“DIARY OF A WINNER”

BERT WHALING

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The
Braves come from behind
and rally to beat the Cardinals

June 19, 1914 ... The second clash between the Cardinals and the Braves was a sizzler. Like the first game, there was plenty of action at the end. The eighth-inning was about the liveliest that has been seen here in a long time. The game was hard fought and was remarkable highlighted by two hair-raising rallies.

Johnny Evers and Miller Huggins were ordered out of the game during the hottest part of it, but since the Braves won by a score of 7 to 5, the fans felt they had their monies worth. It was only an ordinary game for seven innings, at the end of which, Boston was in the lead by a score of 3 to 2 and it looked as if that might be the score at the end.

But the Cardinals are fighting hard for everything in sight, and the last two games have demonstrated that they are not beaten until the last man is out. With the score 3 to 2 against them, the Cardinals started a desperate rally in the eighth-inning. Cozy Dolan led off with a base hit. But he did not delay long at first and set out to steal second. Bert Whaling's throw was only fair, but Evers had the runner blocked and made the tag. The umpire, Mal Eason, ruled the base runner safe which sent Evers into a rage. While sliding in, Dolan had spiked Evers and he showed this to the umpire as proof that his foot was between the runner and the base. He took issue off it and stuck the shoe in front of the umpires face for his inspection, but it was to no avail and the umpire walked away, telling Evers to get back to his position. Evers reply was that he would take his time since he had been spiked. At that point he was thrown out of the game.

Cardinals manager Miller Huggins, put up a kick in a similar play and it resulted in him being sent to the showers also. It was in Boston's half of the eighth-inning that Higgins got into trouble. Butch Schmidt was safe at first after having sent Maranville in with a run by cracking out a fine single. Charlie Deal hit a ground ball down back to pitcher Slim Sallee, who elected to force Schmidt at second. Both Huggins and Art Butler went over to take the throw, but umpire Eason evidently did not think Huggins was on the bag when Schmidt slid in and called the runner safe. Huggins put up a fight and kept it up for some time at which point, he was sent out.

Starting pitchers Dick Rudolph and Dan Griner, had both pitched a splendid ball. Neither side made a run until the fifth inning. The Braves worked over a run when Whaling lined a double up against the centerfield bleacher fence and then scored on Larry Gilbert's single to center, giving the Braves a 1 to 0 lead. The Cardinals tied the score in the sixth on Lee Magee's double to right field and a single by Dots Miller.

The Braves came back in their half of the seventh, when Leslie Mann led off with a single, went to second on a sacrifice, and was driven home on Gilbert's screeching triple over Magee's head in center field. Les then scored on a single by Johnny Evers, to put the Braves in the lead 3 to 1.

Then came the tumultuous eighth-inning which Cozy Dolan opened with a single, then came the stolen base in which Evers was ordered out of the game. When play was resumed, Miller sent the ball over the centerfield fence. The fans in the bleachers threw the ball back out on the field so quickly, that Miller thought the ball had hit the fence and stayed at third base. The umpire however waved Miller in and the Cardinals had tied the game. Then up came Chief Wilson, who took Dick Rudolph's next pitch over the right-field fence and the Cardinals were in the lead, 5 to 3.

It looked as if this would be enough to win, but the Braves did not know it. Maranville was the first up in the bottom half of the inning and sliced out a two bagger to right. Griner was then pulled out of the game and in came Sallee to pitch. Butch Schmidt singled and sent in the Rabbit. Charlie Deal came up next and hit a slow ball back to the pitcher who tried to force out Schmidt at second. Schmidt was ruled safe and Huggins was thrown out of the game. Mann then laid down a perfect bunt to put Schmidt on third and Deal on second. Wilson Collins was sent in to run for Schmidt who evidently had turned his ankle sliding into second base.

Bert Whaling was up next and singled to center to score both Collins and Deal, putting the Braves in the lead once again, 6 to 5. Jim Murray came up to pinch-hit for Rudolph and promptly hit a single. Then Larry Gilbert struck out and Jack Martin drew a pass to fill the bases. Sallee threw a pitch inside that hit Gowdy, to force in Whaling from third, giving the Braves a two run lead. Maranville came up for the second time in the inning and forced Hank at second base to end the great rally.

Bill James came into close the game and looked good. He got the first two batters out before Dots Miller got a single, Chief Wilson finally grounded down to Charlie Deal to end the game.

T E A M S

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

4

0

 

 

5

12

1

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

1

0

2

4

x

 

 

7

14

2

 

W-Dick Rudolph (4-7)
L-Dan Griner (3-4)
S-Bill James (1)
Attendance - 2800
2B-Magee (StL), Maranville (Bost), Whaling (Bost)
3B-Beck (StL), Gilbert (Bost)
HR-Miller (StL), Wilson (StL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Larry Gilbert rf 4 1 3 .317  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 0 1 .261  

 

Jack Martin 2b 0 0 0 .220  

 

Joe Connolly lf 4 0 0 .264  

 

Hank Gowdy ph 0 0 0 .240  

 

Otto Hess 1b 0 0 0 .136  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 1 2 .246  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 3 0 1 .284  

 

Wilson Collins pr/lf 1 1 1 .281  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 4 1 0 .248  

 

Les Mann cf 3 1 2 .215  

 

Bert Whaling c 3 2 3 .233  

 

Dick Rudolph p 2 0 0 .135  

 

Jim Murray ph 1 0 1 .225  

 

Bill James p 0 0 0 .269  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dick Rudolph 8 11 5 3 7  
  Bill James 1 1 0 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 30 19 -

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 31 24 2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 29 28 5

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 25 25 5 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 24 25 6

 

 

Chicago Cubs 27 30 7

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 21 27 8 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

21 30 10