“DIARY OF A WINNER”

OTTO HESS

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Tyler and Hess have the Cubs at their mercy

September 26, 1914 ... The Braves have come pretty near clinching the championship of the National League, when they won both games in the doubleheader with the Cubs at Fenway Park before 22,000 fans on a cold and raw day, showing how much the fans appreciate what the club has done. This happened while the Giants could only win one of the two games played with the Pittsburgh Pirates at the Polo Grounds in New York.

As a result of these games the Boston club now holds the lead of 8 1/2 games over New York, the only other possible contender, and as each club now has only eleven more games to play, and five of them with each other, there is no doubt that the Braves will become an easy winner, for all they need to do is win three more and then the Giants could not overtake them if they would win every one of the remaining games they have yet to play.

The weather was altogether too cold for the comfort of the crowd, but it saw some good playing and some that was not very good. Many in the crowd got after Heinie Zimmerman, having in mind the dust-up in Chicago when the Braves last played there. He was playing second base in place of our own Bill Sweeney, who was given a rest by manager Hank O'Day, and Zimmerman did not make much of a showing at second. In fact it was a misplay by him that started trouble for Vaughn in the fourth inning of the first game.

Lefty Tyler and Hippo Vaughn were stacked up against each other in the opening game, which started out as if it were going to be a battle of pitchers. It might have turned out that way if Rabbit Maranville had not broken up the game with a grand slam home run in the fourth inning.

Otto Hess and Larry Cheney were pitted against each other in the second game, and the Chicago starter was knocked out of the box in two innings. The Braves got seven hits, which included a triple by Possum Whitted and a homer by Red Smith, which were good for eight runs. Casey Hageman then came in and pitched the last six innings for Chicago.

Tommy Leach opened up the game with a single off Tyler past third base, but was later caught off first by Lefty. Ted Cather opened up the fourth inning for the Braves with a strikeout. Then Whitted's ground ball was mishandled by Zimmerman, allowing him to reach first safely. Butch Schmidt came up next and then waited until he got four bad pitches and took first base. Red Smith came up and hit a long fly to deep left which Frank Schulte then dropped after a long run, to load the bases. It was here that the Rabbit came up and shot a hot grounder past Zimmerman which took a crazy hop as it made its way out to Wilbur Good in right. The ball also shot by the rightfielder and was going so fast that he never had a chance to catch up to it. By the time he got up to it, it had stopped rolling and Maranville was speeding around the bases for his grand slam.

In the Chicago top of the sixth inning Leach led off with another single and pinch-hitter Pete Knisley, who hit in place of Good, also got a base hit. Tyler then passed Vic Saier loading the bases. It was here that Zimmerman had the last laugh on the crowd, for he singled to left, scoring Leach and Knisley, to make the score 4 to 2.

The Braves got the two runs back in the eighth when Whitted singled and Butch Schmidt sacrificed. Vaughn however tried to force Whitted at second on the bunt and failed. Whitted went to third on the bad throw and he scored on Smith's sacrifice fly. Schmidt came home with the other run when Bert Whaling doubled to the bank in left field. That made it 6 to 2. Tyler got the Cubs out in the ninth-inning for the victory.

The second game was decided in the first two innings. The Braves batted around in the first inning. It started as shortstop Bob Fisher robbed Herbie Moran of a single with a fine one-handed stop of his ground ball near second base. Johnny Evers came up next and got a base hit, and Joe Connolly followed with a base on balls. Whitted, up next, wasted a triple to right, to clear the bases and give the Braves a quick 2 to 0 lead. He then scored on Schmidt's single to center and that was followed up with another single by Smith. The Rabbit came up with another base hit that scored Schmidt with the fourth Braves run of the inning.

In the next inning after Moran had flied out to Leach, Fisher let Evers grounder get away from him. Evers went to second on a passed ball and was brought home on a single to center by Whitted. He then stole second and Schmidt was walked. Smith came up and sent a line drive to left-center that made it all the way to the bleacher fence. Neither Leach nor Good were able to handle ball cleanly on the rebound and Smith chased Whitted and Schmidt over the plate to make the score 8 to 0.

