“DIARY OF A WINNER”

GEORGE CUTSHAW

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The Braves have the chances but lose twice

July 4, 1914 ... Brooklyn got away with a couple of cheap games in the holiday doubleheader at the South End Grounds. They won the game played in the morning by a score of 7 to 5 in 11 innings, and took the one in the afternoon 4 to 3. Stallings' men did poor work in both games. Misplays in the field were factors in the manufacture of every run made by the Robins in both games. There were costly fumbles, many walks, wild pitches and hit batsman galore. The work of the Braves on the bases was the poorest the Boston players have ever shown. Rabbit Maranville had an off day, making two errors in the first game and three in the second game. About 6000 fans turned out to attend the morning session and nearly 11,000 were on hand in the afternoon.

Josh Devore, Possum Whitted and Ted Cather, the new men secured by the Braves, were in the game, but it was the Braves regulars who were off in their play. Devore showed up well, both in the field and at bat, and he and the others were given cordial welcomes by the crowd.

The umpires appear to have had instructions to keep matters well in hand, for they stood for no arguments from the players. Joe Connolly and Fred Mitchell were both ordered out of the morning game for protesting decisions. In the second game a fight between the players on the opposing teams seemed imminent, but prompt action on the part of the officials and some peacemaking among the players prevented anything from happening.

Left Tyler accidentally hit Ollie O'Mara in the back of the neck with a pitched ball. Kid Elberfield was coaching at first base and appeared to think he had done some purposely. Elberfield rushed onto the diamond and approached Tyler in a threatening manner, and about two seconds later, every man on both team's and the umpires, were gathered around the mound. One of the umpires grabbed Elberfield and shoved him off the diamond. Another got a hold of Johnny Evers and shoved him in the opposite direction. The cooler headed players were trying to calm those who were hot under the collar, and there was considerable excitement for a few minutes. Elberfield was finally sent to the bench and the affair petered out as the game went on.

Bill James and Elmer Brown were the opposing pitchers in the morning. Neither team scored in the first two innings, although the visitors hit three singles in the second, but a great throw by Devore nailed a runner at third, and Maranville, Evers and Schmidt pulled off a fast double play which prevented scoring.

In the third inning Bill Fischer, the first man up for Brooklyn, was passed and went to second on Brown's sacrifice. Another sacrifice by O'Mara and a single by Daubert, as well as an error by Joe Connolly, brought both Fischer and Brown home giving the Robins a 2 to 0 lead.

In Boston's half of the third, Larry Gilbert led off with a single and went to third on a single to right by Evers. He scored while Evers and Connolly were being doubled up on Connolly's ground ball making the score 2 to 1. In the sixth inning, with one out, Zach Wheat swung at a wild pitch for the third strike and made it safely to first. He reached second as Maranville dropped the ball after touching him, when he attempted to steal. As Cutshaw was thrown out at first, we went to third, and then scored when the Rabbit mishandled Casey Stengel's ground ball.

Brooklyn put over their fourth run in the eighth inning after two were out, on a single by Wheat and a double by Cutshaw. That made the score 4 to 1.

The Braves tied it up in the ninth and should've won the game right there. Charlie Deal was hit by a pitched ball and Whitted was sent in to run for him. Josh Devore singled to right and the bases were full when Cutshaw fumbled a ground ball by Hank Gowdy. Bill James hit the ball to the right corner of the park and almost into the bleachers. Jack Dalton made a great try getting to it, but had little prospect of catching it. Nevertheless, the runners stuck to their bases until after the ball dropped to the ground after grazing Dalton's glove. Bill James ran to second base only to find that Hank Gowdy was coming back there, after the ball had been relayed back to the infield. Whitted scored and Devore should've done so also, but was held up at third which forced Hank to go back to second. James never had the chance to get back to first and became an easy out. Pat Ragan was sent in to pitch and got Gilbert to hit a foul pop to the catcher. Evers singled to score Devore and Jim Murray was sent in to bat in place of Connolly, after he was thrown out of the game by the umpires. Murray then singled to right, scoring Gowdy with Evers going to third. On Stengel's throw over to catch Evers at third, Murray tried to go to second and was thrown out. He should've stayed at first base as the Braves only needed one run and his run meant nothing.

The game went on until the 11th inning when Brooklyn finally got to James. George Cutshaw doubled and James mishandled Stengel's attempted bunt allowing him to get the first. Red Smith brought both men home with a triple over Murray's head in left, and scored himself on Pat Ragan's single to right to make the score 7 to 4 in favor of Brooklyn.

