The Boston Braves would radically improve in 1921. Fred Mitchell would take over the reigns from George Stallings. They would finish fourth, 15 games behind, with a 79-74 record.
After so many horrible seasons, Mitchell might as well be known as “Miracle Man” rather than George Stallings. Not that fourth place is that great but it was remarkable improvement after the years 1917 to 1920, all sixth and seventh place finishes. 1922 and 1923 would be a different story.
Stallings had called Mitchell his “right eye”. One of the first things Stallings did when he was hired in 1913 was to bring on Mitchell. Mitchell was the pitching coach and the third base coach. In 1916 Mitchell left to coach Harvard, not that far down the road. From there he coached the Chicago Cubs from 1917 to 1921 when the Braves lured him back to Boston.