“DIARY OF A WINNER”

JOE RIGGERT

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Riggert's walk-off hit wins it for St. Louis

July 14, 1914 ... Joe Riggert's double with one out in the last half of the ninth-inning, won today's game for the St. Louis Cardinals as they beat the Braves by a 3 to 2 score. Jack Roche, who hit for pitcher Hub Perdue, had doubled and Miller Huggins, who had gotten a base on balls, were on base when Riggert lined one to right-center field. The drive was good for a triple, but a double served the purpose to score the winning run.

This pretty drive ended a very good game. Lefty Tyler and Perdue pitched great ball, and the game was nip and tuck all the way through. The Braves got a run in the top of the fourth on Maranville's single, a sacrifice, the Rabbit's steal of third base and Charlie Deal's sacrifice fly. Cozy Dolan's single, Tyler's wild throw in trying to get Cozy napping off first, and Dots Miller's single gave the Cardinals a run, to tie the game, in the bottom of the fourth inning. That was all they could do until the bottom of the ninth when Riggert sent the two winning runs over the plate.

Purdue showed much improvement is a pitcher. He was hit harder than Tyler, but was steadier than his rival on the mound and hard to hit when it meant runs. His support was excellent. Chief Wilson stopped Josh Devore at the plate with a fine throw when Devore tried to score from second on Johnny Evers' single in the seventh.

Tyler was also fortunate with his fielders. Deal grabbed a terrific ground ball hit by Riggert in the fifth inning and doubled up Miller Huggins at second base. Devore also went a long way back for a fly ball or two and Schmidt and Maranville made some great plays themselves.

In the end, the Cardinals won by sheer good hitting. Huggins made a decided change in the constitution of his team. He benched Art Butler and put Dots Miller in at short. He also started Lee Dressen at first base, a left-handed hitter, who found himself pitted against one of the star left-handed pitchers of the league in Tyler. He got two hits in two times at bat and played a great game defensively.

Leslie Mann got even with his old pal hub Perdue. He had three hits and four tries and a long fly to center for the fourth effort. Lefty Tyler knocked a long single against the right-field screen in the ninth. Bert Whaling was on first at the time and a faster man might have scored, although Wilson did the work picking the ball off the fence.

Frank Snyder out general Maranville in the eighth. He made a bluff to throw to third, then threw to second and Maranville took a chance on Huggins' arm. Miller was well in and got the ball back to Snyder very quickly.

Dressen made a fine showing. Any left-hande, who can hit Tyler as well as he did, must be a good hitter.

Maranville once more distinguished himself at bat and in the field. His steal of third at a critical moment, was good baseball. Leslie Mann got three clean hits in four tries and sent Riggert all the way to the fence on his last at bat. Devore, Evers and Maranville were there with the bat. In all was a very fine game and the team that delivered the punch at the right moment won it.  Maranville's snug way of catching fly balls close to his stomach afforded the crowd a lot of amusement. In all was a very fine game and the team that delivered the punch at the right moment won it.

 

at Robison Field (St. Louis) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

 

2

12

2

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

2

 

3

8

1

W-Hub Perdue (3-5)
L-Lefty Tyler (6-9)
Attendance – 3000

2B-Devore (Bost), Mann (Bost), Riggert (StL), Roche (StL)
3B-Connolly (Bost), Huggins (StL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Josh Devore cf 4 0 2 .337  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 1 2 .303  

 

Joe Connolly lf 4 0 1 .283  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 1 2 .258  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 0 .276  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 3 0 1 .246  

 

Les Mann cf 4 0 3 .227  

 

Bert Whaling c 2 0 0 .233  

 

Lefty Tyler p 4 0 1 .277  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Lefty Tyler 8.1 8 1 6 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 44 30 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 42 37 4 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 41 39 6

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 36 37 7 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 38 40 8

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 33 37 9

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 33 38 9 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

33 42 11 1/2