Ed. note: this continues the chronicle of the 1914 season begun in this post.
Sunday morning, July 5 found the Braves having lost both ends of a double-header to Brooklyn, extending the losing streak to 5 games.
The National League Standings looked like this:
|New York Giants||40||24||0.625||-|
|St. Louis Cardinals||37||35||0.514||7|
Starting June 28, through the first two weeks of July, the Braves made a series of roster moves that significantly improved the teams hitting.
First, an “over the hill” Hub Perdue was traded to St. Louis for two outfielders, Ted Cather and Josh Devore. On July 3, back-up third baseman Jack Martin went to the Phillies for George “Possum” Whitted, a versatile infielder. Finally, a light hitting outfielder — a Vandy alum — named Wilson Collins was sent to Binghamton of the New York State League. Another outfielder, Jim Murray, was sold to St. Paul of the American Association.
Starting July 6, the Braves would go 7-3 over the next 10 games. After winning both ends of a double-header from Brooklyn on July 6, Boston hit the road, starting with the Cubs on July 8. The Braves would take three of four from the Cubs and then headed to St. Louis. The Cards would split the four game series. As the Braves left St. Louis for Cincinnati on the overnight train, the National League standings looked like this on the morning of July 16.
|New York Giants||44||31||0.587||-||4-7|
|St. Louis Cardinals||42||39||0.519||5||5-4|
While both the Giants and Cubs had losing records over the previous 11 days, with the race tightening slightly, no one could have predicted how the remainder of the season turned out.