“DIARY OF A WINNER”

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES

October 11, 1914 ... No game scheduled ... The Braves arrived in Boston at 10 AM this morning from Philadelphia. Then intended to get off at Back Bay Station, but a telegram was received by Manager Stallings at Providence from Mayor Curley, asking them to come through to the South Station terminal, where he had prepared to extend a welcome to them, have engaged a band for the occasion.

Mr. Stallings readily agreed and there was an enthusiastic welcome at the station. Considering the hour, there was a big crowd and they nearly mobbed the players in their efforts to show their admiration. A bunch of them seized Hank Gowdy and wanted to carry them on their shoulders. Bill James and Dick Rudolph were also made a fuss over, and only the fact that Mrs. Evers was with her husband and John Jr. along with Rabbit Maranville and Miss O'Shea, saved them from being swamped by the fans.

The crowd cheered the club and the players while the band played the Star-Spangled Banner and other appropriate music. The players were escorted through the station to the Summer Street extension were Mayor Curley, standing in a touring car, in which was seated Mr. Gaffney and Mr. Stallings, delivered a welcome address and told the Braves how proud the city was over their success in the National League fight and the fight they were making for the World Series. He called for three cheers for the team was were given gladly by the crowd.

The Mayor then drove off with his guests to their hotel. Johnny Evers and his family were taken in another car and the other players got to the Copley Plaza Hotel as best they could. It was the first time that any of the Braves, with the exception of Evers and Josh Devore had been given a welcome home as a champion.

At the Copley Plaza, Stallings was very much in evidence and was chatting with friends for an hour so early in the evening. Hank Gowdy was holding an informal reception for friends and Johnny Evers, looking very quiet and quite unlike the fiery player on the diamond, strolled quietly and almost unnoticed through the lobby as did Ty Cobb. In the foyer, complete accommodations were arranged for visiting newspapermen. Long rows of typewriters were arrayed and telegraph keys were ready to take the story of the game to the waiting thousands in other cities. Connie Mack and the Philadelphia players were registered across the street at the Copley Square Hotel and disappointed the crowd by keeping out of sight.

Outside Fenway Park was gathered about 100 of the faithful who made baseball the institution it is. They were there to wait in line throughout the night in order to secure a seat when the bleacher ticket offices opened in the morning. Very well satisfied with their situation, some stood and others sat with their backs against the wall. Above all they were thankful that the night was warm and pleasant, quite unlike that cold at night of two years ago, when bonfires were lit to keep them warm. Just about after midnight there were 250 in the $1 admission line and almost the same number in the 50˘ line.