“DIARY OF A WINNER”

HANK GOWDY

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Hank Gowdy rallies the Braves past Pittsburgh

September 19, 1914 ... 17,000 fans were dragged out of their depression at Fenway Park and then brought into a happy and howling mood when the Braves chalked up seven runs in the 6th inning to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates by a 9 to 3 score. For five innings only one hit and been made off Pittsburgh starter Wilbur Cooper. And while this hit brought in a run, the rally was unearned and it began to look as if the Braves would not be able to get another.

Cooper was pitching a tremendous ballgame and the Pirates had picked up three easy runs in the 2nd inning. Jim Viox worked starter George Davis for a base on balls, Honus Wagner sent a line drive into left, and Bob Coleman was walked to fill the bases. With the Braves playing deep, Wilbur Cooper poked the ball to at third and squeezed home Viox with the first run of the game. Max Carey came up next and popped a fly to short center that the wind caught as the ball landed just out of the reach of Rabbit Maranville. It went for a double that scored both Wagner and Coleman.

In the Braves second inning Butch Schmidt flied out to Carey in left field and Smith flew out to Joe Kelly in center field. The Rabbit sent one out to right-field and this time it was muffed by Zip Collins, who failed to get the ball back in time to prevent Maranville from going to second. Hank Gowdy then singled to left to score Maranville and the Braves were on the board.

Down 3 to 1 in the 6th inning, the Braves began waiting out Cooper, as he began to show a bit of wildness. Schmidt sent a line drive at Viox, who could barely block the ball as it was shooting past him. Red Smith and Maranville played the waiting game and drew walks to load the bases. Then a two base slam from Hank Gowdy that went high over Kelly's head in center field cleared the bases. Three runs were over quickly and instead of trailing, the Braves had a one run lead.

The score was not the only thing affected by the hit, as all the sudden the crowd came alive and started yelling and cheering. Manager Stallings sent up Oscar Dugey to bat in place of George Davis, the pitcher. Dugey was there with a single that brought home Gowdy to make it 5 to 3. Cooper at this point was pulled out of the game by manager Fred Clarke who sent in Joe Conzelman to stop the bleeding. Herbie Moran came in to bat in place of Leslie Mann and flied out to centerfield. Then Johnny Evers came through with another single and Dugey went to third. Joe Connolly now came up and shot a hot grounder between first and second. The ball caromed off the chest of Viox and bounded toward the Boston dugout, allowing Connolly to make it to second base. That scored Dugey and Evers made it over to third base. On the next pitch Connolly took off for second and Whitted knocked the ball out into the outfield for a single driving in Evers and Connolly. That made the score 8 to 3.

Lefty Tyler came in and finished the game. He was not scored upon in spite of the fact that Coleman, but first batter to face him laced out a triple. Another hit was made off him in the 8th with two down, and two singles were knocked out in the 9th. It was a great game from the Boston viewpoint. Davis pitched great except in the one inning when the Pirates got their three runs and two of the three hits made off him were cheap and no runs should've been made. Davis looked as good as he ever has, and the chances are that he will be a valuable man for the Braves to have around.

Schmidt, Maranville, Mann and Whitted did some great work in the field while Gowdy came through in the clutch with the bat. He drove in four runs and another one was scored when Fritz Scheeren dropped his fly ball in the seventh inning. He caught a great game behind the plate and was banged all over by some hot foul tips, but hung in the game. For Pittsburgh, Honus Wagner got three sizzling singles in his for chances at bat and he also played a fine game in the field.

There were some misgivings when the scoreboard show that the Giants were beating the Cubs, as the Pirates were leading in the game at that time 3 to 1. But the Braves never know when they are beaten, so their never through fighting until the game is over. The spirit of aggressiveness as won many game for them including the one today.

In New York, the Giants kept pace with the Braves by defeating the Cubs in the first game of their series by a 5 to 4 score. It was the Giants fourth straight victory. Jeff Tesreau was wild and was badly supported, but was effective in the pinches, holding Chicago to just five hits. Casey Hagerman was an easy mark for the Giants who hit him for three runs in the first and won the game in the third, when they scored two more runs on two hits, a pass, a hit batsman and a stolen base.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

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PITTSBURGH PIRATES

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0

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10

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BOSTON BRAVES

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1

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9

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W-George Davis (2-1)
S-Lefty Tyler (2)
L-Wilbur Cooper (16-12)
Attendance - 17,000

2B-Carey (Pitt), Viox (Pitt), Connolly (Bost), Gowdy (Bost)
3B-Coleman (Pitt)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

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AVG

 

 

Les Mann rf 1 0 0 .241  

 

Herbie Moran ph/rf 2 0 0 .231  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 3 1 1 .281  

 

Ted Cather lf 2 0 0 .270  

 

Joe Connolly ph/lf 1 1 1 .303  

 

Possum Whitted cf 5 0 2 .224  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 2 1 .278  

 

Red Smith 3b 2 1 0 .252  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 2 2 0 .243  

 

Hank Gowdy c 4 1 2 .244  

 

George Davis p 2 0 0 .300  

 

Oscar Dugey ph 1 1 1 .193  

 

Lefty Tyler p 1 0 0 .202  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  George Davis 6 6 3 2 1  
  Lefty Tyler 3 4 0 0 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

78 55 -

 

 

New York Giants 76 59 3

 

 

Chicago Cubs 72 66 8 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 71 66 9

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 67 71 13 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 62 73 17

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 62 74 17 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 56 80 23 1/2