“DIARY OF A WINNER”

CHARLIE DEAL

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The Braves take a doubleheader from Chicago

June 17, 1914 ... When the wins come two at a time they add up fast, and that is the way things fell today at the Walpole Street Grounds, where the Braves swept two games from the Cubs, winning by a score of 8 to 3 in the morning and 7 to 3 in the afternoon. These victories gave the Braves three of the four games in the series.

Four weeks ago they had won four games and lost 18, and less than two weeks ago they returned from a trip around the circuit with a record of 11 wins and 26 losses. Since then they have played 12 games and won 9 of them. Large crowds turned out for the games yesterday with 6000 showing up for the early game and upward of 10,000 on hand for the afternoon.

Lefty Tyler and Bill James were the pitchers used by manager Stallings. Tyler pitched the morning game, while the Cubs used two pitchers in each game. Zip Zabel lasted 2 1/3 innings in the first game and then was relieved by Bert Humphries. George Pierce started the afternoon game and had to give way to Charlie Smith before the end of the first inning.

Both Tyler and James were in fine form, although Lefty worked under a big handicap or six innings. While covering first on a play, Vic Saier accidentally bumped into the Braves pitcher bruising his shinbone on the right leg. Tyler then went lame for the rest of the game and suffered a lot of pain.

James shut out the Cubs for six innings in the afternoon, but when they scored in the seventh after two were out on Red Corriden's home run that went into the centerfield bleachers.

Johnny Evers, Charlie Deal, Rabbit Maranville and Butch Schmidt played brilliantly in the infield while Leslie Mann and Larry Gilbert shined in the outfield. The work of Bill Sweeney was the best shown by the Cubs, excepting one play by Roger Bresnahan in the afternoon game, where he messed up and attempt of a double steal by Schmidt and Deal. Roger threw the ball to third instead of second to get Schmidt.

Deal did some fine hitting in the first game and Mann came through with a triple with the bases loaded, in game number two.

After retiring the Cubs in order during the first inning of the first game, the Braves came on quickly. Gilbert and Evers waited out Zabel for passes. Connolly, in attempting to sacrifice, beat out the bunt and Maranville singled. Deal then hit the ball down to Corriden and Sweeney dropped the throw after taking it with one hand in an attempt to force Maranville at second, allowing Evers to score. Connolly scored the third run of the inning on Mann's fly ball.

The Cubs scored in the second on a base on balls and Corriden's double, and then scored one more in the third inning, cutting the score to 3 to 2. But the Braves clinched the game in the third inning. With one out, Connolly drew a walk and the Rabbit reached on an error. Schmidt double to left scoring Connolly. At this point Zabel was relieved by Humphries for the Cubs. Charlie Deal greeted him with a triple, scoring Maranville and Schmidt, giving the Braves a 6 to 2 lead.

The last two runs scored by the Braves came in the fifth inning, on a base on balls to Connolly, an infield hit by Maranville and a double by Deal. The Cubs checked-in one more run in the sixth inning but the final score at the end was 8 to 3 in favor of the Braves.

The afternoon game was a runaway as the Braves scored a big lead in the very first inning. It was apparent after that that Bill James had good stuff and was going to hold the lead. With one out Johnny Evers walked and Oscar Dugey followed with a single. Maranville was then hit in the arm and the bases were full. Butch Schmidt came up and singled, scoring Evers and Dugey and then Pierce filled the bases by passing Charlie Deal. Les Mann cleared the bases with a triple to left-center, ending the game for Pierce. Smith came into pitch for Chicago and got Bert Whaling and James to end the rally, but the Braves were up 5 to 0.

The Braves scored two more runs in the sixth and eighth inning, and the Cubs broke into the run column during the seventh inning, when with two outs Corriden slammed the ball into the centerfield bleachers. The Cubs scored two more runs in a ninth but James was in control and coasted to a 7 to 3 win.

GAME #1

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

CHICAGO CUBS

0

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

 

 

3

8

2

BOSTON BRAVES

3

0

3

0

2

0

0

0

x

 

 

8

9

1

 

W-Lefty Tyler (5-5)
L-Zip Zabel (1-3)
Attendance - 6000
2B-Corriden (Chi), Schmidt (Bost), Deal (Bost)
3B-Deal (Bost)
GAME #2

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

CHICAGO CUBS

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

2

 

 

3

7

2

BOSTON BRAVES

5

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

x

 

 

7

11

0

 

W-Bill James (5-4)
L-George Pierce (4-7)
Attendance - 10,000
2B-Zimmerman (Chi), Corriden (Chi)
3B-Mann (Bost)
HR-Corriden (Chi)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Larry Gilbert rf 4 1 1 .303  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 3 1 0 .266  

 

Joe Connolly lf 2 3 1 .277  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 2 2 .241  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 1 1 .283  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 4 0 2 .228  

 

Les Mann cf 3 0 0 .197  

 

Bert Whaling c 4 0 1 .176  

 

Lefty Tyler p 4 0 1 .300  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Lefty Tyler 9 8 2 7 6  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Larry Gilbert rf 5 0 2 .307  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 1 1 .266  

 

Oscar Dugey lf 1 1 1 .160  

 

Joe Connolly ph/lf 3 0 0 .270  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 1 0 .236  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 3 1 1 .284  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 2 1 2 .245  

 

Les Mann cf 4 0 2 .205  

 

Bert Whaling c 3 2 1 .185  

 

Bill James p 3 0 1 .269  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill James 9 7 2 2 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 29 18 -

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 30 23 2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 28 27 5

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 24 25 6

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 23 24 6

 

 

Chicago Cubs 26 29 7

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 21 26 8

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

20 29 10