“DIARY OF A WINNER”

BILL JAMES

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Bill James duels Rube Benton and shuts out Cincinnati

July 17, 1914 ... In a brilliant pitching duel between Bill James and Rube Benton, the Braves won out by a close 1 to 0 score. James allowed just four hits and was never in trouble. With the exception of one inning, the eighth, when two lucky hits gave the Reds a chance to tie the score, James iron nerve forced the batters to hit right at his fielders.

Benton gave up six hits, three of which were bunched together and resulted in the winning run for Boston. In the third inning, Benton lost his bearings, but a little carelessness on the bases spoiled what seemed to be a good chance to score. After Leslie Mann had been set down on a fly ball to Herbie Moran, Hank Gowdy walked. He was sacrificed to second by James and Devore also was walked. Benton then uncorked a wild pitch on which Gowdy raced to third. With Evers at bat, Devore took too big a lead off first and Rube's quick throw over to Fritz Mollwitz got him.

In the fourth inning Johnny Evers singled but was forced by Joe Connolly, whose attempt to sacrifice, didn't work. Rabbit Maranville beat out a slow grounder down to first and Butch Schmidt knocked out a single to score Connolly with the one and only run of the game. The Reds got a man is far as third in that inning on an error, but there was no damage done. With two down, George Twombly hit a ball that got by Mann in center field. Twombly made it to third where he died.

Gowdy singled in the fifth inning but never got beyond first base. Evers started the sixth with a clean single, but the next batters were laid out on infield plays. A double play choked off a small rally in the seventh as Charlie Deal hit to short and was safe on Buck Herzog's low throw. After Mann flied out, Gowdy beat out a grounder to Heinie Groh, who tagged Deal and threw to first, doubling up Gowdy.

RUBE BENTON

In the eighth, Benton walked Evers and Connolly, after two batters had been disposed of. Maranville then sent a drive out to centerfield which had all the earmarks of extra bases, but Maury Uhler tracked it down for the out.

In the eighth-inning Doc Miller was sent in as a pinch-hitter for Cincinnati and made good with a single. After Tex Erwin's pop out to Maranville, Marty Berghammer was sent in to bat for Benton. Harry LaRoss, who was sent in as a pinch runner for Miller, stole second base and took third on Gowdy's poor throw which went into the outfield. However he was thrown out at the plate on Berghammer's ground ball down to Maranville. Berghammer was thrown out stealing to end the threat.

James got the Reds in the ninth inning to complete his 1 to 0 shutout.

Manager Stallings said that he was very pleased with the condition of his team and with the exception of Johnny Evers, who was spiked on the shin in the first St. Louis game, everyone is healthy and ready to go. He believes that his team is fighting for every game and they will start moving upward. He feels that his squad is too good to remain in last place.

 

at Redland Field (Cincinnati) ...

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BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

 

1

6

2

CINCINNATI REDS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

4

1

W-Bill James (9-6)
L-Rube Benton (10-10)
Attendance – 2100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

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AVG

 

 

Josh Devore cf 3 0 0 .315  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 3 0 2 .307  

 

Joe Connolly lf 3 1 0 .279  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 1 .254  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 1 .271  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 4 0 1 .242  

 

Les Mann rf 4 0 0 .228  

 

Hank Gowdy c 3 0 1 .236  

 

Bill James p 3 0 0 .275  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill James 9 4 0 1 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 44 31 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 43 37 3 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 42 40 5 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 39 40 7

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 37 38 7

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 35 38 8

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 34 40 10 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

34 43 11 1/2