“DIARY OF A WINNER”

PAUL STRAND

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Paul Strand leads the Braves out of last place

June 25, 1914 ... The Boston Braves beat the New York Giants by a score of 7 to 6 and moved out of last place. The most pleasing thing about the victory was the work of Paul Strand, the southpaw, and the youngest and least experienced pitcher on manager Stallings' staff.

Strand went in in the third inning, when the score was 4 to 2 in favor of the Giants, after they pounded Bill James to all corners of the ballpark. He showed up well from the start, striking out Fred Snodgrass and Fred Merkle in succession, in the first inning he pitched. He then fanned Eddie Grant later and got Chief Meyers twice, and each of them went down swinging. Only three hits were made off him in seven innings, but one of these was a home run by Meyers, who caught a ball about shoulder high, on the outside, and smashed it into the stands.

At the plate, Strand drove in one with a fine single in the fifth inning, and with the score tied in the ninth, he drove in the winning run with a sizzling double to right center. The fans after he won the game with his hit, surrounded him as he walked in from second and gave him a rousing ovation. Strand came pretty close to being the whole show, as there were comparatively few difficult chances. Leslie Mann made one brilliant jumping catch after a long run and Maranville turned in one of his wonderful stops of a hot grounder off the bat of Grant..

The Giants got away quickly as Bob Bescher opening the game with a single, took second on a balk by James, and scored on a double by George Burns. Art Fletcher then sacrificed and Burns scored on a single by Dave Robertson to give the Giants a 2 to 0 first inning lead. But in the bottom of the first, after Johnny Evers drew a pass, the Rabbit waited out Tesreau, until he was given first base also. Then Hank Gowdy singled and Evers scored, but with Maranville on third and Gowdy on second, Jeff Tesreau fanned Charlie Deal.

The Giants got busy again in the second inning. Eddie Grant and Milt Stock led with singles and Meyers was hit by a pitch ball to fill the bases. At this point, Giants pitcher Tesreau doubled to the centerfield bleachers bringing home Grant and Stock to give the Giants a 4 to 1 lead. Meyers then tried to score also, but was thrown out by Larry Gilbert.

The Braves got one back in the second inning after Tesreau threw wild to Freddie Merkle after fielding Mann's grounder near the first base line, allowing him to get the second base. Mann made his way to third on two ground ball outs and scored on Gilbert's double to left to cut the Giants lead to 4 to 2.

It was in the third inning that the Braves took the lead as Joe Connolly beat out an infield hit, but was forced by Maranville at second base. Maranville scored on Gowdy's double, as Hank reached third on the throw to the plate, trying to get Maranville. He then scored on a wild throw by Stock. Mann then smashed the ball over the right-field fence for a home run to make the score 5 to 4 in the Braves favor.

The lead was increased in the fifth inning when Tesreau passed both Mann and Bert Whaling in succession. It was there that Strand brought in a run with a single to right.

The Giants could do nothing with Strand from the third to the seventh inning. But then, with one out, Stock was given a base on balls and scored on a home run by Meyers. That tied the score at six apiece. Then in the eighth-inning, with one out Snodgrass singled and after Merkle fanned, stole second base. Red Murray went in to bat for Grant and was immediately walked by manager Stallings. It was a wise move as Stock made the third out on a fly ball to Gilbert. And then with two outs in the ninth, Bescher was passed and stole second base. But here Burns rolled an easy grounder to Gowdy for the third out.

It was then that the Braves made their great rally and scored a walkoff win. Bert Whaling doubled and Strand followed him with another double to break the tie and give the game to Boston putting them percentage points ahead of Brooklyn in the standings.

T E A M S

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

NEW YORK GIANTS

2

2

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

 

 

6

9

4

BOSTON BRAVES

1

1

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

 

 

7

12

2

 

W-Paul Strand (1-0)
L-Jeff Tesreau (8-4)
Attendance - 2500
2B-Burns (NY), Tesreau (NY), Gilbert (Bost), Gowdy (Bost),
Whaling (Bost), Strand (Bost)
HR-Meyers (NY), Mann (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Larry Gilbert rf 4 0 2 .300  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 3 1 1 .262  

 

Joe Connolly lf 5 0 2 .276  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 1 1 .256  

 

Hank Gowdy 1b 5 1 2 .257  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 5 0 0 .246  

 

Les Mann cf 4 3 1 .215  

 

Bert Whaling c 4 1 1 .247  

 

Bill James p 1 0 0 .233  

 

Paul Strand p 4 0 2 .333  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill James 2 6 4 0 2  
  Paul Strand 7 3 2 4 6  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 33 21 -

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 31 27 4

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 32 30 5

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 27 27 6

 

 

Chicago Cubs 29 30 6 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 27 28 6 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

24 32 10

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 23 31 10