three runs.

Charlie Deal and Johnny Evers gave Tyler great support. Evers made a wonderful one-handed catch of a hot liner and doubled up a runner at second, while Deal nipped a hot liner six inches off the ground, that probably would have been good for a double.

Cincinnati jumped out to a quick 1 to 0 lead in the first inning. Heinie Groh and a hot grounder which Rabbit Maranville juggled long enough to allow buck Herzog to score, after he had hit a triple. The Braves took the lead in their half of the second inning. Butch Schmidt singled and Deal doubled to right to score him, but was out himself when he tried to take third on the throw to the plate. Successive doubles by Leslie Mann and Tyler made the score 2 to 1 in favor of the Braves.

In the fourth inning Bert Niehoff knocked the ball over the right field fence to tie up the score, but the Braves took the lead once again in their half of the inning. After two were out, singles by Mann and Tyler along with a base on balls to Evers and Maranville, forced Mann over the plate, to make the score 3 to 2. The Braves then increased their lead in the fifth when Larry Gilbert sent the ball sailing into the centerfield bleachers.

In the sixth inning, Groh was hit by a pitch ball and scored on Niehoff's double to left, which Connolly misjudged and allowed to go over his head. That made the score 4 to 3. Then came the bunch of luck for the visitors in the eighth-inning. Former Braves player Mike Gonzalez was sent the bat in place of Douglass and knocked out a hit over second base. Herzog sliced one along the first base line which was declared fair by the umpire, and good for two bases, after which Groh drew a walk to fill them up. Niehoff, who had already hit a single, a double, and a homer was fanned by Tyler for the second out. Then came Hoblitzell's fly ball. With the runners taking off because of two outs, the ball hit the fence just beyond Gilbert's reach to clear the bases. Hoblitzell, himself, held up at second base.

In the bottom of the eighth the Braves had a chance, when with two out, Mann doubled and Otto Hess came in to bat for Tyler. Hess bounced back to the pitcher, Dave Davenport, and that was the end of the Braves scoring chance. The final score was Cincinnati six and the Braves four.

T E A M S

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

CINCINNATI REDS

1

0

0

1

0

1

0

3

0

 

 

6

8

1

BOSTON BRAVES

0

2

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

 

 

4

8

1

 

W-Phil Douglas (4-2)
S-Dave Davenport (2)
L-Lefty Tyler (3-5)
Attendance - 7500
2B-Niehoff (Cinc), Herzog (Cinc), Hoblitzell (Cinc),
Tyler (Bost), Deal (Bost), Mann (2) (Bost)
3B-Herzog (Cinc)
HR-Niehoff (Cinc), Gilbert (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Johnny Evers 2b 3 0 0 .268  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 0 .197  

 

Jim Murray lf 2 0 0 .224  

 

Joe Connolly ph/lf 2 0 0 .250  

 

Larry Gilbert rf 4 1 1 .269  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 2 1 1 .275  

 

Hank Gowdy c 4 0 0 .250  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 4 0 1 .234  

 

Les Mann cf 4 2 3 .189  

 

Lefty Tyler p 3 0 2 .318  

 

Otto Hess ph 1 0 0 .111  

 

Bill James p 0 0 0 .333  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Lefty Tyler 8 8 6 2 3  
  Bill James 1 0 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 24 14 -

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 27 18 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 22 18 3

 

 

Chicago Cubs 22 23 5 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 19 20 5 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 22 25 6 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 18 21 6 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

12 27 12 1/2