“DIARY OF A WINNER”

RED SMITH

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES

August 9, 1914 ... No game scheduled ... Braves President James Gaffney announced that he had bought third baseman Red Smith from the Brooklyn Robins. The amount paid was not given out, but Smith is a great player and those who saw him in the games here on the Fourth of July, regard him as a star.

His purchase by the Braves is with a view of strengthening the team in every way possible. It looks as if he will be a valuable addition to the club. Smith has been with Brooklyn since 1912 and in the 151 games last season he was at bat 540 times, scored 70 runs, made 169 hits, 40 of which were doubles, 10 triples and six home runs. His batting average for the season was .296. He is 33 years old, stands 5 feet 10 1/2 inches and weighs 171 pounds.

He bats and throws right-handed. His home is in Atlanta and he first played professional baseball with the Anderson, South Carolina team in 1911, after which he went to Nashville, then to Atlanta and then Brooklyn.

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 56 39 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 53 47 5 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 54 48 5 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

50 46 6 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 46 51 11

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 47 53 11 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 42 52 13 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 42 54 14 1/2