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.