1914 World Series Game Three Baseball Used in Last Inning/Final Play of Walk-Off Victory.
It was a tense scene at Boston's Fenway Park, appropriated by the National League Braves when it became evident that their own stadium couldn't possibly accommodate the hoards of interested ticket buyers anxious to see if the "Miracle" would continue. Tied with Connie Mack's star-spangled juggernaut at the close of nine innings, the Braves allowed two runs in the top of the tenth only to match that tally in the bottom half and extend the game further. Both teams posted zeroes in the eleventh, and the Braves likewise shut down the A's in the top of the twelfth. Then Hank Gowdy doubled to lead off the home half of the inning, immediately coming out of the game for speedy pinch runner Les Mann. When Herbie Moran attempted to bunt Gowdy to third, A's pitcher Bullet Joe Bush fielded the ball and threw wide to third, allowing Moran to scamper home with the clincher.
Presented is the ball used in that crazy bottom half of the twelfth, a heavily-worn ONL sphere bearing vintage notations attesting to its historic relevance. The ancient ink is occasionally difficult to read, but we are able to discern the following:
"This ball was hit by Gowdy double to left in 12 scoring on a sacrifice & winning the game 5-4 -- Braves 1914 -- Braves World's Champions 1914 Gowdy -- Braves 5 Athletics [illegible] Tyler [illegible] Bos."
World Series game used baseballs will always enjoy a devoted collecting base, but final out/play balls obviously rise to the top of this field. From that thinnest of supplies, a ball used to bring the 1914 Miracle Braves just one victory away from completing what was arguably the most remarkable comeback in American Sports history is, well, a miracle itself.