THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Bill James is much too generous
passes to the Phillies
and it costs him
May 29, 1914 ... Boston's $8000 battery from Seattle worked pretty well in today's game, but the Braves lost just the same, by a score of 3 to 1 at the Baker Bowl. Bill James was not hit
is hard as Phillies starter, Elmer Jacobs, but Bill got in two bad rounds, when he was unfortunate enough to issue free passes and have those followed by good smart base hits.
Those accounted for two of the Phillies three runs, and the other resulted from a smash over the right field wall by Gavvy Cravath in the fifth inning. He was the first batter up and took two strikes. Then James could not locate the plate, and with the help of a foul ball, ran the count to
three and two. James was then forced to groove the ball, and Cravath send it against the wind, but hard enough to make it over the fence.
In the third inning, the Phillies got the first run of the game, when Dode Paskert was walked and advanced on George Burns' out at first. James struck out Jacobs, but Bobby Byrne poled a long single right that scored Paskert. In the seventh inning, with one out, Sherry Magee was walked.
Cravath singled and stole second base just before Fred Luderus was walked to fill the bases. Paskert hit a long fly out to Joe Connolly to score Magee. James still had trouble in finding the plate and passed Burns again, but Jacobs bounced back to him and the inning ended, making the score 3
The Braves had several chances to score, but made good in only one of them. The other times Jacobs tightened up and cut off all hope. In the fifth inning with two men out, James got the benefit of a close decision at first base. Johnny Evers was passed and Rabbit Maranville knocked out a
double that scored James. Evers tried to score but could not beat Cravath's throw to the plate.