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From September 4-10, Boston finally captured sole occupancy of first place in the National League.
Here were the standings on the morning of September 4:
|New York Giants||65||51||.560||–||6-3|
|St. Louis Cardinals||64||60||.516||5||2-7|
The Braves completed their 22 game road trip, capturing the final two games in Philadelphia. After a Sunday off, Boston opened at home (actually, they were playing at the home of the Red Sox, Fenway Park, not South End Grounds) with a three games against the New York Giants. Boston would split the Monday double-header and capture the final game on Tuesday, taking the series — and sole possession of first place. The Braves scored three runs in the last two innings to win the opener in a 5-4 squeaker. After losing the night-cap by a 10-1 margin, Bill James would capture his 19th victory, and 5th in a row, with an 8-3 thrashing of the Giants.
Boston would then play back-to-back doubleheaders on Wednesday and Thursday against the Phillies. They would split the Wednesday matches, and take both ends of Thursday’s games. (That’s three double-headers in four days, for those counting.)
Perhaps the biggest highlight, and a perfect symbol of the Braves’ improbable run, came in the second game of Wednesday’s double-header. George “Iron” Davis, a 1912 graduate of Williams College, had signed with New York’s AL team — then known as the Highlanders — but he was grabbed by Stallings in 1913 after he was sent to Rochester in the International League.
Boston was a good place for him, as he had enrolled in Harvard Law School. In 1914, he made his first appearance for Boston on July 1, and had only made two additional appearances before Sept. 9. But on that day, the spitballing Cantab twirled a no-hitter. Davis survived five walks, three in the 5th inning, as well as two errors by 3B Red Smith, to defeat the Phillies 7-0. It was one of only seven career wins for the future lawyer.
TRIVIA NOTE: Davis remains the only National League pitcher to throw a no-hitter in Fenway Park.
The standings through September 10:
|New York Giants||69||56||.552||2.5||4-5|
|St. Louis Cardinals||68||62||.523||6||4-2|