“DIARY OF A WINNER”

RED SMITH

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The Braves inch
closer to the Giants
by coasting past the Pirates

August 20, 1914 ... Continuing their winning ways, the Braves shifted to Forbes Field in Pittsburgh and took the first game of the series by a score of 6 to 3, putting them only one a half games behind the idle New York Giants. Dick Rudolph was on the mound for Boston and won his 11th consecutive game, without breaking a sweat. As a matter of fact, with a lead of three runs, he let up a little too much and allowed the Pirates to get a couple of cheap hits for extra bases that tied the score in the fifth inning. After that he went to work again and set the opposing batters down as fast as they came up until two were out in the ninth. Then he walked a man for the first time the game, but finished by getting the next man out, to end it.

The Pirates made six hits off him, four of which came in the fifth inning. Max Carey hit the first one and it was followed by an error from Joe Connolly. One of the two doubles which followed, hit the chalk line behind third, and the other was a pop to short left field, fair by only inches. Ed Konetchy's triple into right in the very first inning, was another one that was only fair by inches. Except for these flashes, Dick Rudolph was dominant. He used great judgment, mixed up his pitches, and worked as if it was just a practice.

Joe Conzelman was the starter for the Pirates and had a good first inning, when he struck out Possum Whitted and Johnny Evers, with Connolly popping out the second. But in the second inning, the Braves had his number, and instead of waiting him out, they began to hit. A single, a double, a sacrifice, a triple and a sacrifice fly developed three runs very quickly and by the time the third inning rolled around, he was nowhere to be seen. Marty O'Toole took the mound next and went along nicely for five innings, until the Braves worked over three runs. After he failed to hold what was given to him, his teammates seemed to quit.

Except for Connolly's error, the Braves played great in the field, Red Smith especially. He handled some difficult chances, while Rabbit Maranville, Johnny Evers and Butch Schmidt played their usual whirlwind game, with Joe Connolly, Leslie Mann and Possum Whitted making some great catches in the outfield.

The triples by Mann and Smith were liners to left-center and the doubles by Smith and Rudolph were also liners, but to right-center. They were all were smashed line drives. For the Pirates, Alex McCarthy saved several more hits with some great fielding at third.

Manager Stallings is not saying a word these days about what his club will do, nor what he expects the other clubs to do. Weather was threatening when the game started, but since the Pirates have begun to win a few more games, the fans are taking more of an interest in them. About 5000 of them showed up at the start of the game. They too seem to be hoping that the Braves win the pennant.

 

at Forbes Field (Pittsburgh) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

 

6

7

1

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

 

3

6

2

W-Dick Rudolph (17-8)
L-Marty O'Toole (1-8)
Attendance – 5000

2B-Schmidt (Bost), Rudolph (Bost), Konetchy (Pitts), Collins (Pitts)
3B-Smith (Bost), Mann (Bost), Konetchy (Pitts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Possum Whitted rf 3 0 0 .173  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 0 0 .299  

 

Joe Connolly lf 4 0 2 .295  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 1 1 .243  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 3 2 1 .272  

 

Red Smith 3b 3 1 1 .241  

 

Les Mann cf 3 1 1 .236  

 

Hank Gowdy c 3 0 0 .243  

 

Dick Rudolph p 3 1 1 .120  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dick Rudolph 9 6 3 1 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 59 45 -

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

58 47 1 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 59 53 4

 

 

Chicago Cubs 57 52 4 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 49 57 11

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 49 57 11

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 49 57 11

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 48 60 13