It ainít over Ďtil itís over
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS *
SEPTEMBER 8, 1914 Ė Yogi Berra hadnít even been born yet to utter those famous words, but the notion was epitomized by the Boston Braves of 1914.
On September 8th the Braves found themselves in first place for good. It was the culmination of a remarkable turnaround.
1914 Boston Braves
On July 18th the Braves were in last place in the National League. In just 37 days they went from last place to a tie for first on August 22nd. They had gone 24-5 over that span to tie the New York Giants at 59-48. The Braves had leapfrogged six teams.
By September 2nd they had passed all seven and were in sole possession of first place. It didnít hurt that the National League race was pretty tight in July of that year. While last on July 18th, the Braves were only 11 games back.
They went on to sweep the heavily favored
Philadelphia Aís four straight in the World Series.
Koppettís Concise History of Major League Baseball,
2004, pg 122, by Leonard Koppett