1919 saw a very slight improvement from the previous year. The Boston Braves, under manager George Stallings, finished sixth with a 57-82 record. It was Stallings 7th season. They were only 38 games behind the leader.
Now to take a shot at things, they acquired the “worlds greatest athlete”, Olympic champion Jim Thorpe. The still finished sixth. Yee gads!
Now the challenge was that Thorpe wasn’t really a baseball player. He was a big name but he wasn’t going to win any games for Boston. The got him on May 21 from the Giants. He came over for the waiver price of $1,500. He ended the year for a .327 average but couldn’t hit a curve ball. He didn’t play any more baseball after 1919 and devoted himself to pro football.