“DIARY OF A WINNER”

OTTO HESS

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Bad base running loses the opener,
but the Braves win the second game in Pittsburgh

August 22, 1914 ... The Braves and the Pittsburgh Pirates broke even in the doubleheader played this afternoon, with Pittsburgh's winning the first game by a score of 3 to 2 in a 12 inning battle, and the Braves coming back and winning the second game by a score of 4 to 2. Boston barely missed going into the lead in the National League pennant race, since the Giants were beaten again by Cincinnati. But now the Braves are only one half game behind New York, and the margin is so small that any loss on the part of the Giants could mean that the Braves overtake them in the near future.

Bill James started the first game and he was not at his best today, as the Pirates touched him up rather freely. Jim Viox and Joe Kelly, who were responsible for seven of the eleven hits, led the way for Pittsburgh. Viox made four hits in his five chances, including the last one, which drove in the winning run. Kelly was three for four.

The Braves out hit their opponents, but did some poor work on the bases. Joe Connolly was twice doubled up on caught flyballs and Hank Gowdy was caught once. One of the best features of today's game however was the way the team came back in the second game, showing that they can lose without getting very much rattled, and it will be noticed that they were not beaten in the first game without a good fight.

Possum Whitted opened up the first game with a liner that was too hot for pitcher Bob Harmon to handle, good for a single. Johnny Evers then flew out to Max Carey in left and Connolly singled to right, allowing Whitted to go to third. There he was caught asleep, as catcher George Gibson threw one down to third baseman Alex McCarthy to catch Possum for the second out. Maranville was the third out on a ground ball to third.

The Pirates scored right off the bat when Jim Viox opened the bottom of the first inning with a single to left. He went to second on Ed Konetchy sacrifice and scored on Kelly's base hit, a bad ball that hit Johnny Evers on the knee and then rolled out to centerfield. After Honus Wagner popped up to Whitted, Kelly was out on an attempted steal, thrown out by Hank Gowdy.

The Pirates scored another run in the third inning. After Harmon had been thrown out by James, Viox again singled to left. Konetchy was passed and Kelly singled to left, to score Viox, making it 2 to 0 in favor of the Pirates. But then, in an attempt to double steal, Konetchy was nailed at third by Gowdy. In the Pittsburgh fifth inning, after James got out George Gibson and Harmon, Viox came across with his third successive hit, but he too was thrown out stealing by Gowdy.

The Braves got their first run in the sixth inning when Possum Whitted opened with a triple to right-center that reached the bleachers. Evers popped out the center, but it was to close for Whitted to try and score. But Joe Connolly brought him home with a double. Rabbit Maranville then hit a ball down the right-field line which Zip Collins made a great catch on, and then threw out Connolly who was trying to make it to third.

Down 2 to 1 going into the ninth-inning, the Braves started a rally. After Connolly fouled out to Gibson, Maranville doubled to right. Viox made a great catch on Butch Schmidt's pop in short center and the Rabbit went to third on a wild pitch. They scored the tying run on Red Smith's fine line drive back through the box. The crowd cheered as Maranville trotted in, something the Boston team as never heard under similar circumstances until this road trip. In their half of the inning, the Pirates were retired in order by James and the game went into extra innings.

In the 10th inning Gowdy singled past third and went to second on a perfect sacrifice by James. Then a doubleplay was pulled off by Pittsburgh, as Whitted sent a low liner to center, which looked like it may drop, but Kelly nipped it and Gowdy was easily doubled at second. Pittsburgh could do nothing in their half of the 10th.

Evers started the 11th with a nice single to left and Ted Cather sacrificed him to second. He went to third on Maranville's out at first and then Schmidt hit a hot grounder to Wagner, which Honus made a great stop on and nailed his man at first. After James retired the Pirates in the 11th, Gowdy got a single in the 12th after two were out, but was left on base when James hit a ball back to the pitcher Harmon.

With two out in Pittsburgh's half of the inning, James passed Bob Coleman which was beginning of the end. Harmon popped in a Texas leaguer to left, and Viox, who had been hitting with a red-hot bat all day, laced one down the right-field line as Coleman came trotting home with the walkoff run, giving Pittsburgh a 3 to 2 victory.

Manager Stallings did not care to work Lefty Tyler so soon, and he started Otto Hess in game number two. Otto pitched well, with only two bad innings in the fourth and the sixth.

The Braves started the second game with a cheap run in the first inning. After Whitted had been thrown out by Viox and Evers flied out to Max Carey, Joe Kelly muffed Ted Cather's easy pop to center. Maranville then singled past third and Schmidt singled to right to score Cather. Maranville in trying to go from first the third however, made the third out as Zip Collins fired one to Alex McCarthy to nail him.

