1914 World Series

By 1914, the Philadelphia Athletics had become a World Series regular and had dethroned two of Major Leagues baseball's first post-season dynasties by beating the mighty Chicago Cubs and New York Giants on more than one occasion. Most of their success had been built on a foundation of solid "big-game" pitching. Chief Bender, a Fall Classic favorite, entered Game 1 with a Major League leading .850 winning percentage and a 17-3 record. His opponent, Dick Rudolph had won twenty-seven games for his Boston Braves. Rudolph pitched a five-hitter and teammate Hank Gowdy made a valiant attempt at a True Cycle when he singled, doubled and tripled. Boston won 7-1 and surprised the presumably overconfident A's who were heavy favorites.

The next day the "Miracle Braves" called on their other ace Bill James who had boasted an impressive twenty-six wins for his team during the regular season. The A's Connie Mack countered with the 1913 Series winner Eddie Plank and both pitched to a 0-0 standstill after eight innings. In the top of the ninth, Boston's Charlie Deal hit a one-out double, stole third and scored on a two-out single by Les Mann. In the bottom of the ninth, James walked two batters but got out of the jam by inducing Eddie Murphy to hit into a game-ending double play. James' two-hit, 1-0 victory gave Boston a shocking Series lead of two games to none.

Although the Fall Classic had shifted to Boston, the Braves were still without home-field advantage. Fenway Park (home of the Red Sox) was chosen over their own South End Grounds as a more attractive and inviting venue. Game 3 was anyone's game as the Braves and A's battled to another game extending tie at 2-2 through nine innings. Once again, "Home Run Baker" came up clutch, hitting a two run single off of the Braves starter, Lefty Tyler. The Braves answered back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the tenth as Gowdy led off with a timely homer and Joe Connolly produced a run-scoring fly ball later in the inning. Bill James came in as relief for Tyler and shut the Athletics out for the next two innings. In the bottom of the twelfth, Gowdy knocked a double off of "Bullet" Joe Bush (who had gone the distance) and gave way to a pinch-runner, Mann. After an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Larry Gilbert, Herbie Moran followed with a perfect bunt. Bush grabbed the ball and threw toward the third baseman in an attempt to force Mann, but his throw went wide resulting in much more than an error. Mann jumped at the opportunity and darted home for the 5-4 victory. Boston was now up three-games-to-none and the Philadelphia favorites were in serious trouble.

After failing to win with the "Big 3" - Bender, Plank and Bush, the Athletics turned to second year man, Bob Shawkey in an effort to get themselves back in the game. The Miracle Braves were on the verge of sweeping one of baseball's original dynasties and the A's were running out of options. Shawkey rose to the challenge and shutdown Boston for three scoreless innings before giving up one in the fourth. In the next inning, he helped his own cause with a game-tying double, but later surrendered two more runs in the bottom of the inning. Game 1 winner, Dick Rudolph held the A's at one and the Braves went on to a 3-1 victory and World Series sweep. The Philadelphia Athletics became the first team in World Series history to be eliminated in four games (the 1907 Tigers also went winless, but managed a tie game against the Chicago Cubs, extending the contest to five games).

Hank Gowdy was a standout for the Braves with three doubles, one triple and a homer while batting a Series leading .545. Rudolph and James, after accounting for fifty-three of the Braves' 94 regular-season victories, went undefeated while holding their opponents to a miserable .172 team mark. After their less-than stellar performance Connie Mack's Athletics began rebuilding for the future. Unfortunately, Mack's plan did not include many of the 1914 players. Eddie Collins was traded over the winter, Home Run Baker sat out the entire 1915 season in a dispute before being sold to the up-and-coming New York Yankees and both Plank and Bender went off to the Federal League. It didn't stop there, by the middle of 1915, Jack Barry, Eddie Murphy and Bob Shawkey had all been traded or sold. The underdog Braves had not only swept the American League's first real dynasty, they had destroyed it.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"Stunned by his team's poor showing (during the 1914 World Series), (Connie) Mack began dismantling the Athletics. (Eddie) Collins was traded over the winter, (Frank) Baker sat out the 1915 season in a dispute with Mack before being sold to the New York Yankees and (Eddie) Plank and (Chief) Bender went off to the Federal League." - The Sporting News

1914 World Series

1914 World Series Program

1914 World Series Official Program
Philadelphia Athletics Version

1914 World Series Program

1914 World Series Official Program
Boston Braves Version

Boston Braves (4) vs Philadelphia Athletics (0)

Game 1
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
20,562
Game 2
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
20,562
Game 3
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
35,520
Game 4
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
34,365
1914 World Series Fast Facts

1914 World Series
Game 1

Line Score / Box 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
Dick Rudolph (W)
-
Chief Bender (L)
Weldon Wyckoff (6 th )
None None

1914 World Series
Game 2

Line Score / Box 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
Bill James (W) Eddie Plank (L)
None None

1914 World Series
Game 3

Line Score / Box 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
Joe Bush (L)
-
Lefty Tyler
Bill James (W, 11 th )
None Hank Gowdy (10 th )

1914 World Series
Game 4

Line Score / Box 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
Bob Shawkey (L)
Herb Pennock (6 th )
Dick Rudolph (W)
-
None None

1914 World Series

Boston Braves

Composite Hitting Statistics

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135
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1914 World Series

Philadelphia Athletics

Composite Hitting Statistics

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.071
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.214
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.143
.188
.067
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.286
.333
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Totals
128
22
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1914 World Series

Boston Braves

Composite Pitching Statistics

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Totals
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39.0
1.15
22
28
5
13

1914 World Series

Philadelphia Athletics

Composite Hitting Statistics

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37.0
3.41
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The 1914 World Series was the first "true" sweep in World Series history. The 1907 World Series is also officially listed as a sweep , but it included one (1) tie game.

The Boston Braves pitched 39.0 innings. Of that, 18.0 innings were pitched by Dick Rudolph setting a new World Series record for innings pitched during a four (4) game series — a record that has since only been tied.

Visit Baseball Fever today and tell us who you believe deserved the World Series Most Valuable Player. Would you select Bill James (2-0 with a 0.00 ERA) or Hank Gowdy (highest batting average, most runs scored, most runs driven in, most walks, and the Braves only triple and home run throughout the series)?

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