“DIARY OF A WINNER”

CHIEF WILSON

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
One bad inning does in the Braves

June 22, 1914 ... Miller Huggins' St. Louis Cardinals, with their four hits in the eighth-inning and a bad play on a throw to first base by catcher Bert Whaling of the Braves, were able to win the final game of their series at the South End Grounds, 4 to 3 and carry an even break for their visit. It was a strange game because each of the seven errors placed a runner at first base and it was exciting because of the frequent occupancy of runners at the corner the bases. Up until the eighth-inning, the Braves seem to get the 3 to 1 break of the series and in happy retrospect, won 12 of the 16 games played against the Western clubs on the home field.

But it was in the eighth-inning where Lefty Tyler lost his cunning and the home team's 2 to 1 lead. But it was more the result of Whaling's bad throw and to a base hit to right-field by Art Butler. To start the inning, Lee Magee, Ted Cather and Dots Miller laced out singles. Chief Wilson then hit sharply down to Rabbit Maranville who whipped the ball home to Whaling at the plate for a force out. A double play should've been easy, but Whaling's throw to Hank Gowdy at first base hit Wilson in the back, and before the ball was recovered, Cozy Dolan, who was running for Cather, scored from second while the other runners went to second and third.

The Braves then pulled their infield close only to see art Butler tap the ball over a spot that Johnny Evers would ordinarily be covering. But the ball shot narrowly past Larry Gilbert allowing Miller and Wilson to score. These three runs were the undoing of the Braves, who came back in their home half of the eighth, with hits by Maranville and Gowdy. With the runners on second and third, Miller Huggins replaced Hank Robinson with Slim Sallee. He fanned Charlie Deal and kept the Braves rally down to just one run.

In the ninth-inning the home team made a great effort to score when Oscar Dugey, who batted for Tyler, opened with a hit, but two outs followed and he was left on third as Jim Murray bounced one down to Huggins to end it.

Except for the errors that so often caused each team to get a man on first, the game was well played. The pitching was good and each team put in a good show in the field, yet at the same time prevented the game from being dull.

T E A M S

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2

3

4

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8

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R

H

E

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

3

0

 

 

4

10

3

BOSTON BRAVES

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

1

0

 

 

3

9

4

 

W-Hank Robinson (7-6)
L-Lefty Tyler (5-6)
Attendance - 3300
2B-Magee (StL), Miller (StL), Butler (StL), Gowdy (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Larry Gilbert rf 4 1 1 .310  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 0 0 .257  

 

Jim Murray lf 5 0 1 .223  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 1 1 .248  

 

Hank Gowdy 1b 4 1 2 .250  

 

Wilson Collins pr 0 0 0 .281  

 

Jack Martin 1b 0 0 0 .220  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 3 0 1 .245  

 

Les Mann cf 3 0 1 .213  

 

Bert Whaling c 3 0 0 .222  

 

Lefty Tyler p 3 0 1 .303  

 

Oscar Dugey ph 1 0 1 .192  

 

Joe Connolly pr 0 0 0 .264  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Lefty Tyler 9 10 2 3 7  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 32 19 -

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 31 26 4

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 30 29 6

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 26 26 6 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 28 30 7 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 24 26 7 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 22 28 9 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

22 31 11