1915 World Series Revisited Phillies vs Red Sox Game #2

10/9/1915 @ Baker Bowl

Rube Foster vs Erskine Mayer

Red Sox Bomb Mayer Early For Game 2 Victory

baberuth Babe Ruth won his 94th and final game pitching for the Yankees when he was 38 years old.

 

Phillies’ starter Erskine Mayer brought nothing to the pitching mound against the Red Sox. He failed to get out of the 3rd inning allowing 8 hits and 7 runs, all earned, putting the Phillies in a 7-0 hole. The Phillies fought back, even though  Gavvy Cavath’s bases loaded double drove in 2 runs, Dode Paskert was gunned down at home trying to score from 1st, taking away the momentum of an even bigger inning.

Babe Ruth came on to pitch for the Red Sox to face the tying run in the 9th. He got Bill Luderus to ground out to end the game and pick up the save. This series is tied at 1-1.

 

10/9/1915, BoA15-PhN15, Baker Bowl
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
1915 Red Sox           0  2  5  0  1  0  0  0  0     8 13  1     9  0
1915 Phillies          0  0  0  1  0  1  3  1  0     6 12  2     8  1
Red Sox              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Phillies             AB  R  H BI   AVG
Hooper            rf  3  1  1  1  .571    Stock             3b  4  1  1  0  .125
Scott,E           ss  5  0  0  0  .000    Bancroft          ss  5  2  1  0  .111
Speaker           cf  4  1  1  1  .125    Paskert           cf  5  0  2  1  .444
Hoblitzel         1b  5  1  3  1  .556    Cravath           rf  5  0  2  3  .444
Lewis             lf  5  1  1  0  .222    Luderus           1b  4  2  0  0  .167
Gardner           3b  5  1  0  1  .000    Whitted           lf  4  0  2  1  .500
Barry             2b  5  3  4  1  .444    Niehoff           2b  4  0  0  0  .000
Thomas,P          c   5  0  2  2  .400    Burns,E           c   4  0  1  1  .143
Foster,R.         p   3  0  1  1  .333    Mayer,E           p   0  0  0  0  .000
Wood,J            p   0  0  0  0  .000     Chalmers         p   2  0  1  0  .500
Ruth              p   0  0  0  0  .000     Becker,B         ph  1  1  1  0 1.000
                     40  8 13  8           Rixey            p   0  0  0  0  .000
                                           Killefer,B       ph  1  0  1  0 1.000
                                           Demaree          p   0  0  0  0  .000
                                                               39  6 12  6
Red Sox                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Foster,R.        W 1-0           6.2  8  5  4  1  3 106  70  5.40
Wood,J           H 1             2.0  4  1  1  1  0  32  20  4.50
Ruth             S 1             0.1  0  0  0  0  0   2   1  0.00
                                 9.0 12  6  5  2  3 140  91
Phillies                         INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Mayer,E          L 0-1           2.2  8  7  7  0  1  46  30 23.63
Chalmers                         4.1  5  1  0  3  2  77  43  0.00
Rixey                            1.0  0  0  0  0  0   5   4  0.00
Demaree                          1.0  0  0  0  0  1  11   8  0.00
                                 9.0 13  8  7  3  4 139  85
PhN: Becker,B batted for Chalmers in the 7th
     Killefer,B batted for Rixey in the 8th
E-Barry, Niehoff 2. 2B-Barry 2(2), Foster,R.(1), Cravath(3), Whitted 2(2),
Burns,E(1). 3B-Hooper(1). RBI-Hooper(1), Speaker(1), Hoblitzel(1),
Gardner(1), Barry(1), Thomas,P 2(2), Foster,R.(1), Paskert(1), Cravath 3(4),
Whitted(3), Burns,E(1). SB-Speaker(1), Lewis(1). K-Thomas,P 2, Foster,R. 2,
Bancroft 2, Paskert. BB-Hooper 2, Speaker, Stock, Luderus. SH-Foster,R..
GWRBI: Thomas,P
Temperature: 77, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind: left to right at 14 MPH.

