1914 World Series

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In the 1914 World Series, the Boston Braves beat the Philadelphia Athletics in a four-games sweep.

A contender for greatest upset of all time, the "Miracle Braves" were in last place on July 4th, then roared on to win the National League pennant by 10-1/2 games and sweep the stunned Athletics. The Braves' relatively unknown starting trio of pitchers, with a combined career record of 285–245, outperformed the Athletics vaunted rotation (929–654) in all four games. Hank Gowdy hit .545 (6 of 11) with five extra-base hits and also drew five walks for Boston in the series and was the difference maker in Games 1 and 3.

Adding to their supposed disadvantages, the Braves arguably lacked a notable home-field advantage. They had abandoned their 43-year-old home field South End Grounds, in late summer, choosing to rent from the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park while awaiting construction of Braves Field. Thus their home games in this Series were also at Fenway.

This was the first four-game sweep in World Series history. The Cubs had defeated the Tigers four games to none in 1907, but Game 1 had ended in a tie before the Cubs won the next four in a row.

In some circles, it was alleged that the A's were irritated at the penny-pinching ways of their manager/owner Connie Mack, and did not play hard. Chief Bender and Eddie Plank would jump to the rival Federal League for the 1915 season. Mack unloaded most of his other high-priced stars soon after and, within two years, the A's achieved the worst winning percentage in modern history (even worse than the 1962 New York Mets or the 2003 Detroit Tigers).

There were also rumors that this series was fixed, but no evidence has ever been advanced.


1914 World Series-Game 1

Date Oct. 9th, 1914
Location Shibe Park
Attendance 20,562

1914 World Series Game 1-Line Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 2 0 0 1 3 0 1 0 7 11 2
Philadelphia 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0


1914 World Series Game 1-Box Score

Boston Braves 7, Philadelphia Athletics 1

Boston Braves Philadelphia Athletics
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
Moran rf 5 0 0 0 Murphy rf 4 0 1 0
Evers 2b 4 1 1 0 Oldring lf 3 0 0 0
Connolly lf 3 1 1 0 Collins 2b 3 0 0 0
Whitted cf 3 2 1 2 Baker 3b 4 0 1 0
Schmidt 1b 4 1 2 1 McInnis 1b 2 1 0 0
Gowdy c 3 2 3 1 Strunk cf 4 0 2 0
Maranville ss 4 0 2 2 Barry ss 4 0 0 0
Deal 3b 4 0 0 0 Schang c 2 0 0 0
Rudolph p 4 0 1 0 Lapp c 1 0 0 0
- - - - - Bender p 2 0 0 0
- - - - - Wyckoff p 1 0 1 0
Total 34 7 11 6 Total 30 1 5 0
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 2 0 0 1 3 0 1 0 7 11 2
Philadelphia 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
Boston Braves IP H R ER BB SO
Rudolph W(1-0) 9.0 5 1 0 3 8
Total 9.0 5 1 0 3 8
Philadelphia Athletics IP H R ER BB SO
Bender L(0-1) 5.1 8 6 6 2 3
Wyckoff 3.2 3 1 1 1 2
Total 9.0 11 7 7 3 5

E–Moran (1), Evers (1). DP–Boston 1, Philadelphia 5. 2B–Boston Gowdy (1,off Bender), Philadelphia Wyckoff (1,off Rudolph); Baker (1,off Rudolph). 3B–Boston Gowdy (1,off Bender); Whitted (1,off Bender). SH–Oldring (1,off Rudolph). SB–Moran (1,2nd base off Wyckoff/Lapp); Schmidt (1,Home off Wyckoff/Lapp); Gowdy (1,2nd base off Wyckoff/Lapp). U-HP–Bill Dinneen (AL), 1B–Bill Klem (NL), 2B–Bill Byron (NL), 3B–George Hildebrand (AL). T–1:58. A–20,562.


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1914 World Series-Game 2

Date Oct. 10th, 1914
Location Shibe Park
Attendance 20,562

1914 World Series Game 2-Line Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 1
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1


1914 World Series Game 2-Box Score

Boston Braves 1, Philadelphia Athletics 0

Boston Braves Philadelphia Athletics
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
Mann rf 5 0 2 1 Murphy rf 3 0 0 0
Evers 2b 4 0 2 0 Oldring lf 3 0 0 0
Cather lf 5 0 0 0 Collins 2b 3 0 1 0
Whitted cf 3 0 0 0 Baker 3b 3 0 0 0
Schmidt 1b 4 0 1 0 McInnis 1b 3 0 0 0
Gowdy c 2 0 0 0 Strunk cf 3 0 0 0
Maranville ss 2 0 1 0 Barry ss 2 0 0 0
Deal 3b 4 1 1 0 Schang c 3 0 1 0
James p 4 0 0 0 Plank p 2 0 0 0
- - - - - Walsh ph 0 0 0 0
Total 33 1 7 1 Total 25 0 2 0
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 1
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Boston Braves IP H R ER BB SO
James W(1-0) 9.0 2 0 0 3 8
Total 9.0 2 0 0 3 8
Philadelphia Athletics IP H R ER BB SO
Plank L(0-1) 9.0 7 1 1 4 6
Total 9.0 7 1 1 4 6

