“DIARY OF A WINNER”

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Dick Rudolph pitches a gem against Marquard

June 27, 1914 ... Dick Rudolph pitched another masterly game against the New York Giants today and scored his second victory and the third win for the Braves in the home series with the National League Champions. The score was 4 to 2, giving Boston three out of six games they have so far played.

Rube Marquard was in the box for the visitors and the Boston boys got to him in one inning, with a single and two doubles, which with a base on balls that preceded the hits, that was good for three runs. Not a single hit was made off Rudolph until the fifth inning and then three in succession were good for one of the runs made by the New Yorkers. Manager Stallings was pleased with the way the Braves came back and the fight they put up against the leaders of the league.

There were some difficult fielding chances and barring some ugly bounced balls and a hot liner that got by Maranville, there were a couple of well played balls by Oscar Dugey in left field, and the Braves had a great game defensively.

Considering the way the Braves are playing these days, McGraw said he regarded himself as lucky to get an even break in the series. The scoring by both teams was all done in two innings. In the first four, both teams were retired almost in order.

The Giants started the scoring in the fifth inning with one run when Eddie Grant, Milt Stock and Chief Meyers all singled. The Braves responded by getting three runs in their half of the inning. Charlie Deal's hit a hot liner straight at Art Fletcher that he caught but it nearly knock them over. A foot or so to either side of him and he never could have handled the ball. Bert Whaling followed with a base on balls and Rudolph rapped one through Fletcher for a single. Whaling then scored on Larry Gilbert's double to right and Johnny Evers brought Rudolph and Gilbert home with a double to left that Dave Robertson gave a brilliant effort on, but it got by him nonetheless, to give the Braves a 3 to 1 lead. Then in the sixth inning with one out, Gowdy tripled to the centerfield fence but was run down between third and the plate on Deal's grounder to Stock.

In the seventh inning, the Giants put over another run after Eddie Grant drew a pass and Stock singled to left, to move Grant to third base. Meyers then grounded back to Rudolph and Grant got run got run down between the bases, letting Stock and Meyers advance. It was at this point that Hank Donlin was sent in to bat for Marquard, and Rudolph threw a spitter, which hit the plate and bounced over Whaling's head, to score Stock and make it 3 to 2. Rudolph showed up big and got Donlin swinging to end the threat.

The Braves developed another run in their half of the seventh as Rudolph opened with a single. Gilbert then forced him at second and Evers attempted to sacrifice, but new pitcher, Hooks Wiltse mishandled the ball and Gilbert and Evers were both safe. Oscar Dugey next reached base when Fletcher juggled his ground ball. Maranville came up and hit one through the box that Fletcher came in fast for, and elected to try and get Gilbert at the plate, but the throw was high and the score was now 4 to 2.

After striking out Fred Merkle and Grant in the ninth, Rudolph passed Stock. Chief Myers came up next and smashed the ball to right field, but it fell short of the fence and Larry Gilbert grabbed it to end the ballgame.

T E A M S

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R

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NEW YORK GIANTS

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

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0

 

 

2

5

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BOSTON BRAVES

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W-Dick Rudolph (6-7)
L-Rube Marquard (7-5)
Attendance - 7500
2B-Gilbert (Bost), Evers (Bost)
3B-Gowdy (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Larry Gilbert rf 4 2 1 .301  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 3 0 2 .266  

 

Oscar Dugey lf 4 0 1 .162  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 1 .247  

 

Hank Gowdy 1b 4 0 1 .252  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 4 0 0 .240  

 

Les Mann cf 3 0 0 .208  

 

Bert Whaling c 3 1 0 .250  

 

Dick Rudolph p 4 1 2 .156  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dick Rudolph 9 5 2 3 5  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 35 22 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 32 30 5 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 29 28 6

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 31 30 6

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 32 32 6 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 27 30 8

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 26 31 9

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

25 34 11