“DIARY OF A WINNER”

JOE CONNOLLY

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The Braves
and the Giants play the aftermath

September 30, 1914 ... Seven hits for Joe Connolly in one game against the New York Giants pitchers was some feat. In nine times at bat, Joe made only two outs and his extra-base hits were a double and two triples. Dick Rudolph showed great form against the Giants after his rest and is due for one more try before the World Series. Stallings will probably let him loose against the Brooklyn during the week.

Manager Stallings is giving a run for the money to his New York fans by sending out his first stringers against the Giants. The Giants are only two a half games ahead of the Cardinals and can afford to do little losing against the Braves and Phillies. Stallings not only refuses to rest any of his men, but says that only hard every day work will keep his club on their toes. He has his players go after everything in sight at the Polo Grounds, winning the first game by a score of 7 to 1 and getting a tie score out of the second game. There's a lesson to be learned at the Polo Grounds today and that was that the Braves should hold no opponent too cheaply. Having a six run lead and then being tied up is not playing championship ball of any kind.

The New York fans who been keeping away from their ballpark lately, came out in full force to see the Braves. All of New York has been rooting for Boston since it became evident that their own team was falling back. It has been a great thing for the Braves to have the baseball public of the whole league with them, but probably the attitude of the teams that they have recently played has not helped them. Brooklyn and St. Louis were the only clubs that made a very serious attempt to beat the Braves during the long last homestand at Fenway Park. The Braves recent advances found very little opposition and when the Athletics come, the Braves will find their opponents in a state of mind very different from that entertained by the clubs against which they had been doing battle to finish the regular race.

 

at The Polo Grounds (New York) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

1

3

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

 

7

9

1

NEW YORK GIANTS

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

 

1

6

3

W-Dick Rudolph (26-10)
L-Jeff Tesreau (25-10)
Attendance – 2000

2B-Evers (Bost)
3B-Connolly (Bost)
HR-Connolly (Bost)

 

Game #2 ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

2

2

2

0

1

0

0

0

 

 

7

13

1

NEW YORK GIANTS

0

0

0

0

3

4

0

0

 

 

7

11

2

 


2B-Connolly (Bost), Whitted (Bost)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Herbie Moran rf 3 2 1 .241  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 3 2 1 .279  

 

Joe Connolly lf 5 1 4 .304  

 

Possum Whitted cf 4 0 0 .238  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 0 .279  

 

Red Smith 3b 4 1 0 .263  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 3 0 0 .243  

 

Hank Gowdy c 4 0 3 .244  

 

Dick Rudolph p 4 1 0 .125  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dick Rudolph 9 6 1 0 5  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Herbie Moran cf 4 0 2 .243  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 3 2 1 .279  

 

Joe Connolly lf 4 3 3 .309  

 

Possum Whitted cf 4 0 1 .239  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 2 .281  

 

Red Smith 3b 3 1 1 .263  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 2 0 2 .246  

 

Bert Whaling c 3 1 1 .211  

 

Les Mann ph 1 0 0 .243  

 

Hank Gowdy c 0 0 0 .244  

 

Paul Strand p 3 0 0 .263  

 

Dick Crutcher p 1 0 0 .160  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Paul Strand 5.1 7 4 1 4  
  Dick Crutcher 2.2 4 0 1 0  
 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

(*) BOSTON BRAVES

89 56 -

 

 

New York Giants 80 67 10

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 78 69 12

 

 

Chicago Cubs 75 73 15

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 72 75 18

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 72 76 18 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 64 83 26

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 58 89 32

 

 

(*) Clinched National League Pennant