“DIARY OF A WINNER”

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Joe Connolly triples home the winning runs

September 21, 1914 ... Defeating the Pirates by a 6 to 5 score at Fenway Park, while the Giants were being beaten by the Chicago Cubs 6 to 0, the Braves increased their lead in the National League to four full games. It is a comfortable margin at this stage of the race, although it is not decisive by any means. The Braves still have 19 games to play and the Giants have 18. Five of these games are between the two teams, so it's up to Stallings' men to keep their feet on the throttle and make no mistakes until it is decided.

Dick Rudolph was on the hill for the Boston, and while he was in a pretty bad hole at one stage, Stallings would not take them out of the game however, and he pulled through just as his manager thought he would. Bob Harmon was opposing him and he got into a hole that he never got out of. Joe Connolly came through with a mighty bases-loaded triple in the fourth inning. The four runs in this inning made the score 6 to 2 in favor of the Braves and the game looked to be as good as won. Manager Fred Clarke then changed pitchers, bringing in Herb Kelly, and the Braves scored no more.

Max Carey of the Pirates was the hitting star of the game. Outside of Connolly's bases clearing triple, the Pirates leftfielder had a perfect batting day. He knocked out a triple, a double and two singles in his four chances at bat. He also made a great throw to the plate, nipping Red Smith, who tried to score from third after he had caught Bert Whaling's deep fly ball in left field.

In the first inning both teams scored a run. Carey led off with a triple to right and scored on Collins out at first for Pittsburgh. Then for the Braves, after Herbie Moran flied out, Johnny Evers and Connolly were walked. Butch Schmidt brought Evers home with a single to right to tie up the game at 1 to 1.

In the Braves second inning Rabbit Maranville singled to right and went to second on Whaling's sacrifice bunt. He stole third and then came home on Rudolph's sacrifice fly to give the Braves a 2 to 1 lead.

The Pirates tied the score in the fourth as Collins singled to left and went to second when Moran slightly juggled the ball. Kelly lined a sharp single to right and Collins was held at third. Then Jim Viox was passed by Rudolph to fill the bases. The Braves infield played deep and Ed Konetchy hit a sharp ground ball at Maranville, who started a fast doubleplay, on which Collins scored.

But in the Braves fourth, they took the lead for good. Smith singled and went to second on the Rabbit's sacrifice. He then went to third on Whaling's ground out and scored on Rudolph's single to left. Moran drew a base on balls and Evers singled on a ball that was hit off the chest of the pitcher Harmon. Smith was held at third and the bases were now full. Connolly came up and slammed the ball to right-center midway between Kelly and Collins all the way to the bleacher fence. By the time it got back to the infield, he was on third and the bases were cleared. At that point Harmon was taken out of the game in favor of Kelly and that was the end of the Braves' scoring.

The visitors got some breaks on scratch hits and worked over two runs in the sixth inning and one in the seventh. The tying run was on third and the winning run was on second, with only one out in the seventh, as a result of four base hits, one of which was a double. Rudolph looked like he was in trouble. But that point he appeared to be the coolest man on the field. He pulled his belt tight and got Collins to pop out to Smith and Kelly to fly out to Whitted, so that the winning and tying runs stayed right where they were. It was a close call and a situation that required plenty of nerve to be able to pull himself out of it. Rudolph proved he had the nerve and so did his manager by leaving him in.

The Pirates were retired in order over the next two innings by Rudolph, and the final score of the game was 6 to 5, on as fine a pitching performance as he has made all year.

A howl of delight went up when the scoreboard showed that the Cubs were beating the Giants. Hippo Vaughn, who is been effective against the Giants all season, pitched his usual strong game and limited New York to seven scattered hits. Rube Marquard started the game for the Giants and suffered his 11th straight defeat.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

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PITTSBURGH PIRATES

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1

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1

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9

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BOSTON BRAVES

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1

0

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0

0

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9

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W-Dick Rudolph (23-10)
L-Bob Harmon (11-16)
Attendance - 7500

2B-Carey (Pitt), Cather (Bost)
3B-Carey (Pitt), Connolly (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

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AVG

 

 

Herbie Moran rf 2 1 0 .230  

 

Les Mann ph/rf 1 0 0 .240  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 3 2 2 .283  

 

Joe Connolly lf 1 0 1 .305  

 

Ted Cather ph/lf 1 0 1 .274  

 

Possum Whitted cf 4 0 0 .219  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 1 .278  

 

Red Smith 3b 4 1 2 .254  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 2 1 1 .244  

 

Bert Whaling c 3 0 0 .213  

 

Dick Rudolph p 3 1 1 .128  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dick Rudolph 9 9 5 2 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

79 55 -

 

 

New York Giants 76 60 4

 

 

Chicago Cubs 73 66 8 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 72 66 9

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 67 72 14 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 64 74 17

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 62 74 18

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 56 82 25

 

 

Number to clinch - 14