DIARY OF A WINNER”

BILL SWEENEY

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The Braves tie up the series on "Bill Sweeney Day"

June 16, 1914 ... The Braves turned the tables on the Chicago Cubs in the second game of the series by a score of 7 to 5. Incidentally, Bill Sweeney had his special day, although to threatening weather kept many from participating in its observance. Up to 1:30 in the afternoon it looked as if there would be showers, and although no rain came, there was a high wind and it was very cool and uncomfortable.

About 4200 fans turned out to honor the old Braves player, among them Lieutenant Governor Barry and members of the Governor's Council. Mayor Curley did not arrive until after the game had started and remained only a few innings, being pressed with other engagements. President Gaffney of the Braves, came over from New York to pay his respects to Sweeney. There was a band concert and vocal selections, and Bill was presented with a lot of silverware, a silver tea service being the gift from the fans, a silver tray being the gift from the Braves players and a percolator from the Winter League Club. Congressman James A. Gallivan, manager Stallings and Edward L. Arundel made the presentation speeches. A beautiful floral piece was also presented from the Central Club of Cambridge.

Bill James was sent in the start the game and Hippo Vaughn, the southpaw, was sent in to pitch for Chicago. Neither of the pitchers made it through, as a strong wind made it impossible for James to control the ball. He passed three men in the first inning, one in the second and three in the fourth.

It was in the fourth inning that the Cubs began to mix in hits with the passes and scored their three runs, and while the Braves still have a lead, Stallings did not hear take for the chances with his big pitcher. Dick Crutcher was substituted in the next inning, and while his control was mighty uncertain, he managed to get by.

Hippo Vaughn gauged the wind better than James at the start. He was hit quite freely in the second and third innings and then began to lose control in the fifth and was pulled out after he had forced in a run. Bert Humphries, who relieved him, got by all right, but giving away to a pinch-hitter, brought Eddie Stack into the game for the Braves last at bat. He also forced in a run by giving three base on balls.

The Cubs were always within striking distance and it was simply a tossup as to which team would win until the last man was out.

Bill Sweeney and Johnny Evers had a lot to do and both did it well. A feature of the game was a throw by Leslie Mann from deep center field, that killed off Red Corriden, who tried to score from second on Roger Bresnahan's hit. Rabbit Maranville made a great catch in left after he and Oscar Dugey almost collided. If he had dropped the ball it would have proved to be a costly collision, for would have meant two more runs for the Cubs.

The Braves scored first on a run in the second inning when Butch Schmidt singled to left and by daring baserunning, went to third on Charlie Deal's out at first, then coming home on Mann's single to center.

Four more runs reported over in the third inning. Hank Gowdy, the first man up, drew a pass. On attempted sacrifice by James, Vaughn tried to force Gowdy at second and would had easily got him if not for his poor throw. Larry Gilbert then singled to right to fill the bases. Johnny Evers scored Gowdy with a single to center and Dugey sent one bounding over second base, bringing in two more runs. Evers came home with the fourth run of the inning on Schmidt's out at first base, giving the Braves a 5 to 0 lead.

The Cubs declared themselves in on the game in the fourth inning, when they worked over three runs after two were out. The Braves developed a run in their half of the fifth inning when Johnny Evers beat out an infield hit and Dugey forced him at second. After Maranville flied out, Dugey stole third and Schmidt drew a base on balls. Deal then struck out but Bresnahan muffed the ball allowing Charlie to reach first base and filling the bases. Mann then was walked to force in Dugey and Humphries came into pitch for Chicago. He got Gowdy to fly out, to end the inning, but the Braves upped their lead to 6 to 3.

In the sixth inning the Cubs made another bid to get into the running, by scoring two more runs and making the score 6 to 5. Eddie Stack when in to pitch against the Braves in the eighth-inning and got Mann to strike out. Gowdy then drew a pass and Crutcher was called out on strikes. Gilbert then beat out an infield hit and Evers worked Stack for a pass to fill the bases. Joe Connolly came up to the plate and watched and waited until Stack gave him four bad balls to force Gowdy over the plate. Stack had three base on balls and three strikeouts in his one inning.

T E A M S

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

CHICAGO CUBS

0

0

0

3

0

2

0

0

0

 

 

5

8

2

BOSTON BRAVES

0

1

4

0

1

0

0

1

x

 

 

7

9

2

 

W-Dick Crutcher (2-3)
L-Hippo Vaughn (5-3)
Attendance - 4200

2B-Good (Chi), Saier (Chi)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Larry Gilbert rf 5 1 3 .305  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 1 2 .271  

 

Oscar Dugey lf 3 1 1 .125  

 

Joe Connolly ph/lf 1 0 0 .273  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 5 0 0 .235  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 3 1 1 .284  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 4 0 0 .216  

 

Les Mann cf 3 0 2 .201  

 

Hank Gowdy c 2 2 0 .233  

 

Bill James p 1 1 0 .261  

 

Jack Martin ph 1 0 0 .220  

 

Dick Crutcher p 2 0 0 .200  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill James 4 3 2 7 1  
  Dick Crutcher 5 5 2 4 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 28 18 -

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 30 22 1

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 28 26 4

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 24 24 5

 

 

Chicago Cubs 26 27 5 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 22 24 6

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 20 26 8

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

18 29 10 1/2