“DIARY OF A WINNER”

JOE CONNOLLY

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Two HRs by Connolly but the Braves lose twice

June 26, 1914 ... Both games of the doubleheader played today with the New York Giants at the South End Grounds were lost by the Braves. The first was by a score of 8 to 4 and the second by a score of 10 to 4. Penalties imposed by the umpire early in the opening game, so weakened the Braves, that they were in no condition to make any sort of flight and therefore fell easy victims to McGraw's team.

The Braves had trouble with umpire Cy Rigler. The instance came in the fifth inning of the first game, with Christy Mathewson at second base and Bob Bescher at first, with one out. George Burns was at bat and the count was three and two. Lefty Tyler threw a good pitch that looked like a perfect strike and easy chance to get Mathewson at third base who was stealing. Both Tyler and his catcher, Bert Whaling, were dumbfounded when the umpire called the pitch a ball to load the bases. Rigler listened to the protest and when the game resumed, Art Fletcher knocked out a three bagger that settled the game.

While Tyler was his bat in the Braves half of the fifth, and with the count one and one, Rigler threw him out of the game. While Dick Rudolph completed the turn at bat and Larry Gilbert waiting on deck, Rigler suddenly turned around and threw Gilbert out of the game. Larry apparently had not uttered a word, and looked behind him to see who the umpire was pointing at. He turned back around and remained waiting in the on deck circle. Rigler shouted at him and pointed at him and told him to get out of the game. Gilbert seemed to be in a daze and finally walked up to the umpire and told him that he had not said anything. But Rigler again ordered him off the field. Then Johnny Evers rushed over to protest. Claiming that Gilbert and not opened his mouth. At that point, Evers was told to leave. The Braves were not much good for the rest of that game nor the next one.

The feature of the doubleheader was the wonderful outfield play of the Giants' Bob Bescher in both games, and his batting in the opening game. Batting right-handed against Tyler, he laced out two singles and a double in three times up. He made several brilliant catches and covered more ground than any outfielder who has played here in recent memory.

Joe Connolly did some great hitting himself for Boston, getting a home run in each of the games as well as knocking out some other hits. Christy Mathewson was hit easily, but did not extend himself after the Giants got the big lead. Tyler was hit hard and Dick Crutcher had to come in and finish the game for the Braves.

Bill James started the second game and was very wild. He also spoiled a splendid chance to get the Braves in the game with poor baserunning. Art Fromme, the Giants pitcher in the second game, was not going any too good himself. The Giants lead of three runs was in danger of being wiped out in the fifth inning, when, with the bases full, he forced in a run by walking Jim Murray.

It looked as if he was going to force in another when he passed Oscar Dugey. The count was three and one, when James who was on second base, got into a conversation with art Fletcher. He was 10 feet off the bat with his back turned to the plate and Fletcher held his attention while Eddie Grant snuck over and took a throw from the pitcher to catch James. That mistake shook him up and Jean Cocreham to come in and pitch in the next inning. He was also hit hard and was also relieved by Dick Crutcher for the second time in the afternoon. All together, it was just a bad day for the Braves.

GAME #1

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

NEW YORK GIANTS

1

1

0

0

4

0

0

2

0

 

 

8

13

3

BOSTON BRAVES

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

1

0

 

 

4

6

4

 

W-Christy Mathewson (11-3)
L-Lefty Tyler (5-7)
Attendance - 10,000
2B-Bescher (NY), Burns (NY), Stock (NY), Connolly (Bost), Gowdy (Bost)
3B-Fletcher (NY)
HR-Connolly (Bost)
GAME #2

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

NEW YORK GIANTS

0

0

3

0

0

6

0

1

0

 

 

10

15

0

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

1

1

 

 

4

9

1

 

W-Art Fromme (4-2)
L-Bill James (6-5)

2B-Bescher (NY), Merkle (NY), Fromme (NY)
3B-Burns (NY)
HR-Connolly (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Wilson Collins rf 2 0 0 .265  

 

Jim Murray ph/lf 2 0 1 .218  

 

Oscar Dugey 2b 4 0 0 .152  

 

Joe Connolly lf/rf 4 1 2 .289  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 0 .247  

 

Hank Gowdy 1b 3 0 0 .252  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 3 1 2 .248  

 

Jack Martin 3b 1 1 0 .212  

 

Les Mann cf 4 0 0 .212  

 

Bert Whaling c 4 0 2 .259  

 

Paul Strand pr 0 1 0 .333  

 

Bill James p 2 0 1 .250  

 

Gene Cocreham p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Dick Crutcher p 1 0 1 .217  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill James 5 6 2 4 2  
  Gene Cocreham 1 6 5 0 0  
  Dick Crutcher 3 3 1 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Larry Gilbert rf 2 0 1 .303  

 

Jim Murray ph/lf 2 0 0 .212  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 2 0 0 .260  

 

Oscar Dugey ph/2b 2 0 0 .172  

 

Joe Connolly lf/rf 4 2 2 .283  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 0 .251  

 

Hank Gowdy 1b 4 0 1 .257  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 4 0 0 .238  

 

Les Mann cf 4 1 1 .216  

 

Bert Whaling c 4 0 1 .247  

 

Lefty Tyler p 1 0 0 .294  

 

Dick Rudolph ph 0 1 0 .122  

 

Dick Crutcher p 1 0 0 .182  

 

Jack Martin ph 1 0 0 .214  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Lefty Tyler 5 8 5 3 5  
  Dick Crutcher 4 5 2 0 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 35 21 -

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 31 29 6

 

 

Chicago Cubs 31 30 6 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 32 31 6 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 28 28 7

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 27 28 7 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 24 31 10 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

24 34 12