DICK RUDOLPH

THE 1915 BOSTON BRAVES
A late game rally wins the game for Dick Rudolph

July 15, 1915 ... With the breaks of the game in their favor, the Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates at Fenway Park by a 3 to 2 score. The win was welcomed as some of the breaks fell the Braves way, having gone against them quite often the season. If the team could get quite a few more of these breaks, they would not be anywhere, but at the top of the division.

It would've been a tough game for Dick Rudolph to have lost, as it certainly was for Wilbur Cooper. Neither pitcher should have been scored upon, although only one of the Pittsburgh runs was earned and the other was a gift.

This time the Braves appear to be coming on fast, and three of the four wins would get them going at the same pace they were at the year ago. They showed a flash in offense during the fifth inning, of their old aggressiveness at the plate and while they got no runs and made only one hit, there was something about their approach, which reminded one of the team a year ago. Smith went to the plate as if he meant business and slammed out a liner that Max Carey caught while sprawled on the ground near on the terrace in left field. Maranville followed with a sizzling single and Gowdy lofted a fly ball right-field. It was not so much the result, as much is the way the Braves went about their business. Hopefully they have reached a turning point and will begin to show something from this point forward.

Dick Rudolph pitched a great game, in spite of some rather discouraging breaks early on, and deserved to win. The Pirates players were riding him and got to him when one of the benchwarmers said something which provoked Rudolph to come over and discuss the matter, but Umpire Rigler steered him toward the Boston dugout.

Cooper pitched a great game and the Braves only got five scattered hits through five innings. He gave only two base on balls and one of them was intentional. But it was the other one that came to bother him later on when the cost a run.

Honus Wagner got three hits in his for chances at bat and Zip Collins made some great catches in the outfield for the visitors, but Carey's catch of Smith's line drive was the fielding gem of the game. Ed Fitzpatrick played second base and Johnny Evers worked the coaching lines for the Braves.

The Pirates scored in the second inning on a cheap run. After Wagner had been thrown out at first by Rudolph, Jim Viox singled to center and Doug Baird doubled to the bank in left. Maranville ran out to get the relay throw but slipped and fell, which allowed Viox to come home from third. Rudolph tightened up and got George Gibson on a ground ball and Wilbur Cooper to pop up, ending the inning. The Pirates got a second run in the third inning, when Carey hit a sharp ground ball down to the Rabbit, who threw the ball over Butch Schmidt's head into the dugout. After Collins struck out, Carey stole third and scored on a squeeze play started by Doc Johnston, although Schmidt came very close to catching the bunt on the fly.

Pittsburgh never came close to scoring thereafter, as Wagner's third hit of the game came with two outs in the eighth-inning. The Braves hits were widely scattered with Herbie Moran getting one in the first inning and Dick Egan getting one in the fourth. Maranville got another hit in the fifth and Moran got one more in the sixth.

The Braves hit in the seventh however was not wasted. Sherry Magee opened the inning by drawing a pass and Butch Schmidt hit a grounder near second base that Wagner grabbed and in his haste to start a doubleplay, let the ball go between his legs and both runners were safe. Red Smith then shot one into the left-field corner for a double that scored both Magee and Schmidt to tie the game The Rabbit then sacrificed Smith over to third. Now, with only one out, Cooper looked over to the bench and manager Fred Clarke told him to pass Gowdy and take a chance with Rudolph. It didn't work, when Rudolph sent a fly to centerfield, which Collins caught and then made a perfect throw to the plate, that Smith just beat. Rudolph got the Pirates in the eighth and ninth innings and preserved a nice 3 to 2 victory.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

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BOSTON BRAVES

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W-Dick Rudolph (8-12)
L-Wilbur Cooper (2-9)
Attendance - 3200

2B-Baird (Pitts), Smith (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Herbie Moran rf 4 0 2 .203  

 

Ed Kirkpatrick 2b 4 0 0 .203  

 

Dick Egan lf 4 0 1 .203  

 

Sherry Magee cf 3 1 0 .268  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 3 1 0 .248  

 

Red Smith 3b 3 1 1 .290  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 2 0 1 .255  

 

Hank Gowdy c 2 0 0 .219  

 

Dick Rudolph p 2 0 0 .228  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dick Rudolph 9 8 1 2 6  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1915 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 41 33 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 42 35 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 40 36 2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 41 40 3 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 38 38 4

 

 

New York Giants 34 38 6

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 32 39 7 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

34 43 8 1/2