In dead last as late as July 19, the 1914 Boston Braves ended the season with a torrid 61-16 surge and proceeded to sweep Connie Mack’s Athletics in the Fall Classic for the franchise’s lone title in Boston. As rare as that feat, this 1914 World Series program was issued at Fenway Park for either Game 3 or 4 of that one-sided showdown. The 16-page guide features a color likeness of Braves skipper George Stallings on the cover and has unmarked scoring grids with pre-printed lineups. Covers/pages remain complete on this scarce survivor. More on our website.
The guide has a vertical compacting fold, which is common to publications of that era (most spectators folded their programs and put them in their back pockets). The pre-printed lineups list greats such as Evers, Maranville and Collins. While the covers and all pages remain, some have long-since been mended with vintage strips of tape.
As for the site, the Braves had abandoned their South End Grounds venue in August as they awaited construction of Braves Field. Hence, for the latter portion of the regular season, as well as for the World Series, the club rented Fenway Park from their Beantown American League counterparts.
The “Miracle Braves” of course, went from worst to first with a second-half surge. Philadelphia, meanwhile, was to go from “first to worst” the following season, suffering an incredible 56-game drop after Connie Mack sold his players en masse in the wake of the upstart Federal League and anticipated financial woes.