“DIARY OF A WINNER”

DICK RUDOLPH

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Dick Rudolph pitches his second shutout in two days

September 25, 1914 ... Four hours of aggressive ball playing at Fenway Park today produced a double victory for the Boston Braves over the Cincinnati Reds. The opening game went to Boston by a 2 to 0 score with Dick Rudolph turning in his second shutout in just two days. With so many good pitchers in reserve, it looked like a foolish idea to overwork the ace of the Boston pitching staff, but there was no evidence that today's work was in any way injurious to him. It was no doubt that Manager Stallings figured on making a sure thing of the games with Cincinnati, thereby pressing both Rudolph and Bill James into service. James was used in the second game without the usual rest, but he also pushed through in grand style and the result of the two games answers any of the questions of the decision of the Boston manager.

At the plate, the Braves failed to hit up to their best, and in fact it looked as if they were underrating their opponents and taking things a bit easy, with their extreme confidence to pull it out at almost any time, because of their two most reliable pitchers on the mound. The smoothness of the Braves infield was a great part of the game and while the outfielders played acceptable ball, they were not given opportunities to show their skills, although Possum Whitted made what chances he was given, look much harder than they really were. Behind the plate, Hank Gowdy did splendid work in both games.

The day was an ideal one for baseball and a fine crowd was out to cheer on the Braves, as they seem to go day after day without any bad breaks, and simply playing better than their opponents in the small points of the game. It is evident that Manager Stallings is not going throw away one chance, until he has clinched the pennant and then he will allow his boys a few days let up before turning them loose on Connie Mack's great baseball machine from Philadelphia.

In the first game the Braves scored a run in the second inning and another in the seventh. Butch Schmidt doubled in the second inning and scored on a sharp single by Rabbit Maranville. Then in the seventh Maranville singled and stole second. The next two men flied out to Doc Miller and then Leslie Mann drew a pass and stole second. Then Mike Gonzalez threw the ball 10 feet over Mann's head into centerfield, allowing Maranville to score on the stolen base, making it 2 to 0. Cincinnati was kept from scoring by good ball playing in the third and eighth-inning. A great throw by Hank Gowdy got Bert Daniels trying for second in the third, cutting off one run because Red Killifer followed with a two base double.

The second game found Cincinnati trailing for the whole game, as the Braves scored three runs in the second inning primarily through the weak fielding of Miller in left. Butch Schmidt started off with a single and scored on a double to left by Red Smith. He scored on a single by Maranville who made it to second on a wild throw by the firstbaseman Tiny Graham. After Gowdy flied out to center, James bounced a line drive off Miller's glove and the shortstop Marty Berghammer retrieved the ball and made a wild throw to first, allowing Maranville to score and James to go to second. After Cincinnati scored in the third inning, the fourth Boston run was made on a double by Smith on a fumble ball by Heinie Groh in the fourth.

Cincinnati got to James for two more runs, making it 4 to 3. It all came down to the ninth-inning and Berghammer opened with a single, but he was caught napping at first and thrown out by Gowdy. Graham followed with a single but was doubled up by pinch-hitter Bill Holden who hit into a doubleplay to end the game.

As the New York Giants also won their game, the Braves were able to gain only a half game in the standings, giving them a lead of 7 1/2 games with only 10 games left in the season. The Giants beat St. Louis in a 3 to 1 game on a gift play by Cardinals catcher Ivy Wingo. With the score tied in the eighth-inning, the Giants fill the bases and Dan Griner struck out Fred Merkle, but Wingo dropped the third strike and then threw wild to Griner who was covering the plate, allowing both Merkle and Fred Snodgrass to score the winning runs.

Dick Rudolph's success in pitching to shutout games in two successive days is not far from the record. After the game he left for his home in New York to rest for the game with the Giants next Wednesday.

The Braves management started to get ready for the postseason series. The World Series will start on October 9th. This was officially announced by President Ban Johnson of the American League, following a long distance telephone conversation with August Hermann of the National Commission. There will be two games played in each city and then alternate games will be played in each city until the title is won. The commission will meet next Wednesday in Philadelphia to decide which city will play the first two games, resulting from a coin flip.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

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GAME #1

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10

 

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CINCINNATI REDS

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0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

   

0

7

1

 
     

BOSTON BRAVES

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

x

   

2

7

1

 

 

W-Dick Rudolph (25-10)
L-Earl Yingling (9-13)
Attendance - 8000

2B-Killifer (Cinc), Whitted (Bost), Schmidt (Bost)

 

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GAME #2

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CINCINNATI REDS

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

1

0

   

3

7

3

 
     

BOSTON BRAVES

0

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

x

   

4

7

1

 

 

W-Bill James (25-7)
L-Phil Douglas (10-17)

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

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AVG

 

 

Les Mann rf 3 0 1 .240  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 3 0 2 .283  

 

Ted Cather lf 4 0 0 .271  

 

Possum Whitted cf 4 0 1 .226  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 1 1 .274  

 

Red Smith 3b 3 0 0 .262  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 3 1 2 .244  

 

Hank Gowdy c 3 0 0 .237  

 

Dick Rudolph p 3 0 0 .129  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dick Rudolph 9 7 0 0 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

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AVG

 

 

Herbie Moran rf 4 0 1 .242  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 3 0 0 .281  

 

Joe Connolly lf 4 0 1 .301  

 

Possum Whitted cf 3 0 0 .223  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 1 1 .274  

 

Red Smith 3b 4 2 2 .264  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 3 1 1 .245  

 

Hank Gowdy c 3 0 0 .235  

 

Bill James p 3 0 1 .258  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill James 9 7 3 3 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

84 56 -

 

 

New York Giants 77 64 7 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 76 67 9 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 75 69 11

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 70 74 16

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 69 74 16 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 62 79 22 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 57 87 29

 

 

Number to clinch - 6