HANK GOWDY

THE 1915 BOSTON BRAVES
The Braves win a scrapper in the 11th inning

May 8, 1915 ... About 10,000 fans were Fenway Park today to see the Braves polish off the New York Giants by a score of 4 to 3 in 11 innings. The Giants took kindly to the pitching of Tom Hughes and hammered the ball giving the Boston infield a chance to do some good fielding, as they got no fewer than five doubleplays. Rube Marquard pitched seven innings for the Giants, holding the Braves to two hits, and he may have had a shutout all but for a silly play by Larry Doyle at second in the fifth inning and a wild throw by shortstop art Fletcher in the sixth inning.

The Giants first run off Hughes was scored on a double and a single in the second inning. The Giants went to bat in the ninth-inning with the score 2 to 1 against them and Doyle tied the score on an error by Butch Schmidt and a nice single by Dave Robertson.

In the 10th inning, with one down, Rube Schauer, who was on the mound for the Giants, got a base hit and was immediately doubled up on Red Murray's ground ball to Rabbit Maranville. The Braves made a fine effort to try and clinch the game in their half of the 10th as Sherry Magee drew a base on balls, but was forced at second by Schmidt. Then Red Smith singled to left and Maranville hit a slow one down to Hans Lobert at third, who shot it to home in time to get Schmidt at the plate. Maranville drew the throw down to second base on the play, and Smith then tried to score, but he was nipped at the plate on a sharp return throw by Fletcher.

In the 11th inning, Fletcher smashed a double against the left-field bank and scored on a base hit by George Burns to put the Giants up 3 to 2. Schauer had been pitching a good game and things look favorable at this point for New York. But then reliable Hank Gowdy got a pitch to his liking and sent it against the left-field wall for two bases. Stallings brought in Paul Strand as a pinch runner for him and put Larry Gilbert at the plate to bat for Hughes. Gilbert laid down a good bunt that Chief Meyers should have allowed to roll foul, but instead he picked it up and threw late to first base. Now with runners on first and third, Herbie Moran dropped a bloop hit into short left field that scored Gowdy with the tying run. Dick Egan grounded out and Gilbert made it to third base on the play. At this point, Schauer made a mistake and threw the ball into the dirt in front of home plate, only to see it bounce over his catcher shoulder allowing Gilbert to score the winning run and give the Braves a thrilling 4-3 win.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

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NEW YORK GIANTS

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3

12

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BOSTON BRAVES

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W-Tom Hughes (4-1)
L-Rube Schauer (0-2)
Attendance - 10,000

2B-Fletcher (NY), Robertson (NY),
Magee (Bost), Gowdy (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

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Ed Fitzpatrick

rf 3 0 0 .213  

 

Herbie Moran ph/rf 2 0 1 .277  

 

Dick Egan 2b 4 0 0 .182  

 

Ted Cather lf 3 0 0 .226  

 

Joe Connolly ph/lf 1 0 0 .351  

 

Sherry Magee cf 3 1 1 .288  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 1 .299  

 

Red Smith 3b 4 0 1 .347  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 0 .271  

 

Hank Gowdy c 4 1 2 .246  

 

Paul Strand pr 0 1 0 .091  

 

Tom Hughes

p 3 0 0 .067  

 

Larry Gilbert ph 1 1 1 .167  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Tom Hughes 11 12 2 1 5  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1915 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 13 6 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 12 7 1

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

11 8 2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 10 9 3

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 10 13 5

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 9 12 5

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 8 12 5 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 6 12 6 1/2