“DIARY OF A WINNER”

GROVER CLEVELAND ALEXANDER

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The Braves play badly and
lose two to Philly

July 1, 1914 ... Sitting through a doubleheader in cold weather is no fun. But doing it and at the same time seeing the home team beaten to a pulp in both games, is a definite hardship, as nearly the 3000 fans who turned out to see the Braves and Phillies perform will attest. Low-temperatures were accentuated by an east wind, which blew at half a gale, and there was nothing in the work of the Braves to distract the fans from the fact that it was a very cold day.

The Braves were beaten in the first game by a score of 7 to 2 and in the second game by a score of 5 to 0. There play was the poorest they have shown since they returned from the trip on the road. It was one of those days when everything goes wrong, which baseball teams experience now and then.

George Davis, the old Williams College pitcher, who started the first game and had a couple of bad innings, one of them in the first when the visitors got four of their 10 hits. Throw in a base on balls and some wild throws, and the team from Philly would put four runs on the board. Manager Stallings let the youngster pitch threw it and his showing, all things considered, was not so very bad for his first start.

Dick Rudolph pitched the second game and he too was given ragged support. Leslie Mann had an off day in the field, muffing three fly balls during two games, and making one wild throw. He is ordinarily a sure gloved outfielder and did not miss many during the entire season last year. While the Braves were pulling costly stunts in the field, Erskine Mayer and Grover Cleveland Alexander, the Phillies pitchers, were pitching quite effectively.

In the first game, the Phillies led off with a single by Bobby Byrne which bounded over Charlie Deal's head. He went to second on Beals Becker's out that was a hot liner that Johnny Evers beat down and made the throw to get him at first. Hans Lobert reached first and Sherry Magee then doubled to left to score Byrne and put Lobert on third. Butch Schmidt knocked down a hot ball by Luderus behind first base, but Davis was slow to cover the bag in time to take the throw. Lobert scored on the play. Dode Paskert then singled to center to score Magee and Mann threw the ball over Deal's head in an attempt to get Luderus at third, letting him score also. In the end the Phillies scored four runs which would be enough to eventually win the game.

In Boston's half Larry Gilbert drew a pass and Evers hit one back to the pitcher who tried to force Gilbert second, but Burns juggled the ball long enough to allow him to reach safely. Each runners advanced on Connolly's out at first. Maranville then grounded Lobert and Gilbert was run down between the bases. Butch Schmidt flied out to Byrne to end the inning

The Braves were retired as fast as they came up to bat until the sixth inning, when with one out Gilbert and Evers singled. Joe Connolly flied to short right and Gilbert was held at third. Maranville ended the inning by forcing Evers out at second for the third out. The Braves scored their first run the seventh inning on an error by Magee and a triple by Hank Gowdy. Gilbert scored for the Braves in the eighth on an error by Luderus and singles by Evers and Schmidt. The final score was 7 to 2 with the Braves on the losing end.

In the second game Philly scored in the first inning on a base on balls to Byrne by Dick Rudolph, a sacrifice and a single by Lobert to right. They clinched the game in the fifth inning when they put over four runs. After Luderus flied out to Gilbert, Mann dropped an easy fly to center from Dode Paskert. Gilbert then bounded one over Deal's head and Joe Connolly had an easy chance to retire Paskert at third, but threw to the wrong side of the bag. Alexander singled to right to score Paskert and a single by Byrne, a double by Becker, and he poor throw to the plate by Connolly led to another three runs. That made the score 5 to 0 and the Braves could do nothing at all against Alexander.

GAME #1

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

0

 

 

7

10

2

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

 

 

2

6

3

 

W-Erskine Mayer (11-7)
L-George Davis (0-1)
Attendance - 3000
2B-Magee (Phil), Mann (Bost)
3B-Gowdy (Bost)
HR-Mayer (Phil)
GAME #2

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

1

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

0

 

 

5

7

1

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

0

5

3

 

W-Grover Cleveland Alexander (11-7)
L-Dick Rudolph (6-8)

2B-Becker (Phil)
3B-Mann (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Larry Gilbert rf 4 1 1 .300  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 0 2 .274  

 

Joe Connolly lf 4 0 0 .285  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 0 .255  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 1 .294  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 4 0 0 .227  

 

Les Mann cf 4 1 1 .206  

 

Hank Gowdy c 4 0 1 .253  

 

George Davis p 3 0 0 .000  

 

Oscar Dugey ph 1 0 0 .159  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  George Davis 9 10 5 4 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Larry Gilbert rf 4 0 0 .293  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 0 0 .269  

 

Joe Connolly lf 4 0 2 .290  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 0 .251  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 1 .293  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 4 0 1 .228  

 

Les Mann cf 3 0 1 .208  

 

Hank Gowdy c 2 0 0 .250  

 

Bert Whaling c 1 0 0 .231  

 

Dick Rudolph p 3 0 0 .146  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dick Rudolph 9 7 4 2 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 37 23 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 36 31 4 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 35 34 6 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 33 33 7

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 30 31 7 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 30 32 8

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 27 33 10

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

26 37 12 1/2