“DIARY OF A WINNER”

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The Reds beat the Braves,
but the Giants also lose

August 18, 1914 ... The Braves were snagged by the Cincinnati Reds today and beaten by a score of 3 to 1 at Redland Field in Cincinnati. The rotation of the winning triumvirate, Dick Rudolph, Bill James and Lefty Tyler was interrupted because manager Stallings one to give Tyler another day's rest after his last two outings where he pitched close games and worked many innings. Therefore Dick Crutcher was put in to pick up the workload. He pitched six innings and only two hits were made off him. Paul Strand came in and pitched the last two innings without giving up and hit.

While only two hits were made off Crutcher, one of them was fatal. He passed Bill Kellogg after he had him in the hole for two strikes and no balls in the third inning. Tommy Clarke came up next and lined one to right. The third man up, Phil Douglas, sacrificed Clarke to second base and Kellogg to third. Herbie Moran then hit a hot one over third, on which Red Smith made a phenomenal one-handed stop. He then made a quick throw to the plate to cut off Kellogg who had headed home. But the ball hit him in the leg and caromed off to the grandstand, permitting Clarke to follow Kellogg over the plate and give Cincinnati a 2 to 0 lead. It was just one of those unfortunate things that sometimes prove so costly.

Another miscue happened in the fourth inning. Possum Whitted was playing in right field in place of Josh Devore and made a mess in trying to catch Bert Niehoff's fly ball. The ball bounded away from Possum and by the time he got it, Niehoff was rounding third in heading home. The throw was off-line and the third Cincinnati run was scored.

While the Braves cannot be expected to win every game, it was to bad they were not able to win this one. While none the runs made by the Reds were earned, the run made by the Braves in the seventh inning was a result of two doubles off the bats of Red Smith and Hank Gowdy.

The team regrets the loss of the game, especially because the Pirates beat the Giants by a score of 3 to 1. Poor handling of ground balls by Bob Bescher gave Babe Adams a home run in the third and McCarthy a triple in the fifth. He scored on a single by Max Carey. Ed Konetchy's double and Jim Kelly's single gave the Pirates the third run in the eighth. The Giants scored in the eighth on singles by Bescher, Larry Doyle and George Burns.

 

at Redland Field (Cincinnati) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

 

1

6

2

CINCINNATI REDS

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

x

 

3

2

0

W-Phil Douglas (7-11)
L-Dick Crutcher (4-6)
Attendance – 2600

2B-Smith (Bost), Gowdy (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Possum Whitted rf/cf 3 0 1 .189  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 3 0 1 .301  

 

Joe Connolly lf 4 0 0 .282  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 0 .245  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 1 .269  

 

Red Smith 3b 4 1 2 .243  

 

Les Mann cf 2 0 0 .235  

 

Larry Gilbert ph 1 0 0 .281  

 

Paul Strand p 0 0 0 .308  

 

Oscar Dugey ph 1 0 0 .181  

 

Hank Gowdy c 4 0 1 .249  

 

Dick Crutcher p 2 0 0 .146  

 

Josh Devore rf 1 0 0 .228  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dick Crutcher 6 2 0 2 3  
  Paul Strand 2 0 0 0 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 59 44 -

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

56 47 3

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 59 52 4

 

 

Chicago Cubs 56 51 5

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 48 56 11 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 48 56 12 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 48 57 12

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 48 59 13