“DIARY OF A WINNER”

LEFTY TYLER

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Lefty Tyler shuts out the Cardinals and
scores the only run to win his own game

August 3, 1914 ... The Boston Braves made a perfect clean sweep of the series with the St. Louis Cardinals by winning the fourth straight game by a score of 1 to 0 at the South End Grounds. The final game, like its predecessors, was a fight from beginning to end. George "Lefty" Tyler and Dan Griner had another pitcher's duel, and although the Cardinals giant did excellent work, he was over shadowed by the Boston southpaw. Neither man gave up a base on balls, each struck out eight men, and the hits were even at three for each side up until the ninth-inning.

Tyler kept the Cardinals hits at three, and then to emphasize his great work, led off the ninth-inning with a line drive single and scored the winning run. It was the second time that Griner pitched a great game and lost in the series, as in the opening game when he held the Braves to just one hit but lost.

It started to look that judging by the way each pitcher was going neither side would be able to score before it got dark and the game would carry on unless something broke. The break came in favor of the Braves. Tyler opened up the ninth-inning with a single over second. Josh Devore's sacrifice advanced him and Johnny Evers hit a high bounder that went over the pitcher's head and came down about half way between the pitchers mound and second base. Art Butler the shortstop had to make a lightning one-handed play, and his throw went wide of Lee Dressen at first and got away from him. Tyler was able to score from second, putting across the only run of the game.

It was another hard game for Griner lose, but on the work that Tyler did after the first inning, it would've been even harder for Tyler to lose. Lefty just outpitched his opponent. Tyler found himself in the hole only twice during the entire game but he got out of the situation with his great pitching.

Johnny Evers played a great game in the field in spite of the fact that he was still bothered by his stiff neck. Lee Magee of the Cardinals had a great game also, robbing Evers of a double in the fourth inning by making a great running catch in left centerfield and knocking out two of the Cardinals three hits.

Butch Schmidt got two of the three hits by the Braves in three at-bats. Charlie Deal made one of his now famous one-handed plays on a slow bunt by Frank Snyder, one of the best fielding plays of the game.

Manager Stallings received word from Larry Gilbert that he would rejoin the team tomorrow with Mrs. Gilbert feeling much better from her recent illness.

Red Sox President Joe Lannin sent a telegram to Braves President James Gaffney extending the use of Fenway Park to the Braves, free of charge, for the remainder of the season.

T E A M S

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R

H

E

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

0

3

3

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

 

1

5

2

 

W-Lefty Tyler (10-9)
L-Dan Griner (4-9)
Attendance - 6000
2B-Magee (StL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Josh Devore rf 3 0 0 .260  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 0 1 .295  

 

Joe Connolly lf 3 0 1 .287  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 3 0 0 .244  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 3 0 2 .262  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 2 0 0 .221  

 

Les Mann cf 3 0 0 .245  

 

Bert Whaling c 3 0 0 .219  

 

Lefty Tyler p 3 1 1 .241  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Lefty Tyler 9 3 0 0 8  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 53 37 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 52 43 3 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 51 46 5 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

46 45 7 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 46 49 9 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 43 49 11

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 40 51 13 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 39 50 13 1/2