“DIARY OF A WINNER”

RUBE MARQUARD

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The Braves break even with the Giants

June 24, 1914 ... An even break fell to the Braves and the Giants in their doubleheader today. The Braves won the first game 7 to 3 and the Giants won the second game 4 to 0. Dick Rudolph and Al Demaree were the pitchers selected for the opening game. Rudolph pitched well, but then Demaree was hit hard and often. Hub Perdue and Rube Marquard were stacked against each other in the second game and while Rube pitched shutout ball, as Perdue was hit hard and had poor control.

The batting of Charlie Deal, Rabbit Maranville and Joe Connolly were the highlights of the first game. Second baseman Larry Doyle of the Giants was shaken up when Leslie Mann slid in the second base and had to leave the game. Manager McGraw said after the game that he did not appear to be severely injured and might be able to play in the game tomorrow. His foot was swept from under him when Jack Martin went into the bag and Doyle fell, striking his head on the ground. The shock was a terrific one and he was rendered partially unconscious, but managed to hold the ball and retire the base runner. Mike Donlin, who was sent to bat for Doyle and smashed out a triple, in his at bat, but was left on third.

In the first game the Giants were the first to score in the second inning. With two out, Dave Robertson singled and scored on a freak double by Milt Stock, which fell safely 30 feet behind first base near the foul line. Larry Gilbert was the only one who had any chance and catching the ball and he could not reach it.

The Braves tied the score in their half of the second inning on a single by Maranville, followed by a wild throw by Stock, after making a nice stop on a ground ball by Gowdy. Charlie Deal singled to right to score Maranville, and then Mann beat out a sacrifice bunt. Bert Whaling hit one back to second base and Stock threw Gowdy out at the plate while Chief Meyers relayed the ball back to first base for a double play that ended the inning.

The Braves then took the lead in the third inning as Larry Gilbert drew a pass and reached second ahead of Doyle's throw to second on Joe Connolly's ground ball. Maranville then singled to score Gilbert with the go-ahead run.

The Braves tacked on three more runs in the fifth inning when with one out Connolly smashed one over the right-field fence. Maranville drew a walk and Gowdy singled. Deal then brought them home with a triple to right getting by George Burns.

The Giants put over a couple runs in the sixth inning to make the score 5 to 3 and the Braves added two more in the sixth and seventh. Bert Whaling's double and Johnny Evers' single gave them the runs in the sixth, and Connolly's single, Maranville's sacrifice, and Whaling's double to right gave the Braves their seventh run.

In the second game, manager Stallings sent out Hub Purdue, but the best chance the Braves had was in the third inning, Johnny Evers singled, Jim Murray sacrificed and Marquard walked the bases full. But a hit failed to materialize as Leslie Mann flew out to left to end the threat.

The Giants clinched the game in the fifth inning with a three-run rally and although Stallings men never gave up the fight, they found themselves on the losing end of a 4 to 0 score.

Only four hits were allowed by Marquard and only once did he find himself in a hole. Perdue got by fine until the fifth inning, when a double, a single, two base on balls and another single, put across three runs over on him. Maranville made a great play on a ground ball and the throw in this inning which prevented another hit. Later on he made another great catch on a ball that was hopping over second base, getting Marquard at first.

Butch Schmidt is still unable to play, which made a difference in the strength of the Braves. Although Hank Gowdy played well at first base, the Boston infield is not finely tuned without Schmidt at first base.

GAME #1

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E

NEW YORK GIANTS

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

 

 

3

9

2

BOSTON BRAVES

0

1

1

0

3

1

1

0

x

 

 

7

14

1

 

W-Dick Rudolph (5-7)
L-Al Demaree (5-8)
Attendance - 11,000
2B-Stock (NY), Deal (2)(Bost), Whaling (2)(Bost)
3B-Donlin (NY)
HR-Connolly (Bost)
GAME #2

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R

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NEW YORK GIANTS

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

1

 

 

4

8

0

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

0

4

0

 

W-Rube Marquard (7-4)
L-Hub Perdue (2-5)
2B-Fletcher (NY), Merkle (NY), Stock (NY)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Larry Gilbert rf 4 1 0 .301  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 0 2 .262  

 

Joe Connolly lf 4 2 2 .271  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 2 2 2 .255  

 

Hank Gowdy 1b 4 1 2 .258  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 4 0 3 .264  

 

Les Mann cf 4 0 1 .214  

 

Bert Whaling c 3 1 2 .242  

 

Dick Rudolph p 4 0 0 .122  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dick Rudolph 9 9 2 5 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Larry Gilbert rf 3 0 0 .294  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 0 1 .261  

 

Jim Murray lf 3 0 0 .216  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 3 0 1 .256  

 

Hank Gowdy 1b 3 0 0 .252  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 3 0 0 .257  

 

Les Mann cf 4 0 1 .215  

 

Bert Whaling c 3 0 1 .246  

 

Hub Perdue p 1 0 0 .071  

 

Oscar Dugey ph 1 0 0 .185  

 

Dick Crutcher p 0 0 0 .190  

 

Jack Martin ph 1 0 0 .217  

 

Gene Cocreham p 0 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Hub Perdue 5 5 3 2 3  
  Dick Crutcher 2 2 0 0 0  
  Gene Cocreham 2 1 1 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 33 20 -

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 31 27 4 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 32 29 5

 

 

Chicago Cubs 29 30 7

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 26 27 7

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 26 28 7 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 23 30 10

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

23 32 11