“DIARY OF A WINNER”

RED AMES

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Lefty Tyler pitches great, but so does Red Ames

August 11, 1914 ... Thirteen innings and result was nothing, literally nothing. Neither team scored and the game ended in a tie on account of darkness. That in brief is report of the third game of the series between the Braves and Cincinnati Reds at the South End Grounds at Walpole Street. The game will be replayed as part of a doubleheader on September 23rd.

Lefty Tyler and Red Ames engaged in a pitcher's battle that lasted 2 1/2 hours. Umpire Bill Klem eventually called the game on account of darkness, as both pitchers were pitching shutout ball and there was not the slightest sign of weakening on either part. Both had grand support when they needed it, which was not often, for they came pretty near being the whole show. More hits were made off Tyler than his opponent, but some of them were of the scratch order, and when a hit was needed that would bring in a run, Tyler was particular to see that was not forthcoming. Exactly the same thing may be said of Ames. Tyler was in the hole more often than Ames, but he got out of trouble from clever work on his own part and some fine play of his teammates, Butch Schmidt, Leslie Mann, Red Smith, Robert Maranville and Joe Connolly, all who made brilliant plays.

Schmidt went almost to the right-field fence for a pop fly that dropped near the foul line and threw Tommy Clarke out at second base when he tried to stretch the hit. Mann made a fine play when he captured Bert Daniels' liner in right-center and doubled up Ames at first. Red Smith took Bert Daniels' high bounder behind third base and made a jumping one-handed catch, throwing out Ames at second. Connolly, after juggling Buck Herzog's hit, made a throw to the plate which choked off Daniels in the seventh inning and saved the game. Von Kolnitz, took a liner hot off the bat of Smith in the seventh inning, which probably saved the game for Ames, because the Rabbit, who was on second at the time, undoubtedly would've scored had the ball gotten past the Cincinnati third baseman.

Oddly enough both pitchers started badly. Tyler passed the first two men to face him, but on Herbie Moran's attempted bunt to sacrifice Taylor, forced Daniels at third. Von Kolnitz struck out, as he did on his next three trips to the plate, and Moran was forced at second on Groh's grounder to Maranville.

In the Boston first, after Josh Devore and Possum Whitted had been retired, Joe Connolly drew a base on balls and the Rabbit was hit by a pitch. He was later forced out at second for the third out. A single by Whitted in the second inning, after two were out, was the only hit the Braves got in the first six innings.

Singles by Clark and Daniels in the second and third, a double by Groh in the fourth and a scratch hit by Clark in the fifth, were all the visitors connected with in the same amount of time.

In the seventh inning, Clarke singled but was forced at second on a great play by Schmidt on Ames' attempted bunt, the Rabbit taking the throw to second and returning the ball so quickly that Clarke was nearly doubled up. Smith then took Daniels' high bounder behind third base and forced him at second, one of the great plays of the game. Herzog sent a sizzling single to left and Daniels turned second and began streaking for third. He noticed that Connolly was juggling the ball and therefore took off for home. After picking the ball up a couple of times and dropping it again, Connolly threw a bullet to the plate where Gowdy slapped it on the runner for the out, as he slid in.

That was the nearest thing either side came to scoring in 13 innings. That showed how the pitchers were not tiring, Ames struck out Gilbert in the 10th, fanned Connolly and Maranville in the 11th, and Gowdy in the 12th. Tyler struck out Ames in the 12th and also Herzog and Moran, the first two men up in the 13th. Lefty struck out nine men altogether.

Joe Wood, Tris Speaker, Walter Rehg and some of the other Red Sox players watched the game in the box seats.

T E A M S

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13

 

R

H

E

CINCINNATI REDS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

10

0

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

6

2

 

Attendance - 8000 2B-Groh (Cinci)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Josh Devore rf 5 0 1 .240  

 

Possum Whitted 2b 6 0 1 .169  

 

Joe Connolly lf 4 0 0 .287  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 2 .250  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 5 0 0 .264  

 

Red Smith 3b 5 0 0 .243  

 

Les Mann cf 3 0 0 .234  

 

Larry Gilbert ph 1 0 0 .283  

 

Oscar Dugey rf 1 0 0 .183  

 

Hank Gowdy c 5 0 1 .236  

 

Lefty Tyler p 4 0 1 .234  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Lefty Tyler 13 10 0 4 9  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 57 40 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 55 49 5 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

51 46 6

 

 

Chicago Cubs 53 49 6 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 47 52 11

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 47 54 12

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 44 52 12 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 43 55 14 1/2