THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
capture two from
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.