BY: Zane Miller
On Tuesday, October 13th, 1914, the Boston (now Atlanta) Braves defeated the Philadelphia (now Oakland) Athletics at Fenway Park in Boston to clinch the 11th World Series four games to none. It was the first World Series championship for the Braves franchise and the third that was won in Massachusetts. These are the top five players that I felt most stood out during the series.
5. Lefty Tyler (Braves)- P
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Tyler was the game three starter, going 10 innings while giving up four earned runs on eight hits and three walks in a no decision, however the Braves would go on to win it 5-4 in 12 innings with Bill James picking up the win.
4. Possum Whitted (Braves)- CF
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Whitted earned player of the game honors in game one, driving in two RBIs, two runs and a hit as well as a walk as the Braves took it 7-1. Overall, Whitted had two RBIs along with two runs, three hits and three walks.
3. Hank Gowdy (Braves)- C
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Gowdy was game three’s player of the game, earning two RBIs along with a run, three hits and a walk in the Braves’ 5-4 win in 12 innings. Over the course of the series, Gowdy had three RBIs with three runs, six hits and five walks for a .545 batting average.
2. Dick Rudolph (Braves)- P
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Rudolph was the game four player of the game, as he started and pitched a complete game with one earned run allowed along with seven hits and a walk as the Braves won it 3-1 to claim the series victory.
1. Bill James (Braves)- P
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James got player of the game in game two, as he pitched a complete game shutout with just two hits and three walks given up in the Braves’ 1-0 win. James also pitched in game three and went the final two innings to earn the win.
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Link to stats database: https://www.baseball-reference.com/postseason/1914_WS.shtml