“DIARY OF A WINNER”

RED SMITH

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The Braves win easily and move into a first place tie

September 5, 1914 ... By getting a jump on the Phillies this afternoon, the Braves won the final game of the series by a 7 to 1 score, and the victory carried them into a tie with the Giants for first place, as New York split a doubleheader in Brooklyn. It was about the easiest game that the Boston team has had on the trip. At no time after the first inning, did the Phillies have what looked like a fighting chance to win.

Gene Cocreham was given an opportunity to show what he could do, and although his was touched up easily in two innings, he pitched a very good game. The only run scored against him was something of a fluke, but on the other hand, he was given splendid support in the field. Four doubleplays executed by his teammates helped him, but nevertheless he made a great showing against a slugging Philadelphia team.

Erskine Mayer, who was on the mound against him, had a very bad first inning and did not seem to work well with his catcher Bill Killifer. Manager Red Dooin went in to catch himself in the second inning, after which Mayer did much better. It was in the opening inning however, that he was put in a hole so deep he could not get out of it. Johnny Evers hit a double against the right-field wall, and Joe Connolly popped in a scratch double, along with two base on balls and Rabbit Maranville's slam to left for another two bases, formed the combination that developed four runs for the Braves and put the Phillies in that hole.

The Braves waited on Mayer to limit, and two men, who were passed after that disastrous first inning, eventually scored themselves. Butch Schmidt was one of them and Red Smith brought him over the plate with a home run, a huge smash which sent the ball almost on a line over Beals Becker's head into left field bleachers. Evers was the other man who was passed in the last inning, and he was brought over with a double by Connolly and Larry Gilbert's out at first.

Cocreham was very stingy with passes, and two of the three times that he made a mistake, doubleplays followed. Outside of the four doubleplays turned by the Braves, Smith provided the fielding feature of the day. He plays deeper than any other thirdbaseman in either league, but he came two thirds of the way to the plate to scoop up Hal Irelan's slow roller with one hand, and in the same motion threw him out at first base.

Three games out of the four here, and 16 out of 22 on the road trip is a very good showing. The Braves have a lot of doubleheaders to be played in Boston, and the outcome of these games, as well as the three to be played with the Giants next Monday and Tuesday, will have much to do with the Boston team's chances of winning the pennant.

The Braves left here tonight and will arrive in Boston on the Federal Express in the morning. Rabbit Maranville left early and will spend the night at his home in Springfield. Present Gaffney returned to New York tonight, pretty well pleased with his team. He intends to go to Boston tomorrow night.

Brooklyn held the Giants to an even break, bringing about the tie for first place in the National League pennant race. The Giants walked away with the first game 8 to 5 by hammering Jeff Pfeiffer five innings and hitting Bill Steele hard in the sixth. Al Demaree was effective for the Giants until the end of the game. Nap Rucker, who had been in the hospital came back and pitched the second game for Brooklyn and showed his old time form by winning 4 to 1. The Giants escaped a shutout when Rube Marquard singled and Fred Snodgrass tripled with two out in the sixth inning.

 

at Baker Bowl (Philadelphia) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

7

9

0

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

1

10

3

W-Gene Cocreham (2-2)
L=Erskine Mayer (17-16)
Attendance – 8000

2B-Evers (Bost), Connolly (2)(Bost), Maranville (Bost)
HR-Smith (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Herbie Moran cf 5 0 1 .230  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 2 2 .290  

 

Joe Connolly lf 4 1 2 .303  

 

Larry Gilbert rf 4 1 1 .272  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 3 2 0 .275  

 

Red Smith 3b 4 1 1 .243  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 3 0 1 .243  

 

Hank Gowdy c 4 0 0 .239  

 

Gene Cocreham p 4 0 1 .125  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Gene Cocreham 9 10 1 3 5  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

67 52 -

 

 

New York Giants 67 52 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 65 59 4 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 65 61 5 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 56 64 11 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 56 66 12 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 55 66 13

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 54 65 13