“DIARY OF A WINNER”

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The Braves beat the Cubs in 11 innings

July 8, 1914 ... Johnny Evers was thrown out of the game today and Oscar Dugey, who took his place, made a high throw in the seventh inning, which enabled the Cubs to tie the game and the Braves were forced to go 11 innings before they beat the West Siders by a score of 7 to 4. Johnny's banishment came in that seventh inning. He singled and went to second when Joe Connolly was hit by the pitch. Rabbit Maranville then hit a ball to Heinie Zimmerman and Evers was forced at second. Zimmerman completed the double play and the umpire called Maranville out. Evers thought the Rabbit and beat the throw at first and complained so hard about the call that he was tossed out of the game.

Dugey took his place in the seventh inning and it was in the eighth that he presented the Cubs with the run that tied the game. With two outs Roger Bresnahan waited on four balls and walked. Bubbles Hargrave batted for Zip Zabel the pitcher, and then singled. Fritz Mollwitz came into pinch hitter and hit the ball to Dugey. Dugey threw the ball over Butch Schmidt's head at first, allowing Bresnahan to score the tying run.

Larry Cheney started the game for the Cubs and was knocked out of the box in the second inning on three singles, a triple, an error and a wild pitch which spelled four runs of the Braves. The Braves did not score again until the 11th inning, when three singles mixed in with a couple of base on balls giving them three runs and the game. Zabel held Boston in check from the third inning until the seventh. In the eighth he was taken out for a pinch-hitter and Jimmy Lavender finished the game for Chicago.

Lefty Tyler worked for the Braves and was good for 11 base hits. The Cubs bunched two hits in the third inning, fourth inning and in the sixth. Bill Sweeney's single, a base on balls to Red Corriden, a hit batsman and an out let another run score. Dugey's bad throw in the eighth sent another runner across.

The Cubs filled the bases with two outs in their half of the second and Tyler struck out Jimmy Johnson, who was sent in to pinch-hit for the starter Cheney in the fourth inning, the Cubs filled the bases with none out, but only one runner crossed the plate. Evers and Maranville killed off to in a double play and Tyler struck out Wilbur Good. It was Good fanned again for the third out, after the Cubs loaded up the bases in the sixth inning.

In the 11th inning, with the score tied at four each, Jim Murray pinch-hit for Wilson Collins to start. He was given a base on balls and Bert Whaling followed with a sacrifice to move him to second. Tyler's out sent Murray to third and Ted Cather singled him in. Cather then made it to third base on Dugey's hit and Joe Connolly was walked. Then Maranville sent both Cather and Dugey across with two more runs to make the score 7 to 4. Tyler got the Cubs out in the 11th for the victory.

 

at West Side Grounds (Chicago) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

 

7

11

2

CHICAGO CUBS

0

0

1

1

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

 

4

11

4

W-Lefty Tyler (6-8)
L-Jimmy Lavender (6-6)
Attendance – 6500

2B-Schmidt (Bost), Saier (Chi)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Ted Cather rf/cf 5 1 1 .263  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 0 1 .291  

 

Oscar Dugey 2b 2 1 1 .182  

 

Joe Connolly lf 4 0 0 .278  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 6 1 2 .241  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 6 1 3 .286  

 

Possum Whitted 3b 3 1 0 .171  

 

Les Mann cf 3 1 2 .216  

 

Larry Gilbert ph 1 0 0 .291  

 

Wilson Collins cf 0 0 0 .257  

 

Jim Murray rf 0 1 0 .224  

 

Bert Whaling c 4 0 0 .222  

 

Lefty Tyler p 5 0 1 .262  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Lefty Tyler 11 11 3 4 7  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 41 27 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 40 33 3 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 38 36 6

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 36 36 7

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 32 35 8 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 32 36 9

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 31 36 9 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

29 40 12 1/2