“DIARY OF A WINNER”

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The Braves breeze by the Cubs
to take the series

July 29, 1914 ... The Braves made it two out of three by trimming the Cubs today in a most artistic manner, the score being 8 to 3. Johnny Evers was unable to play, but Possum Whitted, who took his place at second base, put up a wonderful game, both in the field and at bat. He handled some nasty grounders as well as any second baseman in the business, and knocked out a triple, a single and a sacrifice in his four trips to the plate.

Rabbit Maranville was acting captain, which by the way, is coming along pretty well for a youngster who has only been out of the minors for two seasons. His new honors did not seem to handicapped him any, for his fielding and that of Whitted, where the features of the game. The Rabbit robbed Tommy Leach of a hit by going out into left field and making a great over the shoulder catch on a pop up. Leach also had a pretty busy day in center field. He made seven putouts. His judgment in handling flyballs in the high wind, that was prevalent, was excellent except in one instance. Wilbur Good also made a fine catch of a low liner from the bat of Bill James.

James was not feeling any too well and after the third inning, the Cubs began to work in some base hits, but in the sixth he checked a rally by taking a hot liner from Bill Sweeney and doubling Frank Schulte at first base. The Cubs could not touch him after that. They made their five hits off him in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. One of the hits was a scratch infield hit that managed to elude James and Whitted.

James was rather wild to start with, the strong wind apparently bothering him, and the visitors got one cheap run in the first inning. Leach, the first batter up, drew a base on balls and went to second on Good's out at first. He then went to third on a wild pitch. Vic Saier was passed and Heinie Zimmerman flied out to Josh Devore in left field. Saier and Leach then worked a double steal and Leach scored as Maranville, who intercepted the throw to second, dropped the ball. Schulte the was the third out but the Cubs led 1 to 0.

Zip Zabel started the game for the Cubs and was hit easily, although one of the hits in the opening inning, which brought in two runs, was of the scratch variety. The three runs made by the Braves however in the third, were the result of some healthy wallops and a wild pitch. Casey Hageman, who worked the last two innings, was also hit easily in one of them. It was while he was pitching that the Braves clinched the game.

In the Braves half of the first inning they took the lead and caught a break. Devore started off by singling to left. Whitted sacrificed him and Joe Connolly drew a base on balls. Maranville hit a bounder over Zabel's head which shot through Sweeney behind second base on a bad hop. DeVore tried to score but was out at the plate on a great throw by Leach who was backing up second base. The Braves and caught a break. Charlie Deal popped up but the wind made it difficult to judge. Sweeney and Leach were both making a play for the ball, but it dropped between the two, letting Joe Connolly and Rabbit Maranville score and Butch Schmidt making it to third. Leslie Mann ended the inning by forcing Deal at second, but the Braves were up 2 to 1.

In the bottom of the third inning Whitted led off with a triple between Leach and Good in right-center. He scored on a hit by Connolly, on a ball that took a high hop over Saier's head at first base. Maranville singled to left and Good fumbled the ball so Connolly set sail for the plate with the Rabbit making it to third on the throw. He then scored the third run of the inning on Schmidt sacrifice fly out to Leach. That made the score 5 to 1 in favor of the Braves.

Chicago worked a run over in the fourth and another one in the fifth to make it 5 to 3. In the seventh inning, with Hageman pitching and one out, Schulte made a great try for Devore's short pop to left-field. He only got the tips of his fingers on the ball and the hit was good for a double. Whitted then singled to center to score Devore, but Josh would've been out if Roger Bresnahan had held onto the ball which was a perfect throw from Leach. Whitted made it to second on the throw to the plate and Connolly hit a high bounder which Sweeney had a jump into the air for. Connolly could not beat the good throw, but Sweeney threw wild and Whitted scored as Connolly took second on the play. He then went to third on the Rabbit's out at first and scored on Schmidt's line single to right-field. Deal then sent a liner out to Leach in center and this bunch of runs made the score 8 to 3.

The Cubs were not serious contenders after this. In the ninth Sweeney was thrown at first by Whitted who made another wonderful stop on a short hop bounder by Red Corriden. James retired the side and the game belonged to the Braves.

The Braves have taken 11 of 15 games from the Cubs and Chicago has barely managed to win one game in each series played. Johnny Evers stayed in his hotel room all day the hopes be a play tomorrow. Ensign Cottrell, the new pitcher by from Baltimore, was out for practice before the game. He could possibly see some action in the St. Louis series.

T E A M S

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

CHICAGO CUBS

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

 

 

3

5

3

BOSTON BRAVES

2

0

3

0

0

0

3

0

x

 

 

8

11

2

 

W-Bill James (11-6)
L-Zip Zabel (1-4)
Attendance - 8500
2B-Devore (Bost)
3B-Whitted (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Josh Devore rf 4 1 2 .288  

 

Possum Whitted 2b 3 2 2 .190  

 

Joe Connolly lf 3 3 2 .290  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 2 1 .248  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 2 0 1 .263  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 4 0 2 .230  

 

Les Mann cf 3 0 1 .239  

 

Bert Whaling c 4 0 0 .227  

 

Bill James p 4 0 0 .237  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill James 9 5 3 4 8  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 52 33 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 51 39 3 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 51 42 5

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

42 45 11

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 42 48 12 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 39 48 14

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 38 48 14 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 36 48 15 1/2