“DIARY OF A WINNER”

BILL JAMES

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Bill James holds the Cardinals to three hits

June 20, 1914 ... The third game of the series between the Braves and the Cardinals was played without a hitch or a kick from start to finish. It was played in one hour and 11 minutes which was appreciated by the fans, who turned out in good numbers in spite of other attractions.

The Braves won by a 3 to 2 score in a pitcher's battle between Bill James and Pol Perritt. James was considerably better so far as base hits show, but his control was very uncertain at times, especially in the last inning when he passed four men and forced a run over the plate. Previous to that he had given only one base on balls, but he had it three batsmen. James held the visitors to three singles for the entire game and showed some pretty classy work.

Both pitchers were given splendid support, as it was Dots Miller who played brilliantly at first base for St. Louis. Six of his 11 putouts were made without assistance and some of these plays were dazzling, especially one in the eighth inning, when he took a hot liner and robbed Joe Connolly of a certain two base hit.

Charlie Deal turned in the feature play of the Braves in the field, when he made a wonderful one-handed stop of Miller Huggins' hot ground ball, as it was shooting past third, getting the St. Louis manager at first. A two base hit was also spoiled by the wonderful play of Johnny Evers, and Rabbit Maranville did some clean work at second base. Butch Schmidt was unable to play because of an injury in yesterday's game and Otto Hess filled in nicely at first base for the Braves.

The Cardinals scored in the first inning when Huggins drew a pass and was sacrificed to second by Lee Magee, and then went to third on Ted Cather's single to left. He scored on Dots Miller's single to left, but Miller was out when he attempted to steal second.

Perritt started by throwing wildly. He passed Larry Gilbert and Evers, the first two men to face him. Joe Connolly hit to right for a single, but the ball reached Chief Wilson so quickly that he was able to hold Gilbert at third. Maranville flied to short center and Gilbert, in trying to score after the catch, was doubled up at the plate on the throw from Magee. Hess then struck out.

The Braves took the lead in the second inning by working over two runs and were never in real danger thereafter. Deal waited until he was given a pass and after Les Mann struck out, Hank Gowdy smashed a double over Magee's head, scoring Deal. Gilbert was passed and Evers singled to center, scoring Gowdy, but Gilbert was thrown out when he tried to take third on the hit, after he tripped going around second base. But the Braves were now in the lead 2 to 1.

Only a hit by Maranville in the third inning was registered, as the Braves went out in order from the second inning on, except in the sixth, when with two out, Hess smacked one over the right field fence for a home run, making the score 3 to 1.

Except in the fourth inning, when Wilson smacked a single and on one of three occasions that James hit a batter, the Cardinals were retired in order after the first inning until the ninth. In the ninth, Huggins was the first up and waited until he was given a base on balls. Magee then flew out to Mann in short center and James passed Cather. Chuck Miller was then sent in to run for Cather and then James walked Wilson to fill the bases. Ivy Wingo batted for Art Butler and James tried to work him tightly, as he refused to go after any of the pitches that were not to his liking. He finally drew a pass, forcing in Huggins to make it 3 to 2.

Possum Whitted that was put in to run for Wingo and the bases were still full with two out. James bore down and forced Frank Snyder to ground down to Charlie Deal, who gathered up the ball and stepped on third for the final out. The Cardinals were very anxious to win the game, but James proved too clever for them. The victory was the 11th one in the last 15 games played for the Braves.

T E A M S

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R

H

E

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

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0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

 

2

3

0

BOSTON BRAVES

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2

0

0

0

1

0

0

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W-Bill James (6-4)
L-Pol Perritt (5-5)
Attendance - 7200
2B-Gowdy (Bost)
HR-Hess (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Larry Gilbert rf 2 0 0 .312  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 3 0 1 .262  

 

Joe Connolly lf 4 0 1 .264  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 3 0 1 .248  

 

Otto Hess 1b 3 1 1 .160  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 2 1 0 .243  

 

Les Mann cf 3 0 0 .211  

 

Hank Gowdy c 3 1 1 .242  

 

Bill James p 3 0 0 .241  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill James 9 3 2 5 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 31 19 -

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 31 25 3

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 26 25 5 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 29 29 6

 

 

Chicago Cubs 28 30 7

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 24 26 7

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 21 29 9 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

22 30 10