“DIARY OF A WINNER”

TOM HUGHES

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The Braves win the National League Pennant

September 29, 1914 ... The Boston Braves won the championship of the National League by defeating the Chicago Cubs by a score of 3 to 2, while the New York Giants were dropping a game to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The game at Fenway Park was a very interesting contest, with the home team winning out in the last ditch effort against Larry Cheney of the Cubs.

The Braves tried out Tom Hughes, a new pitcher from Rochester, who turned in a good day's work, but failed in comparison to the Cubs' ace. Chicago scored one run in the first inning on a fumble by Rabbit Maranville and a three base drive by Heinie Zimmerman, and scored their second run in the fourth inning on a single by Vic Saier and a triple by Art Bues.

The Braves scored two runs in the fifth inning to tie up the game. Cheney passed two men and catcher Jimmy Archer began to question the calls of umpire Arthur O'Connor. Butch Schmidt came up and was passed also to fill the bases. Red Smith drew a base on balls and one run came in. The Rabbit then bunted for an out at first and Possum Whitted came home on the play with the tying run.

The winning run in the ninth-inning came about on a pass to Johnny Evers and a two base walk-off double by Whitted, who drove it to the bank in left field past Frank Schulte, who knew was a game winner and never went after it.

The game was far from an ideal exhibition, as the Braves could negotiate only three hits off Cheney, who worked each batter and used his spitball effectively. Hughes pitched a very good game and the Braves had few difficult chances. Maranville and Evers had a few sharp plays that they made. The Braves were far from the form that we have been accustomed to seeing. They failed to hustle and won by waiting out the pitcher, who had grown annoyed from questionable balls and strikes called by the umpire.

After the game the Braves left for New York. There was a large crowd of fans at the Back Bay station to see the team leave on the 5 o'clock train. The players were in a happy frame of mind, as they had learned that New York had lost the Pittsburgh and the pennant was theirs.

President Gaffney, Manager Stallings, Johnny Evers and Rabbit Maranville were surrounded by fans and at least two dozen Royal Rooters left on the train with them. Stallings said that he will rest several of his players and remarked as the train was pulling out, that they will fight every inch of the way and think they have an excellent chance to win it all. The Braves have won about 60 of their last 75 games and they are sure that they are not likely to let the Philadelphia Athletics get away without a good fight.

Gaffney will spend the night in New York and go to Philadelphia in the morning to attend the meeting of the National Commission, to complete the arrangements of the World Series which will be opened a week from Friday. The prices of the seats will be determined by the National Commission and undoubtedly will be the same as at the postseason series that the Red Sox played with the Giants in 1912.

All seats thus far allotted to applicants for the World Series games to be played in Boston have been placed on record with the National League offices. The name of the applicant and his seat number has been recorded and in this way it is absolutely certain that the seats purchase by anyone may be referred to at a moments notice.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

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R

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CHICAGO CUBS

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BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

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W-Tom Hughes (1-0)
L-Larry Cheney (20-18)
Attendance - 2300

2B-Whitted (Bost)
3B-Zimmerman (Chi), Bues (Chi)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

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AVG

 

 

Herbie Moran rf 4 0 0 .240  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 3 1 0 .278  

 

Joe Connolly lf 3 1 1 .298  

 

Possum Whitted cf 4 1 1 .243  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 2 0 0 .281  

 

Red Smith 3b 2 0 1 .265  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 1 0 0 .245  

 

Bert Whaling c 2 0 0 .208  

 

Larry Gilbert ph 1 0 0 .265  

 

Hank Gowdy c 1 0 0 .238  

 

Tom Hughes p 4 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Tom Hughes 9 5 1 2 8  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

(*) BOSTON BRAVES

88 56 -

 

 

New York Giants 80 66 9

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 77 69 12

 

 

Chicago Cubs 75 73 15

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 72 75 17 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 71 75 18

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 64 82 25

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 58 89 31 1/2

 

 

(*) Clinched National League Pennant