ERNIE QUIGLEY

THE 1915 BOSTON BRAVES
A great battle at Fenway goes to the Braves

July 22, 1915 ... There was a great combat at Fenway Park today as the Braves met the Chicago Cubs, but it was not the game. Umpire Ernie Quigley, who on two or three other occasions this season, has been controversial, gave Johnny Evers a vigorous shot, because he claimed the Boston Captain was stomping on his toes. Evers, who was so surprised, retaliated but he did not have much time, as all the players on the Cubs and Braves came out to intervene. Some of them were holding Evers and some of them were holding on to Quigley.

Roger Bresnahan grabbed Johnny and shook him vigorously before he began to try and talk some sense into him. A few minutes later Bresnahan looked as if he needed a restraint himself because he hopped up and down for what seemed a full minute to protest a decision by Quigley at the plate, that allowed the Braves runner to score. Other members of the Cubs were throwing their mitts on the ground with disgust and then with upraised arms appealed to heaven to have compassion upon the victims of the umpires poor judgment.

That storm subsided, but later it broke again. Heinie Zimmerman became annoyed over decision by umpire Bob Emslie, who was working on the bases. Zimmerman took exception to a ruling and gave him a piece of his mind with some colorful language, that cost him to be told to leave. He thought of a few more things to say on his way to the showers and then disappeared into the dugout.

Incidentally there was a baseball game and there was plenty of action in that too, as the play was brilliant, good, bad and indifferent. All around, it was an entertaining day.

The Evers-Quigley match took place in the third inning, but before that, batters on both teams were claiming that Quigley was making bad calls. With Chicago in the lead by a score of 3 to 0, Evers came to bat in the third inning. Quigley called two strikes on him and Evers protested each of them. He finally drew a base on balls but complained that he should have gotten on earlier. He made some remarks quickly as he started toward first and the umpire fired back. Evers then turned around to the plate and was indicating on the ground a spot in which the ball passed. In doing this he picked up some dirt and allowed to sift through his fingers and the wind carried it to a Quigley. Quigley then threw Evers out of the game. Now the two men began to approach each other, finally getting as close as they could. Suddenly Quigley made a left short jab which landed just above Evers chest near his right shoulder. Evers appeared thunderstruck, and by the time he realized what happened, the mediators prevented any possibility of the men doing battle. Evers had some further remarks to Quigley and then made it to the bench.

As to the game itself, Dick Rudolph started for the Braves and was hit hard. He was taken out after the third inning. Wilbur Good, the first batter to face him, singled and went to second on a sacrifice. He scored on a single by Zimmerman to left. Then in the third inning, Bob Fisher led off with a double and after Frank Schulte popped out to Evers, he scored on a triple by Zimmerman. Zim later scored on Art Phelan's double to left, giving the Cubs a 3 to 0 advantage.

Pat Ragan pitched good from that point on until he was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the eighth. Tom Hughes pitched the ninth without a hitch.

Down 3 to 0, the Braves had an uphill fight when they started their half of the third. Joe Shannon, pinch-hit for Rudolph and singled over first. He was followed by Herbie Moran who singled to center. After the Evers-Quigley dust up, Ed Fitzpatrick was put in to run for Evers and with the bases full, Dick Egan lofted a fly ball to right-field bringing Shannon came home after the catch with the first Braves run.

In the fourth inning the Braves got another run when Red Smith led off with a screaming triple to right-center and scored on Hank Gowdy's single, making it 3 to 2. The Braves tied the score in the fifth inning on a single by Egan and a double by Sherry Magee, bringing the crowd to a frenzy.

The crowd went wild when the Braves put over the go-ahead run in the eighth-inning. After Smith sent a liner to deep left field, Maranville singled. Gowdy hit a slow roller down to Zimmerman at second, who got the ball and looked at Maranville who stopped dead in his tracks and refused to be tagged. When Zimmerman realized this, he made a jab at the Rabbit, who sidestepped him and went into second base. Zim then quickly threw the ball the first but it was too late to get Gowdy. Zim claimed that Maranville and run outside the baseline to avoid being tagged and argued so long about the decision, that he was thrown out of the game.

Bert Whaling came in to bat for Ragan and before he could do anything, Maranville and Gowdy pulled off a double steal. Now with runners on second and third, the big blow up came. Whaling hit a sharp grounder back to the pitcher George Pierce, who made a great stop and he had the Rabbit trapped between third and home. Maranville dodged and weaved, and made it back to third, where Gowdy had already arrived.

Pierce apparently did not know which of the runners to tag and before he made up his mind, Gowdy took off back toward second base. Pierce started to throw, and as he did, much to the surprise of everyone, Maranville took off for home. Pierce then stopped and turned to throw home and the fans gasped, as it was obvious that Maranville would be thrown out. But Pierce's throw went wild and the Rabbit scampered over with the winning run.

It was a great game to watch and exciting at every turn. After the game both Quigley and Evers both said they regretted the incident.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

P

C

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
     

CHICAGO CUBS

1

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

   

3

10

1

 
     

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

1

x

   

4

9

1

 

 

W-Pat Ragan (9-6)
S-Tom Hughes (3)
L-George Pierce (9-3)
Attendance - 5000

2B-Fisher (Chi), Zimmerman (Chi), Phelan (2)(Chi),
Egan (Bost), Magee (Bost)
3B-Zimmerman (Chi), Smith (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Herbie Moran rf 5 0 1 .213  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 1 0 0 .218  

 

Ed Fitzpatrick pr/2b 2 0 0 .201  

 

Dick Egan lf 4 1 2 .215  

 

Sherry Magee cf 3 0 1 .277  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 0 .265  

 

Red Smith 3b 3 1 1 .307  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 3 1 1 .253  

 

Hank Gowdy c 4 0 1 .235  

 

Dick Rudolph p 0 0 0 .237  

 

Joe Shannon ph 1 1 1 .250  

 

Pat Ragan p 2 0 1 .163  

 

Bert Whaling ph 1 0 0 .236  

 

Tom Hughes p 0 0 0 .043  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Dick Rudolph 3 6 3 1 1  
  Pat Ragan 5 3 0 2 1  
  Tom Hughes 1 1 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1915 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 45 35 -

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 44 39 2 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 43 40 3 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 38 39 5 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 43 44 5 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 40 41 5 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

40 44 7

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 34 45 10 1/2