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1915 World Series Revisited Phillies vs Red Sox Game #1

10/8/1915 @ Baker Bowl

Pete Alexander vs Ernie Shore

Alexander Goes The Distance As Phillies Take Game 1

Woodrow Wilson at 1915 World Series.jpeg

Woodrow Wilson threw out the 1st pitch in game 1 of the 1915 World Series.

Pete Alexander took a 5 hit shutout into the 9th, but a 1 out single by Dick Hoblitzel was followed by a long 2 run home run off the bat of Duffy Lewis. A 3-0 lead had shrunk to 3-2. But, Alexander bared down on got the final 2 outs on groundballs to shortstop Milt Stock.

The Phillies had taken a 3-0 lead on some questionable strategy by the replay software. With runners on 2nd and 3rd and a run in, with 2 outs in the 1st, the computer elected to intentionally walk Joe Luderus to pitch to Possum Whitted. Whitted promptly delivered the 1st pitch he saw from Ernie Shore into centerfield, giving the Phillies the 2-0 lead. In the 6th inning with Dode Paskert on 2nd, the computer decided to intentionally walk Luderus once again. Whitted jumped on the 1st pitch he saw from Shore, and banged another rbi single to center.

10/8/1915, BoA15-PhN15, Baker Bowl
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
1915 Red Sox           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  2     2  7  0     5  0
1915 Phillies          2  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  x     3  8  0     6  0
Red Sox              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Phillies             AB  R  H BI   AVG
Hooper            rf  4  0  3  0  .750    Stock             3b  4  0  0  0  .000
Scott,E           ss  4  0  0  0  .000    Bancroft          ss  4  0  0  0  .000
Speaker           cf  4  0  0  0  .000    Paskert           cf  4  2  2  0  .500
Hoblitzel         1b  4  1  2  0  .500    Cravath           rf  4  1  2  1  .500
Lewis             lf  4  1  1  2  .250    Luderus           1b  2  0  1  0  .500
Gardner           3b  4  0  0  0  .000    Whitted           lf  4  0  2  2  .500
Barry             2b  4  0  0  0  .000    Niehoff           2b  3  0  0  0  .000
Cady              c   3  0  0  0  .000    Burns,E           c   3  0  0  0  .000
Shore             p   2  0  0  0  .000    Alexander,P       p   3  0  1  0  .333
Gainer            ph  1  0  1  0 1.000                         31  3  8  3
Mays              p   0  0  0  0  .000
                     34  2  7  2
Red Sox                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Shore            L 0-1           7.0  7  3  3  2  1  97  63  3.86
Mays                             1.0  1  0  0  0  2  19  13  0.00
                                 8.0  8  3  3  2  3 116  76
Phillies                         INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Alexander,P      W 1-0           9.0  7  2  2  0  7 122  84  2.00
                                 9.0  7  2  2  0  7 122  84
BoA: Gainer batted for Shore in the 8th
2B-Hooper(1), Cravath 2(2). HR-Lewis(1). RBI-Lewis 2(2), Cravath(1),
Whitted 2(2). K-Scott,E 2, Speaker, Hoblitzel, Gardner, Barry 2, Stock,
Cravath, Whitted. BB-Luderus 2.
GWRBI: Cravath
Temperature: 81, Sky: clear, Wind: in from center at 10 MPH.

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1915 World Series Revisited Philadelphia Phillies vs Boston Red Sox

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The 1915 Philadelphia Phillies led by Manager Pat Moran make their 1st World Series appearance.(They would not make it back to the Fall Classic until 1950).

Their 90-62 record put them 7 games up on the 2nd place Boston Braves. The Phillies started out hot winning 11 of their 1st 12 games, over the next 2 months they lost more games than they won, then rebounded to take over 1st place on July 13th. They  remained there for the remainder of the season.

