“DIARY OF A WINNER”

HERBIE MORAN

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Dick Rudolph wins another game
but the second one is a draw

September 24, 1914 ... The Braves won the first game of the doubleheader at Fenway Park by a score 5 to 0 and went eight innings in the second game before was called on account of darkness at a 2 to 2 tie. In the first game, Dick Rudolph kept the hits well scattered and did his best work when he needed, while Rube Benton, the clever left-hander for Cincinnati, was hit easily allowing the Braves to gain a fairly easy win. In the second game the Braves found that Pete Schneider was very much of a puzzle to them. The only player on the Braves team that could figure him out was Herbie Moran who had a 4 for 4 day at the plate.

Dick Rudolph was never in trouble in the first game and he seemed to slow up toward the end and failed to finish strong. The Braves scored their first run in the second inning as Possum Whitted singled and Butch Schmidt tried for sacrifice, but popped out to the pitcher. Red Smith came up and laced a double, and Maranville hit a ground ball to Bert Niehoff, that he made a great running pickup on, and fired to the plate, but Gonzalez dropped the ball as Whitted scored.

There was nothing doing in the third inning for the Braves and in the fourth inning with the bases full, Rudolph popped out to Heinie Groh to end the threat. But in the fifth inning the Braves put the game away when Leslie Mann singled and Johnny Evers was safe at first on a wild throw by Benton. Ted Cather singled to score Mann and Evers took third. Butch Schmidt then hit a little pop up behind second that dropped for a hit, but Whitted was caught at first, not knowing whether the ball was going to be an out or drop in safely. On the play Evers scored and Cather took third. Then Red Smith singled to score Cather and Maranville was passed. When Hank Gowdy hit into a doubleplay the inning came to an end but the Braves were up 4 to 0. The Braves added one more run in the seventh inning and behind Rudolph's fine pitching, secured a 5 to 0 win.

In the second game down 1 to 0, Moran opened with a triple in the bottom half of the first inning for the Braves and scored as catcher Mike Gonzalez muffed the throw to the plate, tying the score. The Braves took the lead in the third inning on singles by Maranville, Evers and Joe Connolly, but failed to score after that, although Moran led off with hits in the fifth and eighth innings, only to see Connolly close one inning with a strikeout and Whitted the other.

The lead looked very good until the eighth-inning, when Bert Daniels worked a base on balls and went to second on Red Killifer's out. Then Heinie Groh smashed the beauty to right, but Moran was playing in and threw Daniels out at the plate. Moran then made the fatal mistake of deciding the play quite deep for Bert Niehoff, who lined a grounder straight to his left. Herbie was forced to take the ball on the dead run and therefore was out of balance to make a hard throw to the plate, allowing Groh to score the tying run without any difficulty.

The Braves still had a chance when Moran led off with his fourth hit of the game and was sacrificed to second, but both Connolly and Whitted failed to come across safely and the battle was declared a draw as darkness was falling.

Moran's four hits, including a triple in the second game, were all line drives and is great throw to the plate saved the game in the eighth-inning. Dick Crutcher, who started the second game weakened a little in the eighth-inning, but up to that time he looked like an ace.

The best all around work of the day was performed by Red Smith, who did some great fielding at third, as well as some timely hitting. Johnny Evers made one great play on a ground ball behind second that was a beauty and Maranville scooped up a grounder with one hand and rifled one for an out at first.

In New York, the Giants lost their fifth straight game as they fell before the Cardinals by a score of 4 to 3. Cozy Dolan put St. Louis ahead in the seventh inning when he tripled and scored on Lee Magee's sacrifice fly. After the Giants tied the score in the eighth, Dolan drove Zinn Beck home with a double in the ninth for the winning run.

When the score came out showing the Giants had lost another game, the fans sat back satisfied that the three-time champions were failing in the home stretch and their Braves, who been guided over a rugged course, were seeing their efforts rewarded in the closing days of a great race.

The Filene's Men's Club gave the Braves a reception dinner at the Filene's building tonight, which was attended by 1000 people. In addition to the entire Boston team, representatives of the Harvard varsity football team were also in attendance. It was one of the most successful events ever held by the club. Because of the lack of seating capacity it was necessary for the committee in charge to limit the number of invitations. A number of speeches were made followed by songs from members of the Knickerbocker Club. Manager Stallings was introduced and it was fully 10 minutes before he was able to utter a word because of the cheering. He complimented every member of the Braves, especially Captain Johnny Evers and said that if it were not for his fighting spirit, that transferred to the club since the season opened, they would not be in the position they hold today.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

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GAME #1

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2

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5

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10

 

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CINCINNATI REDS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

   

0

5

2

 
     

BOSTON BRAVES

0

1

0

0

3

0

1

0

x

   

5

10

1

 

 

W-Dick Rudolph (24-10)
L-Rube Benton (15-17)
Attendance - 10,000

2B-Killifer (Cinc), Groh (Cinc),
Graham (Cinc), Smith (Bost)

 

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GAME #2

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CINCINNATI REDS

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

     

2

7

1

 
     

BOSTON BRAVES

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

     

2

9

1

 

 


 

2B-Gowdy (Bost)
3B-Moran (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

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H

AVG

 

 

Les Mann rf 5 1 1 .240  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 1 0 .280  

 

Ted Cather lf 4 1 2 .276  

 

Possum Whitted cf 3 1 1 .225  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 1 1 .276  

 

Red Smith 3b 4 0 3 .265  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 2 0 1 .243  

 

Hank Gowdy c 3 0 0 .238  

 

Dick Rudolph p 4 0 1 .133  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dick Rudolph 9 5 0 2 7  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Herbie Moran rf 4 2 4 .242  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 3 0 1 .280  

 

Joe Connolly lf 4 0 1 .302  

 

Possum Whitted cf 4 0 1 .226  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 3 0 0 .274  

 

Red Smith 3b 3 0 0 .263  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 3 0 0 .242  

 

Hank Gowdy c 3 0 1 .239  

 

Dick Crutcher p 3 0 1 .163  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dick Crutcher 8 7 1 6 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

82 56 -

 

 

New York Giants 76 64 7

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 76 66 8

 

 

Chicago Cubs 75 68 9 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 69 74 15 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 68 74 16

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 62 78 21

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 57 85 27

 

 

Number to clinch - 8