“DIARY OF A WINNER”
THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
October 14, 1914 ... Official recognition of the Braves over the renowned Athletics was recognized tonight in the form of a reception banquet for the victorious team at the Copley Plaza Hotel. With the exception of Red Smith and Dick Rudolph, the whole team attended along with such guests as Lieutenant governor Edward P. Barry, assistant Attorney General Thomas P. Riley representatives of the "Winter League" organization and prominent Royal Rooters who have been in constant attendance at the games of the Braves throughout the season . The achievements of the Braves were rehearsed again and again in speech and story for more than three hours.
Manager Stallings was one of the most honored men of the evening because aside from his own speech, in which he gave the credit for the wonderful victory to the untiring efforts of his team, every other speaker emphasized the fact that without him at the Braves' helm, they would not have overcome the tremendous odds against them.
Whatever may have been the ambitions of the baseball manager, it was attained by George Stallings. In his second year as manager he probably had less good material to begin with then many other managers who have had a ball club turned over to them in the major leagues. The Braves had been a failure for years and when he took the reins of the management in 1913, the club was at its weakest point. Of the men under contract then only six of them are members of the world champions. Otto Hess, Lefty Tyler, Bill James, Paul Strand, Bert Whaling and Rabbit Maranville are these players. Early on he discovered he had good prospects and found that the others would be of no use and so he let them go. He took a lot of youngsters, some of whom he thought worth developing, and after the sizing them up, sent them back to the minor league clubs for more seasoning.
Every move he has made added a little strength to his club and that strength became more effective as the season progressed. As soon as he thought his youngsters were reliable, he got them into the game and nursed them along. At the beginning of the season he had a club that was nothing to brag about and was at the bottom of the league and now he has one of the best infields in baseball, a trio of wonderful starting pitchers and many good second string pitchers, who would star on other teams, along with two fine catchers that can handle them. He has a bunch of outfielders who hit well and are coming along fast.. No manager has ever worked harder than he has and his success is not an accident, but the result of wisely directed efforts and tireless energy. If these players had not the benefit of his master mind to set their efforts and encourage them in their work, they would not be world champions today.
All the players eligible to participate in the division of the players share of the World Series money, received their individual checks this afternoon at Fenway Park where they called for a meeting at 10 AM. Later they received their checks for the balance of the season salaries at the office of of the Braves, in the Paddock Building. The players arrived at the park, dressed in their home uniforms and posed for a group picture which included manager Stallings. This is the first time that he had appeared in a picture with his players the season.
Bill James had already left town for Chicago, where he is going to join a team for three weeks on trip to the West Coast and beyond. Butch Schmidt left for Baltimore and next Monday he will take charge of his meat and provision store in the city, conducting that business until the will report to spring training next March. Most of the others will make their getaway by Sunday before.
Next Saturday will be Dick Rudolph day at Fordham University in New York. Following the demand by the students for some expression of appreciation, manager Paul Lannin of the football team and Lester Pattison, president of the Athletic Association sent a telegram to the Boston pitcher informing him of their plans and extending an invitation to the Fordham-Middlebury football game on Saturday. Rudolph wired a reply that said he would be glad to attend.
Rudolph is going to pitch in a game in New York on Sunday, and Hank Gowdy and Charlie Deal probably will play in the same game. Hank would not agree to go behind the plate however, and if he plays, it will be at first base. Rudolph and Gowdy will appear in a baseball sketch at Hammerstein's pictorial hitter for a week beginning next Monday. For their work on the stage the two will receive $50 dollars each.
Larry Gilbert will referee boxing matches in New Orleans and at the West Side Athletic Clubs over the winter. He also will play semiprofessional baseball in Louisiana.
Oscar Dugey and Otto Hess will leave on Sunday for the Dugey's home in Pittsburg, Texas, where the winter will be spent hunting and fishing. They are planning to have Bill James, Hank Gowdy and several other players, including the Cubs pitcher Hippo Vaughn, to join them eventually. Gene Cocreham also lives in Texas and spends the winter hunting and fishing and will probably also go, as he is about 50 miles east of Pittsburg.
Charlie Deal may go home to Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania from New York, but expects to return to New England for the winter. He does not yet know where he will live the one you will do during the off-season, but thought he might be able to find work either in Providence or Boston. Paul Strand proposes to spend a short time with his uncle in Brockton, and he will go to South Prairie, Washington where he will take complete rest and will postpone his entrance to college for another year. Joe Connolly went to his home in Woonsocket and is going to do a little shooting during the season and after that will work on his farm. Rabbit Maranville is going to be in Boston for a few days and then we'll go to Springfield and prepare to sign a long contract at the end of the month. Leslie Mann is also going to Springfield, to complete his courses at college, after which he proposes to go to Lincoln, Nebraska, his old home.
Possum Whitted will spend most of the winter at his home in Durham, North Carolina where he will spend time on the farm. He also may join the party in Texas around New Year's. Bert Whaling said that he is going to build a couple of houses in Los Angeles, working on them himself, which we keep them busy during the off-season. Dick Rudolph will spend the winter in New York and Lefty Tyler will stay at his home in Lowell.
Herbie Moran lives in Coudersport, Pennsylvania. He sold the farm which he owned there and hass not yet made up his mind what work you will take up over the winter. Ted Cather will go to Chester, Pennsylvania, where he expects to open a garage. Johnny Evers is going to his home in Troy, New York where a banquet will be given in his honor next Monday. President Gaffney and Manager Stallings will also be attending. Johnny plans on taking things easy over the winter.
Red Smith will leave Brooklyn today for his home in Atlanta, Georgia and spend the winter recuperating from his broken leg. Josh Devore is due in Chillicothe, Ohio and Tom Hughes goes to Salida, Colorado, George Davis to Buffalo, Dick Crutcher to Frankfort, Kentucky, Ensign Cottrell to Johnsonville, New York, Fred Tyler to Derry, New Hampshire, Bill Martin to Washington and Fred Mitchell stays here in Stowe, Mass.