“DIARY OF A WINNER”

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The Cubs hit Tyler and Rudolph hard,
knocking the Braves back into
second place

August 24, 1914 ... The Chicago Cubs beat the Boston Braves today in the first game of their series at the West Side Grounds in Chicago. The score the game was 9 to 5 and in the process Dick Rudolph's string of successive wins was stopped at eleven. Rudolph did not start the game, but was responsible for the outcome because in the fifth inning when his teammates, with a great rally, took the lead and made the score 5 to 4, he could not hold the lead and therefore took the loss.

One of the features of the game was the poor work of umpire Ernie Quigley. It was thought he was so bad, that he affected the outcome of the game. His questionable calls probably affected the Braves the most, but the members of both teams were continually disagreeing with him and complained to him, with good cause.

It was an overcast day and the clouds were hanging low. Lefty Tyler started for the Braves but was not on his game, as he passed two men in the first two innings, both of whom scored.

In the first inning after two were out, Connolly hit a home run to give the Braves a 1 to 0 lead. The Cubs came back in the bottom of the first inning when Tommy Leach drew a pass and went to second on Wilbur Good's sacrifice bunt. Saier flied out to Leslie Mann and Zimmerman doubled to center to score Leach with the tying run.

The Braves came back and took the lead in the second as Red Smith opened with a single and went to second on Mann's sacrifice, and then to third when Red Corriden fumbled Gowdy's grounder, coming home on Moran's single over Sweeney's head into right field.

In the bottom of the second inning, with the Braves winning now 2 to 1, the Cubs scored three times off Tyler. After Bill Sweeney, the first man up, singled, Tyler passed Corriden. Roger Bresnahan then hit a liner to left field that Joe Connolly poorly judged and he could not get to it. He ran in, stood for an instant and then saw the ball shoot over his head. Joe chased after it, but two runs were over and Bresnahan was on third before the ball was returned to the infield. On its way out, the ball seemed it was never more than 10 feet off the ground, not getting out of the shadow of the grandstand until it passed over where Connolly was standing. Bresnahan then scored on Tommy Leach's sacrifice fly to Herbie Moran, playing his first game for the Braves, in right field. That made the score 4 to 1 in favor of the Cubs. Stallings then decided to pull Tyler out of the game and send in Rudolph. Dick pitched great ball until the eighth-inning, when everything seemed to go wrong.

The Braves wiped out the Cubs lead in the fifth inning. Moran singled, Johnny Evers doubled, and Connolly followed with another double that scored both Moran and Evers. The Rabbit put Connolly on third with a sacrifice and Schmidt brought him home with a single to left. Smith came up next and beat out an infield hit, but on an attempted double steal, Schmidt was caught at third. Mann then struck out but the score was now 5 to 4 in the Braves favor.

Wilbur Good then started off the Cubs half of the fifth with a double to center and he went to third on Saier's out at first, coming home on a squeeze play. Heinie Zimmerman popped up the ball down the third-base line, but neither Gowdy nor Rudolph could get to it so, although it was intended as a sacrifice, it resulted in a hit and tied up the game at 5 to 5.

In the eighth inning Vic Saier led off with a single, and to his amazement went to second on an unusual wild pitch issued by Rudolph. Saier went to third on Zimmerman's out at first and then scored on a single by Frank Schulte to right-field. Sweeney came up and singled to left and Corriden followed with another over second to score Schulte. Jimmy Archer lined one down the left-field line that looked foul, but Quigley called it fair and the ball went for a double to score both Sweeney and Corriden, making the score 9 to 5.

Everybody on the Boston team ran out of the dugout and gathered around Quigley insisting at the ball went foul, but that did not get them anywhere. It went on record as a double. Another bad call by Quigley happened in the seventh inning. Bresnahan and Hippo Vaughn, who came in to pitch, replacing starter Jimmy Lavender, protested vigorously against Quigley's judgment while Butch Schmidt was at bat. Quigley called a ball four on a pitch that everyone was sure was a perfect strike including Schmidt. Bresnahan and Vaughn were kicked out of the game and the Cubs continued protesting for 10 minutes before they resumed play with a new battery.

The loss puts the Braves back in the second place, and at the very least it shows how easy it is to lose a game. They had been wining so regularly, that the team could be getting the notion that they could not be beaten.

Herbie Moran arrived from Cincinnati and took his place in right field. He showed up well at bat, on the bases and in the field. If he keeps up the kind work he showed in this game, he will be a valuable addition to the team.

Joe Connolly did some great hitting today coming through with a home run and a double. The homer went way above the high advertising boards in right field and was one of the longest hits made at this ballpark. The double came with two men on base and brought them both home.

Red Smith provided the fielding gem of the game, a one-handed stop off Schulte's hot grounder, which he grabbed and tagged out Heinie Zimmerman, who was trying to make third from second base. Zimmerman crashed into Smith at full speed, trying to knock the ball loose and it is a wonder how Red escaped serious injury. Rabbit Maranville made several classy plays, but he does that sort of thing all the time.

 

at West Side Grounds (Chicago) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

1

1

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

 

5

9

2

CHICAGO CUBS

1

3

0

0

1

0

0

4

x

 

9

10

2

W-Larry Cheney (16-12)
L-Dick Rudolph (17-9)
Attendance – 13,000


2B-Evers (Bost), Connolly (Bost), Rudolph (Bost),
Good (Chi), Zimmerman (Chi), Archer (Chi)
3B-Bresnahan (Chi)
HR-Connolly (Bost)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Herbie Moran rf 4 1 2 .238  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 5 1 1 .296  

 

Joe Connolly lf 5 2 2 .305  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 3 0 0 .239  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 1 .270  

 

Red Smith 3b 4 1 2 .243  

 

Les Mann cf 2 0 0 .234  

 

Larry Gilbert ph 1 0 0 .278  

 

Josh Devore cf 0 0 0 .228  

 

Hank Gowdy c 3 0 0 .242  

 

Lefty Tyler p 1 0 0 .222  

 

Dick Rudolph p 3 0 1 .128  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Lefty Tyler 2 3 4 2 1  
  Dick Rudolph 6 7 5 2 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 59 48 -

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

59 49 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 62 53 1

 

 

Chicago Cubs 59 53 2 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 51 58 9

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 52 60 9 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 50 59 10

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 49 61 11 1/2