“DIARY OF A WINNER”

LEFTY TYLER

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Lefty Tyler out duels Christy Mathewson

August 15, 1914 ... The Boston Braves today cleaned up the Giants in the final game of the series by a 2 to 0 score. It took them an extra inning to turn the trick, but the Boston boys were there with a knockout punch for the finish, in one of the most grueling contests seen in many a day. Upward of 35,000 fans turned out to see the game.

Never except in the world's championship game, have there been so many people at the Polo Grounds, and they saw a game that was a game. Three fourths of them were there to see Christy Mathewson check the onward rush of the Braves, to see Stallings' men crack and then to enjoy watching the Giants make a show of them. They did not see any of these things however, but on the contrary they saw a great master out pitched by Lefty Tyler. They saw their Giants reduced to the size of Lilliputians, they saw the team is expected to crack, stand on two different occasions, one of the most terrific strains that ever a baseball machine was subjected to, and never show the least sign of weakness. Since cracking was about the most important feature of the program, and this event did not come to pass, everything else was an upset.

Tyler was the main reason why things did not come off according to schedule. He never pitched better than he did today and it might be said right here that the same Tyler has pitched shutout ball in the last two games in which he has worked. He was in the hole in both the 9th and 10th innings today, and these occasions were the ones where the Braves should've broke down if they were due to crack it all.

For the first eight innings a scratch double in the second by Fred Snodgrass, and singles by George Burns in the seventh and the other by Larry McLean in the eighth, were all that Tyler had allowed. In the ninth though, with no score in the game, after Milt Stock had struck out, Mathewson, would fanned on his two previous at-bats, worked Tyler for a pass. Bob Bescher then singled to center, and Larry Doyle, a pretty good men to come up at such a stage, was thrown out by Johnny Evers at first, putting Mathewson on third and Bescher on second. Then George Burns, the most dangerous man with the stick on the Giants team, came up to the plate. Hank Gowdy looked over the manager Stallings to see whether Burns should be passed or not and the Braves manager shook his head in the negative. Tyler tried to coax Burns into going after balls just off the plate, but the Giants slugger would not fall for the trap. Tyler worked him so fine, that he finally did pass him to fill the bases. It seemed as if every one of the 35,000 fans was screaming at Tyler to rattle him and the other Boston players. But Tyler did not falter. It was a steady as a rock. Snodgrass, who has been around long enough and knows how to make a pitcher anxious, was given a teaser which he hit sharply at Rabbit Maranville, who forced Burns at second for the final out to end the threat.

This was getting out of the big hole for sure, but a more severe test of the tribe was to be given out in the 10th inning. A misplayed ball by Red Smith on Art Fletcher, the first man up, was followed by a hit off the bat of Merkle. Tyler let one get away and hit Chief Meyers with a pitch ball to fill the bases with none out. Tyler bore down and after Dave Robertson had been put in to run for Meyers, Stock popped up an infield fly to Smith. The bases were still full however and now there was only one out.

Red Murray was trotted out to bat for Mathewson. A minute later, he was walking back to the bench and had been struck out. But the bases were still full, now with two outs, and the Giants leadoff man, Bob Bescher came to bat. He fouled off one and then hit a grounder down to Johnny Evers, who threw him out at first to end the game.

While Smith bad play had been responsible for a bad situation leading up to what transpired in the 10th inning, he prevented one in the seventh by taking Snodgrass' liner over third, and making a great one-handed jumping catch to double up Burns off first base in a doubleplay.

And it was Hank Gowdy, who furnished the heroics for the team at bat. He had a single and two triples off the mighty Mathewson. He was the Braves heavy artillery. He drove in one of the two runs scored in the game and scored the other one himself. His first triple came in the sixth inning and it looked like a home run, but it hit the bleacher fence in left, about a foot from the top. Neither Tyler nor Josh Devore, however, could bring him home.

In the 10th inning however, Gowdy did the damage. With no score, Smith had gotten on with a fine single to left and reached second on a sacrifice by Leslie Mann. Gowdy then took one of Matty's offerings and knocked a triple over Bescher's head in center field. It seemed to so rattle Matty, that he uncorked a wild pitch and allowed Gowdy to score the insurance run.

Aside from what Hank Gowdy did to him, Mathewson pitched a great game, but the hitting of Hank could not be ignored, and so it was that the Braves did something in the way of a record, by administering to Matty his third straight defeat.

It was a great game, a great crowd and a great victory for the Boston Braves, who are now only 3 1/2 games out of first place. The club left for Cincinnati at 8:40 tonight and are due in there about 9 PM on Sunday night.

 

at The Polo Grounds (New York) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

 

2

8

1

NEW YORK GIANTS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

5

0

W-Lefty Tyler (11-9)
L-Christy Mathewson (19-8)
Attendance – 33,000

2B-Maranville (Bost), Snodgrass (NY)
3B-Gowdy (2)(Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Josh Devore rf 5 0 0 .234  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 0 1 .299  

 

Joe Connolly lf 4 0 0 .293  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 1 .248  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 2 .265  

 

Red Smith 3b 3 1 1 .244  

 

Les Mann cf 3 0 0 .236  

 

Hank Gowdy c 4 1 3 .250  

 

Lefty Tyler p 4 0 0 .221  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Lefty Tyler 10 5 0 3 7  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 58 43 -

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

54 46 3 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 54 50 5 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 56 52 5 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 48 55 11

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 47 54 11

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 47 55 11 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 47 56 12