1914 Boston "Miracle" Braves Team Photo

Sold For: $823

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1409

Item Year: 1914

Category: The Golden Age of Baseball Photography

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Vintage original press photo, culled from The Detroit News archives, capturing the 1914 World Champion Boston "Miracle" Braves in a traditional team pose. Twenty-seven team members are pictured posing together in front of the grandstand at Boston's South End Grounds, including Rabbit Maranville, Johnny Evers, Hank Gowdy, Dick Rudolph, Bill James, Joe Connelly, and Butch Schmidt. The team and all of the players are identified on the attached paper news caption, which also reads "International News Service - Captions for Fast Mail Photos - Sept 21st - Possible Champions of National League." The paper news caption bears a date stamp reading "Filed Before June 1919." An "International News Service" credit stamp (type used by the syndicate between the years 1912 and 1915) appears on the reverse. Despite the lack of a precise year stamp on the reverse, this photo can be conclusively dated to the 1914 season based upon the combination of players pictured. For Boston fans, the caption reading "Possible Champions of National League" would have seemed absurd just two months earlier. On July 4, 1914, the Boston Braves found themselves fifteen games behind the first-place Giants. Miraculously, the team went on an amazing winning streak and by September 21st, the date of this photo, the team had already overtaken the Giants and held a four-game lead in the division. They ultimately pulled away and won the pennant by ten and a half games. The Braves then upset the powerful A’s in four straight games to capture their first World Championship in franchise history. The photo (8.5 x 6.5 inches), which displays flawless clarity, has a number of very minor flaws common to nearly all working press photos, including a tiny corner and edge chip, a light crease in the upper right corner, and an editorial mark above Hank Gowdy's image. Very Good to Excellent condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $823

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