“DIARY OF A WINNER”

BUTCH SCHMIDT

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The Braves cut-off the Cubs' 9th inning rally to win

September 28, 1914 ... It was a free hitting game at Fenway Park, and the Braves won in a sensational finish by a score of 7 to 6. The day was very raw and one of the smallest grounds of the season came out to see the game, but the players worked as hard as if the park was filled. The Cubs hustled throughout the game in an effort to head off the Braves before the curtain came down.

Manager Stallings was taking no chances and sent Bill James to the mound. Although the clever pitcher worked very hard, he was taken for twelve base hits, but for the fact that his teammates were also hitting, his record for wins could have been dented.

Bert Humphries, the first pitcher sent out by Chicago, proved to be the easiest mark of the day. He practically hung a red lantern on every ball he sent to the plate, and the way the Braves hit the ball, it was safe to wager that the boys knew what he was going to pitch.

The Cubs infield worked very smoothly. In fact their all around game was so good that the Braves were forced to give everything they had in return. In the first inning Johnny Evers lost a fly ball in the sun and in the last inning Butch Schmidt was also blinded momentarily on a ball hit to him.

Winning the pennant is a grand thing in itself but there is a series ahead that means both big-money and everlasting glory. Manager Stallings is rooting just as hard for games now as he did a month ago. Otherwise he would not have worked James, who pitched such a hard game last Friday. The game brought out the fact that the Braves play a steady as kind of ball, especially around the infield.

The visitors opened up on James and a savage manner, scoring two runs in the first inning on clean drives by Wilbur Good, Vic Saier, Heinie Zimmerman and Frank Schulte. Two of the three outs were strikeouts by James and the third was Zimmerman trying to steal home, but the result was a 2 to 0 Cubs lead.

The Cubs scored their third run in the second on a single by Bob Fisher, a two base wild throw by Hank Gowdy and a single by Jimmy Archer. The Braves scored two runs in this inning on singles by Schmidt and Red Smith, and a nice double to the bank by Gowdy. After three innings the Cubs were up 3 to 2.

Then in the third the Braves took the lead by scoring four runs. Herbie Moran led off with a single and Johnny Evers doubled down the first base line. Joe Connolly popped out to third, but Possum Whitted singled two runs over in the next at bat. Whitted stole second and a wild throw by catcher Jimmy Archer, allowed him to get the third. He then scored on a fine triple by Rabbit Maranville, who was later out trying to steal home. That made the score 6 to 3 in favor of the Braves.

Things quieted down until the sixth inning when Schulte scored on a pass and singles by Art Bues and Fisher. The Braves got the run back in their half of the eighth-inning when Schmidt laced one down the right-field foul line, good for three bases, scoring on a sacrifice fly to center.

Then came the ninth-inning. The first two men James struck out and then Archer reached safely and was able to make it to second on a ground ball back to James that he threw wildly to first. Pete Knisely came up to pinch-hit for the pitcher and knocked out a single. Tommy Leach and Wilbur Good also singled to bring in two runs. With runners on second and third Saier was passed to fill the bases. It was the last play the game that was the real lifesaver. Zimmerman was at the plate and the Boston infield played back unusually deep. Zimmerman is a notorious slugger and he cut loose at every ball fed up to him. The one he finally caught was sent straight at Red Smith on third base, who was playing back on the grass. Smith gathered up the hard drive and threw it over to Evers at second base for the force out that ended the game. It was a very close shave, for had the ball gone a yard either way, Smith would have never got to it and two runs would have easily come across.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wood occupied the box seat and Heinie Wagner was also at the game. After the game tomorrow the Braves will pack up and leave for New York on an early train. The Royal Rooters party is growing. Yesterday a number fans at the game for a substantial evidence of their intention to cheer on the Braves in Philadelphia by depositing their $27 with Rooters chief Johnny Keenan.

President Gaffney is a busy man these days, directing the arrangements to take care of the large crowds expected for the World Series. The team has a large force of men working day and night since last Saturday on applications for tickets. The system that is being used is similar to the one done in 1912, differing only in that the applicants will receive note cards notifying them of the reception of their applications. Those who will be given seats will receive the card stating the number of seats given to them and the seat numbers. The tickets for which the card was sent, will be placed in an envelope bearing a corresponding number and held at the box office at Fenway Park until the card of the applicant is presented with the money.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

P

C

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
     

CHICAGO CUBS

2

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

2

   

6

12

1

 
     

BOSTON BRAVES

0

2

4

0

0

0

0

1

x

   

7

13

2

 

 

W-Bill James (26-7)
L-Bert Humphries (10-11)
Attendance - 2100

2B-Evers (Bost), Maranville (Bost), Gowdy (Bost)
3B-Schmidt (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Herbie Moran rf 4 1 2 .242  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 1 1 .280  

 

Joe Connolly lf 4 0 0 .298  

 

Possum Whitted cf 4 1 2 .243  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 3 4 .283  

 

Red Smith 3b 3 1 1 .264  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 1 .245  

 

Hank Gowdy c 3 0 2 .239  

 

Bill James p 4 0 0 .250  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill James 9 12 3 3 5  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

87 56 -

 

 

New York Giants 80 65 8

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 77 69 11 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 75 72 14

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 72 75 17

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 71 75 17 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 63 82 25

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 58 89 31

 

 

Number to clinch - 2