“DIARY OF A WINNER”

DAN GRINER

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
A ninth inning St. Louis error wins the game
for Lefty Tyler

July 30, 1914 ... Holding the Braves to one hit in nine innings, Dan Griner, the giant twirler of the Cardinals, saw his splendid work nullified by his poor support and has to take a defeat in spite of the fact that he pitched airtight ball. The Braves won by a score of 2 to 1 and errors were the cause of it all. Lefty Tyler also pitched well, and the one run made by the Cardinals was on a freak home run in which the ball broke through the wire net above the left-field fence and just dropped on the wrong side from the Braves view point.

The Braves got the breaks, as of course any team must do to win a game on a solitary hit, and that one was a single. Defensively they gave Tyler great support, or there would've been a different story to tell. Joe Connolly and Josh Devore each threw out men at second base from the outfield, who were trying to stretch singles. Butch Schmidt, Rabbit Maranville and Possum Whitted made sensational catches, the one by Schmidt being made in the ninth-inning on a line drive hit over the bag, which would've brought in two runs if the ball had gotten away from him.

While only one hit shows against Griner, he too was given brilliant support in spots. Lee Magee made two phenomenal catches in center field, one of them near the flagpole, on a ball hit by Tyler, which may have carried easily over the centerfield fence if the wind had been blowing in the opposite direction, rather than that against him.

In the ninth-inning Zinn Beck made a wonderful one-handed stop of the ball hit by Whitted. He had barely time to stick his hand down and block the ball, throwing Whitted out at first. Tyler would have scored the winning run at the ball gotten by Beck. Instead, he went to third on the throw to first and scored when Beck slipped up on Maranville's easy grounder. The first play helped Griner's pitching record, and probably saved the game but the second one certainly cost him.

The rain which fell intermittently until 2 PM made it rather doubtful if a game would be started and is kept the attendance down to 2000 people.

Lee Magee got booted out of the game in the eighth-inning for protesting too much on a decision by umpire Quigley on an out by Miller Huggins at first base. Huggins tried to push the outfielder away and do the protesting himself, but Magee would have none of it and kept on the umpire until he was waived away.

The Braves got out of a hole in the first inning on a great catch by the Rabbit. Huggins hit single to center and Bert Whaling, in attempting to catch him off first, threw wild and he went to second base. Magee then sacrificed and Schmidt seeing that Tyler could not get to it, tried to play it quickly and fumbled the ball. On a hit-and-run plate, Magee made a dash for second base, making the Rabbit move toward the bag. Dots Miller, was at the plate and hit one through the hole at short that Maranville had vacated, but the Rabbit stopped and made a leap in the air, stabbing the ball with one hand and Magee, who was almost at second was easily doubled up at first.

The Cardinals scored in the top of the second inning after two were out, when Snyder drove the ball through the wires above the left-field fence to give the Cardinals a 1 to 0 lead. The Braves only hit came in the next inning and a run developed. Leslie Mann singled to right and Whaling sent him to second on a sacrifice. He went to third on Tyler's out at first and then came home when Miller fumbled Devore's ground ball. Devore himself was the third out on a failed attempt to steal second base, but the Braves had tied up the game.

Then with one out in the fifth inning, Lee Dressen lined a single to left and was thrown out by Joe Connolly as he tried stretch it into a double. Beck robbed Schmidt of a hit in the fifth by taking a hot liner at third as he stretched out completely, diving on the ground. In the sixth, Magee singled to right and he was thrown out at second base by Devore when he to try too stretch that hit. Except for these instances there was nothing doing until the ninth-inning.

In the final frame, Art Butler was brought in to bat for Chuck Miller, and he sent a long fly ball which was cleverly taken by Connolly. Joe Riggert hit one safely to right and the ball took an awkward bounce, getting away from Devore and letting Riggert get to second. Dots Miller followed with a single to move Riggert over to third. Up next was Chief Wilson, who hit a ground ball to Maranville and Riggert got caught in a rundown, but not until Miller reached third and Wilson took second. Then Schmidt made a remarkable catch went Beck smashed a line drive in his direction. That ended the Cardinals threat.

Now came the finish. Huggins booted a ground ball by Tyler in the bottom of the ninth. Devore laid down a perfect sacrifice and Beck made his great play on Whitted's line drive shot, as Tyler moved over to third base. Dressen threw the ball back to third to try and get Tyler. The play was close but Tyler was safe. Griner decided not to take a chance on Connolly so he intentionally walked him. Maranville came up next and hit an easy ground ball that Beck fumbled, allowing Rabbit to beat the throw and Tyler to score the winning run.

ZINN BECK

It was bad luck for Griner. He allowed only one hit and yet he lost the game. There was a lot of good plays made behind him, but the bad one game at a critical stage. But there was some luck in the scoring of the run by the Cardinals also. Batted balls usually do not punch a hole through the netting of the screen. Snyder's wallop was a hard one and it just broke through the wiring.

Anticipating that a crowd too big to be accommodated at the Walpole Street Grounds on Saturday between the Braves and the Cardinals, Boston Braves president James Gaffney has sought permission to transfer the game to Fenway Park. Red Sox president Joe Lannin is quite willing that the Braves have the use of the park and the officials of the National League have been asked to give their approval. Gaffney's objective is to give those who attend the game, the most comfortable accommodations possible and does nothing got the league officials will object.

Quite a crowd is expected to come in from Springfield and Windsor Locks, Connecticut, with a special train to be made up of three sections, bringing an estimated 2500 passengers, about 1500 of whom are expected to attend the game. Gaffney hopes that his club will put up such a good game that they will make those who see them feel well rewarded for their attendance.

T E A M S

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R

H

E

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

1

7

4

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

 

2

1

2

 

W-Lefty Tyler (9-9)
L-Dan Griner (4-8)
Attendance - 2000
2B-Riggert (StL)
HR-Snyder (StL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Josh Devore rf 2 0 0 .283  

 

Possum Whitted 2b 4 0 0 .177  

 

Joe Connolly lf 3 0 0 .286  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 0 .245  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 3 0 0 .260  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 3 0 0 .227  

 

Les Mann cf 3 1 1 .240  

 

Bert Whaling c 2 0 0 .224  

 

Lefty Tyler p 3 1 0 .236  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Lefty Tyler 9 7 1 6 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 52 34 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 52 40 3

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 51 43 5

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

43 45 10

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 43 48 11 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 40 49 13 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 39 48 13 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 36 49 15 1/2