“DIARY OF A WINNER”

BILL JAMES

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Bill James baffles the Cubs, 3-1

July 9, 1914 ... Boston Braves took the measure of another top pitcher on the Cubs pitching staff by trimming Chicago by a score of 3 to 1. Hippo Vaughn was sent to the mound by the Cubs and the victim of the Braves. Opposing the big Cubs pitcher was Bill James, who held the locals to six widely scattered hits, and with the exception of the seventh and ninth innings, not a Chicago-base runner got past second base.

Rabbit Maranville opened the second inning by beating out a bunt to Red Corriden and Butch Schmidt popped out to Bill Sweeney. Maranville successfully stole second base and then took a big lead off the bag. Vaughn turned and tried to nail him, but threw wildly into center and the Rabbit made it to third. Centerfielder Tommy Leach then fumbled the ball and Maranville took off for home, making it 1 to 0.

The Cubs got men as far as second base in both the second inning and third inning, but both times James struck out a man for the third out.

In the fourth inning Jim Murray cut loose with a single to center and Maranville singled to right sending Murray to third. Schmidt then hit a ground ball to shortstop Chick Keating who threw out Murray at the plate. With Maranville on second, Charlie Deal smacked a double down the left-field foul line, which sent Maranville in to score and Schmidt over to third. Leslie Mann came up next and beat out a bounder along the third-base line which allowed Schmidt to also score. That made the score 3 to 0. After Mann stole second base, Hank Gowdy was hit by a pitch to load them up. But James was fanned and that ended the inning.

In the Cubs seventh-inning, Keating was given a base on balls to start it out. He took second on Vaughn's ground out to Johnny Evers, and Tommy Leach flew out to Mann. Wilbur Good lined a single to center that scored Keating from second. Vic Saier was also passed, but Roger Bresnahan ended the inning with a fly ball out to centerfield. That made the score 3 to 1.

The Braves collected two more hits in the ninth, but were unable to score. Maranville singled to start and was forced out by Schmidt. Deal singled and went to second on a wild pitch, but Mann ended the inning by grounding out to Keating.

In the Cubs half of the ninth, Leach walked and stole second. After Good struck out, Saier's single sent Leach to third. Bresnahan ended the game by hitting into a double play, Maranville to Evers to Schmidt.

 

at West Side Grounds (Chicago) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

1

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

 

3

7

1

CHICAGO CUBS

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

 

1

6

2

W-Bill James (8-6)
L-Hippo Vaughn (9-4)
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2B-Deal (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Ted Cather rf 4 0 0 .254  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 0 0 .0287  

 

Jim Murray rf 4 0 1 .225  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 2 3 .248  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 1 0 .281  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 4 0 2 .233  

 

Les Mann cf 4 0 1 .217  

 

Hank Gowdy c 2 0 0 .233  

 

Bill James p 3 0 0 .295  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill James 9 6 1 7 7  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 41 28 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 40 34 3 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 39 36 5

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 36 37 7

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 33 35 7 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 32 36 8 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 32 37 9

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

30 40 11 1/2