“DIARY OF A WINNER”

HANK GOWDY

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The Braves end the Cubs' winning streak

July 27, 1914 ... The Braves ended the winning streak of the Cubs, who had piled up nine straight, by defeating them today in a 5 to 3 ballgame. They hopped on Larry Cheney from the drop of the hat and kept after him until he was relieved in the second inning. There was a big Monday crowd out to see them perform and altogether they looked like a better team than the Cubs. They did not get all that should have been coming from the hits they made, but they got enough to win which is the main object. George Pierce, who relieved Cheney, with the bases full, did some splendid work except in two innings, and in one of these innings an error and a hit batsman resulted in his undoing.

Bill James started the game but had an attack of nausea, after working two innings and had to withdraw. Dick Rudolph hurriedly got put into the game although manager Stallings intended to give him and other days rest. But the Braves wanted the game so badly that he was the choice. While Rudolph was not just perfect, he managed to get by through pitching smart and several of the hits made by the Cubs were lucky ones, just out of the reach of Braves infield.

Johnny Evers played fine game in the field and had a double and a single in his three chances at the plate. Rabbit Maranville made a couple of great plays, and after making another one, spoiled it with a poor throw to first. It was a hard-fought game, with Chicago twice tying it up.

In the first inning the Braves opened on Larry Cheney. Josh Devore singled to right and Evers doubled to the same area. Joe Connolly came up and singled to center to score Devore and Evers. Rabbit Maranville failed in an attempt to sacrifice and struck out. After Connolly went to second on a passed ball, Butch Schmidt hit a grounder to Heinie Zimmerman, who bluffed a throw to first that dragged Connolly off second and caught him.

Bill James was not feeling well before he started, but he was there striking out Frank Schulte the and Bill Sweeney with Red Corriden flying out to Leslie Mann.

Mann led off the second with a single and was followed by Hank Gowdy who got another hit. Otto Hess came in to bat for the ailing James and hit a Texas leaguer that dropped into short center field. That was it for Cheney and Pierce came into pitch. Stallings then shifted his lineup and sent Ted Cather, a right-handed batter, to face the left-handed pitcher, in place of Devore. Cather sent when should've been a good sacrifice fly to deep right, but it was ruled that Mann left third before the ball was caught and he was declared out. Evers then drew a walk and Possum Whitted was sent in to bat for Connolly and thrown out at first on a fine play by Pierce. Three singles and what should've been a sacrifice fly, resulted in no runs for the Braves.

Rudolph went into pitch and the visitors were retired in order in the next two innings, but so were the Braves. In the fifth inning, Frank Schulte, the first batter up for the Cubs, got two bases on a Texas leaguer to left. Sweeney then hit a hot grounder to Maranville's right and the Rabbit made a wonderful stop over near second. He was off-balance when he threw to third to get Schulte and threw the ball into the ground, allowing the runner to get there safely. Corriden singled to center to score Schulte and he tried to take second on Mann's throw that tried to get Sweeney at third but was out, Mann to Deal to Evers. Roger Bresnahan up now, shot one past the Rabbit, who was playing in close and Sweeney came in with the tying run. Bresnahan stole second, as Johnny Evers had to take the throw off-balance, dropping the ball after touching the runner. Pierce ended the inning by striking out, but the score was now 2 to 2.

The tie was immediately dissolved as Cather opened up the fifth with a single to right. Evers singled to center and Whitted sacrificed him to second. With men on second and third, Pierce intentionally passed Maranville to fill the bases. Schmidt forced the Rabbit at second but there was no chance for a doubleplay and Cather scored with the third run for the Braves.

In the seventh inning both Sweeney and Corriden singled with Sweeney making it to third. He scored and tied the game again on a sacrifice fly by Bresnahan.

The Braves did nothing in the bottom of the seventh, but in the eighth they clinched the game. Maranville reached first on Corriden's error and Schmidt was hit by a pitch. Deal sacrificed and Maranville scored on Mann's sacrifice fly to Leach in center field. Schmidt tagged up and went to third after the catch and scored on Hank Gowdy's single through second, making the score 5 to 3.

But the Cubs were not dead. In the ninth-inning Zimmerman singled one over Johnny Evers' head and Schulte lobbed one just over Butch Schmidt, allowing Zimmerman to get the third. Zimmerman never made it off third as Sweeney hit into a doubleplay, Maranville to Evers to Schmidt, ending the game.

T E A M S

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2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

CHICAGO CUBS

0

0

0

0

2

0

1

0

0

 

 

3

8

2

BOSTON BRAVES

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

2

x

 

 

5

9

2

 

W-Dick Rudolph (12-8)
L-Larry Cheney (13-10)
Attendance - 7000
2B-Schulte (Chi), Evers (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Josh Devore rf 1 1 1 .280  

 

Ted Cather ph/rf 3 1 1 .258  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 3 1 2 .295  

 

Joe Connolly lf 1 0 1 .285  

 

Possum Whitted ph/lf 2 0 0 .164  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 3 1 0 .248  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 3 1 0 .261  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 3 0 0 .225  

 

Les Mann cf 3 0 1 .238  

 

Hank Gowdy c 4 0 2 .244  

 

Bill James p 0 0 0 .255  

 

Otto Hess ph 1 0 1 .242  

 

Dick Rudolph p 3 0 0 .138  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill James 2 1 0 0 1  
  Dick Rudolph 7 7 1 0 5  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 51 33 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 51 38 2 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 50 42 5

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

41 45 11

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 41 48 12 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 39 47 13

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 38 47 13 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 36 47 14 1/2