“DIARY OF A WINNER”

BERT WHALING

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Dick Rudolph pitches the Braves past St. Louis

September 17, 1914 ... When Cozy Dolan got his bat on the first ball pitched by Dick Rudolph for a double to the scoreboard, and Miller Huggins connected with the next one for a single past third, there was a murmur of surprise from the 7500 fans, many of whom thought that Rudolph was in for a drubbing. Those who entertain such views did not know the pitcher well however. Dolan scored on a sacrifice fly, and while the Cardinals put that run over in the first three minutes of play, it was the only one they made in the game, and they had very few hits thereafter, as the Braves beat them by a 5 to 1 score.

The Cardinals were full of fight and the whole squad, who was sitting outside of the dugout, cheered so vigorously when their teammates opened on Rudolph so viciously, that they were driven back into the dugout by the umpire. Miller Huggins was out to win the second game of the series, and pinned his faith on Slim Sallee to put one over on the league leaders. Sallee pitched fairly well, but some timely hitting by Butch Schmidt, Red Smith and Bert Whaling, as well as a smart base hit by Ted Cather, was too much for him.

Rudolph, in spite of the jolt in the first inning, was a steady as a rock. Only seven hits were made off him, and four of those came in the first two innings.

Both teams scored in the first inning, Dolan hit the first pitch for a double to left and Huggins singled past Smith. Cather was playing close, so Dolan was held at third, but he scored a moment later on Lee Magee's sacrifice fly to center.

Leslie Mann, who played in right field, led things off for the Braves in their half of the first inning, by drawing a pass. Evers sacrificed him to second and Ted Cather brought him home with a liner down the left-field line, to tie up the game at 1 to 1.

Only four Cardinals made it to first base after the first inning. One was Huggins, who with two outs in the third, was passed and called out on an attempted steal of second. Chief Wilson singled in the fourth with two outs, and Walton Cruise got a single in the seventh. Dots Miller got the last hit for the Cardinals in the ninth inning.

In the fourth inning, with one out, Butch Schmidt singled and Smith followed with another base hit. Both runners moved up a base on Maranville's fly to deep right field, and Whaling brought him home with a single to center, giving the Braves a 3 to 1 lead.

The Braves added a couple more runs in the eighth-inning. With Hank Robinson now pitching, he hit Cather with a pitched ball. Whitted sacrificed him to second and Schmidt doubled to left to bring him home. Butch then scored on Smith's double to the incline in left. That gave the Braves their final two runs and a 5 to 1 victory.

Possum Whitted turned in the fielding gem of the game on what looked like a sure Texas Leaguer. Another great play was made by Johnny Evers on a grounder by Zinn Beck. Rudolph and Evers both combined on a third difficult play. Sallee hit a ball back through the box, that had base hit written all over it. Rudolph ducked and stuck up his gloved hand to protect his head. The ball hit his mitt and was deflected off toward Evers, who came in fast, quickly picked up the ball, and got Sallee at first base.

Rabbit Maranville and Smith made several fine plays and Whaling, along with the Rabbit blocked an attempted double steal by doing some pretty good work. They got Walton Cruise at the plate, with Maranville intercepting the throw to second and returning it to Whaling to nip him.

As the Giants won from the Reds by a score of 10 to 1, Boston needed the victory in order to hold it 3 1/2 game lead in the National League.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

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1

2

3

4

5

6

7

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R

H

E

 
     

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

   

1

7

0

 
     

BOSTON BRAVES

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0

0

2

0

0

0

2

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5

9

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W-Dick Rudolph (22-10)
L-Slim Sallee (17-16)
Attendance - 7500

2B-Dolan (StL), Schmidt (Bost), Smith (Bost), Maranville (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Les Mann rf 3 1 1 .242  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 2 0 0 .281  

 

Ted Cather lf 3 1 1 .273  

 

Possum Whitted cf 3 0 0 .224  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 2 2 .279  

 

Red Smith 3b 4 1 3 .255  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 1 .246  

 

Bert Whaling c 3 0 1 .217  

 

Dick Rudolph p 3 0 0 .123  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dick Rudolph 9 7 1 1 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

77 55 -

 

 

New York Giants 74 59 3 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 72 64 7

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 71 64 7 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 64 71 14 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 62 71 15 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 59 74 18 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 56 77 21 1/2