“DIARY OF A WINNER”

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Philly slaps the Braves hard

September 3, 1914 ... Philadelphia put one over on the Braves today defeating them 7 to 4, but Stallings men were fighting hard at the finish against overwhelming odds. It was one of those games in which everything seemed to go wrong from the time Lefty Tyler took the mound, until the ninth-inning. With the bases full and two out, Rabbit Maranville, the second man up in the inning, poked an easy grounder to Hal Irelan and was thrown out at first, bringing a rally to an abrupt end.

Tyler was hit hard during the first and second innings, more than the whole season. Hans Lobert, the first man up in the first inning, led off with a double, and the second man up, Beals Becker smashed

the ball over the right-field fence. So before you know it, the Phillies were up 2 to 0. In the second inning he was hit for a double and two singles and then taken out of the game. The next two batters reach safely on botched fielder's choice plays by Maranville and another by Gowdy.

Johnny Evers, although he was still sick, got into the game, but was thrown out in the second inning by umpire Klem for disputing a call.

Grover Cleveland Alexander was hit rather easily and the Braves might have eventually got to him, if they had not fallen so far behind. Down 6 to 0 in the fourth inning, Joe Connolly and Larry Gilbert singled and then Jack Martin made a great play on Butch Schmidt's hot grounder to get him at first. So with men on second and third and only one out, Smith fouled out and the Rabbit was thrown out by Irelan. Then in the sixth inning, with two men down, Schmidt, Smith and Maranville all singled in succession, but Schmidt got thrown out at the plate by Gavvy Cravath.

It seemed as if the Braves were not destined to scored all. They did so in the ninth-inning, but not enough times to win, only enough to shock the Phillies and Alexander in particular. In that inning Bert Whaling doubled and and Herbie Moran singled to center to score him. He went to second on the throw to the plate and Possum Whitted plunked one into right field to bring him home. Joe Connolly then lined a double to deep right and Irelan fumbled Gilbert's grounder, allowing Whitted to score. Schmidt came up and singled to left, scoring Connolly with the fourth run. That brought up the Rabbit who had a fine chance to make some trouble, but he couldn't pull the trigger and was an easy out to end the game.

Stallings was not pleased at all with the show this afternoon, and does not expect to lose many games with Tyler pitching. What got him quite annoyed, was the fact that Tyler had Becker in the hole for two strikes, and the one that he hit out was grooved right down the middle. The Braves made 13 hits off Alexander and the Phillies 11 off the Boston pitchers, six of which happened in the first two innings.

President Gaffney left to go back to New York after the game and expects to return tomorrow and start with the club for Boston. The Braves have averaged winning three out of every four games on the trip, and if you look at it that way, it has been a wild success.

In the process the Braves were sent back in the second place as the Giants took a doubleheader from Brooklyn by scores of 6 to 3 and 7 to 2. Christy Mathewson kept Brooklyn's hits scattered in the first game, while Brooklyn's Pat Ragan weakened in the fourth inning and a single by Larry Doyle along with an error by Jake Daubert, gave New York two runs. Four more were added in the fifth on doubles by George Burns and Dave Robertson, with singles by Larry Doyle, Art Fletcher and Chief Meyers, along with a pass to Fred Snodgrass.

In the second game Jeff Tesreau was effective for the Giants while his teammates reached Raleigh Atchison for 13 hits and three runs in eight innings. The Giants clinched the game in the ninth-inning as Chief Meyers and Fred Snodgrass were walked and George Cutshaw's error on Larry Doyle's grounder filled the bases. George Burns then smashed a grand slam home run into the left field bleachers to ice the game.

 

at Baker Bowl (Philadelphia) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

 

4

13

3

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

2

4

0

0

0

1

0

0

x

 

7

11

1

W-Grover Cleveland Alexander (20-12)
L-Lefty Tyler (13-11)
Attendance – 5000

2B-Connolly (Bost), Whaling (Bost), Lobert (Phil),
Killefer (Phil)
HR-Becker (Phil)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Herbie Moran cf 5 1 1 .233  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 0 0 0 .287  

 

Possum Whitted 2b 4 1 2 .208  

 

Joe Connolly lf 5 1 2 .300  

 

Larry Gilbert rf 5 0 1 .274  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 5 0 2 .276  

 

Red Smith 3b 4 0 1 .243  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 5 0 2 .245  

 

Hank Gowdy c 3 0 0 .245  

 

Bert Whaling c 1 1 1 .221  

 

Lefty Tyler p 0 0 0 .213  

 

George Davis p 1 0 0 .000  

 

Josh Devore ph 1 0 1 .235  

 

Gene Cocreham p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Ted Cather ph 1 0 0 .272  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Lefty Tyler 1 5 4 2 0  
  George Davis 5 4 3 3 3  
  Gene Cocreham 2 2 0 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 65 51 -

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

65 52 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 64 58 4

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 64 60 5

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 55 63 11

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 54 63 11 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 55 65 12

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 54 64 12