E–Maranville (1), Barry (1). DP–Boston 1. PB–Schang (1). 2B–Boston Deal (1,off Plank), Philadelphia Schang (1,off James). SH–Maranville (1,off Plank). HBP–Maranville (1,by Plank). SB–Deal 2 (2,2nd base off Plank/Schang,3rd base off Plank/Schang); Barry (1,2nd base off James/Gowdy). CS–Evers (1,2nd base by Plank/Schang). HBP–Plank (1,Maranville). U-HP–George Hildebrand (AL), 1B–Bill Byron (NL), 2B–Bill Klem (NL), 3B–Bill Dinneen (AL). T–1:56. A–20,562.


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1914 World Series-Game 3

Date Oct. 12th, 1914
Location Fenway Park
Attendance 35,520

1914 World Series Game 3-Line Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Philadelphia 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 8 2
Boston 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 5 9 1


1914 World Series Game 3-Box Score

Philadelphia Athletics 4, Boston Braves 5

Philadelphia Athletics Boston Braves
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
Murphy rf 5 2 2 0 Moran rf 4 1 0 0
Oldring lf 5 0 0 0 Evers 2b 5 0 3 0
Collins 2b 4 0 1 1 Connolly lf 4 0 0 1
Baker 3b 5 0 2 2 Whitted cf 5 0 0 0
McInnis 1b 5 1 1 0 Schmidt 1b 5 1 1 0
Walsh cf 4 0 1 1 Deal 3b 5 0 1 0
Barry ss 5 0 0 0 Maranville ss 4 1 1 1
Schang c 4 1 1 0 Gowdy c 4 1 3 2
Bush p 5 0 0 0 Mann pr 0 1 0 0
- - - - - Tyler p 3 0 0 0
- - - - - DeVore ph 1 0 0 0
- - - - - James p 0 0 0 0
- - - - - Gilbert ph 0 0 0 0
Total 42 4 8 4 Total 40 5 9 4
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Philadelphia 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 8 2
Boston 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 5 9 1
Philadelphia Athletics IP H R ER BB SO
Bush W(0-1) 11.0 9 5 4 4 4
Total 11.0 9 5 4 4 4
Boston Braves IP H R ER BB SO
Tyler 10.0 8 4 4 3 4
James W(2-0) 2.0 0 0 0 3 1
Total 12.0 8 4 4 6 5

E–Schang (1), Bush (1), Connolly (1). DP–Boston 1. 2B–Philadelphia Murphy 2 (2,off Tyler 2); McInnis (1,off Tyler); Baker (2,off Tyler), Boston Gowdy 2 (3,off Bush 2); Deal (2,off Bush). HR–Boston Gowdy (1,10th inning off Bush 0 on, 0 out). SH–Oldring (2,off Tyler); Moran (1,off Bush). SF–Collins (1,off Tyler); Connolly (1,off Bush). IBB–Walsh (1,by Tyler); Baker (1,by James); Gilbert (1,by Bush). SB–Collins (1,2nd base off Tyler/Gowdy); Evers (1,2nd base off Bush/Schang); Maranville 2 (2,2nd base off Bush/Schang 2). CS–Maranville (1,Home by Bush/Schang). IBB–Bush (1,Gilbert); Tyler (1,Walsh); James (1,Baker). U-HP–Bill Klem (NL), 1B–Bill Dinneen (AL), 2B–Bill Byron (NL), 3B–George Hildebrand (AL). T–3:06. A–35,520.


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1914 World Series-Game 4

Date Oct. 13th, 1914
Location Fenway Park
Attendance 34,365

1914 World Series Game 4-Line Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 7 0
Boston 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 x 3 6 0


1914 World Series Game 4-Box Score

Philadelphia Athletics 1, Boston Braves 3

Philadelphia Athletics Boston Braves
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
Murphy rf 4 0 0 0 Moran rf 4 1 1 0
Oldring lf 4 0 1 0 Evers 2b 3 1 1 2
Collins 2b 4 0 1 0 Connolly lf 2 0 0 0
Baker 3b 4 0 1 0 Mann ph,lf cf 2 0 0 0
McInnis 1b 4 0 1 0 Whitted cf 3 0 2 0
Walsh cf 2 0 1 0 schmidt 1b 4 0 1 1
Barry ss 3 1 1 0 Gowdy c 2 0 0 0
Schang c 3 0 0 0 Maranville ss 3 0 0 0
Shawkey p 2 0 1 1 Deal 3b 3 0 0 0
Pennock p 1 0 0 0 Rudolph p 2 1 1 0
Total 31 1 7 1 Total 28 3 6 3
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 7 0
Boston 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 x 3 6 0
Philadelphia Athletics IP H R ER BB SO
Shawkey L(0-1) 5.0 4 3 2 2 0
Pennock 3.0 2 0 0 2 3
Total 8.0 6 3 2 4 3
Boston Braves IP H R ER BB SO
Rudolph W(2-0) 9.0 7 1 1 1 7
Total 9.0 7 1 1 1 7

