“DIARY OF A WINNER”

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The Braves beat the Pirates again in a close one

June 11, 1914 ... The Braves repeated their assault on Pittsburgh by winning the second game of the series by a score of 3 to 2. This one was not a one-sided affair like yesterday's game, but a close, hard-fought contest from start to finish, in which the work of the two great shortstops Honus Wagner and Rabbit Maranville was the center point of the game. Maranville had a greater number of chances than the veteran Wagner, and the way he handled each one was a treat to watch. Wagner's most spectacular play was a one-handed pick up of a full range on a hot drive near second base, which went off the bat of Johnny Evers like a rifle bullet. Maranville fielded 12 chances and Wagner had nine.

Hub Perdue started for the Braves, but with his team in the lead, did not appear to be extending himself and after he had been pulled out of the hole by a great double play in the third inning, was pulled out of the game and Bill James was sent in. James pitched well, but grooved one up for Mike Mitchell, the first batter up in the seventh inning, which Mitchell drove into the centerfield bleachers. This shot, along with Mike Mowrey's triple, which Larry Gilbert nearly caught but stumbled, and a shot by Babe Adams, were the only good hits made off James. He got a little wild in the ninth inning, after two were out, passing one pinch-hitter and hitting another, but pulled out for the win.

The Braves hit Adams freely and were there with the hit when it would count. They opened on him savagely in the first inning. After Larry Gilbert struck out, Johnny Evers singled, Joe Connolly doubled and the Rabbit brought both home with a single to center, to give Boston a quick 2 to 0 lead. Perdue held the Pittsburgh in the first inning, retiring them in order, with Maranville making a great catch on a foul fly near the third-base bleacher fence.

In the second inning Perdue passed Wagner and Honus stole second, going to third on Ed Konetchy's out at first base. He scored on Jim Viox's sacrifice fly to make it 2 to 1.

In the third inning George Gibson singled to right for Pittsburgh and Adams followed with a hit to center. Perdue was deep in the hole when Joe Kelly put the runners on third and second with a sacrifice. A great double play changed the aspect of the inning quickly. Max Carey hit a grounder to Maranville, who threw the ball to the plate. Hank Gowdy chased Gibson back toward third, caught him with the tag and threw the ball to Evers at second who tagged Adams to end the threat.

Mowrey, the first man to face Bill James in the fourth, hit a long fly ball near the foul line in right, that Larry Gilbert, after a long run, stumbled allowing the ball to roll to the fence, putting Mowrey on third base. Wagner then hit a grounder and Charlie Deal, who held Mowrey at third, threw Honus out at first. James then struck out Konetchy and Maranville threw out Viox on a fine play to end another threat.

The Pirates started up again in the fifth. Mitchell hit a high hopper toward first and Butch Schmidt set himself up to catch it about a yard from the bag, but he lost it in the sun and it dropped at his feet. Adams then knocked a hit between third and short, which Maranville was able to block. Joe Kelly came up and hit a grounder as Charlie Deal that forced Mitchell at third. After Max Carey's ground ball was bobbled by Evers, the bases were loaded. Mowrey was up next and James forced him to hit a ground ball down to Evers to force Carey at second base for the final out.

In the seventh inning, Pittsburgh cut the lead to 3 to 2 as Mitchell put the ball into the centerfield bleachers. The Pirates kept the fight up in the eighth-inning, as Carey beat out a bunt, Mowrey sacrificed and Wagner hit one at Maranville, who made a fine play to get Carey at third. Wagner went down to second on a wild pitch, but was stranded there as Konetchy grounded out to end the threat.

Finally in the ninth-inning, with two out, Bob Coleman drew a pass and Jake Kafora was hit by a pitch ball to put the winning runs on base. He was left there as Joe Kelly lined out to Johnny Evers who then nabbed Coleman on second base for the double-play to end the game.

T E A M S

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

 

 

2

6

1

BOSTON BRAVES

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

x

 

 

3

10

2

 

W-Bill James (4-4)
L-Babe Adams (5-7)
Attendance - 3500

2B-Connolly (2)(Bost)
3B-Mowrey (Pitt)
HR-Mitchell (Pitt)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Larry Gilbert rf 3 0 1 .258  

 

Jim Murray ph 1 0 0 .212  

 

Wilson Collins rd 0 0 0 .258  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 1 2 .271  

 

Joe Connolly lf 4 2 2 .253  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 3 0 2 .222  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 3 0 1 .290  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 3 0 1 .237  

 

Les Mann cf 3 0 1 .191  

 

Hank Gowdy c 3 0 0 .234  

 

Hub Perdue p 0 0 0 .125  

 

Oscar Dugey ph 1 0 0 .105  

 

Bill James p 2 0 0 .273  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Hub Perdue 3 2 1 1 0  
  Bill James 6 4 1 1 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 26 16 -

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 29 20 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 23 21 4

 

 

Chicago Cubs 24 25 5 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 25 26 5 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 20 23 6 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 20 23 6 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

15 28 11 1/2