THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Luck helps the Braves win for a change
June 9, 1914 ... The Braves beat the Reds 3 to 2 at the South End Grounds to break even in their series. Otto Hess and Dave Davenport where the two pitchers and they were about evenly matched ineffectiveness and
wildness. Two of the batters that Hess issued passes to, all scored the runs that were made against him, and one of the passes by Davenport also scored the run against him. Five hits were made off each pitcher, with Otto passing five batters and Davenport four.
The Braves got a break in luck, which figured prominently in the development of the winning run. This happened when Fritz Von Koinitz slipped and fell while trying to catch Johnny Evers' hit the centerfield. The mishap allowed Evers to get a double and allowed Hess to score from first. It
was a cold, raw day with overcast skies and not more than 1000 fans turned out to see the game.
Buck Herzog continued his sensational plane in the field, and Rabbit Maranville was getting back into his stride, as the last two plays again were fielding gems. His work throughout the series however was up to his best standards.
Butch Schmidt got two of the five hits that the Braves made in his three chances at bat. Charlie Deal put up a fine game at third base and daily shows signs of becoming a great thirdbaseman when he has entirely recovered from his injury.
Manager Stallings shifted his batting order making Larry Gilbert's leadoff man and it remains to be seen how this change will work out. Both pitchers started by being wild. After Deal, made two fine plays on Herbie Moran and Herzog, Hess passed Heinie Groh and Bert Niehoff in succession. No
harm was done however, as Dick Hoblitzell grounded out to Butch Schmidt.
On the other hand, Davenport's passes to Gilbert and Evers put him in the hole badly. Joe Connolly sacrificed and advanced the base runners to second and third. With the Reds infielders in on the grass, Maranville had the misfortune to hit the ball in a direction of Herzog who threw Gilbert
out at the plate. Schmidt then hit a hot one midway between Niehoff and Herzog, which Herzog blocked and was able to make a play on, but left third-base uncovered allowing Maranville to get there. This proved to be important play for a moment later, Maranville and Schmidt pulled off a double
steal. Herzog had to leap for Tommy Clarke's throw to second and was not able to make a quick return to the plate. Maranville slid in safely with the second run of the inning.
The Reds tied up again in the third inning, but the visitors did not score again. The Braves worked over what proved to be the winning run in the fifth inning. Hank Gowdy singled to left and Hess attempted to sacrifice bunt forced him at second base. Larry Gilbert popped out and Evers hit a
low liner to center which Von Kleinitz came in quickly for, but just as the ball and the player were about to come together he slipped and fell. The ball bounced over him and rolled away, but by the time it was recovered Hess had scored and Evers was on second base. That made it 3 to 2 in
favor of the Braves and that's the way it stood at the end of the game.