BUTCH SCHMIDT

THE 1915 BOSTON BRAVES
The Braves sweep a doubleheader,
coming from behind in both games

July 17, 1915 ... Winning doubleheaders has not been in the rules for the Boston Braves a season, but this is what they did today taking each game from the Cincinnati Reds by a score of 3 to 2. The Braves came from behind in both games and it took a little finessing of the pitchers by manager Stallings to develop situations, but when the time was ripe the Braves turned loose the punch that determined the favorable results in both games.

Rabbit Maranville played nearly up to his old time form in the field, than he has in any time this season. The team as a whole, showed better at the plate than it has some time. Butch Schmidt, Red Smith and Hank Gowdy did some great hitting in the first game, while Herbie Moran, Johnny Evers and Sherry Magee were conspicuous in the second game.

Under the conditions, the Braves were pretty lucky to get away with a double victory. In the first half of the sixth inning, when the Reds were leading 2 to 0, a thunderstorm came on suddenly and the rain came down in buckets for 10 minutes. It flooded the field so badly, that it was thought that playing would not be resumed in the first game. The storm continued intensely and then passed as suddenly as it came. When the sun reappeared, groundskeeper Jerome Kelly and his crew got to work with brooms and ranks. They scattered the water that had gathered in pools around the plate and on the bases spreading several loads of sawdust in the wettest spots. About 40 minutes after time and then called, the game was resumed.

Three pitchers were used in the first game. Pat Ragan worked for six innings, Tom Hughes for two and Bill James for one. Pete Schneider, who worked for Cincinnati, got out of a hole in the second inning when the first three men up got singles, but he put himself back and one in the ninth, for lack of control. While he tightened up in the first instance and prevented a run, he could not hold the Braves in the ninth-inning. With the bases full and two runs needed to win, Butch Schmidt leaned against one of his pitches and sent the ball sailing out to right-center, to score the tying and winning run with a walkoff double, winning the game 3 to 2.

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Red Killifer, in trying to make a catch on a ball hit by Hank Gowdy in the fourth inning of the first game, ran up the terrace in left field banging into the fence so violently that he dislocated his shoulder. The players rushed out to him and worked the joint back into place. Since the injured arm was left one, he decided to stay in the game, showing how tough this player is.

The Braves were consistent in the first game and not getting runs when the opportunity presented itself. In the second inning, with three men on and none out they failed to get a run. Hank Gowdy came up and hit a fly to short center field, Pat Ragan hit a grounder that forced a man at the plate, and Herbie Moran popped out.

Then in the third inning Cincinnati put two runs on the board. Ken Williams led off with a single and was sacrificed to second. Schneider hit a slow roller down to the Rabbit, and beat out the hit, with Williams scampering to third and later scoring on Heinie Groh's sacrifice fly. Buck Herzog then tripled to right-center, scoring Schneider, making it 2 to 0.

The Braves couldn't get the hits when it counted until the sixth inning. Red Smith smacked a double to centerfield just before the rain started. When play was resumed, Maranville fanned, but Gowdy brought Smith home with a fine single to cut the Cincinnati lead down to one run.

In the Cincinnati eighth-inning Joe Connolly made a fine stop of a hot line drive hit by Groh and then threw him out at second base when he tried to stretch the single. Bill James came in to pitch the ninth and Connolly again made a great running catches on both Tommy Clarke and Tommy Griffith.

Then came the ninth and the Braves began to wait out Schneider on every pitch. Moran and Evers drew passes and Connolly forced Evers at second. But Buck Herzog dropped the throw and the bases were full. Magee smashed a grounder down to Groh, who forced Moran at home and then Schmidt turned the trick, smacking in the winning runs.

In the second game, it was George Davis for Boston and Charlie Lear for Cincinnati. Neither pitcher completed the game, but Davis pitched a good one and was taken out only to make way for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning. In that inning the Braves scored their three runs that brought them from behind to win that game 3 to 2.

The visitors started in the first inning, as Groh lined out a single as did Herzog. Groh made it around to third but Herzog was trapped between first and second, trying to stretch his hit and tagged out. A moment later, catcher Bert Whaling caught Groh napping at third but his throw mixed up Red Smith and the ball got away from.

Then in the sixth inning with the score 1 to 0 in their favor, Cincinnati added another run on a single by Lear, a sacrifice by Groh and a double by bill Rodgers.

Now down 2 to 0, the Braves got to work in their half of the seventh inning. Hank Gowdy came up to pinch-hit for Whaling and drew a walk. Lefty Tyler came in to pinch hit for Davis and forced Gowdy at second on a ground ball to Herzog. Herbie Moran came up next and smashed a double to left field and was followed by Johnny Evers who singled to right, scoring Tyler and putting Moran on third. Connolly then came up and hit a long fly ball out to Griffith that scored Moran and also allowed Evers to scamper over to third. Then it was Sherry Magee, who brought him home with what would be the winning run, when he singled to right, making it 3 to 2 in favor of the Braves. Dick Rudolph then went into pitch and held Cincinnati for the next two innings, earning a save and only allowing one scratch infield hit.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

P

C

GAME #1

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
     

CINCINNATI REDS

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

   

2

10

1

 
     

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

2

   

3

11

0

 

 

W-Bill James (5-3)
L-Pete Schneider (6-6)
Attendance - 8000

2B-Schmidt (Bost), Smith (Bost), Gowdy (Bost)
3B-Herzog (Cinc), Connolly (Bost)

 

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C

GAME #2

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
     

CINCINNATI REDS

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

   

2

7

0

 
     

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

x

   

3

11

1

 

 

W-George Davis (3-1)
L-Charlie Lear (3-6)

R-Dick Rudolph (1)

2B-Rodgers (Cinc), Moran (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Herbie Moran rf 4 0 0 .207  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 4 0 0 .234  

 

Ed Fitzpatrick pr 0 1 0 .203  

 

Joe Connolly lf 4 1 1 .292  

 

Sherry Magee cf 5 0 1 .271  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 5 0 3 .263  

 

Red Smith 3b 4 1 3 .299  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 1 .256  

 

Hank Gowdy c 3 0 2 .222  

 

Pat Ragan p 2 0 0 .149  

 

Lefty Tyler ph 1 0 0 .300  

 

Tom Hughes p 0 0 0 .043  

 

Dick Egan ph 1 0 0 .202  

 

Bill James p 0 0 0 .053  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Pat Ragan 6 5 2 1 0  
  Tom Hughes 2 3 0 0 0  
  Bill James 1 2 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Herbie Moran rf 4 1 2 .213  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 3 1 1 .239  

 

Joe Connolly lf 3 0 1 .292  

 

Sherry Magee cf 4 0 3 .277  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 0 .259  

 

Red Smith 3b 4 0 2 .301  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 0 .253  

 

Bert Whaling c 2 0 2 .238  

 

Hank Gowdy ph/c 0 0 0 .222  

 

George Davis c 2 0 0 .200  

 

Lefty Tyler ph 1 1 0 .294  

 

Dick Rudolph p 0 0 0 .228  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  George Davis 7 6 1 1 0  
  Dick Rudolph 2 1 0 0 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1915 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 41 34 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 43 36 -

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 42 37 1

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 41 42 4

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 39 40 4

 

 

New York Giants 37 38 4

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

37 43 6 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 32 42 8 1/2