“DIARY OF A WINNER”

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Slim Sallee stops the Braves
on the mound and at the plate

July 15, 1914 ... Slim Sallee not only pitched beautiful baseball, but also won his own game with a single that broke a 3 to 3 tie in the eighth-inning in the final game of the series at Robison Field. Sallee also knocked in the second run in the fifth inning.

It was a great game in which Sallee did much the better of the pitching. The Braves got five hits off him to the 10 that the Cardinals got off Otto Hess. But three of the five hits made by the Braves, counted in their scoring. A base on balls and Dressen's error, the only one made by the Cardinals, also hurt Sallee's performance. Two of the Boston hits, one in the eighth and the other in the ninth, both made by the leadoff man in those innings, had no effect on the score. The fact that Sallee could have the first batter get on base safely, and then keep the Braves from scoring, is proof of his effectiveness.

Umpire Bill Klem called a ball on a perfect strike thrown to Hank Gowdy in the third inning and that was chiefly responsible for the pair of runs made by Boston. Dressen muffed a perfect throw from Dots Miller for the second out in the fourth inning. The next batter flied out to Joe Riggert and with perfect umpiring and perfect support, Sallee would have had a shutout.

He however, did not look any too good in the early innings. Leslie Mann led off the third with a sharp shot past Miller. Hank Gowdy received a base on balls after Klem's questionable call and Hess then sacrificed. Devore also drew a walk. After Oscar Dugey popped out to Miller Huggins, Ted Cather knocked a single to right, that scored man and Gowdy to give the Braves a 2 to 0 lead.

There was one down in the fourth inning when Dressen let Miller's throw drop out of his hands on Butch Schmidt's ground ball. Charlie Deal popped out to Miller, but Mann kept up his torrid hitting and drove a triple to right-center, that scored Schmidt. Mann tried to make a home run out of it, but Miller's great relay of Chief Wilson's throw, got him at the plate. That gave the Braves a 3 to 0 lead.

In the fifth inning Wilson led with a double to left-center. Rabbit Maranville proved that he is human by totally missing Zinn Beck's slow grounder and Wilson scored on Frank Snyder's fly ball out to Ted Cather. Hess then passed Dressen to pitch to Sallee. But Slim came through with a single that scored Beck and made it 3 to 2.

After two were out in the sixth inning, Beck drew a base on balls and Snyder hit a hard single to left. He scored when Mann let that ball dribble through him, to tie the game at 3 to 3.

In the eighth-inning Miller and Wilson opened up the inning with singles. Beck then sacrificed and Hess passed Snyder to get to Dressen. Huggins crossed them up by sending Art Butler in to pinch-hit. Butler hit one back to Hess, who fell down as he fielded the ball, but managed to get it over to Hank Gowdy and force Miller at the plate. The mishap was all that prevented a doubleplay, because Butler was safe at first on a very close call. Then came Sallee with a slash over first base, down the right-field line and the score was 5 to 3 in his favor.

The Cardinals hit Hess harder than the score showed. Charlie Deal got three or four line drives and a ground ball or two, that had base hits written all over them. For the Cardinals, Miller covered a lot of ground at shortstop and showed a rifle for an arm, but he did not have a put out at either short nor first base.

The Braves left for Cincinnati tonight in good spirits and in good condition.

 

at Robison Field (St. Louis) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

 

3

5

3

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

2

x

 

5

10

1

W-Slim Sallee (12-8)
L-Otto Hess (2-5)
Attendance – 3100

2B-Riggert (StL), Wilson (StL)
3B-Mann (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Josh Devore cf 3 0 0 .326  

 

Oscar Dugey 2b 4 0 0 .190  

 

Ted Cather rf 3 0 2 .258  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 0 .254  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 1 0 .272  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 3 0 0 .242  

 

Les Mann lf 3 1 2 .232  

 

Hank Gowdy c 2 1 1 .234  

 

Otto Hess p 2 0 0 .143  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Otto Hess 8 10 0 4 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 44 31 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 43 37 3 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 42 39 5

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 39 40 7

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 36 38 7 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 34 38 8 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 33 38 9

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

33 43 11 1/2