“DIARY OF A WINNER”

RED SMITH

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
The Braves' lose Red Smith
for the rest of the season in Brooklyn

October 6, 1914 ... On the eve of the World Series, the Braves lost their starting third baseman, Red Smith, who broke his leg sliding in the second base in the ninth-inning of the first game of the doubleheader with the Brooklyn Robins. The club loses the services of one of its stars in the postseason series with the Philadelphia Athletics starting next Friday. Charlie Deal will now play at third base, and as far as fielding goes the undoubtedly will fill the position, but Smith has been hitting well since he joined the Boston team.

It seems too bad that so good a player should be injured in an unimportant game. The score was 3 to 2 in favor of Brooklyn and the Braves did not wish to lose even an unimportant game. Smith singled to right with Butch Schmidt on first base. Schmidt went around to third and Casey Stengel threw the ball over as Smith went down the second. Gus Getz relayed the ball over to George Cutshaw the secondbaseman. Smith saw that there was going to be a play made on him. He appeared to be between two minds as whether he would take a chance on sliding into second, and as it happens too often with players who are indecisive, he did not make a natural slide. He finally slid in, rather awkwardly, being blocked off by Cutshaw. He raised himself to a sitting position and said to the secondbaseman that he thought his leg was broken. Cutshaw rushed over to him and he and umpire Bill Hart called for the doctor. Butch Schmidt and Lefty Tyler ran onto the field and took one look at the injured leg and turned away. Schmidt threw his cap on the ground, picked it up and then walked over to the Boston bench in a brokenhearted manner. The spectators realized from Schmidt's action that Smith was badly hurt and there would be no World Series for him. The doctor ran in from the stands and made a superficial examination of the injury and told the Brooklyn players to take Smith into the clubhouse. Pitcher Ed Ruelbach grabbed his car and took Smith to St. Mary's Hospital, where Doctor Herbert Casey began to work on Smith.

Boston lost that first game of the doubleheader by a score of 3 to 2. George Davis pitched a good game but Jeff Pfeffer pitched a little bit better. The only runs scored off the Brooklyn pitcher were homers by Johnny Evers and Joe Connolly. Evers was thrown out of the game in the third inning for arguing over a decision made by umpire Hart, who called Getz safe on an attempted steal of second base.

Both teams scored in the first inning. The Evers sent the ball far over Jack Dalton's head in center field for a home run. Dalton, the first batter up for Brooklyn in the first inning, was hit by a pitch and was safe when he attempted to steal second base as Rabbit Maranville dropped the ball after touching him. Then with two outs, Zach Wheat singled to short left to score Dalton.

In the third inning Brooklyn added another run and in the fifth made the score 3 to 1. The Braves got a run back in the sixth as Joe Connolly smashed the ball over the right-field fence for a home run, making the score 3 to 2. After Whitted had popped out to Getz, Schmidt singled to right. Smith also singled to right and Schmidt went to third, drawing the throw as Smith tried to take second. It was on the play that Smith broke his leg.

The second game was played by the second stringers. The Braves jumped out to a quick 3 to 0 lead in the first inning. Leslie Mann drew a base on balls, Oscar Dugey singled to right and Ted Cather singled to left to score Mann. Whitted then singled to left scoring Dugey and putting Cather on third. Josh Devore drew a base on balls but was forced at second by Charlie Deal, as Cather scored with Brooklyn failing to complete the double-play. Billy Martin, the Georgetown University product, playing in his first game, popped out to John Hummel at first base.

In the fourth inning Josh Devore laced a home run between center and left to make it 4 to 0. Brooklyn came back with another run in their half of the inning with Nap Rucker, Jack Dalton and Hummel getting successive singles. Rucker scored when Oscar Dugey fumbled Casey Stengel's ground ball. Paul Strand then retired the next three men in order.

The Braves put over three more runs in the seventh on singles by Strand and Mann, a triple by Cather and a single by Whitted. The Robins got two back in their half of the inning making the final score, 7 to 3. At that point darkness was falling and the game was called after seven innings as the Braves gathering their last victory of the regular season.

 

at Ebbets Field (Brooklyn) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

 

2

7

2

BROOKLYN ROBINS

1

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

x

 

3

9

1

W-Jeff Pfeffer (23-12)
L-George Davis (3-3)
Attendance – 7000

2B-Connolly (Bost), Egan (Bkn)
HR-Evers (Bost), Connolly (Bost)

 

GAME #2 ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

3

0

1

0

0

0

3

   

 

7

9

2

BROOKLYN ROBINS

0

0

1

0

0

0

2

   

 

3

7

0

W-Paul Strand (6-2)
L-Nap Rucker (7-6)


3B-Cather (Bost), Hummel (Bkn)
HR-Devore (Bost)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Herbie Moran rf 4 0 0 .244  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 1 1 1 .279  

 

Oscar Dugey 2b 3 0 0 .190  

 

Joe Connolly lf 4 1 2 .308  

 

Possum Whitted cf 3 0 0 .241  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 1 .283  

 

Red Smith 3b 4 0 1 .272  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 3 0 1 .246  

 

Fred Tyler c 2 0 0 .125  

 

Josh Devore ph 1 0 1 .247  

 

Hank Gowdy c 0 0 0 .243  

 

George Davis p 2 0 0 .167  

 

Larry Gilbert ph 0 0 0 .268  

 

Gene Cocreham p 0 0 0 .100  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  George Davis 7 8 2 3 5  
  Gene Cocreham 1 1 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Les Mann rf 2 2 1 .247  

 

Oscar Dugey 2b 4 2 1 .193  

 

Ted Cather lf 4 2 2 .387  

 

Possum Whitted 1b 4 0 2 .245  

 

Josh Devore cf 3 1 1 .249  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 4 0 0 .211  

 

Billy Martin ss 3 0 0 .000  

 

Fred Tyler c 3 0 0 .105  

 

Paul Strand p 3 0 2 .333  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Paul Strand 7 7 2 2 3  
 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

(*) BOSTON BRAVES

94 59 -

 

 

New York Giants 84 70 10 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 81 72 13

 

 

Chicago Cubs 78 76 16 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 75 79 19 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 74 80 20 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 69 85 25 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 60 94 34 1/2

 

 

(*) Clinched National League Pennant