“DIARY OF A WINNER”

JOHNNY EVERS

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The Tribe beats the Cubs again

July 11, 1914 ... Mixing their hits with four errors made by the Cubs, the Braves trimmed Chicago this afternoon by a 5 to 2 score in the final meeting of the series at the West Side Grounds. Therefore they took three out of the four games played here.

Dick Rudolph was a stumbling block for the West Side bunch. The Braves liked the assortment of curves dished out by the Cubs pitchers and Josh Devore, Johnny Evers, Joe Connolly and Butch Schmidt got two hits apiece. Rudolph on the other hand, gave up only six hits for a total of 14 bases, but with the exception of Vic Saier, with a home run, a double and a single the Cubs could not get to him when it counted.

Bert Humphries, Casey Hageman and Charlie Smith were used by the Cubs, but they were given poor support, and the Braves generally followed an error with a couple of timely hits.

Long hits by Saier and Frank Schulte gave the Cubs a two run lead right from the start. Saier slammed one of Rudolph pitches over the fence for a home run in the opening inning and in the second, Schulte rammed a triple past first, down the line and later scored on an out. These were the only Chicago base hits in five innings. They looked like game clinchers, until a couple of errors, followed by a couple of hits in the third inning, tied up the score for the Braves. Not satisfied with this, the Braves went out and grabbed another pair in the fifth inning, sending Humphries to the showers.

Humphries had gotten by without any trouble until the third inning, when with a pair gone, Wilbur Good collided with Bill Sweeney and dropped a pop fly hit by Josh Devore. Evers then singled and Josh made it home when Tommy Leach fumbled the ball in center field. Connolly followed with another single and Evers came home to tie up the score at 2 to 2.

Hits by Devore, Evers and Connolly in the fifth inning knocked out Humphries. Red Corriden mixed in an error and it cost the Cubs two more runs to give the Braves a 4 to 2 lead. Hageman was called on at this point and he ended the inning without any more damage.

The Cubs had only two chances in five innings to pad their lead and each time bad baserunning spoiled the opportunity for them. With one gone in the sixth, Leach tripled but when Good hit one down to Charlie Deal, Leach was caught in a rundown, and Good was then thrown out trying to go to second.

Saier got the fourth hit for the Cubs to open the seventh. Zimmerman forced him at second and then was caught by Rudolph, as he napped at first base. Schulte ended the inning with an easy grounder down to Evers.

Hageman pitched well for three innings, showing a deceptive slow ball that kept the Braves hitters making pop fly outs. They managed one hit off him, but a double play killed that base runner.

The Cubs sent up a couple of pinch hitters in the eighth after Sweeney singled, but both went out, Cy Williams flying out to Devore and Johnny Bates popping up to center. Charlie Smith pitched the ninth-inning for the Cubs and hits by Devore and Bert Whaling, along with another Corriden error gave the Braves their fifth run making the final score 5 to 2.

 

at West Side Grounds (Chicago) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

2

0

2

0

0

0

1

 

5

10

0

CHICAGO CUBS

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

2

6

4

W-Dick Rudolph (8-8)
L-Bert Humphries (5-6)
Attendance – 6500

2B-Schmidt (Bost), Saier (Chi)
3B-Leach (Chi), Schulte (Chi)
HR-Saier (Chi)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Josh Devore cf 5 2 2 .319  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 2 2 .292  

 

Joe Connolly lf 4 0 2 .280  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 3 0 0 .249  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 2 .280  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 4 0 1 .234  

 

Ted Cather rf 4 0 0 .254  

 

Bert Whaling c 4 1 1 .219  

 

Dick Rudolph ph 4 0 0 .127  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dick Rudolph 9 6 2 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 42 29 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 41 35 3 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 40 37 5

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 37 38 7

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 34 36 7 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 33 37 8 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 33 38 9

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

31 41 11 1/2