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"Boston World Series Champions over Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics."
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The Miracle Men of 1914

Twenty-two games into the 1914 season, the Boston Braves were 4-18. By July 4, they were in last place, 15 games behind the first place New York Giants. Left for dead, the Braves, after the fourth of July, stunned the baseball world by going 68-19 to win the pennant, finishing 10 1/2 games ahead of the Giants. It was, and still is, the greatest finish in baseball history.

The team became known as the "Miracle Men" and went into the 1914 World Series facing the heavily favored defending World Champion's, the Philadelphia A's. The Braves polished the A's off in four straight games (the first 'sweep' in World Series history). The star of the Series was Braves catcher Hank Gowdy who hit .545 with a key home run.

This baseball was the last out ball of the 1914 World Series, the finishing touch on the most remarkable comeback in baseball history.

"'Miracle Men' Boston Braves, World's Champions 1914. Defeat Philadelphia A's 3-1 at Fenway Park. Last Out ball. Presented to Harry Gowdy, hero of Series.".
The members of the 1914 World Series team are written on this panel:
"Gowdy, Evers, Maranville, Rudolph, Schmidt, Mann, Whitted, Deal, Connolly, Moran, Cather, Gilbert, Devore, Tyler, James."

This mini-pennant, from 1914, shows Gowdy in action.

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Gowdy was the first baseball player to volunteer for action in World War I. See the uniform that he wore during the Great War.

Ty Cobb was so certain that he’d be killed in World War I, that, in his final appearance in 1918, he wanted to pitch. See the ball that he pitched.