“DIARY OF A WINNER”

RABBIT MARANVILLE

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The "Rabbit" hits a 10th inning walk-off home run

August 6, 1914 ... Rabbit Maranville broke up the game at the Walpole Street Grounds by knocking the ball over the left-field fence for a home run in the 10th inning and giving the Braves a walkoff 5 to 4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, in one of the greatest games of the season. With this victory, the Braves established a record. They have won 23 of the last 28 games played, topping the Philadelphia Athletics record, who had won 22 of 28.

Maranville, who was sick all afternoon with a stomach virus, was afraid that he would not be able to play. He arrived at the ballpark and decided that he would give it a try. He got three hits in five chances, stole two bases, and knocked out a home run in extra innings to win the game. Although he made one error in the game the also took part in three double plays for the Braves.

Both the spectators and the Braves players went wild at the end of the game. The fans swarmed onto the field before Maranville got around second, after they saw the ball over the fence in left field. The Rabbit had to weave his way through the fans in order to get to the plate where Umpire Quigley stood to see that he had touched all the bases. As soon as the Rabbit jumped onto the plate, Joe Connolly, Hank Gowdy and several other players greeted him like a long-lost brother. They hugged him, patted him and escorted him to the dugout like a hero.

The moment the ball was hit, Manager Stallings realized that it was going to be a homer and he turned and gave Josh Devore, who happen to be seated next to him on the bench, a playful elbow in the ribs, throwing his usual dignity to the wind. Max Carey, the left fielder for the Pirates, was another who knew the ball was going over the fence, because he never moved in his tracks, but stood and watched it go.

It was a duel from beginning to end. The Pirates took the lead in the third inning and the Braves, as usual, fought much harder like they do when they are behind.

Lefty Tyler was eager to go, although he worked a nine inning game on Monday, but Stallings allowed him the start. He was not just right and obviously needed more rest, although the three runs scored by the Pirates were the result of an error in the third inning. He gave way to Dick Crutcher at the opening of the six, and Crutcher pitched two scoreless innings. Paul strand pitched the last three without having a run scored off him either.

Pirates manager Fred Clarke practically reversed his batting order in trying to change his luck. The Braves took the lead in the very first inning when they scored two runs on a single by Johnny Evers, and another single by Connolly, which centerfielder Joe Kelly let get by him, allowing Connolly to reach third, and a single by Maranville that drove him in.

With the Braves leading 2 to 0 in the third inning, the Pirates got three runs and took the lead. After Zip Collins fouled out, George Gibson singled to right and Babe Adams drew a walk. Jim Viox hit a grounder to Johnny Evers who started what looked like a double play, but in his haste, the Rabbit muffed the exchange and the bases were full. Ed Konetchy then singled over second to knock in both Gibson and Adams. Viox took third and came home on Kelly's sacrifice fly.

The Pirates made the score 4 to 2 by getting another run in the fifth inning on singles by Viox and Konetchy, and the failed double play. And so it stood until the seventh when the Braves tied it up. Hank Gowdy led off with a single and Larry Gilbert was sent in to bat in place of Crutcher, drawing a pass. Possum Whitted was put in to pinch run and Josh Devore failed to sacrifice bunt into attempts, eventually popping out to Viox. But the runners moved up a base on Johnny Evers' ground ball out at first. In trying to catch Whitted napping at second base, catcher George Gibson threw down to Honus Wagner, who lost the ball, allowing Gowdy to score. Connolly then brought Whitted in with the tying run when he tripled between Max Carey and Joe Kelly.

Paul Strand came in and pitched the last three innings and did not allow a run. Then with one out in the 10th, Maranville busted up the game with his home run.

T E A M S

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2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

0

0

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

 

4

9

3

BOSTON BRAVES

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

1

 

5

8

1

 

W-Paul Strand (3-2)
L-Babe Adams (7-13)
Attendance - 8000
2B-Viox (Pitts), Gibson (Pitts), Gowdy (Bost)
3B-Konetchy (Pitts), Connolly (Bost)
HR-Maranville (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Josh Devore rf 5 0 0 .243  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 1 1 .298  

 

Joe Connolly lf 4 1 2 .296  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 1 3 .245  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 0 .262  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 2 0 0 .218  

 

Les Mann cf 4 0 0 .238  

 

Bert Whaling c 1 0 0 .217  

 

Hank Gowdy c 3 1 2 .242  

 

Lefty Tyler p 2 0 0 .233  

 

Dick Crutcher p 0 0 0 .158  

 

Larry Gilbert ph 0 0 0 .286  

 

Possum Whitted ph 0 1 0 .182  

 

Paul Strand p 1 0 0 .364  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Lefty Tyler 5 6 2 2 0  
  Dick Crutcher 2 2 0 1 1  
  Paul Strand 3 1 0 1 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 55 38 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 53 45 4 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 53 47 5 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

49 45 6 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 47 51 10 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 45 50 11

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 40 52 14 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 40 54 15 1/2