The Braves scored one in their half of the 11th on a single by James, who advanced on a ground ball out and a single by Murray to make the final score 7 to 5.

In the afternoon game Nap Rucker and Lefty Tyler were put up against each other. With a chance to do some damage in the fourth, manager Robertson sent John Hummel in to bat for Rucker. Ed Ruelbach finished the game for the Robins.

The Braves scored three runs in the first two innings and then let the lead slip away from them, until the visitors finally put over the winning run in the ninth. Oscar Dugey and Johnny Evers opened the game was singles and both scored on ground ball outs at first to give the Braves a 2 to 0 lead. In the second inning Leslie Mann drew a walk and came all the way home on Lew McCarthy's wild throw after he stole second. That ended the Braves scoring for the day.

The visitors got a run in the fourth on a triple by Cutshaw and a wild pitch. They got another in the fifth when O'Mara was hit by a pitched ball that caused the rhubarb. He was sacrificed to second and brought home on a single by Zach Wheat to cut the Braves lead to 3 to 2.

Their third run came in the eighth-inning when Maranville made another error on Wheat. Stengel was given a base on balls and Elmer Smith singled in Wheat to tie the game. The winning run came in the ninth-inning when Tyler hit O'Mara for the second time of the game. No attention was paid to the hit batsman, as O'Mara made no effort to get away from the pitch. After taking first, he was forced at second base by Daubert. Jake started to steal on the first ball pitched and got there on a poor throw that went out into centerfield. Devore messed up the ball and Daubert started for home. He slid into the plate while Hank Gowdy had the ball waiting for him, but he crashed in the Hank, who dropped the ball after touching the runner and the run scored. Daubert was hurt sliding into the plate, with what proved to be the winning run, and had to be assisted from the field. His shin was scraped from the knee to the instep, causing a very painful injury, but he says he will be able to play in a few days.

The Braves had a chance in their half of the ninth. With one out Schmidt was safe on O'Mara's error, Deal singled, but Devore hit into a game ending double play. It was a game the Braves should have won, but the final score was 4 to 3 in favor of Brooklyn.

GAME #1

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2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

 

R

H

E

BROOKLYN ROBINS

0

0

2

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

3

 

7

12

2

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

1

 

5

14

5

 

W-Pat Ragan (3-6)
L-Bill James (7-6)
Attendance - 10,000

2B-O'Mara (Brk), Daubert (Brk), Cutshaw (Brk),
Deal (Bost), Whitted (Bost)
3B-Smith (Brk)
 
GAME #2

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

BROOKLYN ROBINS

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

1

1

 

 

4

5

2

BOSTON BRAVES

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

3

6

5

 

W-Ed Reulbach (5-12)
L-Lefty Tyler (5-8)

3B-Cutshaw (Brk)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Larry Gilbert rf 5 1 2 .293  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 6 0 3 .280  

 

Joe Connolly lf 3 0 0 .283  

 

Wilson Collins lf 1 0 0 .257  

 

Jim Murray ph/lf 2 0 2 .224  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 6 0 0 .248  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 5 0 0 .280  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 2 0 1 .225  

 

Possum Whitted pr/3b 1 1 1 .156  

 

Josh Devore cf 4 1 2 .316  

 

Bert Whaling c 1 0 0 .232  

 

Oscar Dugey ph 0 0 0 .170  

 

Hank Gowdy c 2 1 0 .247  

 

Bill James p 5 1 3 .317  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill James 11 17 3 2 6  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Oscar Dugey lf 2 1 1 .184  

 

Joe Connolly ph/lf 2 0 1 .286  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 1 2 .284  

 

Ted Cather rf 3 0 0 .265  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 0 .244  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 0 .275  

 

Wilson Collins pr 0 0 0 .257  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 4 0 1 .226  

 

Possum Whitted pr 0 0 0 .156  

 

Les Mann cf 0 1 0 .208  

 

Josh Devore ph 2 0 1 .322  

 

Hank Gowdy c 3 0 0 .242  

 

Lefty Tyler p 3 0 0 .270  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Lefty Tyler 9 7 4 2 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 40 24 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 39 32 4 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 37 35 7

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 34 36 9

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 31 33 9

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 31 34 9 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 30 34 10

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

26 40 15