The Phillies hit just .247 as a team with 1st baseman Fred Luderus leading the way with a .315 average, good for 2nd in the NL. Outfielder Gavvy Cravath was the  star of this offense, hitting a league leading 24 home runs, and driving in 115 runs. He led the league in runs scored(89), OB%(.393), as well as SLG%(.510) The Phillies led the league in home runs, albeit in a home run friendly Baker Bowl, and with just 58 home runs. This is still the Deadball Era. This Phillies team also featured OFer Bud Weiser and his not so sudsy .141 average, as well as pitcher Ben Tincup.

Pitching, and when I say pitching, I mean Pete Alexander, and his 31 wins and 1.22 ERA got this team to the World Series. This was Alexander’s 1st of 3 straight pitcher’s Triple Crown seasons. Erskine Mayer won 21 games, and future HOFer Eppa Rixey won 11.

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The Boston Red Sox led by player/manager Bill Carrigan  won 101 games, edging out a vey good Tigers team that won 100 games.

The Red Sox hit .260 as a team, 2nd to the Tigers, and hit just 14 home runs. Only 1 player hit more than 2 home runs, and that was done by a pitcher by the name of Babe Ruth. The Red Sox fielded one of the best outfields to play the game. Tris Speaker hit .322 while scoring 108 runs, Harry Hooper led the team with 13 triples, and Duffy Lewis had 76 rbi and 31 doubles to lead the team.

The Red Sox had 5 pitchers win 15+ games, led by Rube Foster(19), Ernie Shore(19), a 20 year old Babe Ruth(18), Dutch Leonard(15), and Smoky Joe Wood(15). Neither Wood or Ruth saw any pitching action in this 5 game World Series, although Ruth did pinch hit. I may have to rectify that slight in this upcoming replay.

The 1915 World Series was won in 5 games by the Red Sox. It featured a couple of interesting firsts. In Game #1, the Phillies only win in the series, saw Babe Ruth make his 1st World series appearance. He pinch hit in the 9th with a runner on first and grounded out to 1st for the 2nd out of the inning.

In Game 2 won by the Red Sox 2-1, President Woodrow Wilson was in attendance, making him the 1st US president to attend a World Series, as well as the 1st to throw out the 1st pitch.

In the deciding Game 5, Harry Hooper hit a 9th inning home run, to win the game for the Red Sox. It was his 2nd home run of the game, and the 4th round tripper hit in  the contest. It was the 1st time 4 home runs had been hit in a World Series game. It would not be done again until Game #2 of the 1923 World Series, when the Yankees turned the trick against the Giants. The Yankees hit 5 home runs in Game 4 of the 1928 World Series against the Cardinals. Babe Ruth hit 3 of them.

This World Series Revisited replay could very well go to the Phillies. Pete Alexander could win 3 games for the Phillies, and Gavvy Cravath could have a big series as well. I’m picking the Phillies in 6.

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Baseball And The Saturday Evening Post-September 7, 1929

 

9729 “Pop up Fly” by Harrison McCreary 9/7/1929

Harrison McCreary had just 2 cover illustrations for The Saturday Evening Post. One of them was football themed, and the other was this wonderful baseball themed illustration.

Every 10 year old boy, or girl, that has ever parked themselves underneath a high pop up has done so with fear and trepidation. “Oh crap, I’m never gonna catch that, it’s too high.” “What if it hits me in the face?” “I’m going to look like a doofus, when I miss this ball.” Then one day, after hours and hours of practice, and hundreds of pop ups, it finally all clicks into place. Pop ups are easy, baseball is fun. Let’s play two.

This young man, with his beat up glove, and his worn out, and patched Wildcats jersey knows that baseball is fun. He loves pop ups, he could catch them in his back pocket anytime he wants. Even though his jersey and glove have seen better days, this is the best of his days. Baseball is fun, life is fun. Let’s play two.

