V RARE 1914 WORLD SERIES PROGRAM BRAVES @ A’s - MIRACLE UPSET 4 - 0 1st SWEEP
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Here’s the chance of a lifetime to own a real nice, very rare and real 1914 WORLD SERIES PROGRAM BOSTON BRAVES at PHILADELPHIA A's. Super tough due to small Shibe Park capacity of 20,562 (plus 4 game sweep). This program is an ancient and remarkable survivor of a Series marking the first-ever four game... sweep. Terrific historical piece and great investment! Series was even more remarkable owing to the historical circumstances pitting the two opponents. The Braves had yet to win a World Series while Connie Mack’s A’s were a dynasty, having taken the 1910, 1911, 1913, and 1914 titles and boasted the famous “$100,000 infield” of 1B Stuffy McInnis, 2B Eddie Collins, 3B Frank ‘Home Run’ Baker, and SS Jack Barry. Clean and unscored. Four game sweep makes this even tougher to find. Braves only Boston title.
A contender for greatest upset of all time, the "Miracle Braves" were in last place on July 4, 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 August 1914, choosing to rent from the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park while awaiting construction of Braves Field (1915). 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 this game, a twelve-inning thriller, Frank "Home Run" Baker's two out single in the tenth plated two runs to give the Athletics a 4–2 lead and a seeming victory to get them back in the series. But Hank Gowdy led off the bottom of the tenth with a home run and the Braves then tied the game on Joe Connolly's sacrifice fly later in the inning. Game 2 winner Bill James, coming on in relief of Lefty Tyler for Boston in the eleventh, would get the win after Gowdy led off the bottom of the twelfth with a double and pinch-runner Les Mann scored when Bush threw wildly to third on a bunt by Herbie Moran, giving the Braves a commanding 3–0 lead in the series.
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