“DIARY OF A WINNER”

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The Braves
make it three straight wins
on Larry Gilbert's HR

June 12, 1914 ... Three straight games from the Pittsburgh Pirates is what the Braves made it today, when they won another good game by a score of 5 to 3. The Stallings crowd had the punch when it was needed, and it so happened that it was needed twice. Johnny Evers and Joe Connolly were the wrecking crew in the first instance, and Connolly with the help of Larry Gilbert came across with home runs after the Pirates had tied the score in the first half of the seventh inning.

Gilbert's home run was needed to dissolve the tie. Connolly's simply put a clincher on the game, and he came almost on the heels of the other. There was a repetition of the brilliant infield work from the day before, but there was a third star in Johnny Evers. He not only had the greatest number of chances, but they were the most difficult to handle.

Evers undoubtably checked a rally in the ninth inning, when he went behind Schmidt to grab a high bounder from Mike Mowery and throw him out of first. It was wonderful work even for Evers. This play and the catch of Jim Kelly's fly ball in short left field by Rabbit Maranville where the fielding gems of the game.

Hub Perdue was sent back in by manager Stallings and went the full distance, pitching a fine game, except for the seventh inning, when he made a balk with a runner on third and allowed a double and a single in succession, putting another run over for Pittsburgh and tying the score.

Larry Gilbert's hot bat was another feature. He cracked out a double, a single and a home run three plate appearances. The home run by Gilbert was one of the longest hits ever made at the field. The ball cleared the fence at the upper corner of the centerfield bleachers.

The game like the one yesterday was stubbornly contested. George McQuillan pitched well for Pittsburgh until the fifth inning, when an error by Honus Wagner seem to upset him, and the two home runs in the seventh completed his undoing.

The Pirates scored in the first inning and held the lead until the fifth when the Braves scored three runs. Wagner had thrown out both Charlie Deal and Leslie Mann, but Hank Gowdy came through with a single. Perdue then hit a slow roller toward second. Wagner seem willing to let him run that hit out for all he was worth and to make it a close play at first. Wagner probably figured that Perdue might wear himself out and would have to start right after the play. Honus finally made a quick throw which was a trifle high and pulled Konetchy off the bag, letting Perdue be safe at first. McQuillan then passed Gilbert to fill the bases and Evers singled to center, scoring Gowdy, while Hub was held at third. Joe Connolly came up next and hit one along the first base line which Konetchy grabbed behind the bag, but Joe beat him out. Connolly turned his ankle on the play stayed in the game. Maranville ended the inning by being thrown out at first, but the Braves led by a score of 3 to 1.

The Pirates tied things up in the seventh inning. Mowrey singled to right and Wagner was thrown out at first by Maranville. Butch Schmidt tried to make a quick throw to second to get Mowrey, but the ball slipped out of his hand allowing the runner to get the third. At this point umpire Bill Klem started throwing the baseballs out of the game, claiming that Perdue was doctoring them. One would get thrown out and in would come another. After the new one had been pitched once or twice, it was thrown out again. Klem kept this up and introduced six or seven new balls, throwing Perdue off his stride.

Johnny Evers came in to protest what Klem was doing and there was some talk the plate before the umpire waved the Braves captain back to his position, making some remark as Evers walked away. Evers wielded his tracks and pointed his finger at Klem, shouting loud enough for everyone in the stands to hear. At that point Perdue pulled the balk and Mowrey scored. Konetchy followed the incident up with a double to deep right and came in with the tying run on Alex McCarthy's base hit that tied the score.

The tie did not last long, because in the bottom of the seventh inning Gilbert put the ball over the fence and was followed by Connolly's blast to give the Braves the 5 to 3 victory.

T E A M S

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2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

 

 

3

8

1

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

3

0

2

0

x

 

 

5

11

1

 

W-Hub Perdue (2-4)
L-George McQuillan (5-5)
Attendance - 3500

2B-Konetchy (Pitt), Gilbert (Bost)
3B-Connelly (Bost)
HR-Connelly (Bost), Gilbert (Bost)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Larry Gilbert rf 3 2 3 .283  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 3 0 1 .272  

 

Joe Connolly lf 4 1 3 .272  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 3 0 0 .218  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 1 .289  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 3 0 0 .228  

 

Les Mann cf 4 0 1 .193  

 

Hank Gowdy c 4 1 2 .243  

 

Hub Perdue p 4 1 0 .083  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Hub Perdue 9 8 2 1 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 26 17 -

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 29 21 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 23 22 4

 

 

Chicago Cubs 25 25 4 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 26 26 4 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 21 23 5 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 20 24 6 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

16 28 10 1/2