In Game Three of the 1914 World Series a packed house of 35,520 is on hand to see the Miracle Braves continue their improbable championship march against the formidable Philadelphia Athletics.
Going into this vital game against Philadelphia’s Bullet Joe Bush, the Braves already had a comfortable 2-0 series lead after unexpectedly winning the the first two games in the city of “City of Brotherly Love” by holding the Athletics to just one run and seven hits.
And this Braves victory would be hard earned as they would have to battle into extra innings after the A’s squandered two one-run leads in the game and would squander another in the tenth inning, a two-run lead this time. The A’s had taken a 4-2 lead in top of the first extra frame with a two-out single by Home Run Baker scoring two runs, but in the bottom of the tenth the Braves Hank Gowdy led off with a home run and Joe Connolly’s sacrifice fly would later tie it up once again to the chagrin of Philadelphia’s manager Connie Mack.
Finally in the 12th inning a throwing error by A’s pitcher Bush sent home the winning run in pinch-runner Les Mann to give Boston a commanding 3-0 series lead. The next day the Braves would defeat the Athletics 3-1 behind Johnny Evers’ two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the fifth inning to secure their franchise’s first World Series championship.
-Ron A. Bolton