“DIARY OF A WINNER”

OSCAR DUGEY

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Oscar Dugey's HR wins one for the Braves

July 13, 1914 ... The Braves made 17 hits and the Cardinals had 12. Boston fielded better and pitched better than St. Louis, yet they had to go 12 innings to win a game that should've been finished in regulation. All this was because of Bill James' one bad inning in the seventh, and because, with two outs in the ninth-inning and the score 6 to 5 in favor of the Braves, Cozy Dolan hit a fly ball to centerfield that Ted Cather misjudged and let go for a home run to tie up the game.

That sent the game into extra innings. However, Dolan was good enough to hand it back when he let Oscar Dugey's line drive go-between his feet for a home run in the 12th inning. Dick Rudolph was on base at the time and that made the score 8 to 6. A triple by Chief Wilson and an out made the score 8 to 7 in the bottom half of the 12th and there it remained.

The Braves hit starter Pol Perritt hard and luckily everything they hit went safe. James pitched steady as o'clock until the seventh and was taken out after Ivy Wingo tripled and Art Butler knocked him in. Dick Rudolph followed James when he was three balls and no strikes in the hole to Walton Cruise, who was the pinch-hitter for Perritt. Rudolph let Cruise get away with a base on balls and Chuck Miller beat out a bunt before Dolan hit in the two runs with a double. That made the score 6 to 5. Then came Dolan's game-tying fly ball in the ninth that sent it into extra innings.

Butler had a very bad day at shortstop and he felt the weight of the bleacherites who started riding him because he couldn't cover the ground he was supposed to. On the other hand, Braves shortstop Rabbit Maranville at a wonderful afternoon. He made some miraculous stops, great catches and good throws, getting two doubles and a single, scoring three runs and cut off his many runs for the Cardinals as the Braves team made. He made a catch off Chuck Miller in the ninth that was a wonder. The ball was hit on a line to his left and it did not seem that he had the ghost of a chance to get to it. He did reach it however, with a great dive, and though he rolled over three times, held on to the ball. Then came Dolan's home run, which if Miller had reached, would have won the game for the Cardinals.

 

at Robison Field (St. Louis) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

3

0

1

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

2

 

8

17

1

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

0

2

0

0

0

0

3

0

1

0

0

1

 

7

12

1

W-Dick Rudolph (9-8)
L-Dan Grier (3-6)
Attendance – 3500


2B-Devore (Bost), Evers (Bost), Maranville (2)(Bost),
Dolan (StL), Wilson (StL), Beck (StL)
3B_Wilson (StL), Wingo (StL)
HR-Dugey (Bost), Dolan (StL)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Josh Devore cf 4 0 1 .329  

 

Ted Cather cf 3 0 0 .248  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 1 2 .300  

 

Oscar Dugey 2b 3 1 2 .203  

 

Joe Connolly lf 3 2 1 .284  

 

Les Mann lf 2 0 0 .217  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 6 3 3 .254  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 5 0 1 .280  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 6 0 3 .244  

 

Larry Gilbert rf 4 0 1 .287  

 

Bert Whaling c 5 0 1 .237  

 

Bill James p 4 0 1 .202  

 

Dick Rudolph p 1 1 1 .143  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill James 6 5 3 5 3  
  Dick Rudolph 6 7 3 0 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 43 30 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 42 36 3 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 40 39 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

33 41 10 1/2