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As its 100th anniversary nears, there is no better time to reminisce on the Boston Braves' annus mirabilis. Manager George Stallings' squad lost 18 of the season's first 22 games. Their record on Independence Day was a cellar-dwelling 26-40—not merely 15 games behind the first-place Giants, but a pitiful 5 games out of even seventh place. Until, that is, Johnny Evers, Rabbit Maranville and company got hot, hot, hot, winning 61 of their last 81 contests to rack up a 94-59 mark and an incredible 10.5 game advantage over those same John McGraw-led Giants. But the greatest miracle of all was yet to come in the World Series as the underdog Braves manhandled Connie Mack's Philadelphia A's, giving up just 5 earned runs in the entire 4-game sweep. Johnny Evers batted .438 and captured A.L. MVP honors. Moundwhile, Dick Rudolph and Bill James won two games apiece with ERAs of 0.00 and 0.50!
Presented here is one of the rarest, most alluring Miracle Braves collectibles of them all: An elaborate pennant variation of which we've only found a record of one other known example. Typically, 1914 Braves pennants say just that—and nothing else. Here, though, in addition to the usual raised felt lettering of "BRAVES 1914" across the middle white stripe, there is a perpendicular matching "BOSTON N.L" (also raised blue felt against white) with the "N.L." flanked by red logos of the chief figure's head in profile. The all-original, 32-1/4"-long pennant features a red spine, 4 intact tassels, and a nice forked end.
This miracle survivor boasts an incredible level of preservation with wonderful stitching at the seams of the three stripes and no discernible overall deterioration or damage of any significance, just a few tiny pinholes and minor soiling throughout. A truly extraordinary display piece, in EX/MT condition.
Desirable 1914 "Miracle" Braves Pennant
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