“DIARY OF A WINNER”

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Pittsburgh gets only two hits off Dick Rudolph

August 4, 1914 ... Dick Rudolph pitched another two-hit shutout game today, it being the second time that he has done so within five days, as the Pittsburgh Pirates were beaten in the first game of the series 1 to 0. As with the game on Friday, one of the two hits that was made off Rudolph, came close to being an out, although the ball was hit hard to the outfield. Honus Wagner sent a liner to short right field, which Josh Devore made a shoestring catch on and then rolled over on his shoulder.

The umpire waved the batter out, but when Devore finally got up apparently the ball had dropped out from inside his shirt, and the runner was declared safe. The other hit, made by Zip Collins was a clean single in the ninth-inning.

Rudolph was given great support, Rabbit Maranville making several wonderful stops and one chain lightning play on a ball that hit the umpire near second base. Johnny Evers, however, executed one of the greatest plays seen all year. It came on a hard-hit ball by Max Carey, which took a high hop behind second base. The play had to be made with lightning speed and had to be done with one hand. Evers had to make a high jump into the air for it about 5 feet behind the bag and made what seemed an impossible play. He caught the ball in such a way that his arm was extended so he could make the throw to first without any backward motion. While still in the air, he let the ball go and it was on its way to first before his feet touched the ground. The throw was a good one and beat the runner by a step. The crowd went wild over the play and it is doubtful that anyone had ever seen anything like it before. No one can handle ball with one hand as well as Johnny Evers, and is highly unlikely that he has ever handled one like this before.

Maranville had eight chances and handle them all. Charlie Deal made a fine play on a force out at second and Butch Schmidt played his usual great defense at first base.

Honus Wagner was given a cordial welcome from the crowd when he came to bat for the first time. He did not have many chances in the field but he took care of whatever was hit his way. The one busy player in the Pirates infield was Jim Viox, who played a fast and sure game at second, taking care of 11 balls that came to him.

The Braves one and only run came in the second inning. Schmidt led off with a double and went to third on a sacrifice by Deal. After Leslie Mann had been walked, Butch scored on Hank Gowdy's out at first base.

Wagner was the only one of the Pirates to get as far as second base and he did so with a hit and a sacrifice and then went to third on an out at first. That was as close as the Pirates came to scoring in the game.

T E A M S

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R

H

E

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

0

2

0

BOSTON BRAVES

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

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8

1

 

W-Dick Rudolph (14-8)
L-Bob Harmon (7-11)
Attendance - 4000
2B-Schmidt (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Josh Devore rf 4 0 0 .252  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 0 3 .301  

 

Joe Connolly lf 4 0 2 .291  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 0 .242  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 3 1 2 .266  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 2 0 0 .219  

 

Les Mann cf 2 0 0 .244  

 

Hank Gowdy c 3 0 1 .239  

 

Dick Rudolph p 3 0 0 .127  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dick Rudolph 9 2 0 1 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 54 37 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 52 44 4 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 51 47 6 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

47 45 7 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 46 50 10 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 44 49 11

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 40 50 13 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 40 52 14 1/2