“DIARY OF A WINNER”

UMPIRE
BILL HART

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Braves-Cards end up tied after a 12 inning duel

September 18, 1914 ... The final game of the Braves and the Cardinals this season was a thriller, and when it was called at the end of 12 innings on account of darkness, the score was 1 to 1. As was the case in the preceding two games, the one today at Fenway Park, was tight from start to finish. Bill Doak and Bill James, the leading pitchers in the league, engaged in as pretty a pitching duel, as one could be asked to see. Only three hits were made off Doak, but one of the three, was a double that came after he had walked a batter, and was good for the only run made by the Braves. Twice with runners in scoring position, Doak purposely passed a dangerous hitter and then got the next one out, thus showing how good a pitcher he is. This game was not necessary to establish that fact, as he has won 18 games and lost only 5 this season. James has won 24 games and lost 7..

James did some splendid work himself and if he had won today, he would have passed his opponent for the top honors of the league. Only seven hits were made off him in the 12 innings he pitched, but three of these, along with a base on balls came in the eighth inning and developed the run that tied the score.

Umpire Bill Hart allowed the visiting players to get out of hand and apparently lost control of them. He permitted Doak to question his ruling on balls and strikes and to abuse him in his language. Early in the game Doak threw his glove on the ground and threw up his hands as a mark of disgust with the umpire's call, yet he was allowed to continue in the game. Whatever the quality of Hart's decisions on balls and strikes may have been, he has no control as a disciplinarian.

Aside from the pitcher's battle, there was some pretty nice work done in the field. Rabbit Maranville made a spectacular one-handed stop of a ball going over second base, that looked like a sure single, and followed by throwing out Chief Wilson at first base. Then with the bases full in the eighth-inning, Butch Schmidt also made a one-handed stop of a hot grounder near first and threw Doak out at the plate. Dots Miller, the Cardinals shortstop, also performed some great stunts in the field in the many chances he had.

In the first inning James was wild but pulled himself out of the hole with some great pitching. He passed Cozy Dolan, the first man up, and later passed Lee Magee. Miller followed with an infield hit to fill the bases with only one out. James got busy and struck out Wilson and then forced Ivey Wingo to ground out to Johnny Evers.

In the third inning with one out, Magee drew a base on balls and Miller hit a fly to deep center that Magee thought would go over Possum Whitted's head. However Whitted camped under it, made a nice catch and then threw to first to double up Magee, who had turned second when the catch was made. The ball took a bad bounce to Schmidt and got away from him, just as Magee slid back into the bag. Seeing the ball rolling toward the Boston dugout, Magee decided to make another break for second, but Hank Gowdy who had been backing up at first, threw down to Johnny Evers who tagged Magee ten feet from the bag.

In the fifth inning, with one out for Boston, Herbie Moran drew a pass. Johnny Evers hit a double to right to score Moran from first with the one and only run of the game for the Braves. Evers went to third on Joe Connolly's out at first and then stole home, but Hart declared him out, which gave the crowd an excuse for riding him for the next 15 minutes.

In the eighth-inning the Cardinals scored their one run of the game. After Zinn Beck popped out to Red Smith, Doak singled to left. Dolan then drew a pass and Huggins singled to fill the bases. McGee came up and hit a hot grounder past first, which Schmidt sprang for and grabbed with his back hand, as it was passing by him. He righted himself and threw to the plate forcing Doak with what would have been the tie run. But the crisis had not passed because the bases were still full. It was here that Miller came through with his second hit of the game on a ground ball that shot out into left field to score Dolan with the tying run. On the play Huggins tried to score from second also, but Hart called him out at the plate. Connolly's throw was perfect, but it was close as Huggins seemed to have slid in just as he was touched by Gowdy.

The game went into extra innings and there was nothing doing until the Braves half of the 11th. Doak passed Gowdy and James, in attempting to sacrifice, forced Hank at second base. Moran advanced both runners with a single and Connolly was intentionally passed to take a chance with Whitted. It worked out for Doak as he struck out Possum.

The season series with both Philadelphia and St. Louis have now been completed. The Braves have won 12 and lost 10 with the Phillies and won 15 and lost 6 with the Cardinals.

In New York, the Giants made a clean sweep of the series was Cincinnati by taking their last game by a score of 3 to 2. The game was a pitcher's battle between Art Fromme, who replaced Marty O'Toole in the second inning and Pete Schneider, who got the win. The Giants won it in the ninth-inning when from opened with an infield single and Buck Herzog lost an easy out on a ground ball, by forgetting to touch the base. Fromme passed George Burns to fill the bases and the winning run was knocked in by Art Fletcher. With their win, the Giants reduced the Braves lead to 3 games in the National League race.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

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BOSTON BRAVES

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Attendance - 7000

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Herbie Moran rf 3 1 1 .232  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 0 1 .280  

 

Joe Connolly lf 4 0 0 .301  

 

Possum Whitted cf 4 0 0 .219  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 5 0 1 .278  

 

Red Smith 3b 3 0 0 .253  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 0 .244  

 

Hank Gowdy c 3 0 0 .241  

 

Bill James p 5 0 0 .254  
               
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  Bill James 12 7 1 5 5  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

77 55 -

 

 

New York Giants 75 59 3

 

 

Chicago Cubs 72 65 7 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 71 64 7 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 65 71 14

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 62 72 16

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 60 74 18

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 56 78 22