In baseball on September 7, 1929 the NY Yankees split a doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers. Losing 5-4 in the opener, and taking the 2nd game 11-7. Despite having Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Bill Dickey, and Tony Lazzeri on the roster the Yankees still finished 18 games behind Connie Mack’s Philadelphia A’s. This makes the Yankees record on Saturday Evening Post baseball illustration dates at 16-9-1.

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1914 World Series Revisited Philadelphia A’s vs Boston Braves Game #6

10/16/1914 @ Shibe Park

Bill James vs Eddie Plank

Braves Win Championship As James Shuts Down A’s

1914 ring

Prior to 1914, players on the winning World Series teams received watches, or pins, or a hearty handshake to commemorate their Championship. The Braves were the 1st team to issues a Championship ring.

Bill James pitched an 8 hit CG shutout, and catcher Hank Gowdy’s 2 out 2 run bases loaded single in the 1st off Eddie Plank, was all the Boston Braves needed to secure the World Series Revisited Championship.

10/16/1914, BoN14-PhA14, Shibe Park
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
1914 Braves            3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     3  9  0     9  2
1914 Athletics         0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  8  0     7  3
Braves               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Athletics            AB  R  H BI   AVG
Moran             rf  5  1  2  0  .455    Murphy            rf  3  0  1  0  .273
Evers             2b  2  0  1  0  .200    Oldring           lf  4  0  0  0  .115
Connolly          lf  4  1  0  0  .118    Collins           2b  4  0  1  0  .320
Whitted           cf  4  0  0  0  .250    Baker             3b  3  0  1  0  .458
Schmidt           1b  3  1  2  0  .333    McInnis           1b  4  0  1  0  .192
Gowdy             c   4  0  2  2  .130    Strunk            cf  2  0  1  0  .250
Maranville        ss  3  0  1  1  .263    Barry             ss  4  0  1  0  .391
Deal              3b  4  0  0  0  .111    Schang            c   3  0  1  0  .300
James             p   4  0  1  0  .400    Plank             p   2  0  0  0  .000
                     33  3  9  3           Walsh            ph  1  0  1  0  .385
                                           Pennock          p   0  0  0  0  .000
                                                               30  0  8  0
Braves                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
James            W 1-1           9.0  8  0  0  4  0 119  66  2.77
                                 9.0  8  0  0  4  0 119  66
Athletics                        INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Plank            L 0-1           8.0  8  3  3  5  3 114  69  3.71
Pennock                          1.0  1  0  0  1  1  16   9  0.00
                                 9.0  9  3  3  6  4 130  78
PhA: Walsh batted for Plank in the 8th
2B-Gowdy(1), Schang(1). RBI-Gowdy 2(3), Maranville(3). CS-Strunk 2. K-Moran,
Whitted, Deal 2. BB-Evers 3, Connolly, Schmidt, Maranville, Murphy, Baker,
Strunk 2.
GWRBI: Gowdy
Temperature: 68, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 3 MPH.

The A’s out hit the Braves .286 to .244. They hit 3 home runs to the Braves 0. They were also thrown out stealing 9 x by Hank Gowdy, and were gunned down trying to take the extra base 6 times, snuffing out numerous rallys. Despite the result of this series matching the actual result of the 1914 World Series, I’m very surprised at the outcome.

MVP choice is a tough one. I almost went with Hank Gowdy, for his defense, as well as his clutch hit in the deciding game, but his .130 average was just too crappy. So the MVP goes to reliever George Iron Davis. 5 games, 1-0, with 2 saves, and a 0.00 ERA. Not too bad for a guy who pitched just 4 seasons while winning just 7 games. He also never appeared in the 1914 World Series, but I included him just to round out the Braves roster.

Up next will be the Boston Red Sox against the Philadelphia Phillies. This series was won by the Red Sox in 5 games, with a 20 year old Babe Ruth getting just 1 ab. I might have to make sure that doesn’t happen in the World Series Revisited.

