“DIARY OF A WINNER”

THE 1914 BOSTON BRAVES INFIELD
BUTCH SCHMIDT, JOHNNY EVERS,
RABBIT MARANVILLE, RED SMITH

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The Braves' bats do the talking in Brooklyn

October 5, 1914 ... If the Braves should take to hitting the Athletics pitchers as they did to those who work for Brooklyn today there would be nothing in the postseason but a cloud of smoke. They won both games of the doubleheader the first by 15 to 2 and the second by 9 to 5.

The way they hammered Raleigh Atchison and Charlie Schmutz in the opener was a sight to see. The Boston boys piled up 14 hits for a total of 23 bases. Leslie Mann was there with a triple, Ted Cather for two singles and a double, Possum Whitted for a home run and a single, Butch Schmidt for a single, a double and a triple, and Red Smith and rabbit Maranville with two singles each. Everybody was hitting the ball on the nose and it was some of the best hitting that the Boston team as shown the season.

Johnny Evers and Butch Schmidt were back in the lineup, but Johnny was spiked in the shin, receiving a bad cut. The accident occurred in the sixth inning of the first game when Hi Myers was trying to stretch a hit and slid into second base. After the collision, Evers began hopping around on one foot. It was feared that he was severely hurt as the players of both teams rushed onto the field. Evers stocking was stripped off, which disclosed to cut two or three inches along the shin bone. It was not very deep however and after it had been temporarily dressed, he was able to finish the game. He played two innings in the second game and then retired for the day. He undoubtedly will be all right in a day or two.

Atchison, a left-hander, started out with poor control. After Leslie Mann flied out to Myers, Evers, Cather and Whitted each drew passes in succession. Evers scored on Schmidt's grounder, when George Cutshaw failed in making the force play at second base. The Rabbit then singled to left to score Cather and Whitted, giving the Braves a quick 3 to 0 lead.

Two more runs were made in the third on a single by Cather, a sacrifice by Whitted, a double by Schmidt, and a single by Smith. The five runs in the fifth game after two were out, came on a single by Cather, a home run to the centerfield fence by Whitted, singles by Schmidt and Smith, a base on balls to Maranville, and a single by Fred Tyler. Three more runs were made in the eighth on two base on balls, a single by Whitted and a triple by Schmidt. Finally the two in the ninth, making 15 and all, came on a single by Maranville, a triple by Mann, and a single by Evers.

Dick Crutcher pitched a fine game, and only allowed two hits up to the eighth-inning. The two runs made by Brooklyn came in that eighth-inning.

There was not so much hitting in the second game as in the first. Both Frank Allen and Tom Hughes pitched very well. In the third inning however, the Braves scored three runs. Fred Tyler led off with a single, Leslie Mann doubled, Oscar Dugey came in and batted for Evers and struck out. Cather singled Tyler and Mann in and then stole second, scoring on Whitted's base hit.

Brooklyn got a run back in the fourth and the Braves put up one run in the seventh. Then in the bottom of the eighth the Robins wiped out the Braves lead and went one run ahead. After two were out, successive singles by Zach Wheat, George Cutshaw and Gus Getz, a base on balls and a double steal, a passed ball, a double by Lew McCarty and Cather's poor throw from the outfield, produced four runs which made the score 5 to 4 in favor of the Robins.

Pat Ragan, who went in to pitch in the eighth-inning of the second game performed an unusual feat by striking out Whitted, Schmidt and Smith on nine pitched balls. Whitted and Schmidt never even offered at the ball, but Smith took three healthy swipes. Ragan was full of pep knew that he had something on the ball. After the first ball he shot over, he raised his hat as if in response to applause by the spectators seated behind the dugout. On the second called strike he did it again, this time facing the direction of the fans on the other side of the field. When Whitted was called out on strikes on the third pitch ball, he had acknowledged what he pretended was applause from the center of the grandstand and he was getting the applause all right by this time. He went through the same ceremony when he struck out Butch Schmidt. No hero ever knowledge the plaudits of a crowd the way Reagan did. The 6000 fans simply went wild.

That was about all the satisfaction the Brooklyn fans got out of the bargain day offered, for the next inning Ragan could not locate the plate and passed three men, which with a single sandwiched in, forced over the tying run. Then with the bases filled, Whitted slammed one of his offerings over the centerfielder's head for a home run. There was no bowing to the multitudes at the end of this inning. Such is the life of a baseball player, a hero one minute, a gum the next, one step from fame to infamy. the Braves won the game, scoring five runs in the ninth, 9 to 5.

