“DIARY OF A WINNER”

GEORGE DAVIS

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The Braves
keep playing good ball

October 1, 1914 ... Just to stay out of the winning habit, the Braves gave the Giants another beating today by winning 7 to 6. The attendance was rather light, as the New Yorkers do not now think so much of their idols as they used to. Only about 3000 fans, the majority of whom would have liked to see the Braves beaten, turned out for the game.

The Braves jumped out to four quick runs in the first inning and then George Davis did not allow a hit for the first four innings he pitched. The Giants aroused a little enthusiasm when they tied the score in the eighth-inning, but the Braves did not quit and eventually scored two runs in the ninth to go ahead.

The Braves did all this scoring off starter Al Demaree in the first inning. They made only two hits off him in the next four innings. He was replaced for a pinch-hitter in the fifth and young Ferdie Schupp came in to finish the game. The ,oungster was a little bit wild and Leslie Mann and Ted Cather found him easy to hit. Mann opened on him with a double and Cather got two doubles.

Hank Gowdy was somewhat banged up and his throwing was off the mark, giving the Giants some of their runs. His injuries have often caused by foul tips that vave hit him in the hand. Rabbit Maranville made several catches and covered a lot of ground. He and Johnny Evers, along with Butch Schmidt turned in a very classy doubleplay.

Manager Stallings is not propose to let the Braves slow up in their work until the World Series is played out. He does not wish that his boys take any unnecessary chances of injuring themselves, but he does insist that they play the game for all they are worth. He does not intend to let his players get the idea that their season is over.

Herbie Moran opened the game by hitting the first ball pitched a him into right field. Evers' ground ball was juggled by shortstop Art Fletcher and both runners were safe. In attempting to sacrifice, Joe Connolly beat out a hit down the third-base line which Demaree could not get to in time. With the infielders in close, Possum Whitted hit a hot one down to third baseman Eddie Grant that he could not handle it cleanly, scoring Moran with the first run. After Schmidt struck out, Red Smith dropped a bloop base hit into left field to score Evers, and a poor throw to the plate got away from Chief Meyers, so that Connolly also could score. On the play Whitted went around to third and scored on Gowdy's sacrifice fly to Fred Snodgrass in center field. A single by Moran in the fourth and one by Schmidt in the fifth, were the only other hits made off Demaree.

The Giants were retired in order without a semblance of the hit, in the first four innings. Then in the fifth after Snodgrass and struck out, Grant singled to left to end the prospects of a no-hit game. Merkle then also got a hit to put Grant on third. In an attempted double steal, a poor throw by Gowdy to second, had a be blocked by the Rabbit from heading into right field. Grant scored as the double steal went through. Meyers singled on a grounder that went between Smith and Maranville to score Merkle. Mike Donlin came in to bat for Demaree and popped out to the Rabbit. Bob Bescher then drew a base on balls and Larry Doyle singled to score Meyers, cutting the Braves lead to 4 to 3.

Schupp came into pitch the sixth and with two out, Mann was sent in to bat in place of Moran, and doubled to left. Evers and came up and hit a high bounder that Fletcher had to wait for the come down and then made a fast played at first. His hurried throw dragged Fred Merkle off the bag, allowing Evers a base hit. Ted Cather was then sent in to bat for Connolly and doubled to right, scoring Mann and making the score 5 to 3.

In the sixth inning the Giants got a run back and in the eighth they tied the game. Fletcher doubled to center and went to third on a ground ball out to first. He came home on a sacrifice fly.

The score did not remain tied for long, as Ted Cather, the first man up for the Braves in the ninth, smacked a double to left. With Schmidt at bat, Cather tried to steal third, but he was cleverly nipped by Meyers on the throw down to Eddie Grant. Schmidt was then hit by a pitched ball and it shook up Schupp a little, for the also hit Smith. The Rabbit then singled to score Schmidt and Gowdy doubled to left to score Smith. On the play the Rabbit took a chance and tried to score from first, but was thrown out at home.

In the bottom of the ninth with the Braves out 7 to 5 the Giants got another run on a double by Meyers, a wild pitch that Gowdy tried to block and a bad throw to Smith to allow the runner to score. The next three men were gotten easily by Davis to preserve the 7 to 6 win.

Boston's Royal Rooters' plan to go to Philadelphia for the start of the World Series has been formalized. Braves Secretary Herman Nickerson promised only 200 seats for the Philadelphia games. Ex-Mayor John F Fitzgerald added his name to the list of the Royal Rooters intending to make the trip.

 

at The Polo Grounds (New York) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

4

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

2

 

7

12

2

NEW YORK GIANTS

0

0

0

0

3

1

0

1

1

 

6

8

2

W-George Davis (3-2)
L-Al Demaree (9-17)
Attendance – 3000

2B-Mann (Bost), Fletcher (2)(NY), Meyers (NY)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Herbie Moran rf 2 1 1 .244  

 

Les Mann ph/lf 2 1 1 .244  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 5 1 1 .278  

 

Joe Connolly lf 3 1 1 .309  

 

Ted Cather ph/rf 2 0 2 .273  

 

Possum Whitted cf 5 1 1 .238  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 1 1 .281  

 

Red Smith 3b 2 1 1 .264  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 2 .248  

 

Hank Gowdy c 4 0 1 .244  

 

George Davis p 3 0 0 .188  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  George Davis 9 8 5 5 7  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

(*) BOSTON BRAVES

90 56 -

 

 

New York Giants 80 68 11

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 78 69 12 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 75 73 16

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 73 76 18 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 72 76 19

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 65 83 26

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 58 90 33

 

 

(*) Clinched National League Pennant