The Miracle Boston Braves tie it up in the 9th
and win it with a 10th inning walk-off by Rabbit Maranville

RABBIT MARANVILLE

ON THIS DATE (August 8, 1914) ... A little more than 14,000 fans jammed Fenway Park today to see the Braves and the Cincinnati Reds play the first game of their series. For almost two hours the Braves were shutout and not feeling good about themselves. But when the game was over they found themselves in ecstasy, with a grand climax that was all they could be desired.

The Braves won the game by a score of 4 to 3 in 10 innings. Up until the time that one man was out in the ninth-inning, they had not scored a run, while Cincinnati and piled up three in the first two innings. Many of the spectators had begun to leave the stands, assuming at the game was all but over and that the Braves were to be beaten again. And they had good reason, because the Reds pitcher Phil Douglas had allowed only two base hits to the Braves batters and had a 3 to 0 lead.

Then Douglas passed Joe Connolly and began to show signs of fatigue in the ninth inning. Rabbit Maranville hit a grounder down to Bert Niehoff at third base, whose throw pulled Fritz Mollwitz off the bag at first. Charlie Schmidt came up and slapped a base hit into right field, and after the ball took a bad hop that got by Doc Miller, Doc had trouble finding where it was. Connolly and Maranville scored and Schmidt found his way to second safely.

Manager Stallings sent in Bill James to pinch-hit and he came through in fine shape by cracking out a single to center. Pinch runner, Oscar Dugey, who was a fast runner, set sail for a home. Bert Daniels' throw came slowly to the plate, and in his haste to get the ball, catcher Tommy Clarke missed it altogether, allowing Dugey to make it over the plate with the tying run.

The crowd was in full cheering mode when Josh Devore opened up the Boston half of the 10th inning with a single. Possum Whitted put Devore on second with a sacrifice and it was up to Joe Connolly. Connolly waited on the ball and tried to push one between first and second base which would've been good for a hit if it went through, but in the least would put Devore on third. With Devore on third as planned, the Rabbit came up and took his position in the batter's box. He shot a bullet on the ground by the pitcher and it went through the box into centerfield. It was going so fast that shortstop Buck Herzog never even a to try to stop it. Devore jogged home with the winning run while the fans in the stands celebrated the Rabbit's game winning performance once again.

 

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W-Paul Strand (4-2)
L-Pete Schneider (4-5)
Attendance - 14,000

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