“DIARY OF A WINNER”

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The Braves smack the Pirates behind
Maranville

June 10, 1914 ... The Braves smashed the Pittsburgh Pirates and turned the trick against Pittsburgh's winning pitcher Wilbur Cooper, a left-hander, who up until yesterday, had won six games and lost only two. Cooper was hit hard, especially by Rabbit Maranville and was taken out in the fifth inning when the score was 6 to 1 against him.

Marty O'Toole, who followed Cooper in the box, fared no better than his predecessor. He had five runs scored against him in which three singles, a triple, and a home run figured. There was no stopping the Braves batters and the final score was 11 to 2.

Dick Rudolph was on the mound for the Braves and used his head as well as his arm, pitching carefully when he was ten runs in the lead, as if he would have had only had a one run margin. Maranville's batting was the main feature of the game. He came through with three singles, a double and a sacrifice fly in his five trips to the plate. One of the hits was a high fly over third base that Mike Mowrey lost in the sun. The four hit game was duplicated by the Rabbit in one of the games played in Pittsburgh against George McQuillan. Butch Schmidt also was big at the plate and played a fine game in the field, saving two wild throws made by Maranville.

Honus Wagner passed the 3000 mark in hits, when he hit a double in the eighth inning, but was robbed of two more earlier in the game, by the good work of the Boston infielders. Max Carey spoiled a three base hit for Hank Gowdy by making a wonderful catch in deep left field after a long run. He nearly turned a similar trick against Schmidt, but juggled the ball and finally lost it.

The visitors scored on the top of the first inning, but the Braves tied the score in the second. Maranville hit a fly ball that dropped behind Mike Mowrey because of the sun, and Charley Deal doubled to left, but the Rabbit was held at third. Pittsburgh catcher George Gibson, then tried to pick Deal off second base, but Wagner dropped the ball and Maranville was able to score.

In the fourth inning the Braves opened up on Cooper. Maranville doubled past third. Schmidt sacrificed back to Cooper who unsuccessfully made a play to get Maranville at third, so both runners were safe. Then Deal drew a pass to fill the bases with none out. The Pirates infield moved in and Leslie Mann bounded one past Jim Voix at second, to score Maranville and Schmidt. Deal and Mann advanced on Gowdy's out at first and Charley scored on Rudolph's sacrifice fly to right. Oscar Dugey brought Mann home with the fourth run of the inning, with a single past second base, to make the score 5 to 1.

In the fifth inning, Cooper passed Jim Murray who went to third on Maranville's single past third on the hit and run. Murray scored as the Rabbit was forced at second on Schmidt's grounder to Voix. O'Toole then came in to pitch and held the Braves hitless for the next two innings.

Meanwhile Dick Rudolph was holding the Pirates runless as his team piled up the score. In the sixth inning Voix singled and Mike Mitchell doubled but Rudolph struck out pinch-hitter Ham Hyatt to end the threat and was cheered for his fine work as he left the mound.

In the seventh inning the Braves scored again when Maranville beat out an infield hit through the box. Schmidt also beat out a slow roller to third and catcher Ben Coleman, in an attempt to catch Schmidt off first, threw the ball into right field allowing Maranville to get to third. The Rabbit scored when Charlie Deal forced Schmidt at second to make the score 7 to 1.

The Braves scored four more runs in the eighth-inning as a result of a base on balls to Gowdy, a sacrifice by Rudolph, and a home run by Larry Gilbert, the ball taking a bad bounce by Joe Kelly and getting away from. Johnny Evers' base on balls, an infield single by Murray, a sacrifice by Maranville, and Schmidt's triple made the final score 11 to 2.

T E A M S

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

 

 

2

9

2

BOSTON BRAVES

0

1

0

4

1

0

1

4

x

 

 

11

11

0

 

W-Dick Rudolph (3-2)
L-Wilbur Cooper (6-3)
Attendance - 4700

2B-Carey (Pitt), Mitchell (Pitt), Wagner (Pitt),
Maranville (Bost), Deal (Bost)
3B-Schmidt (Bost)
HR-Gilbert (Bost)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Oscar Dugey rf 3 0 1 .111  

 

Larry Gilbert ph/rf 2 1 1 .256  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 3 1 0 .265  

 

Jim Murray lf 4 2 1 .214  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 3 4 .214  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 1 2 .289  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 3 1 1 .233  

 

Les Mann cf 4 1 1 .188  

 

Hank Gowdy c 2 1 0 .240  

 

Dick Rudolph p 1 0 0 .147  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dick Rudolph 9 9 2 2 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 26 15 -

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 29 19 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 23 20 4

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 24 26 6 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 23 25 6 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 20 22 6 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 19 23 7 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

14 28 12 1/2