“DIARY OF A WINNER”

BILL JAMES

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Pittsburgh gets shuts out for the sixth time
in seven games by the Braves

August 5, 1914 ... Pittsburgh Pirates were shutout again, this time by Bill James, by a score of 4 to 0 at the South End Grounds. Four hits were made off James and one of those was a scratch infield poke by Honus Wagner. Only one of the Pittsburgh players got as far as second base.

The Pirates have been shutout by the Braves in six of the last seven games they have played. The Pirates have won only 3 of the 13 games played between the two teams this year.

Marty O'Toole was on the mound for the Pirates. While the pitcher from Framingham allowed comparatively few hits, some of these came when they would do the most damage. On top of this he was very wild, especially in the seventh inning, when he gave up four walks and forced in a run.

The Braves put up their usual brilliant fielding exhibition with Johnny Evers making a sensational one-handed jumping catch of a liner off the bat of Zip Collins on the first play the game. Rabbit Maranville handled some nasty bounding ground balls and Charlie Deal put up an all around good game at third base. Hank Gowdy was right on the mark, as Collins, the only one who tried to steal on him, found out two times.

Honus Wagner made two errors, one of them a fumble and the other a wild throw. He took a chance that James would loaf on a hit that went past Joe Leonard at third base, and then, getting the ball from behind third, tried to throw James out at first. But the throw went wild and allowed James to get to second base.

The Braves scored right off the bat in the bottom of the first inning. Josh Devore's grounder took a bad hop by Jim Viox at second base and caromed toward short. Evers drew a pass, and Joe Connolly advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt. Devore came home with the first run on Maranville's ground ball out at first.

In the second inning, Deal led off with a single and took two bases as the ball got away from Max Carey in left field. Leslie Mann sacrificed him to third, but he was out at the plate when he tried to score on Gowdy's high bounder to Wagner.

The Braves second run came in the sixth inning on a double by Connolly with the ball nearly clearing the right-field fence. Maranville made an out at first and Butch Schmidt knocked him in with a single. Then O'Toole gave the Braves a gift run in the seventh, when he passed Gowdy, the first batter up, and with two outs, he passed Evers, Connolly and Maranville in succession.

Erv Kantlehner came into pitch in the eighth, and with one out, he passed Mann. Wagner then fumbled Gowdy's ground ball and Cather was sent in to pinch-hit for Devore and cracked a pretty single left scoring Mann, making the score 4 to 0.

The Braves worked into double steal during this game. Gowdy and Evers doing it in the seventh and Gowdy and Cather doing the same in the eighth.

Present Gaffney of the Braves excepted the invitation by President Lannin of the Red Sox to have the Braves play their home games at Fenway Park for the rest of the season.

T E A M S

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R

H

E

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

0

4

3

BOSTON BRAVES

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

x

 

 

4

6

1

 

W-Bill James (13-6)
L-Marty O'Toole (1-7)
Attendance - 3800
2B-Konetchy (Pitts), Connolly (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Josh Devore rf 4 1 1 .252  

 

Ted Cather ph/rf 1 0 1 .261  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 2 0 0 .299  

 

Joe Connolly lf 2 1 1 .293  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 3 0 0 .240  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 1 .265  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 4 0 1 .220  

 

Les Mann cf 2 1 0 .242  

 

Hank Gowdy c 3 1 0 .236  

 

Bill James p 4 0 1 .254  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill James 9 4 0 1 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 55 37 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 52 45 5 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 52 47 6 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

48 45 7 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 45 49 11

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 46 51 11 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 40 51 14 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 40 53 15 1/2