“DIARY OF A WINNER”

DICK RUDOLPH

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Dick Rudolph allows the Pirates only three hits

July 21, 1914 ... The Braves again romped home 6 to 0 winners at the expense of the Pittsburgh Pirates. With Dick Rudolph at his very best, there was never a doubt of the outcome, and the only question would be what the final score was. The floundering Pirates were pushed further back in the standings and it seems likely that they can get no further in the pennant race.

Mike Mitchell felt the ire of the Pirates' boss today for his poor playing yesterday, by being by being traded to Washington, who signed him as insurance in the American League pennant race. It is not known tonight who will next feel the sting of the Pirates organization, as there has been some bush league playing on the part of the Pirates outfield.

It looked worse because the Braves were playing brilliantly in the field and hitting at the right times. Rabbit Maranville was running all over the infield and nothing got past him. He played better than his distinguished rival, Honus Wagner, and the work of Johnny Evers had Jim Viox beaten by a mile. Charlie Deal also made some great stop of sizzlers that would have got runs in had he faltered.

Boston made Marty O'Toole, the Pirates starter, wish he had never seen them. He wasn't exactly to blame for the first run, nor the second, but in the eighth inning the Braves showed him that he had nothing in his repertoire to fool them, and he was sent to the showers and glad to get away.

Maranville opened the scoring with a hit to right-field in the third inning, and Jim Kelly, who replaced Mitchell, played it badly. The ball got past him and before he could recover it, the Rabbit and crossed the plate. That gave the Braves a 1 to 0 lead. The same unfortunate Kelly got in trouble again in the seventh inning. He let Joe Connolly's hit get past him this time and it went for a triple. Connolly scored when Maranville hit one to Wagner which the old man fumbled, but recovered in time to get the runner at first.

Leading 2 to 0 in the eighth-inning, the Pirates downfall began. The happy Braves were not slow to take advantage of several opportunities to push men over the plate and settle the game once and for all. Leslie Mann started the inning by sending out a little fly ball between Viox and Joe Kelly behind second base. The ball belonged to Kelly, but Viox yelled that he had it and the rightfielder stopped. Viox missed it, and before the ball was thrown back to the infield, Mann was on third. Hank Gowdy then came across with a sharp single and the first run of the inning was in. Rudolph sacrificed and Gowdy went to second, before Josh Devore was passed. Next, Johnny Evers singled and Gowdy scored with the third run of the inning. Connolly was intentionally walked the first to fill the bases and Maranville singled, bringing over two more runs and that was enough. The next two men went out but O'Toole was seen no more. Joe Conzelman took up the burden in the ninth, and the inning passed peacefully were both sides.

Johnny Evers had a little hard luck in his first two times at bat. The first time Max Carey made a marvelous catch of his line drive to left and in the third inning with three and two against him, O'Toole slipped over a spitter that fooled the umpire in calling the captain out on strikes, but the pitch was clearly low.

Gowdy also lost a triple through the excellent fielding a little Eddie Mensor, when he ran to the scoreboard and hauled down the catcher's long fly ball.

In the sixth inning the Pirates made a little flurry and got two of their three hits. O'Toole got the first hit, but was forced at second by Carey. When Murray hit one toward third, Carey almost bowled over Charlie Deal and prevented him from fielding the ball, but Maranville grabbed the ball behind third and held Carey there, where he ended up at the end.

 

at Forbes Field (Pittsburgh) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

4

0

 

6

9

2

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

3

1

W-Dick Rudolph (11-8)
L-Marty O'Toole (1-5)
Attendance – 1500

3B-Connolly (Bost), Mann (Bost)
HR-Maranville (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Josh Devore rf 3 1 0 .299  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 1 1 .304  

 

Joe Connolly lf 3 1 1 .288  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 5 1 2 .250  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 3 0 1 .272  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 5 0 1 .236  

 

Les Mann lf 4 1 1 .238  

 

Hank Gowdy c 4 1 1 .237  

 

Dick Rudolph p 3 0 1 .145  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dick Rudolph 9 3 0 4 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 48 32 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 48 37 2 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 47 40 4 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

38 43 10 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 39 45 11

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 37 43 11

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 35 43 12

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 35 44 12 1/2