The miraculous performance of the 1914 Boston Braves captured many a headline, but the sale of the Yankees also managed to make news. See a selection of 1914 baseball season headlines here:
Bill James, Dick Rudolph Win 53 Games
The Braves' two mound aces of the 1914 baseball season were 26-game winner Bill James and 27-game winner Dick Rudolph. Both hurlers won a pair of World Series games in 1914. The rest of manager George Stallings's hurlers went 41-42 on the year and only one, Lefty Tyler, was a significant factor.
Sherry Magee Posts Banner Year
A victim of bad timing, Sherry Magee starred for the Phils in 1914, the year the Braves won the pennant. He racked up 171 hits, 103 RBI, a .509 slugging average, and 277 total bases that year, all tops in the National League. Traded to the Braves in 1915, he helplessly watched the Phils cop their first flag. Finally in 1919, his last season, Magee got some of it back, managing to hook on with the World Champion Cincinnati Reds as they took their first league championship.
Benny Kauff Displays Skill in FL
Benny Kauff was just one of several good ballplayers buried in the minor leagues who might have stayed there if the Federal League had not given them a chance to showcase their talents. In 1913, Kauff still was only in Class-B at age 23, playing for Hartford in the Eastern Association. He led the circuit with a .345 batting average. In 1914, Kauff led the Federal League with a .370 average and 75 steals.
Jake Ruppert Buys Yanks
Jake Ruppert was one of the two well-heeled young sportsmen (Captain Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Huston the other) who were encouraged by John McGraw to buy the New York Yankees from original owners Frank Farrell and Big Bill Devery in 1914. The $460,000 sum paid was astonishingly meager, even for its time.
Joe Tinker's Forte Is Managing
Although nearing the end of his career as a player, Joe Tinker did such a good job as the skipper of the Federal League's Chicago Whales in 1914 (1-1/2 games out of first) and 1915 (first place) that he got a crack at the Cubs' managerial post in 1916. After one year, however, his contract was not renewed. The 1914 Whales featured Claude Hendrix, the loop's best pitcher (a league-leading 29 wins, 49 games, 34 complete games, and a 1.69 ERA), and Dutch Zwilling, its top slugger (a .313 batting average, a .480 slugging average, a league-high 15 home runs, and 95 RBI).
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