DMB team batting — 1914 Philadelphia Athletics                          
                              League championship — as of 10/16/1914                              

S Name               P    AVG   OBP   SPC    G   AB    H  2B  3B  HR    R  RBI   BB    K HBP  IW  SB  CS
  Baker*             3b  .458  .536  .708    6   24   11   1   1   1    3    2    4    1   0   1   0   1
  Barry              ss  .391  .400  .391    6   23    9   0   0   0    4    2    1    1   0   0   0   1
  Walsh*             of  .385  .385  .615    6   13    5   1   1   0    3    2    0    1   0   0   0   0
  Collins*           2b  .320  .357  .400    6   25    8   0   1   0    3    4    2    2   0   0   0   3
  Schang#            c   .300  .348  .350    6   20    6   1   0   0    2    1    2    2   0   1   0   0
  Murphy*            rf  .273  .448  .409    6   22    6   0   0   1    4    3    7    2   0   1   2   2
  Strunk*            cf  .250  .368  .313    5   16    4   1   0   0    3    0    3    0   0   0   1   2
  McInnis            1b  .192  .214  .308    6   26    5   0   0   1    2    5    1    3   0   0   0   0
  Oldring            lf  .115  .179  .115    6   26    3   0   0   0    0    2    2    3   0   0   0   0
  Wyckoff            sp  .000  .000  .000    2    1    0   0   0   0    0    0    0    0   0   0   0   0
  Pitchers               .235  .278  .294    6   17    4   1   0   0    0    1    1    2   0   0   0   0
  Total                  .286  .350  .380    6  213   61   5   3   3   24   22   23   17   0   3   3   9

                               DMB team batting — 1914 Boston Braves                              
                              League championship — as of 10/16/1914                              

S Name               P    AVG   OBP   SPC    G   AB    H  2B  3B  HR    R  RBI   BB    K HBP  IW  SB  CS
  Moran*             rf  .455  .500  .455    5   22   10   0   0   0    3    3    2    2   0   0   0   1
  Schmidt*           1b  .333  .423  .429    6   21    7   0   1   0    2    3    4    1   0   0   0   1
  Maranville         ss  .263  .364  .316    6   19    5   1   0   0    3    3    3    2   0   0   0   0
  Smith              3b  .250  .400  .250    4    4    1   0   0   0    0    0    1    1   0   0   0   0
  Whitted            cf  .250  .308  .417    6   24    6   0   2   0    3    5    2    2   0   0   0   0
  Evers*             2b  .200  .407  .250    6   20    4   1   0   0    4    0    7    1   0   0   0   0
  Cather             cf  .200  .429  .400    2    5    1   1   0   0    1    0    2    2   0   0   0   0
  Mann               cf  .167  .167  .167    2    6    1   0   0   0    1    0    0    1   0   0   0   0
  Gowdy              c   .130  .200  .174    6   23    3   1   0   0    0    3    2    3   0   0   0   0
  Connolly*          lf  .118  .250  .235    5   17    2   0   1   0    3    5    4    1   0   1   0   0
  Deal               3b  .111  .111  .111    6   18    2   0   0   0    2    0    0    3   0   0   0   0
  Devore*            of  .000  .000  .000    1    1    0   0   0   0    0    0    0    0   0   0   0   0
  Dugey              2b  .000  .000  .000    1    0    0   0   0   0    1    0    0    0   0   0   1   0
  Gilbert*           rf  .000  .000  .000    2    2    0   0   0   0    0    0    0    0   0   0   0   0
  Hess*              sp  .000  .000  .000    1    1    0   0   0   0    0    0    0    0   0   0   0   0
  Pitchers               .389  .421  .444    6   18    7   1   0   0    2    2    1    2   0   0   0   0
  Total                  .244  .330  .308    6  201   49   5   4   0   25   24   28   21   0   1   1   2

