“DIARY OF A WINNER”

WHITTED, CATHER, DEVORE

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The Braves
capture two from
Brooklyn with some great catches

July 6, 1914 ... The Braves did the job throughout the doubleheader today and won both games, the first by a score of 3 to 1 in the second 1 to 0. Dick Rudolph and Dick Crutcher were the pitchers and it was only through luck that Brooklyn was able to score his only run. The run came against Dick Rudolph as a result of a couple of badly bounced balls one after the other. The first was such a high bounce that did not come down in time for third baseman, Possum Whitted to get the runner at first. The next man up hit a grounder at Johnny Evers and with an easy double play which might have retired the side, the ball took a bad hop just before it got to him and shot by over his head. Then a base hit brought in the run. That all happened in the fourth inning.

In the second game Dick Crutcher pitched effectively and pitched a shutout, but he had great support mainly from his new outfielders. Josh Devore made a superb catch spoiling a potential three base hit. He turned it in during the fifth inning as George Cutshaw drove one between center and right and the second the ball hit the bat, it looked as if it was going into the bleachers, or a triple at the least.

Ted Cather after slightly misjudging a hit, made the catch after a long run and a high jump, while going at full speed near the bleacher fence. It certainly was a spellbinding performance and, as the he continued to run and the fans could not believe that he had made the catch. Finally he stopped running turned and threw the ball on the fly to Hank Gowdy, who did not have to move out of his box behind the plate to catch it. The throw, although was needless, was about his wonderful an exhibition as the catch. In the ninth-inning, Cather turned in another wonderful play when he caught Zach Wheat's drive high up on the right-field fence. The surprising thing about this one was the fact that he held the ball when he hit the fence after making the catch. It was a great day for Ted all around.

In the first game, rabbit Maranville robbed Wheat of a sure single, by gathering up his hot grounder behind second base and throwing him out. Johnny Evers and Maranville also turned in a lightning double play in each game, while Joe Connolly's double, that brought in two of the three runs in the first game, came at a great moment.

The Brooklyn southpaw, Frank Allen, pitched a wonderful game and deserved a better fate than having the defeat charged against him. The Braves only had four hits against him, but one was a double, which came after two were out and after the issue two passes and scored a run. Thereafter he pitched airtight ball, but it was too late.

Both teams left for the West tonight and the Braves are scheduled to play an exhibition game in Buffalo tomorrow.

GAME #1

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2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

BROOKLYN ROBINS

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

1

7

1

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

x

 

 

3

10

0

 

W-Dick Rudolph (7-8)
L-Jeff Pfeffer (8-5)
Attendance - 3500

2B-Connolly (Bost)
 
GAME #2

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2

3

4

5

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7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

BROOKLYN ROBINS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

0

6

1

BOSTON BRAVES

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

x

 

 

1

4

0

 

W-Dick Crutcher (3-4)
L-Frank Allen (4-5)

2B-Allen (Brk), Mann (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Josh Devore cf 4 1 1 .317  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 3 1 3 .293  

 

Joe Connolly lf 4 0 1 .285  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 0 .241  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 2 .279  

 

Possum Whitted 3b 4 0 2 .194  

 

Ted Cather rf 4 0 1 .264  

 

Hank Gowdy c 3 1 0 .238  

 

Dick Rudolph p 3 0 0 .137  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dick Rudolph 9 7 1 0 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Oscar Dugey lf 4 0 0 .170  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 0 1 .292  

 

Ted Cather rf 3 0 1 .266  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 2 0 0 .239  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 3 0 1 .280  

 

Possum Whitted 3b 2 1 0 .184  

 

Les Mann cf 3 0 1 .210  

 

Hank Gowdy c 2 0 0 .325  

 

Dick Crutcher p 3 0 0 .179  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dick Crutcher 9 6 0 1 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 41 25 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 40 32 4

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 37 36 7 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 35 36 8 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 31 35 10

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 31 35 10

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 31 35 10

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

28 40 14