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The 1914 Boston Braves started the season on April 14 at Ebbets Field against the Brooklyn Robins. Opening day is always amazing. No one knew it would be the “Miracle Braves” that year. The Braves performed one of the most memorable reversals in major league history, going 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.

They lost 8-2. The attendance was about 15,000 and started at 2:09. The losing pitcher was  Lefty Tyler. The Braves had 9 hits for the game and scored 2 runs in the 8th. George Stallings was the manager for the Braves. It wasn’t a great start for World Series champs that year. It would get better though.

The starting line ups for the teams was as follows.

Boston Braves         Brooklyn Dodgers
1 Rabbit Maranville SS 1 Jack Dalton CF
2 Johnny Evers 2B 2 George Cutshaw 2B
3 Larry Gilbert CF 3 Jake Daubert 1B
4 Tommy Griffith RF 4 Zack Wheat LF
5 Butch Schmidt 1B 5 Red Smith 3B
6 Joe Connolly LF 6 Casey Stengel RF
7 Charlie Deal 3B 7 Dick Egan SS
8 Bert Whaling C 8 Otto Miller C
9 Lefty Tyler P 9 Ed Reulbach P

Here is how the Braves batted that day.

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO
Rabbit Maranville SS 4 0 1 1 0 2
Johnny Evers 2B 4 0 1 0 1 0
Larry Gilbert CF 5 0 1 0 0 0
Tommy Griffith RF 5 0 0 0 0 0
Butch Schmidt 1B 3 0 0 0 1 0
Joe Connolly LF 3 0 1 0 1 1
Charlie Deal 3B 3 0 1 0 0 0
   Jack Martin PR-3B 0 1 0 0 0 0
   Oscar Dugey PH-3B 1 0 0 0 0 0
Bert Whaling C 3 1 1 0 0 2
   Hank Gowdy C 1 0 0 0 0 0
Lefty Tyler P 2 0 2 0 0 0
   Dick Crutcher P 1 0 1 1 0 0
   Les Mann PH 1 0 0 0 0 1
Team Totals 36 2 9 2 3 6

Source: April 14, 1914 Boston Braves at Brooklyn Robins Play by Play and Box Score | Baseball-Reference.com

April 14, 1914

April 14, 1914

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