Rabbit Maranville was allowed to take a rest after your played three innings of the second game. He needs to rest his Achilles' heel in his right foot, as it seems to be a little strained and bothers him quite a bit. Charlie Deal came in and played short after the Rabbit was retired, while Oscar Dugey was at second in place of Evers. Both played very well. Deal was a little hurried on one play and messed it up in the eighth-inning.

Tom Hughes made way for Larry Gilbert to bat for him in the ninth, and Larry got in one of the hits that put Ragan to bed. Otto Hess pitched the last inning and while he was not scored on, and allowed only one hit, he gave up two walks, and the bases were full when the last man was retired.

Those lucky enough to have secured reserve seats for the World Series games at Fenway Park next Monday and Tuesday, and for the third game if necessary, will find a notice of their reservation in the mail. The card must be presented at the box office at Fenway Park and the tickets will be given out to the cardholder. Exactly 9473 seats have been reserved in the grandstand at $3 each and 4292 seats reserved in the Pavilion behind third at $2 dollars each, making close to 14,000 seats, not counting the box seats disposed of at $5 dollars each.

There are seats being built on the bank in left field that will accommodate 1500 fans. It was intended to build the seats in front of the flagpole, but when it was learned that the players would object to having a crowd for a background in front of the flagpole, the space was left clear. Circus seats four rows high will be placed around the field in front of the bleachers over to the box seats and all the unreserved seats will be priced at $1.

Christy Mathewson came to the Braves hotel tonight and gave quite a talk to the players, all of whom were gathered in Manager Stallings room. The Giants pitcher explained at length what had been his experience against the Athletics, and in view of that experience, made suggestions to the Boston players as to what he thought would be their best defense against Connie Mack. He cautioned them particularly about Eddie Collins, who he declared was most dangerous man on the Philadelphia team. The Braves showed great appreciation to him at the conclusion of his talk, and manager Stallings expressed his appreciation for his suggestions and said that he was very grateful for them.

 

at Ebbets Field (Brooklyn) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

3

0

2

0

5

0

0

3

2

 

15

14

0

BROOKLYN ROBINS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

 

2

7

2

W-Dick Crutcher (5-7)
L-Raleigh Atchison (12-7)
Attendance – 3000

2B-Cather (Bost), Schmidt (Bost), Myers (Bkn), Wheat (Bkn)
3B-Mann (Bost), Schmidt (Bost)
HR-Whitted (Bost)

 

GAME #2 ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

3

0

0

0

1

0

5

 

9

10

4

BROOKLYN ROBINS

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

4

0

 

5

10

2

W-Tom Hughes (2-0)
S-Otto Hess (1)
L-Pat Ragan (10-15)



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Les Mann rf 6 1 1 .243  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 2 1 .278  

 

Ted Cather lf 4 3 3 .280  

 

Possum Whitted cf 3 3 2 .239  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 5 2 3 .284  

 

Red Smith 3b 5 1 2 .272  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 2 1 .247  

 

Fred Tyler c 4 0 1 .091  

 

Dick Crutcher p 4 1 0 .148  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dick Crutcher 9 7 1 2 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Les Mann rf 4 2 2 .245  

 

Josh Devore rf 0 1 0 .243  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 1 0 0 .278  

 

Oscar Dugey ph/2b 2 1 0 .196  

 

Ted Cather lf 4 1 2 .283  

 

Possum Whitted cf 4 1 2 .244  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 1 .283  

 

Red Smith 3b 4 0 1 .272  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 2 0 0 .246  

 

Charlie Deal ss 3 0 0 .214  

 

Fred Tyler c 3 2 1 .143  

 

Tom Hughes p 3 0 0 .000  

 

Larry Gilbert ph 1 1 1 .268  

 

Otto Hess p 0 0 0 .239  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Tom Hughes 7 7 3 3 5  
  Otto Hess 2 3 5 4 4  
 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

(*) BOSTON BRAVES

93 58 -

 

 

New York Giants 83 69 10 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 81 72 13

 

 

Chicago Cubs 78 76 16 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 74 78 19 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 73 79 20 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 69 85 25 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 60 94 34 1/2

 

 

(*) Clinched National League Pennant