“DIARY OF A WINNER”

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Dick Rudolph outpitches Rube Marquard

August 13, 1914 ... The Braves won the first game of the series with the Giants at the Polo Grounds in an impressive manner, more impressive in fact than the score of 5 to 3 indicates. Dick Rudolph was stacked up against Rube Marquard and while Rube was hit hard and often, Rudolph was stingy in so far as runs were concerned, until his teammates had established such a lead that he could afford to take it easier. In fact, the whole team took it easy after it had put over the first two runs, and every Braves player plainly showed, by his confidence, that they were not bothered by the Giants.

About 18,000 fans turned out to see the game, and strangely enough, many of them were apparently eager to see the Braves win. And those were in addition to the delegation from the Bronx Lodge of Elks, who were on hand to present Dick Rudolph a diamond studded watch charm. The Elks naturally were pulling for Rudolph, but many of the others were out and out in their support for the Boston team. This seems to indicate that the Giants are beginning to lose their grip and popularity. Either that, or maybe the fact that they felt bound to admire the Braves for the fight they have put up during the last month. It has of course, been a great fight so far, and apparently the Braves propose to continue it. They were full of zip today, as long is there was any need of a flight, and when they were ahead, they simply played more relaxed.

Johnny Evers was back in the lineup and this fact has a tendency to steady the team as a whole. It is probably just as well that the old balance wheel was on the job, for if New York gets its opponent down, they most likely will keep him down until he does not know where he is at and does not find out until he is beaten.

With a four-run lead, Boston, especially Rudolph, began to let up and in the New York half of the seventh inning, the Giants scored their first two runs. Art Fletcher led off with a double past Red Smith. Fred Merkle then attempted to sacrifice and beat out a bunt, on which Smith made a great play, but could not get him out at first. Chief Meyers then singled past first to score Fletcher. Sandy Piez came into pinch run for the Chief and Eddie Grant was sent to bat in place of Milt Stock. Grant advanced the base runners, although he was thrown out at first by Evers. Larry McLean pinch-hit for Marquard and also hit a sharp grounder which Evers fielded to get the runner at first, as Merkle came home on the play.

The only miscue on the part of the Braves was a little juggling act by Smith on an easy ground ball from Meyers in the fifth inning, and although this was followed up by a hit, Rudolph struck out the next batter to retire the side.

Leslie Mann, Rabbit Maranville and Ted Cather were that star performers for the Braves, in addition to Rudolph. Besides a home run in the second inning, when one run looked big, Mann drove in two more in the sixth with a single to right. He also made a great catch of what looked like a sure Texas Leaguer, after a long hard run, getting the ball at his shoe tops. The Rabbit made a sensational stop behind third of a ball that got past Smith, and then while totally off balance, made the long throw to first, to get his man by inches. He scored two of the Braves runs, one of which he started by leading off with a triple to left-center.

Ted Cather was a hitting star of the game. Playing in right field in place of Josh Devore, because of the left-hander Marquard who was pitching, Cather came across with two doubles and a single in five times at bat.

The Braves got busy with Marquard at in the first inning. Cather, the first man up in the game, led off with a double down the left-field line. Evers attempted a sacrifice bunt which rolled along the third-base line until it got to within six inches of third base, and because Stock and no chance to get either Cather at third nor Evers at first, he let it roll until it finally went foul. Evers eventually fouled out to Merkle who made a great catch. Joe Connolly followed with a hot one over first which Merkle did well to block. But he could not hold the ball and Connolly was held to a single instead of a double. On the play Cather scored easily to make it 1 to 0.

In the second inning, Leslie Mann delivered a home run, a slashing hit to right-center, which Bob Bescher made a desperate attempt to get but failed. Mann gave it full speed ahead and sprinted around the bases to make it 2 to 0.

Not much happened in the way of runs again until the sixth inning. Joe Connolly led off with a hit and the Rabbit rolled a sacrifice bunt down the first base line, which Marquard fielded and after unsuccessfully attempting to catch Maranville as he passed, Rube threw it wildly by first base. Schmidt next put Connolly on third and Maranville on second with a perfect sacrifice. After Smith fouled out to Stock, up came Mann and he delivered a fine single right to score both Connolly and Maranville, making it 4 to 0.

Then came a Giants rally in the seventh inning and things broke so fast that someone like Evers was needed to calm things down. The Braves got another run to go up 5 to 2 in the eighth-inning. The Rabbit opened up with a triple off relief pitcher Art Fromme, who had replaced Marquard on the mound. He scored on Smith's single to right for the fifth Boston run.

The Giants did not go down easily, as in the ninth-inning, Merkle doubled to left and went to third on a groundout by Red Murray. He scored on a scratch single by Eddie Grant past first, but that was it, as Rudolph got the remaining batters to end the game.

The crowd expressed their sympathy to Johnny Evers by giving him a standing ovation when he came on the field. Present Gaffney and Manager Stallings were all smiles after the game. They were firm in their belief that the Braves will win the series.

 

at The Polo Grounds (New York) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

1

1

0

0

0

2

0

1

0

 

5

11

2

NEW YORK GIANTS

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

1

 

3

9

2

W-Dick Rudolph (15-8)
L-Rube Marquard (10-12)
Attendance – 18,000

2B-Cather (2)(Bost), Merkle (NY)
3B-Maranville (Bost)
HR-Mann (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Ted Cather rf 5 1 3 .265  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 3 0 1 .299  

 

Joe Connolly lf 5 1 2 .289  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 3 2 1 .251  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 3 0 0 .262  

 

Red Smith 3b 4 0 1 .243  

 

Les Mann cf 4 1 2 .238  

 

Hank Gowdy c 4 0 1 .236  

 

Dick Rudolph p 4 0 0 .117  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dick Rudolph 9 9 3 1 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 58 41 -

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

52 46 5 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 54 49 6

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 55 52 7

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 47 53 11 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 47 54 12

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 45 53 12 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 45 55 13 1/2