“DIARY OF A WINNER”

WILBUR COOPER

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Bad pitching and fielding hurt the Braves
in a loss to the Pirates

August 7, 1914 ... After winning nine straight games, the Braves are beaten by the Pirates today in the last game of the series, by a score of 5 to 1. The Braves were without Johnny Evers, whose child died yesterday morning of scarlet fever before he was able to reach his home in Troy, New York. Whole team was very upset and their thoughts were elsewhere, showing in the kind ball they played in this game.

The Braves could not hit Wilbur Cooper, the Pirates southpaw, effectively. While they had more hits off him in were made off the three pitchers used by manager Stallings, the hits did not come at the correct time. The Pirates had two errors that did no damage, but the one made by the Braves allowed a run to score and threw young Ensign Cottrell, who was making his first start, off his game.

Stallings use three pitchers, starting with Cottrell and following with Dick Crutcher and Otto Hess. All the runs were made off Cottrell and Crutcher, with four of the five runs scored by men who had been given free passes.

Honus Wagner made two sensational plays, once going over to the right of the pitcher's mound and getting a high bounding ball and throwing Butch Schmidt out at first. The other came in the next inning where he made a wonderful one-handed catch of a wide throw from Ed Konetchy, while lying at full reach on the ground with his toe barely touching the bag, trying to force Josh Devore at second base.

Rabbit Maranville turned in one of his spectacular one-handed stops near second base and got Max Carey at first. With the exception of these plays, the fielding chances were comparatively easy for both teams. Otto Hess pitched a fine game and allowed only one hit in the four innings he pitched.

The Pirates jumped out to a quick lead in the first inning, when Jim Viox started off the game with a single to left. After two were out, Wagner hit a high fly which was so close to the fence in left, that Ted Cather did not think he could get to it and played it off the fence, allowing Wagner to get to second and Viox to score the first run of the game.

In the second inning the Pirates scored another run after Mike Mowrey was passed, sacrificed by Max Carey to second base, and scored when Possum Whitted allowed Zip Collins' ground ball to get through him at second base. Collins then stole second and George Gibson drew a pass from Cottrell. Wilbur Cooper flied out to Leslie Mann and Cottrell fill the bases by passing Viox. At this point Dick Crutcher came into the game and got Ed Konetchy on a pop out to the catcher. Leading 2 to 0, the Pirates put up another run in the third inning and two more in the fifth.

The Braves could not produce the hits. Whitted, with one out in the first, connected for a double, but was left on second base. In the second inning Schmidt led off with a single and went to second on a sacrifice by Charlie Deal. The next two men were easy outs and the Braves left another man on base. In the next four innings the Braves were retired easily, but in the seventh inning after one out, Deal singled and was followed by Mann with another. Wilbur Cooper then tightened up and got both Gowdy and Hess on fly balls.

The Braves did not break into the run column until the eighth-inning as Josh Devore singled to center, but was forced at second on Whitted's ground ball. Ted Cather lined a double over Max Carey's head all the way to the fence to score Whitted and thus save the Braves from a shutout.

The Braves could not keep winning forever, and they must start another winning streak. If they make one like the last one, they could come close to being in first place. Since the Cardinals lost, it would've been nice for a series sweep and finding themselves in third place.

Honus Wagner has been having a fine time on the trip to Boston. He had his car sent on and has been touring around. He enjoyed his time at the amusement park in Revere Beach, and practiced his throwing, trying to dunk the man sitting on the chair over the dunking tank.

T E A M S

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

1

1

1

0

2

0

0

0

0

 

 

5

5

2

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

 

 

1

6

1

 

W-Wilbur Cooper (12-8)
L-Ensign Cottrell (0-1)
Attendance - 7500
2B-Wagner (Pitts), Whitted (Bost), Cather (Bost)
3B-Carey (Pitts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Josh Devore rf 4 0 1 .243  

 

Possum Whitted 2b 4 1 1 .186  

 

Ted Cather lf 4 0 1 .261  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 0 .243  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 1 .262  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 2 0 1 .220  

 

Les Mann cf 4 0 1 .238  

 

Hank Gowdy c 4 0 0 .237  

 

Ensign Cottrell p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Dick Crutcher p 1 0 0 .154  

 

Paul Strand ph 1 0 0 .333  

 

Otto Hess p 1 0 0 .235  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Ensign Cottrell 1.2 2 1 3 1  
  Dick Crutcher 3.1 2 3 3 0  
  Otto Hess 4 1 0 1 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 56 38 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 53 46 5 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 53 48 6 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

49 46 7 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 46 50 11

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 47 52 11 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 41 52 14 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 40 54 15 1/2