“DIARY OF A WINNER”

CASEY STENGEL

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The Braves threaten twice but
lose to Brooklyn at the end

July 3, 1914 ... The Braves started badly and committed three errors before the third man was up in the game against Brooklyn. While they threatened to make trouble for the visitors near the end, they were finally beaten by a score of 6 to 5 at the South End Grounds.

Paul Strand started a game for the first time this season and the way things broke for him, it threw him off his stride. He worked for only four innings and then Dick Crutcher was in for three innings and Gene Cocreham finished the game. Raleigh Atchison started and pitched well for Brooklyn, but when Larry Gilbert knocked the ball over the right-field fence, with two men on in the seventh inning, Pat Ragan was sent in. He gave up a couple of passes in the ninth, and barely managed to pull through.

Each team scored two runs in the first inning. Down 2 to 0, the Braves tied up the score. After Larry Gilbert had struck out, Evers drew a base on balls and stole second. Maranville singled to put Evers on third, who scored on a wild pitch. The Rabbit scored on a single by Schmidt that ended up against the right-field fence.

The tie was immediately broken however, as Casey Stengel, the first man up in the second inning was given a pass. Red Smith's sacrifice put Stengel on second he went to third on an out by Lew McCarty, on a ground ball that Evers made a fine stop of in back of second base. Atchison singled to center to score Stengel and give Brooklyn a 3 to 2 lead.

The Robins put up another pair of runs in the fourth and one more in the seventh. Except for Johnny Evers' single in the fourth inning, the Braves were retired in order from the third to the seventh. Every one of the fans stood up at the top of the seventh to cheer for their team to make a rally. The rally came, but it did not last long enough. Bert Whaling drew a pass and Hank Gowdy, who batted for Crutcher, was also walked. Larry Gilbert smashed the ball over the right-field fence to make the score 6 to 5. Evers laid down a perfect bunt and beat it out. Dugey sacrificed him to second and he went to third on Maranville's ground ball out. Butch Schmidt came up and smashed one down to Red Smith, who barely got his glove in front of the ball as it was heading out to left field. But he hung on to it to end the threat and get the third out.

In the ninth-inning Bill James batted for Cocreham and flied to right. Gilbert lined out, but Evers and Dugey drew passes. Wilson Collins was put in to run for Evers and the Rabbit hit a ground ball by Smith, but Ollie O'Mara quickly came across and got the ball behind third and forced Collins at third. He would've never got Maranville at first, nor Dugey at second on the hit, but he got Collins on a very close play.

Newly acquired players, Josh DeVore, Dick Cather and Possum Whitted will join the team tomorrow.

T E A M S

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

BROOKLYN ROBINS

2

1

0

2

0

0

1

0

0

 

 

6

10

1

BOSTON BRAVES

2

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

 

 

5

7

5

 

W-Raleigh Atchison (6-2)
S-Pat Ragan (1)
L-Paul Strand (1-2)
Attendance - 3000
2B-Maranville (Bost)
HR-Gilbert (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Larry Gilbert rf 5 1 1 .290  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 3 1 2 .274  

 

Wilson Collins pr 0 0 0 .265  

 

Oscar Dugey cf 3 0 1 .170  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 5 1 2 .254  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 0 .287  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 4 0 0 .221  

 

Jim Murray lf 3 0 0 .210  

 

Joe Connolly ph/lf 1 0 0 .288  

 

Bert Whaling c 3 1 1 .234  

 

Paul Strand p 1 0 0 .333  

 

Dick Crutcher p 1 0 0 .200  

 

Hank Gowdy ph 0 1 0 .250  

 

Gene Cocreham p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Bill James ph 1 0 0 .278  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Paul Strand 4 8 3 3 0  
  Dick Crutcher 3 1 0 0 1  
  Gene Cocreham 2 1 0 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 38 24 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 37 32 4 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 34 34 7

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 35 35 7

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 31 32 7 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 30 32 8

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 29 33 9

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

26 38 13