“DIARY OF A WINNER”

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The Cubs knock around Hess and Crutcher

July 10, 1914 ... Otto Hess fell down on his role as the Cubs jinx, as the Braves dropped the third game of the series, 11 to 6. Hess, as a rule, as had an easy time in disposing of the Chicago crew, but he lasted not quite three innings in today's encounter.

The Cubs scored four runs in the second inning and filled the bases in the third, with only one down, when Otto was given the hook. His rescuer, Dick Crutcher, opened up with a wild pitch which allowed one run to score and another scored on an out. Hess was touched for six hits during in short stay on the mound and Crutcher was good for seven more during the remainder of the game. Jimmy Lavender started on the mound for the Cubs and blew up in the fifth inning, when the Braves started some fireworks.

The Braves were the first to score. In the first inning. Evers knocked a single over Bill Sweeney's head and took second on Joe Connolly's out. He scored when Rabbit Maranville poked another single out over Red Corriden's head.

Trouble started in the second inning for the Braves when Chicago scored four runs. Frank Schulte and Sweeney started off with singles. Corriden forced Schulte then Roger Bresnahan was passed to fill the bases. Lavender next hit the ball to left field fence for a triple that sent the three runners across. He scored on Tommy Leach's Texas League blooper behind first base. That made the score 4 to 1 in favor of the Cubs.

Hess passed Schulte to start the third and Sweeney laid down a sacrifice. Corriden followed with a single and Bresnahan walked. With the bases loaded, manager Stallings yanked Hess and Dick Crutcher was sent it. Crutcher immediately threw a wild pitch that scored Schulte. Corriden then scored on Lavender's out, and the Cubs were ahead 6 to 1.

The fourth inning was uneventful, but the Braves started something in the fifth. Hank Gowdy was passed to start and Crutcher was safe on Heinie Zimmerman's fumble. Josh Devore was also passed and with the bases choked, Evers singled down the first base line. The ball hit the bag and umpire Lord Byron called it fair, scoring Gowdy and Crutcher, and allowing Devore to go to third. George Pierce now came in to pitch at this point and Jim Murray was sent in to bat for Connolly. He singled and scored Devore, while Evers went to third. Pierce picked Murray off first and then fanned Maranville. Zimmerman grabbed a ground ball from Schmidt at third base and threw low to first. Schmidt was safe and Evers scored. The threat ended when Schmidt was thrown out trying to steal. That made the score 6 to 5.

Chicago got to Crutcher for four more runs in the eighth-inning and the Braves made a feeble effort to start another rally in the ninth. Final score was 11 to 6 in favor of the Cubs.

 

at West Side Grounds (Chicago) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

1

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

1

 

6

9

0

CHICAGO CUBS

0

4

2

0

1

0

0

4

x

 

11

13

3

W-George Pierce (7-7)
L-Otto Hess (2-4)
Attendance – 4500

2B-Cather (Bost), Good (Chi), Zimmerman (Chi)
3B-Maranville (Bost), Leach (Chi), Schulte (Chi), Lavender (Chi)
HR-Schulte (Chi)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Josh Devore cf 1 1 0 .313  

 

Les Mann cf 2 0 1 .219  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 5 2 2 .289  

 

Joe Connolly rf 2 0 0 .275  

 

Jim Murray ph/rf 2 0 1 .230  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 2 .252  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 0 .276  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 4 0 1 .233  

 

Ted Cather rf/lf 4 1 2 .262  

 

Hank Gowdy c 1 1 0 .231  

 

Bert Whaling c 2 0 0 .218  

 

Otto Hess p 1 0 0 .154  

 

Dick Crutcher p 2 1 0 .167  

 

Oscar Dugey ph 1 0 0 .179  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Otto Hess 2.1 6 4 5 1  
  Dick Crutcher 5.2 7 5 2 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 41 29 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 41 34 2 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 40 36 4

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 34 35 6 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 36 38 7

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 33 36 7 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 32 38 9

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

30 41 11 1/2