DMB team pitching — 1914 Philadelphia Athletics                         
                              League championship — as of 10/16/1914                              

S Name               P     ERA   W   L   S   G  GS  CG SHO     INN    H    R   ER   BB    K  HR GDP    BF
  Bush               sp   0.00   0   1   0   1   1   1   0     8.2    7    4    0    5    3   0   1    40
  Pennock*           sp   0.00   1   0   1   4   0   0   0     4.0    2    0    0    2    4   0   0    17
  Bressler*          sp   0.00   0   0   0   1   0   0   0     2.2    1    0    0    0    0   0   0    10
  Bender             sp   3.60   1   0   0   2   2   0   0    15.0   13    6    6   11    4   0   2    67
  Plank*             sp   3.71   0   1   0   2   2   0   0    17.0   17    7    7    6    8   0   4    69
  Wyckoff            sp   6.75   0   1   0   2   0   0   0     4.0    3    3    3    2    2   0   1    16
  Shawkey            sp  10.38   0   1   0   1   1   0   0     4.1    6    5    5    2    0   0   0    21
  Total                   3.40   2   4   1   6   6   1   0    55.2   49   25   21   28   21   0   8   240

                              DMB team pitching — 1914 Boston Braves                              
                              League championship — as of 10/16/1914                              

S Name               P     ERA   W   L   S   G  GS  CG SHO     INN    H    R   ER   BB    K  HR GDP    BF
  Davis              sp   0.00   1   0   2   5   0   0   0     4.2    1    0    0    0    3   0   0    14
  Crutcher           rp   0.00   0   0   0   1   0   0   0     0.1    0    0    0    0    0   0   0     1
  James              sp   2.77   1   1   0   3   3   1   1    26.0   26    9    8   12    6   2   2   106
  Tyler*             sp   3.12   1   0   0   2   1   0   0     8.2   10    3    3    3    2   0   1    36
  Rudolph            sp   3.38   1   0   0   2   2   0   0    13.1   20    9    5    4    5   0   0    66
  Strand*            rp   8.10   0   1   0   1   0   0   0     3.1    4    3    3    4    1   1   0    18
  Total                   3.04   4   2   2   6   6   1   1    56.1   61   24   19   23   17   3   3   241

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1914 World Series Revisited Philadelphia A’s vs Boston Braves Game #5

10/14/1914 @ Fenway Park

Chief Bender vs Bill James

Walsh And Barry Lead A’s To Victory

Photo of Jimmy Walsh

Jimmy Walsh was a member of the 1916 World Champion Boston Red Sox.

With the score tied at 2-2 with 2 outs and a runner on 2nd in the 9th, Jack Barry laced an rbi single to center to score Stuffy McInnis. Pinch hitter Jimmy Walsh then banged a 2 run double off the left field wall securing the A’s 5-2 victory.

The Braves lead this series 3-2.

