Coming to the end of their first great dynasty, manager Connie Mack and his mighty "White Elephants" came up against the "Miracle Braves" in the 1914 World Series. Despite fielding the famous "$100,000 Infield", the Athletics were swept in four straight by by the "Beantowners", whose relatively unknown starting pitchers Rudolph, James and Tyler bested the A's formidable staff of Plank, Bender, Bush and Shawkey.
Recall one the greatest upsets in baseball history with this 1914 World Series scorecard published by the Philadelphia Press. This rare relic is printed with a cash award photograph contest on the front cover and also names the defunct newspaper's quartet of celebrity guest correspondents for the 1914 WS, with "Home Run" Baker, Johnny Evers, Christy Mathewson and Grover Alexander. Images of these revered HOFers appear on the back cover under the title "The Big Four". These player images remain distinct and recognizable despite all-over age toning. The interior scorecard sections of this four-page fold-out publication are scored for Game 2, with pencil notations that are faint, but mostly discernible under magnification. Listed among the line-ups are the A's star infielders Baker, Collins, McInnis and Barry along with hurlers Plank, Bender, Shawkey, Bush and Bressler; and Braves stars Evers and Maranville along with 1914 26-game winners Rudolph and James.
Appealing with bold text and a sturdy spine, this ancient big game souvenir also has a vertical compacting fold at center and moderate corner wear adding up to a (GD-VG) rating.