TOM HUGHES

THE 1915 BOSTON BRAVES
The Braves come from behind
and win the game in the 15th inning

July 16, 1915 ... In a stubborn and hard-fought 15 inning contest with the Pittsburgh Pirates today, the Braves showed their staying qualities and had the punch with which to win. The score was 6 to 5 and the victory allow them to move out of last place in the standings. The game was impressive because it showed how hard the Braves can fight. Pittsburgh started out with a two run lead in the first inning and increased the margin in the sixth and seventh, but Stallings' men brought about a deadlock in the seventh and refused to yield until the 15th, when three successive hits produced the run that won.

Lefty Tyler started for Boston and Max Carey, the first man up, smacked out a double and then Doug Baird, the second man up, hit a triple to left, and then scored on a wild pitch which gave Pittsburgh a quick 2 to 0 lead. Two more singles were made off him by Bill Hinchman and Jim Viox in the inning, but then he tightened up and did not allow another hit until the sixth inning, when the Pirates scored two more.

Al Mamaux worked seven innings for the Pirates and did not give up a hit until the fifth inning. Sherry Magee led off with a single and Butch Schmidt followed with another, sending Magee over to third. He scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Red Smith to make the score 2 to 1.

Then in the sixth inning, with one out, Honus Wagner and Viox singled. Tyler struck out Pat Duncan but then walked George Gibson on four straight balls. With Tom Hughes warming up, Mamaux singled in both Wagner and Viox and then was forced at second by Carey. That made the score 4 to 1 in favor of the Pirates.

The Braves chipped away with another run in their half of the sixth inning after two were out. Johnny Evers and Joe Connolly each got a base hit and then Sherry Magee knocked out a double to score Evers, making it 4 to 2. In the seventh inning Pittsburgh added yet another run, this one unearned, on an error by Red Smith and a double by Honus Wagner up against the left-field scoreboard, making it 5 to 2.

Then in the seventh inning the Braves got busy. Smith singled and so did the Rabbit. Hank Gowdy was sent up to bat in place of Bert Whaling and was called out on strikes, but both Smith and Maranville advanced on Tyler's ground ball out, as they were starting a double steal. Herbie Moran singled to left to score both Smith and Maranville, although the Rabbit would have been out at the plate if catcher, George Gibson had not dropped the ball after taking a perfect throw from Carey. Moran went down to second on the throw and then scored the tying run on a single by Johnny Evers past Wagner at shortstop into left field.

Tom Hughes started the eighth-inning and only three batters faced him and that one and each of the next seven innings.

Manager Fred Clarke also sent in Babe Adams to pitch. Adams went along nicely until the 15th, although a little bit of bad luck for the Braves saved him from losing out in the 14th. Maranville was up first, led off with a single and went to second on Hank Gowdy's ground ball out. Then Herbie Moran hit a liner over third which Doug Baird batted down with one hand. The ball rolled toward the bleacher fence and Maranville, who was on second base, tried to score. As he was rounding third, his spikes got caught in the bag and he went sprawling head long onto the turf. Before he could get to his feet, he was headed off at the plate and driven back to the base where he was tagged out. He undoubtedly would have scored the winning run had he not tripped and fell.

But in the 15th inning the real thing came about. Joe Connolly shot one up the middle for a single and Magee pulled one to left that put Connolly on second. Schmidt came up next and Adams threw one that he slammed into right-field that scored Joe with the winning walk-off run.

There was some great fielding for the Braves especially around second base with Evers and Maranville. But there was another fielding gem that should be mentioned. In the 12th Baird got in a single, but was caught off first on a nice throw from Gowdy down to Schmidt. It was one of the best games of the season to watch with some great fielding done by both teams. Schmidt at a good day at the plate knocking out four hits in seven times at bat. By winning the game, the Braves made it three out of four in the series with Pittsburgh.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

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W-Tom Hughes (7-11)
L-Babe Adams (6-9)
Attendance - 2500

2B-Carey (Pitts), Wagner (Pitts), Magee (Bost), Smith (Bost)
3B-Baird (Pitts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Herbie Moran rf 7 1 3 .211  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 7 1 3 .250  

 

Joe Connolly lf 7 1 2 .293  

 

Sherry Magee cf 7 1 3 .272  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 7 0 4 .257  

 

Red Smith 3b 5 1 2 .292  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 6 1 2 .256  

 

Bert Whaling c 2 0 0 .223  

 

Hank Gowdy ph/c 4 0 0 .213  

 

Lefty Tyler p 3 0 0 .306  

 

Tom Hughes p 3 0 0 .043  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Lefty Tyler 7 9 4 2 5  
  Tom Hughes 8 1 0 0 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1915 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 41 33 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 42 36 1

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 41 36 1 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 41 40 3 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 38 39 4 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 35 38 5 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

35 43 8

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 32 40 8