“DIARY OF A WINNER”

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
One costly inning costs the Braves a game

June 15, 1914 ... The winning streak of the Braves was interrupted by one bad inning in the opening series with the Chicago Cubs. The Braves had a lead of three runs and it was shot so full of holes, that when the smoke cleared, instead of being in the lead, they found themselves three runs behind. While the catastrophe occurred in the third inning, nevertheless they made an aggressive uphill fight to the very end, but were finally beaten by a score of 7 to 5.

Johnny Evers was thrown out of the game for disputing a balls and strikes call from umpire Al Orth. He had been declared out on strikes in the seventh inning, with the count at two and three. Evers tossed his bat in the air and when he got back to the bench started yelling at Orth. Evers got removed from the field and ran into the dressing room, being afraid that if he did not hurry, he might have some other words for the umpire. When this happened, some of the fans started jeering the umpire on every ball and strike called. The bad feeling against the umpire was such, that a sergeant of the police thought it was wise to act as a guard for both umpires Orth and Byron as they left the field after the game.

Otto Hess was on the mound for the Braves and Larry Cheney got the ball for the Cubs. It was a windy day at the ballpark and it bothered both pitchers. Hess and trouble with his control and his slow curve was ineffective because of the wind. He issued four passes in the first two innings and could not work things to his satisfaction in the third, after two doubles and two singles had been made off him. At that point he was relieved by Dick Rudolph, who issued another free pass and then came a very costly error by Charlie Deal.

Bill Sweeney, the former Braves player, appeared for the first time in a Cubs uniform and was given a very cordial reception in his first time at bat. Sweeney did not get any hits, but he played a fine game in the field.

The Braves were the first to score in the second inning. Rabbit Maranville drew a pass as did Deal. After Leslie Mann flew out, Hank Gowdy drew another base on balls to load the bases. The wind may have bothered Otto Hess on the mound, but not with a bat in his hand. He smashed one up against the right-field fence for two bases, scoring three runs.

The 3 to 0 lead was short-lived. The Cubs' Tommy Leach doubled to left and Wilbur Good followed with another double, which came close to being a home run, as the first bound of the ball carried it nearly clear of the centerfield bleacher fence. Leach scored easily. Vic Saier bounced one back to the box allowing Good to make it the third-base, who then scored on Art Phelan's single to centerfield. Frank Schulte knocked out another single and Bill Sweeney was passed to fill the bases. At that point Hess was removed in favor of Rudolph, who then passed Red Corriden to force in the tying run. The bases were still loaded with only one out. Roger Bresnahan came to the plate and hit a grounder to her third-base which was perfect for a doubleplay. However Charlie Deal fumbled the ball and Schulte scored to put the Cubs in the lead. Cheney was then called out on strikes and Tommy Leach came up for the second time in the inning. He singled to left, scoring Sweeney and Corriden for the fifth in sixth runs of the inning.

With the lead 6 to 3 against them, the Braves did not regard themselves as beaten. In their half of the inning, with two men out, Maranville singled and scored on Butch Schmidt's triple to get one run back and make the score 6 to 4. In the fifth inning after two were out, Maranville again singled and Schmidt was passed, but Deal struck out to end the threat.

The Cubs scored again in the eighth on successive triples by Leach and Good, but Good was out at the plate on a fine double play by Gowdy and Schmidt after the Boston catcher and muffed Saier's third strike. That made the score 7 to 4.

In the ninth-inning Larry Gilbert led off for the Braves, by beating out an infield hit. Oscar Dugey was called on to bat and struck out, and then Joe Connolly drew a base on balls. Maranville brought Gilbert home with a single to center, his third hit of the game. But with two men on, Cheney struck out Schmidt to end the threat and game.

T E A M S

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2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

CHICAGO CUBS

0

0

6

0

0

0

0

1

0

 

 

7

11

0

BOSTON BRAVES

0

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

 

5

8

1

 

W-Larry Cheney (8-5)
L-Otto Hess (2-3)
Attendance - 3000

2B-Leach (Chi), Good (Chi), Connolly (Bost), Hess (Bost)
3B-Leach (Chi), Schmidt (Bost)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Larry Gilbert rf 5 1 1 .290  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 0 0 .265  

 

Oscar Dugey 2b 1 0 0 .095  

 

Joe Connolly lf 4 0 2 .275  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 2 3 .242  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 1 .283  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 3 1 0 .226  

 

Les Mann cf 3 0 0 .192  

 

Hank Gowdy c 3 1 0 .237  

 

Otto Hess p 1 0 1 .136  

 

Dick Rudolph p 1 0 0 .143  

 

Jim Murray ph 1 0 0 .209  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Otto Hess 2.1 4 4 5 1  
  Dick Rudolph 6.2 7 2 2 5  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 27 18 -

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 29 22 1

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 24 23 4

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 27 26 4

 

 

Chicago Cubs 26 26 4 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 22 23 5

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 20 25 7

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

17 29 10 1/2