E–None. DP–Boston 1. PB–Schang (2). 2B–Philadelphia Walsh (1,off Rudolph); Shawkey (1,off Rudolph) Boston Moran (1,off Shawkey). CS–Oldring (1,2nd base by Rudolph/Gowdy); Schmidt (1,2nd base by Pennock/Schang). SB–Whitted (1,2nd base off Pennock/Schang). WP–Rudolph (1). U-HP–Bill Byron (NL), 1B–George Hildebrand (AL), 2B–Bill Klem (NL), 3B–Bill Dinneen (AL). T–1:49. A–34,365.


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Boston Braves Team Hitting Stats

Players Name Pos GM AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI Avg BB SO SB
Ted Cather of 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 1 0
Joe Connolly of 3 9 1 0 0 0 1 1 .111 1 1 0
Charlie Deal 3b 4 16 2 2 0 0 1 0 .125 0 0 2
Josh DeVore ph 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 1 0
Johnny Evers 2b 4 16 7 0 0 0 2 2 .438 2 2 1
Larry Gilbert ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1 0 0
Hank Gowdy c 4 11 6 3 1 1 3 3 .545 5 1 1
Bill James p 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 4 0
Les Mann of 3 7 2 0 0 0 1 1 .286 0 1 0
Rabbit Maranville ss 4 13 4 0 0 0 1 3 .308 1 1 2
Herbie Moran of 3 13 1 1 0 0 2 0 .077 1 1 1
Dick Rudolph p 2 6 2 0 0 0 1 0 .333 1 1 0
Butch Schmidt 1b 4 17 5 0 0 0 2 2 .294 0 2 1
Lefty Tyler p 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 1 0
Possum Whitted of 4 14 3 0 1 0 2 2 .214 3 1 1
AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI Avg BB SO SB
Total 135 33 6 2 1 16 14 .244 15 18 9



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Boston Braves Team Pitching Stats

Players Name W L G GS CG S SH IP ERA H SO ER BB
Bill James 2 0 2 1 1 0 1 11.0 0.00 2 9 0 6
Dick Rudolph 2 0 2 2 2 0 0 18.0 0.50 12 15 1 4
Lefty Tyler 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 10.0 3.60 8 4 4 3
W L G GS CG S SH IP ERA H SO ER BB
Total 4 0 5 4 3 0 1 39.0 1.15 22 28 5 13

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Philadelphia Athletics Team Hitting Stats

Players Name Pos G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI Avg BB SO SB
Frank Baker 3b 4 16 4 2 0 0 0 2 .250 1 3 0
Jack Barry ss 4 14 1 0 0 0 1 0 .071 1 3 1
Chief Bender p 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Joe Bush p 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 2 0
Eddie Collins 2b 4 14 3 0 0 0 0 1 .214 2 1 1
Jack Lapp c 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Stuffy McInnis 1b 4 14 2 1 0 0 2 0 .143 3 3 0
Eddie Murphy of 4 16 3 2 0 0 2 0 .188 2 2 0
Rube Oldring of 4 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 .067 0 5 0
Herb Pennock p 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Eddie Plank p 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 1 0
Wally Schang c 4 12 2 1 0 0 1 0 .167 1 4 0
Bob Shawkey p 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 .500 0 1 0
Amos Strunk of 2 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 .286 0 2 0
Jimmy Walsh of 3 6 2 1 0 0 0 1 .333 3 1 0
Weldon Wyckoff p 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 0
Pos G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI Avg BB SO SB
Total 128 22 9 0 0 6 5 .172 13 28 2

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1914 World Series

Philadelphia Athletics Team Pitching Stats

Players Name W L G GS CG S SH IP ERA H SO ER BB
Chief Bender 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 5.1 10.13 8 3 6 2
Joe Bush 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 11.0 3.27 9 4 4 4
Herb Pennock 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3.0 0.00 2 3 0 2
Eddie Plank 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 9.0 1.00 7 6 1 4
Bob Shawkey 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 5.0 3.60 4 0 2 2
Weldon Wyckoff 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3.2 2.45 3 2 1 1
W L G GS CG S SH IP ERA H SO ER BB
Total 0 4 6 4 2 0 0 37.0 3.41 33 18 14 15

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