The Boston Braves performed one of the most memorable reversals in major league history in 1914 when they went 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. The Braves went on to sweep Connie Mack's heavily-favored Philadelphia Athletics in four games in the 1914 World Series and became known as the "Miracle" Braves. They remain one of the most storied comeback teams in baseball history.

After finishing in fifth place in 1913 with a record of 69 wins and 82 losses, the Braves hadn't been expected to pose a threat. They spent the first part of the season in last place, posting a record of 26 wins and 40 losses in early July. Led by pitchers Dick Rudolph, Seattle Bill James, and Lefty Tyler, the team began to win and took over first place for good on September 8

Their record over their final 89 games was 70-19 for a winning percentage of .787 and won the pennant by 10.5 games over the New York Giants. Infielders Johnny Evers and Rabbit Maranville led the league in double plays.


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