The Braves got another run in the second, but should have scored more. Red Smith opened with a single and Leslie Mann followed with a triple to bring him home. Hank Gowdy was passed, but Hess hit into a doubleplay while Mann stayed at third-base while it was being turned. But that gave the Braves a 2 to 0 lead.

In the third inning, with one out Cather singled to right, but was forced at second by Maranville. Butch Schmidt safely poked one to right and the Rabbit made it around to third. Schmidt quickly stole second, but Smith was the third out as he grounded an easy one back to the pitcher Wilbur Cooper.

Babe Adams started the fourth on the mound for Pittsburgh and got the Braves easily for the next few innings. In the meantime, the Pirates got busy with their bats. In the fourth inning after Konetchy flied out to Mann, Kelly beat out an infield hit and Wagner singled to center. McCarthy brought Kelly home with a sizzler down the third-base line cutting the Braves lead down to 2 to 1.

In the sixth inning, after Kelly had fanned, Wagner laced a triple over Whitted's head and scored on a squeeze play, as McCarthy laid a beautiful bunt along the first base line. McCarthy was touched by Schmidt for the out, and Max Carey tripled over Leslie Mann's head. Harry tried to stretch the hit into a home run and was thrown out at the plate, Mann to Evers to Hess, who made the tag. The ball had been back in the infield, before Carey had even rounded third base, so he was an easy out.

Finally the Braves were able to get to Adams in the eighth. Larry Gilbert was sent in to pitch for Whitted and fouled out, after which Evers singled and was brought home by Connolly's triple left. Joe scored on Maranville's fly to center and Schmidt struck out to end the inning, but the Braves now led 4 to 2.

Hess gave up a single to Wagner in the eighth but that was all the Pirates could do. They were retired easily in the ninth-inning, and Hess had a victory and the Braves at split the doubleheader.

When the returns posted on the scoreboard indicated that the Giants were beaten Cincinnati, a Boston crowd could not have shown more pleasure than was manifested by the Pittsburgh fans, about 15,000 of whom turned out to the doubleheader. The Braves left here this evening for Chicago, where they will open a series of three games on Monday.

In Cincinnati the Giants dropped the second game of the series by a score of 9 to 4. A triple play in the sixth inning spoiled what gave promise of being a rally for New York. Red Murray, batting for Art Fromme, hit a double and Bob Bescher reached first on an error. Eddie Grant then sent a fly ball to centerfield and Herbie Moran caught the ball and threw it to the plate to nip Murray. Bescher, who had started for second before the ball was caught, made no effort to get back to first and catcher, Mike Gonzalez had little trouble throwing the ball to Bill Kellogg at first for the third out. Rube Marquard was hit hard while Phil Douglas kept the Giants hits well scattered.

 

at Forbes Field (Pittsburgh) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

 

2

12

0

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

3

11

1

W-Bob Harmon (9-12)
L-Bill James (16-7)
Attendance – 15,000

2B-Connolly (Bost), Maranville (Bost)
3B-Whitted (Bost)

 

Game #2 ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

 

4

8

0

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

 

2

7

1

W-Otto Hess (3-6)
L-Babe Adams (9-14)

3B-Connolly (Bost), Wagner (Pitts), Carey (Pitts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Possum Whitted rf 5 1 2 .184  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 5 0 1 .298  

 

Joe Connolly lf 4 0 3 .302  

 

Ted Cather lf 0 0 0 .262  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 5 1 1 .242  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 5 0 0 .268  

 

Red Smith 3b 5 0 1 .241  

 

Les Mann cf 5 0 1 .235  

 

Hank Gowdy c 4 0 2 .247  

 

Bill James p 4 0 1 .253  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill James 11.2 11 3 5 5  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Possum Whitted lf 3 0 0 .179  

 

Larry Gilbert ph 1 0 0 .280  

 

Josh Devore lf 0 0 0 .228  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 2 1 .297  

 

Ted Cather lf 2 0 2 .270  

 

Joe Connolly ph/lf 2 1 1 .303  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 3 0 0 .241  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 2 .270  

 

Red Smith 3b 4 1 1 .241  

 

Les Mann cf 4 0 1 .235  

 

Hank Gowdy c 2 0 0 .245  

 

Otto Hess p 3 0 0 .211  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Otto Hess 9 7 2 2 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 59 47 -

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

59 48 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 61 53 2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 58 53 3 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 50 58 10

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 50 58 10

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 50 60 11

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 49 59 11