“DIARY OF A WINNER”

LEFTY TYLER

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Lefty Tyler holds the Cardinals to one hit

August 30, 1914 ... Lefty Tyler was in great shape today and the Braves won the final games of the series by a score of 2 to 0, as not a hit was made off Lefty until the seventh inning, and the one made then was the only one that the Cardinals got in the whole game. Tyler had a hiccup in the ninth-inning when he hit one of the batters and passed another. The crowd of 17,000 fans cheered for the Cardinals to continue the rally, but Tyler buckled down and finished the game. Lefty was up against his old partner Hub Purdue, who was hit easily and if the Braves had played more carefully, they probably would've scored a few more runs, but their two run lead held up and with Tyler going good, they took some chances and had some runners thrown out at the plate.

Every one of the Braves team got a hit except Tyler. There was not that much to the game except the pitching. Joe Connolly covered a lot of ground in left field and made some nice catches and turned in the star play of the game when he threw Lee Magee out at second base on a hit that Lee tried to stretch. The Boston infield worked nicely with Red Smith making a couple of classy plays.

The Braves began scoring at once in the first inning. After Herbie Moran had flied out to cozy Dolan, Johnny Evers singled and went to second on Connolly's sacrifice. He came home on Gilbert single to center to make the score 1 to 0.

In the fourth inning Connolly doubled to the right-field fence. Chief Wilson got his hands on the ball, but was nervous about the closeness of the fence and couldn't hold on. Larry Gilbert put Connolly on third with a sacrifice, and a squeeze play was attempted. Butch Schmidt's bunt went to quickly to Magee and Connolly was thrown out at the plate.

With one out in the fifth, Maranville singled to center and then on a hit-and-run Hank Gowdy drove the ball to left to score the Rabbit. That made the game 2 to 0 and Perdue worked the rest of the game without another run coming across the plate.

Meanwhile the Cardinals had not made a hit. It was one, two, three for them until the fourth inning when Dolan drew a pass. And then in the seventh inning, Lee Magee got the first hit on a sharp ground ball down the left-field line. Dolan then drew another walk, but was caught napping off first on a quick play from Tyler to Schmidt.

In the eighth-inning Hank Gowdy opened by waiting out Purdue for a pass and went to second on Tyler's sacrifice. He tried to score from second on Moran's single to left, but was thrown out at the plate by Cozy Dolan.

In the Cardinals half of the ninth, after Frank Snyder had lined out to Maranville, Jack Roche was sent in to bat for Purdue. Tyler hit him with a pitch and then Huggins worked Tyler for a pass. The crowd began to howl and seemed to shake Tyler a little. Evers came over to the mound and talked to his pitcher to calm him down. Magee then hit one down to Smith who touched third for the force out and then tried to double up Magee, but his throw was off the bag. The game ended as Dolan grounded down to Maranville, who took out Magee on the fielder's choice at second.

The Giants defeated the Cubs by a score of 8 to 1, as Jeff Tesreau pitched another great game and had little trouble from Chicago. Larry Cheney lasted only one inning for the Cubs, during which the Giants scored four runs on two singles, a base on balls, a hit batsman, a passed ball, an error and a double. George Pierce took over for Cheney and worked well for a few innings, but the Giants eventually resumed their barrage, and aided by errors, scored four more runs. Tesreau eased up in the ninth-inning after two were out and Chicago managed to score a run on two doubles.

The Braves are still dogging the Giants, and at the end of the day are still one half game out of first.

 

at Robison Field (St. Louis) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

 

2

8

1

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

1

1

W-Lefty Tyler (13-10)
L-Hub Perdue (8-9)
Attendance – 17,000

2B-Connolly (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Herbie Moran cf 4 0 1 .232  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 1 1 .287  

 

Joe Connolly lf 3 0 1 .295  

 

Larry Gilbert rf 3 0 1 .276  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 1 .271  

 

Red Smith 3b 4 0 1 .242  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 3 1 1 .239  

 

Hank Gowdy c 2 0 1 .245  

 

Lefty Tyler p 2 0 0 .213  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Lefty Tyler 9 1 0 4 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 63 50 -

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

63 51 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 64 57 3

 

 

Chicago Cubs 61 57 4 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 54 62 10 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 53 61 10 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 53 62 11

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 52 63 12