The Miracle Braves of 1914

The Miracle Braves of 1914

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Long before the Red Sox qImpossible Dreamq season, Bostona€™s now nearly forgotten a€œothera€ team, the 1914 Boston Braves, performed a baseball a€œmiraclea€ that resounds to this very day. The qMiracle Bravesq were Boston's first qworst-to-firstq 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 Leaguea€™s second division. Preseason pundits didn't believe the 1914 team posed a meaningful threat to John McGrawa€™s powerful New York Giants. During the first half of that campaign, Boston lived down to such expectations, taking up residence in the leaguea€™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 teama€™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 Bostona€™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 a€œmiraclea€ 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 a€œWait Until Next Yeara€ should never be voiced prematurely. Includes: FOREWORD by Bob Brady THE BRAVES 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 a€œPossuma€ Whitted by Craig Hardee MANAGER George Stallings by Martin Kohout COACH Fred Mitchell by Bill Nowlin OWNER Jim Gaffney by Rory Costello The Bravesa€™ A.B.C. by Ring Lardner 1914 Boston Braves Timeline by Mike Lynch A Stallings Anecdote 1914 World Series by Mark Sternman a€œI Told You Soa€ 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 a€œMr. Warmtha€ and a€œVery Superstitiousa€ a€“ two George Stallings anecdotes by Bob Brady By the Numbers by Dan Fields Creature Feature by Dan Fieldsby Maurice Bouchard sabr. org Notes 1 Sources vary as to ... Plank struck out James, and leadoff hitter Les Mann, just three years removed from high ... Mann played for the Nebraska City Foresters in the six-team, Class D Missouri-Iowa-Nebraska-Kansas (MINK) league inanbsp;...

Title:The Miracle Braves of 1914
Author:Bill Nowlin, Bob Brady, Charles F. Faber, Jack V. Morris, Chip Greene, Peter Bjarkman, Wayne McElreavy, Maurice Bouchard, Jim Elfers, Greg Erion
Publisher:SABR, Inc. - 2014-04-02


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