10/14/1914, PhA14-BoN14, Fenway Park-NL
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
1914 Athletics         0  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  3     5 10  0     5  0
1914 Braves            0  0  1  0  0  0  0  1  0     2  8  1     9  0
Athletics            AB  R  H BI   AVG    Braves               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Murphy            rf  4  1  1  1  .263    Moran             rf  5  1  3  0  .471
Oldring           lf  4  0  0  0  .136    Evers             2b  4  0  1  0  .167
Collins           2b  4  0  2  1  .333    Connolly          lf  1  1  0  1  .154
Baker             3b  3  0  1  0  .476    Whitted           cf  3  0  0  0  .300
McInnis           1b  4  1  1  0  .182    Schmidt           1b  4  0  2  1  .278
Strunk            cf  4  0  0  0  .214    Gowdy             c   4  0  0  0  .053
Barry             ss  4  2  2  1  .421    Maranville        ss  3  0  0  0  .250
Schang            c   4  1  1  0  .294    Deal              3b  4  0  1  0  .143
Bender            p   3  0  1  0  .167    James             p   3  0  0  0  .500
Walsh             ph  1  0  1  2  .333     Davis            p   0  0  0  0  .000
Pennock           p   0  0  0  0  .000     Smith            ph  1  0  1  0  .250
                     35  5 10  5                               32  2  8  2
Athletics                        INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Bender           W 1-0           8.0  7  2  2  3  3 139  87  3.60
Pennock          S 1             1.0  1  0  0  0  1  14   9  0.00
                                 9.0  8  2  2  3  4 153  96
Braves                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
James            L 0-1           8.2 10  5  5  2  3 122  71  4.24
Davis                            0.1  0  0  0  0  1   3   3  0.00
                                 9.0 10  5  5  2  4 125  74
PhA: Walsh batted for Bender in the 9th
BoN: Smith batted for Davis in the 9th
E-Schmidt. 2B-Bender(1), Walsh(1). HR-Murphy(1). RBI-Murphy(3), Collins(4),
Barry(2), Walsh 2(2), Connolly(5), Schmidt(3). CS-Collins 2. K-Murphy,
McInnis, Schang 2, Evers, Maranville, Deal, James. BB-Murphy, Baker,
Connolly 2, Maranville. SH-Evers, Whitted. SF-Connolly. WP-James.
GWRBI: Barry
Temperature: 56, Sky: clear, Wind: out to center at 23 MPH.

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1914 World Series Revisited Philadelphia A’s vs Boston Braves Game #4

10/13/1914 @ Fenway Park

Bob Shawkey vs Dick Rudolph

Connolly Triple Pushes A’s To The Brink

Joe Connolly played just 4 seasons in the Majors, all with the Boston Braves.

Braves outfielder Joe Connolly’s sac fly in the 3rd gave the Braves the early 1-0 lead. His 2 run triple in the 5th sealed the deal for the  Braves. Their 3rd straight World Series Revisited win has put them up 3 games to 1 against a reeling Philadelphia A’s.

10/13/1914, PhA14-BoN14, Fenway Park-NL
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
1914 Athletics         0  0  0  1  0  2  0  1  0     4 12  1    11  0
1914 Braves            0  0  1  0  4  0  0  0  x     5  7  2     5  0
Athletics            AB  R  H BI   AVG    Braves               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Murphy            rf  4  0  1  0  .267    Moran             rf  4  1  3  1  .417
Oldring           lf  5  0  2  2  .167    Evers             2b  2  1  1  0  .143
Collins           2b  4  0  0  0  .294    Connolly          lf  3  1  1  3  .167
Baker             3b  5  0  2  0  .500    Whitted           cf  4  0  1  1  .353
McInnis           1b  5  0  1  0  .167    Schmidt           1b  4  0  0  0  .214
Walsh             cf  5  2  2  0  .273    Gowdy             c   4  0  0  0  .067
Barry             ss  4  1  1  0  .400    Maranville        ss  3  0  0  0  .308
Schang            c   3  0  0  1  .308    Deal              3b  3  0  0  0  .100
Shawkey           p   2  0  1  1  .500    Rudolph           p   2  2  1  0  .500
Bressler          p   1  0  1  0 1.000     Davis            p   0  0  0  0  .000
Strunk            ph  1  1  1  0  .300                         29  5  7  5
Pennock           p   0  0  0  0  .000
                     39  4 12  4
Athletics                        INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Shawkey          L 0-1           4.1  6  5  5  2  0  68  41 10.38
Bressler                         2.2  1  0  0  0  0  38  25  0.00
Pennock                          1.0  0  0  0  0  1  17  12  0.00
                                 8.0  7  5  5  2  1 123  78
Braves                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Rudolph          W 1-0           7.2 12  4  2  2  3 135  84  3.38
Davis            S 2             1.1  0  0  0  0  0  13   8  0.00
                                 9.0 12  4  2  2  3 148  92
PhA: Strunk batted for Bressler in the 8th
E-Collins, Maranville, Rudolph. 2B-Rudolph(1). 3B-Connolly(1).
RBI-Oldring 2(2), Schang(1), Shawkey(1), Moran(3), Connolly 3(4), Whitted(5).
CS-Murphy. K-Murphy, Collins, Walsh, Schmidt. BB-Murphy, Collins, Evers,
Rudolph. SH-Evers, Maranville. SF-Schang, Connolly.
GWRBI: Moran
Temperature: 55, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind: out to left at 16 MPH.

