“DIARY OF A WINNER”

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Niehoff's homer wins for the Reds in the ninth

June 8, 1914 ... After holding a 2 to 1 lead from the fourth inning to the ninth-inning, the Braves lost another heartbreaking game to the Reds by a score of 3 to 2. It was a case where the Braves players just could not hitting Rube Benton, the southpaw that Buck Herzog sent against them, nor could the Cincinnati batters hit Bill James. That is, at least not until the ninth-inning.

For eight innings, James held the visitors to three hits and one of those was a scratch infield hit. The one smash in the ninth spilled the beans and that was off the bat of Bert Niehoff, the Reds thirdbaseman, who pulled off a similar stunt last Saturday. What he did will most likely make the Boston pitchers a little more careful of what they serve up to him under similar circumstances in the future.

With James going as he had been going all through the game, the Braves one run lead looked like a safe margin and it seemed to be all over when Niehoff came to bat in the ninth. In less than 10 seconds he hit the ball for a home run and the lead was wiped out. A few minutes later Cincinnati was in the lead and they were there to stay. Doc Miller and Tommy Clarke delivered singles for the Reds and Jim Murray, the Braves outfielder contributed an error. It was simply another tough game to lose, chalked up against the Braves.

Herzog's fielding was the feature of the game. Buck has played great ball for years but he never played better than he did today. Nothing that went in his direction got away from them and he had several chain lightning plays to make in the 12 chances given him. Some of his throws had to be hurried, so that they were not exactly on the mark, but firstbaseman Dick Hoblitzell preventing the ball from getting away with some marvelous work on his own. The great fielding made Benton's pitching looked great, since it helped the Reds pitcher to hold the Braves to four hits in the nine innings.

T E A M S

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

CINCINNATI REDS

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

 

 

3

6

0

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

2

4

2

 

W-Rube Benton (7-6)
L-Bill James (3-4)
Attendance - 2500
3B-Deal (Bost)
HR-Niehoff (Cinc)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Johnny Evers 2b 3 0 1 .269  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 0 .193  

 

Jim Murray lf 4 0 0 .213  

 

Larry Gilbert rf 3 1 0 .259  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 3 0 1 .276  

 

Hank Gowdy c 4 0 0 .240  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 3 0 1 .239  

 

Oscar Dugey pr 0 0 0 .067  

 

Les Mann cf 4 1 1 .190  

 

Bill James p 2 0 0 .300  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill James 9 6 3 4 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 25 14 -

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 28 18 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 23 18 3

 

 

Chicago Cubs 23 23 5 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 19 21 6 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 22 26 7 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 18 22 7 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

12 28 13 1/2