“DIARY OF A WINNER”

JOE CONNOLLY

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
It's Joe Connolly with a second straight winning hit

September 22, 1914 ... The Braves defeated Pittsburgh again at Fenway Park by an 8 to 2 score in the final game of the series, while the Giants were again being shut out by Chicago. At the end of the day the Braves had increased their lead in the National League five games.

Lefty Tyler, who did the pitching for Boston was very effective, and but for an error, Pittsburgh would have not scored. They got only six hits off Tyler and no two of them came in the same inning except the first one.

George McQuillan worked four innings for Pittsburgh, during which the Braves got eight hits, which were good for seven runs. There were a couple of clean smashes, one by Butch Schmidt and the other by Joe Connolly, that brought in five of the seven runs.

Erv Kantlehner, a left-handed pitcher, worked the last four innings and tied up the Boston boys more than the starter. They got one run off him on a base on balls and a double

There was plenty in the way of hard-hitting and fine fielding. Possum Whitted made some pretty catches in the outfield and Ted Cather made a fine catch off Jim Viox at the edge of the incline in left. Smith, Rabbit Maranville and Schmidt did some clean cut work in the field and the fans generally are beginning realizes that this combination is one of the best infields in the league.

Red Smith connected with two singles and a double in his for appearances and Schmidt came through with a triple with two men on. It was Joe Connolly who again got the big base hit. As with yesterday, he came to bat with the bases loaded and slugged the ball way into the outfield to the bleacher fence. The hit would've been good for a triple, but he over-slid third base and was called out.

The victory, along with the defeat of the Giants, gives the Braves a firmer grip on first place with 18 games yet to be decided. Judging by the way both teams are going in general, the prospects of the Braves are very bright. There are three doubleheaders and a single game to be played in the next four days which are going to keep the Braves very busy.

Pittsburgh put over two runs in the very first inning after two were out, when Dan Costello was given a walk by Tyler. Viox smashed one down the right-field line and Moran quickly threw the ball to Schmidt, who threw it to Smith, who almost caught Castillo in a rundown as he was trying for third. Viox on the play made it down to second base and Ed Konetchy singled to center to bring the two runners in. Those were the only runs that the Pirates made during the whole game.

The Braves tied the score in the very bottom of the first inning when Johnny Evers singled, Joe Connolly drew a pass and Schmidt lined a triple to bring them home. They took the lead in the third when Moran was hit by a pitch and went to second on Johnny Ever's sacrifice. He was brought home on a single to center by Whitted.

Then the Braves put it away in the fourth inning. Smith opened up with a single and went to second on Maranville's sacrifice bunt. Whaling singled to right center and it looked as if Castillo might make the catch. Smith had to wait and only got to third. Then Smith tried a double steal with Whaling. He slid in safely, with the fourth Braves run, as the return throw from Viox was a little wide. After Tyler flied out, Moran singled and Evers drew a base on balls to fill the bases. That set the stage for Connolly and he did what he did the day before. He lashed a line drive to left-center that brought the three runs in once again.

The Braves got their last run in the seventh inning, when Whitted was passed and Smith sent the ball banging off the left-field wall.

In the second inning Tyler heard a roar from the crowd and turned to see that the Cubs and scored five runs off Christy Mathewson in the first inning at the Polo Grounds. The Cubs scored all their runs on three singles, a double, a triple, a wild pitch and a wild throw by Chief Meyers. Larry Cheney did the pitching for Chicago and limited the Giants to just three hits.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

P

C

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
     

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

   

2

6

2

 
     

BOSTON BRAVES

2

0

1

4

0

0

1

0

x

   

8

12

1

 

 

W-Lefty Tyler (15-13)
L-George McQuillan (11-15)
Attendance - 6000

2B-Voix (Pitt), Wagner (Pitt), Connolly (Bost), Smith (Bost)
3B-Schmidt (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Herbie Moran rf 4 2 1 .230  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 2 2 1 .284  

 

Joe Connolly lf 2 1 1 .306  

 

Ted Cather ph/lf 1 0 0 .272  

 

Possum Whitted cf 3 1 2 .227  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 3 0 1 .278  

 

Red Smith 3b 4 1 3 .258  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 3 0 1 .245  

 

Bert Whaling c 3 1 1 .215  

 

Lefty Tyler p 4 0 1 .205  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Lefty Tyler 9 6 2 1 5  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

80 55 -

 

 

New York Giants 76 61 5

 

 

Chicago Cubs 74 66 8 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 73 66 9

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 67 73 15 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 65 74 17

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 62 75 19

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 56 83 26

 

 

Number to clinch - 12