The Miracle Braves of 1914: Boston's Original Worst-to-First World Series Champions

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Long before the Red Sox "Impossible Dream" season, Boston’s now nearly forgotten “other” team, the 1914 Boston Braves, performed a baseball “miracle” that resounds to this very day. The "Miracle Braves" were Boston's first "worst-to-first" winners of the World Series.

Shortly after the turn of the previous century, the once mighty Braves had become a perennial member of the National League’s second division. Preseason pundits didn't believe the 1914 team posed a meaningful threat to John McGraw’s powerful New York Giants. During the first half of that campaign, Boston lived down to such expectations, taking up residence in the league’s basement.

Refusing to throw in the towel at the midseason mark, their leader, the pugnacious George Stallings, deftly manipulated his daily lineup and pitching staff to engineer a remarkable second-half climb in the standings all the way to first place. The team’s winning momentum carried into the postseason, where the Braves swept Connie Mack's heralded Athletics and claimed the only World Championship ever won by Boston’s National League entry. And for 100 years, the management, players, and fans of underperforming ball clubs have turned to the Miracle Braves to catch a glimmer of hope that such a midseason turnaround could be repeated.

Through the collaborative efforts of a band of dedicated members of the Society for American Baseball Research, this benchmark accomplishment is richly revealed to the reader in The Miracle Braves of 1914: Boston's Original Worst-to-First World Series Champions. The essence of the “miracle” is captured through a comprehensive compendium of incisive biographies of the players and other figures associated with the team, with additional relevant research pieces on the season. After a journey through the pages of this book, the die-hard baseball fan will better understand why the call to “Wait Until Next Year” should never be voiced prematurely.


FOREWORD by Bob Brady


Ted Cather by Jack V. Morris

Gene Cocreham by Thomas Ayers

Wilson Collins by Charlie Weatherby

Joe Connolly by Dennis Auger

Ensign Cottrell by Peter Cottrell

Dick Crutcher by Jerrod Cotosman

George Davis by Rory Costello

Charlie Deal by Charles F. Faber

Josh Devore by Peter Gordon

Oscar Dugey by Charlie Weatherby

Johnny Evers by David Shiner

The 1914 Evers-Zimmerman Incident 
and How the Tale Grew Taller Over 
the Years by Bob Brady

The Evers Ejection Record by 
Mark Sternman

Larry Gilbert by Jack V. Morris

Hank Gowdy by Carol McMains and Frank Ceresi

Tommy Griffith by Chip Greene

Otto Hess by Gary Hess

Tom Hughes by Greg Erion

Bill James by David Jones

Clarence Kraft by Jon Dunkle

Dolf Luque by Peter Bjarkman

Les Mann by Maurice Bouchard

Rabbit Maranville by Dick Leyden

Billy Martin by Bob Joel

Jack Martin by Charles F. Faber

Herbie Moran by Charles F. Faber

Jim Murray by Jim Elfers

Hub Perdue by John Simpson

Dick Rudolph by Dick Leyden

Butch Schmidt by Chip Greene

Red Smith by Charles F. Faber

Paul Strand by Jack V. Morris

Fred Tyler by John Shannahan

Lefty Tyler by Wayne McElreavy

Bert Whaling by Charles F. Faber

George “Possum” Whitted by Craig Hardee


George Stallings by Martin Kohout


Fred Mitchell by Bill Nowlin


Jim Gaffney by Rory Costello

The Braves’ A.B.C. by Ring Lardner

1914 Boston Braves Timeline by Mike Lynch

A Stallings Anecdote

1914 World Series by Mark Sternman

“I Told You So” by O.R.C.

The Rest of 1914 by Mike Lynch

How An Exhibition Game Contributed To A Miracle by Bob Brady

The National League Pennant Race of 1914 by Frank Vaccaro

The Press, The Fans, and the 1914 Boston Braves by Donna L. Halper

Return of the Miracle Braves by Bob Brady

Miracle Teams by A Comparison of the 1914 Miracle Braves and 1969 Miracle Mets by Tom Nahigian

An Unexpected Farewell by The South End Grounds, August 1914 by Bob Ruzzo

The Time(s) the Braves Played Home Games at Fenway Park by Bill Nowlin

The Kisselkar Sign

The Trail Blazers in Indian File by R. E. M. - poems for 1914 Braves, collected by Joanne Hulbert

The Story of the 1914 Braves by George Stallings

“Mr. Warmth” and “Very Superstitious” – two George Stallings anecdotes by Bob Brady

By the Numbers by Dan Fields

Creature Feature by Dan Fields



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Dennis Auger
Rory Costello
Charlie Weatherby
EversZimmerman Incident
Chip Greene
David Jones
Maurice Bouchard
Dick Leyden
Martin Kohout
Rory Costello
Ring Lardner
A Stallings Anecdote
Bob Brady
The Kisselkar Sign

Bob Joel
Jim Elfers

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 SABR is the Society for American Baseball Research, a group of over 6,000 enthusiasts about the game of baseball whose research interests range from the game's history to statistical analysis, records, cultural impact, and more. The BioProject is a SABR effort to research, write, and publish biographies of every player--and every person--ever connected with organized baseball. Anyone with a love of baseball can join SABR and become a part of these efforts.


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