Hagerman came into pitch in the third inning and the Braves were retired in order. But in the fourth the Braves added two more runs on a base hit by Connolly, Whitted's third hit of the afternoon and a hot ground ball by Schmidt that ate up Fisher to fill the bases. Smith then hit a ground ball that forced Schmidt at second, but on the play Connolly scored and Smith went to second on the play to home. Smith next took a big lead off the bag and drew a throw from the catcher, Jimmy Archer, as Whitted broke for home from third. He was able to score as Archer dropped the ball after making the play on him, making it 10 to 0.

The Braves made an even dozen in the seventh without a hit. Hess hit a hopper back to Hagerman who tried to out run Hess to the bag. He beat him to the bag easily but neglected to touch it and so Hess was safe at first. Moran then hit an easy ground ball to Art Bues at third-base, but he threw wild to first and allowed Hess to score, while Moran made it all the way around to third. The 12th run came in when Hagerman uncorked a wild pitch.

The Cubs managed to get two runs in the top of the ninth and the Braves, who were in last place on July 17th, swept another doubleheader. Four doubleheaders in six days was a lot of baseball.

Boston's Royal Rooters and their song "Tessie" will resound through the streets of Philadelphia and at Shibe Park during the second week of October. Plans for organizing a party of Boston Rooters is underway. It will be the first opportunity since the 1890s that the Boston fans have had a National League team to cheer on in the World Series. The Royal Rooters were organized for the Baltimore series 20 years ago and re-organized for the Pittsburgh and New York series played by the Red Sox.

Although plans for the Philadelphia trip have been pretty well formulated, the management of the party insist that at least 175 fans must make personal application and deposit checks or cash to cover the expenses of the trip by next Thursday. The round-trip to Philadelphia will cost $27 per person. That includes railroad fare, grandstand seats at Shibe Park, automobile transportation to and from the ball grounds, flags and pennants, and the expense of the band, as well as a privilege of purchasing seats in the Rooters' section at Fenway Park for the Boston games.

According to present arrangements, it is planned to leave Boston in a special train of day coaches and parlor cars between 5:30 and 6PM the day before the first game in Philadelphia and arrive in New York about midnight. The night will be spent in New York and the trip resumed at 9AM, arriving in Philadelphia the next morning at 1 AM. One night will to be spent in Philadelphia and immediately after the second game, the Boston fans will march to the West Philadelphia Station and board the special train for New York where they will arrive at 7 PM and board a train from Boston at 8 PM, arriving home around 2 AM.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

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GAME #1

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

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E

 
     

CHICAGO CUBS

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

   

2

6

4

 
     

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

2

x

   

6

9

0

 

 

W-Lefty Tyler (16-13)
L-Hippo Vaughn (20-12)
Attendance - 22,000

2B-Whitted (Bost), Whaling (Bost)
HR-Maranville (Bost)

 

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GAME #2

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

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E

 
     

CHICAGO CUBS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

   

2

8

5

 
     

BOSTON BRAVES

4

4

0

2

0

0

2

0

x

   

12

10

2

 

 

W-Otto Hess (4-6)
L-Larry Cheney (20-17)

2B-Zimmerman (Chi), Fisher (Chi), Connolly (Bost)
3B-Whitted (Bost)
HR-Smith (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Les Mann rf 4 0 2 .243  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 3 0 1 .281  

 

Ted Cather lf 4 0 0 .267  

 

Possum Whitted cf 4 2 2 .228  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 2 2 1 .275  

 

Red Smith 3b 3 1 0 .262  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 1 1 .245  

 

Bert Whaling c 4 0 1 .216  

 

Lefty Tyler p 4 0 1 .207  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Lefty Tyler 9 6 2 3 5  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Herbie Moran rf 4 1 0 .240  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 5 2 1 .281  

 

Joe Connolly lf 4 2 1 .301  

 

Possum Whitted cf 5 3 3 .238  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 3 2 2 .277  

 

Red Smith 3b 5 1 2 .263  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 1 .245  

 

Bert Whaling c 4 0 0 .211  

 

Otto Hess p 4 1 0 .186  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Otto Hess 9 8 2 1 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

86 56 -

 

 

New York Giants 78 65 8 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 77 68 10 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 75 71 13

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 72 74 16

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 70 75 17 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 63 80 23 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 57 89 31

 

 

Number to clinch - 3