1914 Boston Braves season

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1914 Boston Braves
1914 National League Champions
1914 World Series Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 94–59 (.614)
League place 1st
Other information
Owner(s) James Gaffney
Manager(s) George Stallings
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The 1914 Boston Braves was a season for an American professional baseball team. The team finished first in the National League, winning the pennant by 10½ games over the New York Giants. The team went on to sweep the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1914 World Series.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The Braves performed one of the most memorable reversals in major league history, going from last place to first place in two months, becoming the first team to win a pennant after being in last place on the Fourth of July.[2] After finishing in fifth place in 1913 with a record of 69 wins and 82 losses, the Braves were not expected to be contenders. They spent the first part of the season in last place, posting a record of 26 wins and 40 losses in early July.[3] Led by three pitchers, Dick Rudolph, Bill James, and Lefty Tyler, the team began to win games, taking over first place for good on September 8.[4] Their record over their final 89 games was 70-19 for a winning percentage of .787.[4] Infielders Johnny Evers and Rabbit Maranville led the league in double plays. The Braves went on to sweep Connie Mack's heavily favored Athletics in four games in the 1914 World Series.[5] The team became known as the "Miracle" Braves and remain one of the most storied comeback teams in baseball history. The franchise would not win another pennant until 1948.

Season standings[edit]

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Braves 94 59 0.614 51–25 43–34
New York Giants 84 70 0.545 10½ 43–36 41–34
St. Louis Cardinals 81 72 0.529 13 42–34 39–38
Chicago Cubs 78 76 0.506 16½ 46–30 32–46
Brooklyn Robins 75 79 0.487 19½ 45–34 30–45
Philadelphia Phillies 74 80 0.481 20½ 48–30 26–50
Pittsburgh Pirates 69 85 0.448 25½ 39–36 30–49
Cincinnati Reds 60 94 0.390 34½ 34–42 26–52


Roster[edit]

1914 Boston Braves
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos. = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; Avg. = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

Pos. Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
C Gowdy, HankHank Gowdy 128 366 42 89 .243 3 46 14
1B Schmidt, ButchButch Schmidt 147 537 67 153 .285 1 71 14
2B Evers, JohnnyJohnny Evers 139 491 81 137 .279 1 40 12
3B Deal, CharlieCharlie Deal 79 257 17 54 .210 0 23 4
SS Maranville, RabbitRabbit Maranville 156 586 74 144 .246 4 78 28
OF Gilbert, LarryLarry Gilbert 72 224 32 60 .268 5 25 3
OF Mann, LesLes Mann 126 389 44 96 .247 4 40 9
OF Connolly, JoeJoe Connolly 120 399 64 122 .306 9 65 12

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Whitted, PossumPossum Whitted 66 218 57 .261 2 31
Smith, RedRed Smith 60 207 65 .314 3 37
Whaling, BertBert Whaling 60 172 36 .209 0 12
Moran, HerbieHerbie Moran 41 154 41 .266 0 4
Cather, TedTed Cather 50 145 43 .297 0 27
Devore, JoshJosh Devore 51 128 29 .227 1 5
Murray, JimJim Murray 39 112 26 .232 0 12
Dugey, OscarOscar Dugey 58 109 21 .193 1 10
Martin, JackJack Martin 33 85 18 .212 0 5
Griffith, TommyTommy Griffith 16 48 5 .104 0 1
Collins, WilsonWilson Collins 27 35 9 .257 0 1
Tyler, FredFred Tyler 6 19 2 .105 0 2
Kraft, ClarenceClarence Kraft 3 3 1 .333 0 0
Martin, BillyBilly Martin 1 3 0 .000 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Rudolph, DickDick Rudolph 42 336.1 26 10 2.35 138
James, BillBill James 46 332.1 26 7 1.90 156
Tyler, LeftyLefty Tyler 38 271.1 16 13 2.69 140
Hess, OttoOtto Hess 14 89 5 6 3.03 24
Hughes, TomTom Hughes 2 17 2 0 2.65 11
Perdue, HubHub Perdue 9 51 2 5 5.82 13
Cottrell, EnsignEnsign Cottrell 1 1 0 1 9.00 1

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Crutcher, DickDick Crutcher 33 158.2 5 7 3.46 58
Davis, GeorgeGeorge Davis 9 55.2 3 3 3.40 26
Strand, PaulPaul Strand 16 55.1 6 2 2.44 33
Cocreham, GeneGene Cocreham 15 44.2 3 4 4.84 15
Luque, DolfDolf Luque 2 8.2 0 1 4.15 1

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1914 World Series[edit]

Main article: 1914 World Series

Boston Braves (4) vs Philadelphia Athletics (0)

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Boston Braves - 7, Philadelphia Athletics - 1 October 9 Shibe Park 20,562
2 Boston Braves - 1, Philadelphia Athletics - 0 October 10 Shibe Park 20,562
3 Philadelphia Athletics - 4, Boston Braves - 5 (12 innings) October 12 Fenway Park 35,520
4 Philadelphia Athletics - 1, Boston Braves - 3 October 13 Fenway Park 34,365

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