“DIARY OF A WINNER”

BUTCH SCHMIDT

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Dick Rudolph strong as the Braves beat Cincinnati

July 18, 1914 ... The Braves made it two straight, winning today's game from the Reds by a score of 6 to 3. Dick Rudolph held the Reds to three hits and one run in the first six innings, and not until his team had a safe lead, did he let down a bit. In line with his splendid pitching. The Braves work in the field was extremely fast and better than anything shown for a long time.

Leon Ames was very unreliable as the Reds starting pitcher. The former Giant was knocked around and hit hard and often, finally giving way under an avalanche of long hits in the sixth inning. Just to show that it was there fixed intent to make it two straight games with wins, the Braves started on Ames in the first inning. After Josh Devore popped to short, Johnny Evers singled and took third when Joe Connolly got a base hit, and then he scored on Maranville's ground out to first. Evers scored when he beat Fritz Mollwitz's throw to the plate. That gave the Braves a quick 1 to 0 lead.

The Reds displayed some super fielding in the second, which robbed the Braves of some base hits. Buck Herzog took Charlie Deal's nasty ground ball and made a great throw to first. Maury Uhler had to go to extreme center and chase down Leslie Mann's fly ball, and finally Dick Rudolph's fly ball nearly caused a collision between Herzog and George Twombly. Twombly was quick and speared the ball with one hand while dodging the oncoming Herzog.

Again the Reds when hitless, while the Braves, in the third inning, gave the fans quite a scare. Evers tripled and ran in on Connolly's ground out to short, but the umpire declared him out at home. In the fourth inning Butch Schmidt walked and took an extra base on a wild pitch. Deal and Mann then struck out and Gowdy left Schmidt stranded when he popped out to Mollwitz.

The Reds got their first man on base in the fourth and evened the score. Herbie Moran hit one into centerfield and Herzog followed with a single that put Moran on third base. Herbie then scored as Twombly forced Herzog at second, making the score 1 to 1.

Two runs in the fifth inning gave the Braves a good lead which they never relinquished. Devore hit a drive that Uhler got both hands on after a hard run, but then dropped the ball. Evers singled to score Devore and took second on a passed ball, coming in on Connolly's single. Heinie Groh got Rabbit Maranville's grounder and then tagged Connolly, who blocked out Groh from getting the ball over to first, but the umpire called Maranville out on interference by Connolly.

With the Braves out in front 3 to 2, the Reds went out in order in their half of the fifth. Then in the sixth Boston added two more as Butch Schmidt singled and was sacrificed to second by Deal. Mann then tripled out to the scoreboard in left to score Schmidt and Gowdy brought Mann in with a triple to right. On Rudolph's grounder to short, Gowdy got caught at the plate to stop another Boston run. Devore got the fourth hit off Ames in this inning, but further scoring was prevented when Groh threw out Evers. At the end of six innings the score was 5 to 1 in favor of the Braves.

In the seventh inning, King Lear took the mound for the Reds and Mike Gonzalez took over to catch. They managed to keep the Braves from scoring, although Connolly opened with a single. In their half of the inning, the Reds scored their second run on Herzog's double and Groh's base hit to make the score 5 to 2.

In the eighth-inning, Herzog booted Mann's ground ball and Rudolph walked. He was forced at second by Devore and on a double steal, Mann scored and Devore got to second when Groh dropped the ball. That made it 6 to 2.

The third run for the Reds came in the bottom of the ninth on singles by Moran and Herzog, and Bert Niehoff's sacrifice fly.

The Reds efforts against Rudolph were pitiful, and with two straight wins to go on, the Braves are full of energy and confidence. Hank Gowdy is doing much of the catching for the Braves and is also doing splendid work with the bat.

Manager Stallings has 14 of his players signed to two or three year contracts and naturally feels safe from a successful attack by the federal league, while in contrast, the Cincinnati team, which has players and management are quite anxious.

 

at Redland Field (Cincinnati) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

1

0

0

0

2

2

0

1

0

 

6

11

0

CINCINNATI REDS

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

0

1

 

3

7

3

W-Dick Rudolph (10-8)
L-Red Ames (10-11)
Attendance – 4300

2B-Herzog (Cinci)
3B-Evers (Bost), Mann (Bost), Gowdy (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Josh Devore cf 5 1 1 .309  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 5 2 3 .312  

 

Joe Connolly lf 5 0 3 .287  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 1 .254  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 1 1 .271  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 3 0 0 .238  

 

Les Mann rf 4 2 1 .229  

 

Hank Gowdy c 3 0 1 .238  

 

Dick Rudolph p 3 0 0 .136  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dick Rudolph 9 7 3 1 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 46 32 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 45 37 3

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 44 40 5

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 39 42 8 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 37 40 8 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 35 40 9 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 34 42 10 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

35 43 11