“DIARY OF A WINNER”

JOHNNY EVERS

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The Giants have one hit and
get a split from the Braves

October 3, 1914 ... The doubleheader at the Polo Grounds between the Giants and the Braves resulted in a split, with the Braves taking the first game 4 to 1 and losing the second game 1 to 0. About 17,000 fans turned out for the double bill and they saw two pretty good games, although the Boston team did not have anything like its full strength in the field.

Bill James pitched three innings for the first game and Dick Rudolph pitched a similar stint in the second game. Not a hit was made off either pitcher. Otto Hess, who finished the first game, kept the hits scattered and the one run by the Giants was a gift. Hess did well at the plate too, getting three singles in his three chances at bat.

Dick Crutcher followed Rudolph in the second game and his wildness resulted in the only run made by either team. He gave up four passes in the fourth inning that forced in the only run. He was relieved in the fifth inning after he passed the first man up, and then the second one, who happened to be Rube Marquard, got a base hit. Paul Strand was then sent in and gave up no hits during the next four innings.

Art Fromme pitched eight innings of the opener for the Giants and was hit quite easily. Ferdie Schupp was touched up for a single and two doubles in the one inning that he worked. In the second game Marquard was in fine form and pitched a complete-game only allowing five hits. In the field, George Burns made a sensational one-handed catch off the ball hit by Joe Connolly, up against the wall in right field.

Young Fred Tyler, the brother of Lefty Tyler, who was recalled from Jersey City, was behind the plate in both games for the Braves. He showed much improvement over his play since spring training. Johnny Evers and Butch Schmidt did not play and are at their homes taking the rest. Oscar Dugey took Johnny's place at second base and Possum Whitted played first.

With these two games, the Braves made their final appearance at the Polo Grounds. Four games which are be played in Brooklyn and were originally planned to be played in three days, will be played, if possible in two, so that the Braves can finish the regular season on Tuesday and leave for Philadelphia that night. They will then be able to get in two day's practice at Shibe Park before starting the World Series on Friday.

The weather today was perfect and the big crowd enjoyed the two games very much. The Braves got to Fromme for at least one hit in every inning and it was the fourth that they bunched together their hits to score two runs. Connolly drew a base on balls, and Whitted, Smith and Maranville all singled.

The Giants got one run in the bottom of the eighth and then the Braves scored two more in the ninth. Schupp came into pitch for the Giants and struck out Tyler. Hess then laced out his third single to right-field and Dugey doubled to right. Ted Cather, batting for Connolly, smacked a double to left, to score both Hess and Dugey, making the score 4 to 1.

It was all about the pitching during the second game. No hits were made off Dick Rudolph in the first three innings, and only one hit was made off Crutcher in the inning he worked. Paul Strand finish off the game for four innings and pitched hitless ball. On the other side of the field, Rube Marquard gave up only five hits in the nine innings he pitched, coasting to a 1 to 0 victory.

President Gaffney was at Fenway Park to see the Red Sox play and said that he would not allow World Series tickets to be sold in bunches two clubs or societies. People sending in a collection of names will be disregarded. The $1 seats will be sold only on the day of the game on a first-come, first-served basis.

The list of Royal Rooters going to Philadelphia is closed and the 200 tickets allotted to them have been given out. The Ninth Regiment Band, which will accompany the Rooters to Philadelphia has decided to march with them. While the Royal Rooters party was organized only for the first two games in Philadelphia, is very probable that the Braves go back to continue the series, the Rooters will make the second trip.

Johnny Evers of the Boston Braves and Eddie Collins of the Philadelphia Athletics won the most valuable player award for each league. Each player will receive an automobile courtesy of Chalmers Autos.

 

at The Polo Grounds (New York) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

2

 

4

15

4

NEW YORK GIANTS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

 

1

7

0

W-Otto Hess (5-6)
L-Art Fromme (9-5)
Attendance – 17,000

2B-Dugey (Bost), Cather (Bost), Devore (Bost),
Smith (Bost), Merkle (NY)

 

Game #2 ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

5

2

NEW YORK GIANTS

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

x

 

1

1

1

W-Rube Marquard (12-22)
L-Dick Crutcher (4-7)



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Herbie Moran rf 4 0 1 .246  

 

Les Mann ph/lf 1 0 0 .243  

 

Oscar Dugey 2b 5 1 2 .208  

 

Joe Connolly lf 3 1 1 .306  

 

Ted Cather ph/rf 1 0 1 .276  

 

Possum Whitted 1b 5 1 1 .238  

 

Josh Devore cf 4 0 2 .243  

 

Red Smith 3b 3 0 2 .269  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 1 .248  

 

Fred Tyler c 4 0 0 .000  

 

Bill James p 1 0 1 .256  

 

Otto Hess p 3 1 3 .239  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill James 3 0 0 0 1  
  Otto Hess 6 7 0 2 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Herbie Moran cf 4 0 1 .246  

 

Oscar Dugey 2b 4 0 0 .200  

 

Ted Cather rf 4 0 0 .272  

 

Possum Whitted 1b 4 0 0 .234  

 

Les Mann rf 3 0 1 .244  

 

Red Smith 3b 3 0 2 .271  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 3 0 0 .247  

 

Fred Tyler c 3 0 0 .000  

 

Dick Rudolph p 0 0 0 .125  

 

Dick Crutcher p 0 0 0 .160  

 

Paul Strand p 2 0 1 .286  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dick Rudolph 3 0 0 0 1  
  Dick Crutcher 1 1 1 5 0  
  Paul Strand 4 0 0 3 0  
 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

(*) BOSTON BRAVES

91 58 -

 

 

New York Giants 82 69 10

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 80 70 11 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 76 75 16

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 74 76 17 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 73 78 19

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 67 83 24 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 58 92 33 1/2

 

 

(*) Clinched National League Pennant