“DIARY OF A WINNER”

ROXEY ROACH

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The Braves lose to the minor leaguers in Buffalo

July 7, 1914 ... The Boston Braves played against the Buffalo Bisons in Buffalo for the benefit of the admirers of George Stallings, the Braves manager, and submitted to the minor league team by a score of 10 to 2. The fans turned out in large numbers to welcome the pennant winning manager of their team in days gone by, as well as their former players.

A youngster named John Verbout pitched like a major leaguer and held the Braves to three hits, two of which went to Possum Whitted. Former Bison players Hank Gowdy, Jim Murray and Leslie Mann were given great ovations by the crowd. Butch Schmidt, who had seen the local park in uniform of the Rochester Hustlers and the Baltimore Orioles, also got in on the old favorite stuff.

Paul Strand was the starter for the Braves, but was driven to the dugout in the fifth inning when he issued four walks. The Bisons took advantage of these walks by sandwiching in three hits, and four runs crossed the plate to give Buffalo a 5 to 2 lead. Strand was replaced in the fifth inning by Gene Cocreham, but he failed to cover the base when Schmidt went in to get a grounder, and that resulted in another pair of Bison runs, making it 7 to 2. Johnny Evers made an error in the eighth-inning, which filled the bases and Ben Houser smacked a three bagger to clear them. making it 10 runs.

The Braves first run started when Roxey Roach made a wild throw of Maranville's ground ball in the second inning. The Rabbit sped around to third base and Whitted uncorked a single to drive him it. Mann singled in the fifth inning and stole second and Bill James then went into hit for Strand. Roach booted his ground ball and Mann scored the second and last Braves run

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 41 26 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 40 32 3 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 37 36 7

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 35 36 8

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 32 35 9

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 31 35 9 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 31 35 9 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

28 40 13 1/2