“DIARY OF A WINNER”

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Braves lose one, but win the second one on pure grit

June 30, 1914 ... The Braves and the Phillies split a doubleheader today playing great ball. The first game was a 13 inning affair and won by the Phillies by a score of 5 to 4. The second was called on account of darkness at the end of the first half of the eighth-inning, with the score 4 to 2 in favor of the Braves. It was a long, hard fight, as both games were stubbornly contested from start to finish. There was some great pitching, except in two or three innings, brilliant fielding, and some timely batting when the pictures faltered.

Dick Crutcher and Paul Strand worked for the Braves in the first game. Crutcher carried things along for six innings, after which he gave way to a pinch-hitter. For the Phillies, Eppa Rixey and Grover Alexander were the pitchers. Rixey was relieved in the 13th inning when Maranville opened it with a single.

Rabbit Maranville made a great one-handed jumping catch of a hot liner hit by Hans Lobert and that was the feature play of the day, although there was a lot of other brilliant work turned in by the Rabbit. Oscar Dugey made some wonderful catches in the outfield, especially one in the second game when he went to the flagpole and gathered in a long fly hit by Fred Luderus.

Charlie Deal and Johnny Evers also played great in the field. In fact there was so much to go around, that is safe to say that the performances may not be duplicated again in any doubleheader this season. Butch Schmidt was back in the game and the crowd was glad to see him.

Bill James and Joe Oeschger were the starting pitchers in the second game, and except in the first inning, James did some great work. In the first inning he started wildly, passing two men and throwing a wild pitch which gave the visitors a lead that they held until the sixth inning. Then the Braves mixed in some hits with Philly errors, and ran away with the game.

In the first game the Phillies opened up on Dick Crutcher immediately. Bobby Byrne singled and Beals Becker also knocked out a hit, but was out when he tried to go to second on a throw by Oscar Dugey. Hans Lobert singled to left to score Byrne and Sherry Magee brought Lobert home with a double between center and right to give Philly a 2 to 0 start.

But the Braves also got busy in the first inning. With one down, Evers walked and Maranville singled to right. Then Butch Schmidt and Deal also singled to bring home Evers and Maranville and tie the score. Crutcher steadied after the first inning and went along well until the fourth, when he gave Luderus a fat one, which he plunked into the centerfield bleachers for a home run and giving Philly a 3 to 2 lead.

In the sixth inning, after two were down, it looked as if there might be something doing. Leslie Mann beat out an infield hit and Bert Whaling was passed. Jim Murray was sent in to bat for Crutcher but flied out to Dode Paskert to end the threat. In the Braves half of the seventh, Larry Gilbert laid down a perfect bunt for a base hit to start things off. Evers then sacrificed and Dugey put Gilbert on third with a Texas Leaguer in short center. Deal brought him home with a sacrifice fly which Gavvy Cravath bobbled near the fence and the score was tied at 3 to 3.

That it was a case of both teams going out one-two-three until the 10th inning when Bill Killifer led off with a hit against the left-field fence, good for a triple. But Evers noticed that Killifer did not touch second base, so he called for the ball and the umpire Cy Rigler declared him out.

Then in the 13th inning Becker opened with a single down the first base line and Josh Devore was sent in to run for him. Lobert sacrificed and Magee cracked out a hot liner which Mann slightly misjudged, so that he was obliged to try for a one-handed jumping catch. The ball popped out of his glove and Devore was able to go to third. Cravath then hit a grounder between Schmidt and Evers and Devore scored the go-ahead run. On the play Magee made it to third base and he scored on a single by Luderus to give the Phillies in 5 to 3 lead.

The two run lead did not discourage the Braves and Maranville, the first man up, singled to center. Hank Gowdy was sent in to bat for Schmidt and Rixey was pulled out of the game. Here manager Dooin sent in Alexander and Stallings substituted Connolly in place of Gowdy. Joe tripled to score the Rabbit, cut the lead to one, and the crowd went wild. But their enthusiasm was short-lived however as Charlie Deal, Leslie Mann and Bert Whaling went down swinging at the hands of Alexander, to end the game.

In the second game Bill James started wildly by passing Bobby Byrne the first batter. Beals Becker attempted to sacrifice, and James made a wild throw to Schmidt at first pulling him off the bag. Lobert followed by drawing a pass to fill the bases. James threw one wildly, past the catcher allowing Murray to score on the wild pitch. He then got Magee to strike out and the next two men were out on fly balls to Gowdy and Connolly, but Philly was up 1 to 0.

The visitors scored again in the sixth inning on a single by Becker, a sacrifice by Lobert and another single by Cravath. In the bottom of the sixth however, the Rabbit led off with his second single of the game and went to second on Oeschger's wild throw to first. Magee then messed up Schmidt's grounder and there were runners at first and third. Deal hit a fly ball that scored Maranville to give the Braves their first run. Oscar Dugey was sent in to bat in place of Mann and waited until he drew a pass. Wilson Collins was put in to run for Schmidt and Gowdy brought him home with a screeching double over Becker's head in deep left field to tie the score. Gowdy went to third on Larry Gilbert single and kept going until he scored, as Luderus made a poor throw home. Johnny Evers singled to left to put Gilbert on third, but he was thrown out at the plate on an attempted double steal. It was now getting dark but the game went on and Gowdy shifted to play first base as Whaling came in to catch and Dugey moved to centerfield.

In the seventh inning Luderus hit one that went to the flagpole but Dugey made the running catch to prevent extra bases. After that James was never in danger and the Braves went on to win 4 to 2 as the game was called in the eighth-inning.

GAME #1

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

 

R

H

E

PHILA PHILLIES

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

 

5

15

0

BOSTON BRAVES

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

4

13

1

 

W-Eppa Rixey (1-1)
S-Grover Cleveland Alexander (1)
L-Paul Strand (1-1)
Attendance - 7500

2B-Magee (Phil), Paskert (Phil), Gilbert (Bost)
3B-Connolly (Bost)
HR-Luderus (Phil)
 
GAME #2

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

PHILA PHILLIES

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

   

 

2

4

4

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

x

   

 

4

11

1

 

W-Bill James (7-5)
L-Joe Oeschger (2-6)

2B-Luderus (Phil), Connolly (Bost), Gowdy (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Larry Gilbert rf 6 1 2 .303  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 1 1 .265  

 

Oscar Dugey lf 6 0 1 .163  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 5 2 3 .254  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 5 0 2 .287  

 

Joe Connolly ph 1 0 1 .294  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 6 0 1 .237  

 

Les Mann cf 6 0 1 .207  

 

Bert Whaling c 5 0 0 .236  

 

Dick Crutcher p 1 0 0 .208  

 

Jim Murray pf 1 0 0 .216  

 

Paul Strand p 2 0 1 .375  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dick Crutcher 6 6 3 4 0  
  Paul Strand 7 9 2 2 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Larry Gilbert rf 4 0 1 .301  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 0 2 .270  

 

Joe Connolly lf 4 0 1 .293  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 3 1 2 .259  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 2 0 2 .295  

 

Wilson Collins pr 0 1 0 .265  

 

Bert Whaling c 1 0 0 .233  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 2 0 0 .234  

 

Les Mann cf 2 0 0 .205  

 

Oscar Dugey ph/cf 0 1 0 .163  

 

Hank Gowdy c/1b 3 1 1 .253  

 

Bill James p 3 0 2 .286  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill James 8 4 2 2 6  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 37 23 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 35 31 5

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 33 32 6 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 34 34 7

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 30 31 7 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 28 31 8 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 27 33 10

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

26 35 11 1/2