“DIARY OF A WINNER”

TED CATHER

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Some sharp playing beats the Cubs

August 25, 1914 ... The Braves found themselves back on the job today. There were playing on their toes all the time and had an all around good game, winning the second match of the series with the Chicago Cubs by a score of 4 to 1.

Their fielding was excellent, their hitting hard and timely, and their baserunning fast and done with good judgment. There was a little inside stuff mixed in with their work on the bases, which made it more effective. In addition to this, was some high-grade pitching by Bill James and the combination was unbeatable.

It was something of the pitcher's battle, for the southpaw Hippo Vaughn put up a good game against the boys from Boston. Fewer hits were made off him then off James, but seven of the eight were bunched in the three innings that the Braves scored. The Cubs got nine hits off James, one in every inning except the second, when they made none, but they made two in the fifth, which maintain the average of one to an inning.

Because of the lefty pitcher on the mound, Manager Stallings rearranged his lineup, playing Ted Cather in left field and Possum Whitted in right. Both boys did some fine work, with Cather making a great one-handed stop of a double by Leach in the eighth, which would've been good for a home run if he allowed the ball to get away from him, and in addition made two base hits in four times at bat.

There are upwards of 12,000 fans at the park. It was quite apparent also that many of them were in sympathy with the Braves, although this was not as pronounced as yesterday, since some of the fans seem to have realized that the Cubs are still in the race. Those who supported the Braves today, were obvious friends of Johnny Evers, and he still has a lot of them in this town, as well as elsewhere.

Maranville and Evers both made some thrilling plays, and James, besides pitching well, fielded his position perfectly, starting to fast doubleplays. For the Cubs, Tommy Leach did some good hitting, knocking out three of the nine hits off James, with two singles and a double. Leach also made a fine catch of Whitted's fly to short left in the first inning.

In the Cubs half of the third inning, after Red Corriden was thrown out by James, Roger Bresnahan drew a pass. With the count three and two on him, Vaughn made a blind swing at the ball and accidentally connected with it for a double to left to score Bresnahan with the Cubs' only run of the game, giving them a quick 1 to 0 lead.

But in the fourth inning, the Braves tied the score as Rabbit Maranville tried to lay down a bunt for a hit, but the thirdbaseman Heinie Zimmerman came in and made a wonderful play to nip him at first. Butch Schmidt singled to center and Red Smith shot one down the left-field line which Frank Schulte could not stop until it hit the fence. It was good for a double and scored Schmidt, who made it all the way from first with some daring baserunning, to tie up the game at 1 to 1.

The Braves scored two more runs in the fifth. After James struck out, Whitted singled. Evers popped out to Corriden and Cather followed with a single to center. Whitted then overran second by 15 feet on purpose. Leach, made a quick throw to the bag, but Whitted did not go back and never intended to. He made a break the third and beat the ball to Zimmerman. Cather had his eyes wide open and went to second while the play was being made. It was good baserunning and it counted, because Whitted scored on Maranville's infield out, to put the Braves in the lead. Cather scored a moment later when the Rabbit stole second and the ball was thrown back to the pitcher instead of second base. With Cather breaking for the plate, Vaughn uncorked a wild throw trying to nip him. These two runs clinched the game for the Braves and put them in as near a tie for first place as they could, only percentage points behind the Giants who did not play today.

After the game tomorrow afternoon, the Braves leave for St. Louis. They hope to clean up and St. Louis the way they did in New York. Up to the present they have done pretty well on this trip, having won 9 of the 12 games played.

 

at West Side Grounds (Chicago) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

1

 

4

8

0

CHICAGO CUBS

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

1

9

2

W-Bill James (17-7)
L-Hippo Vaughn (15-9)
Attendance – 12,000


2B-Smith (Bost), Leach (Chi), Vaughn (Chi)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Possum Whitted rf 3 1 1 .183  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 0 0 .293  

 

Ted Cather lf 4 1 2 .275  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 1 .239  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 3 2 1 .271  

 

Red Smith 3b 3 0 2 .247  

 

Les Mann cf 4 0 1 .234  

 

Hank Gowdy c 4 0 0 .239  

 

Bill James p 4 0 0 .241  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill James 9 9 1 1 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 59 48 -

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

60 49 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 62 53 1

 

 

Chicago Cubs 59 54 3

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 52 60 9 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 51 59 9 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 51 59 9 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 49 61 11 1/2