1914 Boston "Miracle" Braves Pennant

Sold For: $2,015

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 1010

Item Year: 1914

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Exceptional example of the pennant once waved by the Boston faithful as they cheered on their "Miracle Braves" in 1914. Although this pennant measures twenty-eight inches in length, it is actually the smaller of the two known versions, each of which is rare. The offered example is comprised of blue and white felt and features a notched end. "Braves 1914" is appliquéd in red felt letters and numbers. Very few souvenirs commemorating the 1914 Boston Braves have survived, with this pennant representing one of the most attractive and ideal-for-display pieces issued. While we do not know how many of these pennants were produced in 1914, we are certain that the majority were sold in the second half of the season. On July 4, 1914, the Boston Braves found themselves fifteen games behind the first-place Giants. Miraculously, the team then went on an amazing winning streak, and ultimately won the pennant by ten-and-half games. They then upset the powerful A’s in four straight games to capture their first World Championship in franchise history. The pennant displays light fading to the material, with the "S" in "Braves" possibly having been reaffixed at one time (the original glue outline is visible on the right side of the "S"). Tack holes are evident on the ends of the tassels (which is typical for early pennants). In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Mounted and framed to total dimensions of 39.5 x 16.5 inches. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $2,015

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