The subject of today’s post is perhaps one of the best examples of the truth of the adage “It’s not over till the fat lady sings.” Or, in the words of the great and eloquent philosopher Yogi Berra, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”
Things had gone wrong for the team from the start of the 1914 season. They had won only 4 of their first 22 games. They were so bad that in an exhibition game against their Buffalo minor league club they lost 10-2. At one point early in the season, they reached their low point at 12-28, 16 games below .500.
Something happened to the Braves in mid-July, however, and they went on a tear, ripping apart just about every team in the league and climbing steadily in the standings.
Heading into the World Series, the Braves faced the powerful and impressive Philadelphia Athletics, led by the legendary Connie Mack. The A’s had finished the regular season with a record of 99-53, five games better than the
But the Braves had come to believe Berra’s mantra long before he uttered it. They swept the A’s in four games, outscoring them 16-6, including a shutout in Game 2. The baseball world was stunned; Braves fans were ecstatic.
To date, only one other team has even come close to matching such a comeback. In 2003, the Florida Marlins, who were at 19 and 29, ten games below .500, came back to win their league and the World Series. But their feat, though great, pales when compared with the comeback of the “Miracle Braves” of 1914.
The sad part of this story is that the Braves never won another pennant until 1948. Nonetheless, their 1914 season proves that it truly isn’t over until it’s over. So never give up! You never know.
Copyright (c) 2017, Dennis L. Peterson