RED SMITH

THE 1915 BOSTON BRAVES
Red Smith breaks it up in the 10th inning

April 20, 1915 ... In another great fight and the first extra inning battle of the season in the National League, the World Champion Braves won their fourth straight from Brooklyn at Fenway Park, by a score of 4 to 3. Brooklyn tied the score in the ninth-inning and Stallings' men made a heroic effort to win the game in the bottom of the the ninth, but Jack Coombs, who had come on to pitch, was able to shut them down. The Robins worked hard trying to get the final out of the inning. Red Smith lined a double off the left-field wall and Rabbit Maranville was waiting on every delivery and kept fouling the good pitches off. Finally the Rabbit hit the ball fair and flew out to centerfield to end the threat.

Brooklyn used four pitchers starting with Jeff Pfeffer, who lasted only two innings, Pat Ragan pitched the next six innings and was taken out to make room for a pinch-hitter. Then came Coombs and finally Raleigh Atchison.

The Braves were out-hit and the fielding slipups were about even, but the hits by the Braves were more timely. Their fielding errors were also more costly. Herbie Moran and Joe Connolly each made a great catch in the outfield and Hank Gowdy played up to his standard behind the plate. Rabbit Maranville had a lot of work to do and did it well, in spite of the handicap of his sore thumb.

The Braves put over two runs in the second inning, when Sherry Magee singled to center and scored on Butch Schmidt's double over first. Butch went to third as Bill Zimmerman fumbled the ball in the outfield and scored on the Rabbit's sacrifice fly.

Dolf Luque, starting his first major league game for the Braves, went along fine for the first three innings. In the fourth he became a little unsteady and gave up two runs that tied the game. He passed George Cutshaw, the first batter up, and then Hi Myers doubled to left. Bill Zimmerman grounded out to Maranville who held the runners. Luque then passed Lew McCarty purposely to load the bases, so they could work a doubleplay with Ragan coming up. He struck him out but then Ollie O'Mara singled to center, bringing Cutshaw and Meyers over the plate to tie the score. Stallings did not care to give hs rookie a severe test in his debut, and sent in Tom Hughes to pitch the fifth.

In the sixth inning the Braves took the lead as Connolly drew a pass and went to third on Magee's single right, scoring on Schmidt's sacrifice fly, making it 3 to 2.

Hughes was pitching nicely and it looked as if the one run margin might be enough, but in the ninth, Zimmerman singled to center and Magee let the ball get away from him, letting him advance to second. McCarty's sacrifice put him on third and John Hummel, batting for Ragan, brought Zimmerman home with a sacrifice fly, to tie up the score at 3 to 3.

In the 10th inning, both Hughes and Coombs each got into a hole. Hughes got out of it, but Coombs got stuck there and turned the ball over to Atchison, who came in to relieve him.

Coombs had hit Moran with a pitched ball and Ed Fitzpatrick sacrificed him to second. Connolly attempted to sacrifice, but the ball went back to Coombs who nailed Moran at third. Coombs worked Magee very closely with the winning run on second. He would not give him a good pitch to hit and Sherry worked him for a pass to fill the bases. Then Atchison came into pitch against Schmidt and it worked out fine as Schmidt popped out to Cutshaw. Red Smith, who would been conspicuous in every game of the series against his old club, came to bat in the 10th inning, with the bases loaded and two outs. He met one of Atchison's pitches and sent the ball crashing up against the scoreboard on the left-field wall to drive in the winning run with his walkoff hit.

One of the most remarkable plays seen occurred in the eighth-inning. With Moran on second, Connolly hit a hot one back at Ragan. The ball struck him on the shin and bounded back like a tennis ball straight at the catcher Lew McCarty, who threw Joe out at first base. It was a wonder that the line drive did not break Ragan's leg.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

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2

3

4

5

6

7

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9

10

 

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BROOKLYN ROBINS

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

 

3

9

3

 
     

BOSTON BRAVES

0

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

 

4

7

3

 

 

W-Tom Hughes (1-1)
L-Jack Coombs (0-1)
Attendance - 3500

2B-Zimmerman (Bkn), Schmidt (Bost), Smith (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Herbie Moran rf 4 0 1 .238  

 

Ed Fitzpatrick 2b 2 1 0 .125  

 

Joe Connolly lf 4 1 1 .375  

 

Sherry Magee cf 4 1 2 .286  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 1 1 .391  

 

Red Smith 3b 5 0 2 .435  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 3 0 0 .158  

 

Hank Gowdy c 2 0 0 .263  

 

Dolph Luque p 1 0 0 .000  

 

Tom Hughes p 3 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dolf Luque 4 5 1 3 3  
  Tom Hughes 6 4 0 0 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1915 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 5 0 -

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 5 2 1

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

4 2 1 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 4 3 2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 3 4 3

 

 

New York Giants 2 4 3 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 2 5 4

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 1 6 5