“DIARY OF A WINNER”

RABBIT MARANVILLE

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The Braves tie the game in the 9th and
the "Rabbit" wins it in the 10th once again

August 8, 1914 ... A little more than 14,000 fans jammed Fenway Park today to see the Braves and the Cincinnati Reds play the first game of their series. For almost two hours the Braves were shutout and not feeling good about themselves. But when the game was over they found themselves in ecstasy, with a grand climax that was all they could be desired.

The Braves won the game by a score of 4 to 3 in 10 innings. Up until the time that one man was out in the ninth-inning, they had not scored a run, while Cincinnati and piled up three in the first two innings. Many of the spectators had begun to leave the stands, assuming at the game was all but over and that the Braves were to be beaten again. And they had good reason, because the Reds pitcher Phil Douglas had allowed only two base hits to the Braves batters.

Then Douglas passed Joe Connolly and began to show signs of fatigue in the ninth inning. Rabbit Maranville hit a grounder down to Bert Niehoff at third base, whose throw pulled Fritz Mollwitz off the bag at first. Charlie Schmidt came up and slapped a base hit into right field, and after the ball took a bad hop that got by Doc Miller, Doc had trouble finding where it was. Connolly and Maranville scored and Schmidt found his way to second safely. At this point Buck Herzog, the Reds manager, pulled out Douglas and brought in Pete Schneider to pitch.

Manager Stallings in turn, put in Oscar Dugey to run for Schmidt and sent Otto Hess to bat for Charlie Deal. The best Otto could do however was a pop fly to Niehoff in front of third base. Then Stallings sent in Bill James to pinch-hit and he came through in fine shape by cracking out a single to center. Dugey, who was a fast runner, set sail for a home. Bert Daniels' throw came slowly to the plate, and in his haste to get the ball, catcher Tommy Clarke missed it altogether, allowing Dugey to make it over the plate with the tying run. On the play James went down the second base, and Hank Gowdy was passed to put on the force play. Paul Strand came up and hit a long fly ball to right-field for the third out, but the game was tied and going into extra innings.

Strand retired the Reds in the top of the 10th and the crowd was in full cheering mode when Josh Devore opened up the Boston half of the inning with a single. Possum Whitted put Devore on second with a sacrifice and it was up to Joe Connolly. Connolly waited on the ball and tried to push one between first and second base which would've been good for a hit if it went through, but in the least would put Devore on third. Second baseman Heinie Groh got to it quickly however and got Joe at first.

With Devore on third as planned, the Rabbit came up and took his position in the batter's box. He shot a bullet on the ground by the pitcher and it went through the box into centerfield. It was going so fast that shortstop Buck Herzog never even a to try to stop it. Devore jogged home with the winning run while the fans in the stands celebrated the Rabbit's game winning performance once again.

While only two hits were made off Douglas in the first eight innings, wonderful plays by his teammates prevented at least to others. Dick Rudolph pitched a good game and took no decision, even though three runs were scored off of him. Two of them were on fluke plays.

In the first inning Cincinnati scored a legitimate run on a triple by Bert Daniels, who scored on a sacrifice fly by Buck Herzog. But in the second inning, Groh opened with a single and Doc Miller hit a grounder that the Rabbit gathered in near second, but as he tried to touch Groh, he failed and was thrown off balance failing to get the ball to first in time to retire Miller. Tommy Clarke then was passed to fill the bases. Douglas came up and hit a grounder down to Possum Whitted, which he tossed a Maranville to force Clarke at second. The runner was out by several feet, but the Rabbit managed to hit him with the ball while trying to complete the double-play. The ball bounded out into right field allowing both Groh and Miller to score and giving the Reds their 3 to 0 lead.

The game was played at Fenway Park as the Braves were making good on the offer to use the newer ballpark.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

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2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

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CINCINNATI REDS

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

3

7

2

 
     

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

1

 

4

6

3

 

 

W-Paul Strand (4-2)
L-Pete Schneider (4-5)
Attendance - 14,000

2B-Schneider (Cinci), Schmidt (Bost)
3B-Daniels (Cinci)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Josh Devore rf 5 1 1 .241  

 

Possum Whitted 2b/3b 3 0 0 .178  

 

Joe Connolly lf 4 1 1 .295  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 5 1 1 .242  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 2 .265  

 

Oscar Dugey pr/2b 0 1 0 .185  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 3 0 0 .218  

 

Otto Hess ph/1b 1 0 0 .229  

 

Les Mann cf 3 0 0 .236  

 

Bill James ph 1 0 1 .265  

 

Ted Cather cf 0 0 0 .261  

 

Hank Gowdy c 2 0 0 .235  

 

Dick Rudolph p 2 0 0 .123  

 

Larry Gilbert ph 1 0 0 .284  

 

Paul Strand p 1 0 0 .308  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dick Rudolph 8 6 1 1 1  
  Paul Strand 2 1 0 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 56 39 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 53 47 5 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 54 48 5 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

50 46 6 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 46 51 11

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 47 53 11 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 42 52 13 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 42 54 14 1/2