“DIARY OF A WINNER”

DICK CRUTCHER

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The
Braves pound St. Louis' pitching

July 12, 1914 ... The Boston Braves walloped the Cardinals this afternoon. Miller Huggins used 16 players and Stallings was more considerate, using only one extra pitcher. There was a lot of good batting, some good fielding and pitching, and a lot that was not.

Possibly the scorching sun dried up the wetness on Bill Doak's spitball before it could take effect. If it didn't, something else must have happened. Anyway, Doak could not get the ball over the plate, and when he did, somebody smacked it. He came out in the fourth inning to allow ex-Brave Hub Perdue to get in a work out. Hub indeed got the work and is probably several pounds lighter now. When Boston got through with him, Reese Williams was sent in. Williams should have been sent in first. He was so wild, that he had the Boston batters afraid to stay in the box.

Southpaw Lefty Tyler lasted three innings for Boston. Dick Crutcher took his place and St. Louis might never have scored on him, had not the Braves piled up a lead, which was so high, that the Cardinals could not see over it. Then they hit him just hard enough to get over one run in the eighth and another in the ninth.

With the Braves out 3 to 0 in the third inning, Art Butler drew a walk and was safe when Johnny Evers made a mess of Doak's ground ball. Huggins walked to load the bases and Lee Magee drove the ball far to right-field for a triple. He was thrown out trying to score on a suicide squeeze as Cozy Dolan fanned. Zinn Beck ended the inning by lining out to Possum Whitted, but the Cardinals had tied the score.

After this the Braves batters got busy with Doak in the fourth inning, and made three more runs before Purdue was called in to retire the final batter. The Braves started it again in the fifth, until poor baserunning by Butch Schmidt ended in a double play after a line drive to Chief Wilson. Down now by a score of 6 to 3, Perdue was lucky to get by in the sixth without being scored upon, but in the seventh he was responsible for four more runs. Williams came into pitch the eighth and was untouched. In the ninth he gave up three base on balls and a couple balls with hit where his fielders could not get to them. This, along with a wild throw by Ken Nash at shortstop, accounted for the final Boston two runs.

The first three innings in which Crutcher was on the mound, the Cardinals did not get a hit. Then they got one in the seventh. Two hits in the eighth scored a St. Louis run. In the ninth, two more hits along with a sacrifice fly, resulted in the final St. Louis tally, making it an afternoon with the Braves winning 12 to 5.

 

at Robison Field (St. Louis) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

1

0

2

3

0

0

4

0

2

 

12

15

2

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

 

5

8

2

W-Dick Crutcher (4-4)
L-Bill Doak (9-4)
Attendance – 12,000

2B-Connolly (Bost), Miller (StL)
3B-Evers (Bost), Magee (StL), Wilson (StL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Josh Devore cf 6 2 3 .333  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 3 0 2 .297  

 

Joe Connolly lf 5 0 2 .283  

 

Possum Whitted ss 3 0 0 .159  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 5 2 2 .282  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 3 2 1 .235  

 

Larry Gilbert rf 2 2 0 .288  

 

Bert Whaling c 4 2 3 .239  

 

Lefty Tyler p 1 1 1 .279  

 

Dick Crutcher p 3 1 1 .182  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Lefty Tyler 3 3 2 3 2  
  Dick Crutcher 6 5 2 0 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 43 29 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 41 36 4 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 40 38 6

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 35 36 7 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 37 39 8

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 33 37 9

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 33 38 9 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

32 41 11 1/2