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1914 World Series Revisited Philadelphia A’s Vs Boston Braves Game #3

10/12/1914 @ Fenway Park

Bullet Joe Bush vs Lefty Tyler

Jack Barry’s Errors Hand Braves Victory

Jack Barry.jpg

Jack Barry led the league with 63 errors at shortstop in 1910. He then led the league in fielding % at shortstop in 1911.

Playing in Fenway Park because of the larger seating capacity than their own park, seemed to rattle the A’s more than the Braves. The Braves scored 3 unearned runs in the 4th when Jack Barry booted a 2 out groundball hit by Charlie Deal. Rabbit Maranville, Hank Gowdy, and pitcher Lefty Tyler all followed with rbi singles, giving the Braves a 3-0 lead.

Trailing 3-2 in the 9th, the A’s tied the score when Jimmy Walsh led off the inning with a triple to right centerfield. He scored on a Jack Barry sac fly.

Joe Bush retired the 1st 2 Braves in the last of the 9th, but he walked Johnny Evers, and gave up a single to Joe Connolly, putting runners on the corners. Possum Whitted rolled an easy groundball to Jack Barry at short, but the ball rolled through his legs for an error handing the win the the Braves. The Braves lead this series 2-1

10/12/1914, PhA14-BoN14, Fenway Park-NL
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
1914 Athletics         0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  1     3  9  4     6  1
1914 Braves            0  0  0  3  0  0  0  0  1     4  7  0    10  1
Athletics            AB  R  H BI   AVG    Braves               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Murphy            rf  3  1  0  0  .273    Moran             rf  4  0  0  0  .250
Oldring           lf  4  0  0  0  .077    Evers             2b  4  1  0  0  .083
Collins           2b  4  1  2  1  .385    Connolly          lf  5  0  1  0  .111
Baker             3b  4  0  3  0  .538    Whitted           cf  4  1  1  0  .385
McInnis           1b  3  0  0  1  .154    Schmidt           1b  2  0  1  0  .300
Walsh             cf  4  1  1  0  .167    Deal              3b  3  1  0  0  .143
Barry             ss  2  0  2  1  .455     Smith            ph  1  0  0  0  .000
Schang            c   3  0  0  0  .400    Maranville        ss  4  1  2  1  .400
Bush              p   4  0  1  0  .250    Gowdy             c   4  0  1  1  .091
                     31  3  9  3          Tyler             p   3  0  1  1  .333
                                           Davis            p   0  0  0  0  .000
                                           Gilbert          ph  1  0  0  0  .000
                                                               35  4  7  3
Athletics                        INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Bush             L 0-1           8.2  7  4  0  5  3 141  81  0.00
                                 8.2  7  4  0  5  3 141  81
Braves                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Tyler                            8.0  9  3  3  2  2 125  84  3.12
Davis            BS 1, W 1-0     1.0  0  0  0  0  0  15   9  0.00
                                 9.0  9  3  3  2  2 140  93
BoN: Smith batted for Deal in the 8th
     Smith moved to 3b in the 9th
     Gilbert batted for Davis in the 9th
E-Collins, McInnis, Barry 2. 2B-Baker(1). 3B-Walsh(1). RBI-Collins(3),
McInnis(5), Barry(1), Maranville(2), Gowdy(1), Tyler(1). SB-Murphy(2).
CS-Barry, Moran. K-Oldring 2, Moran, Connolly, Maranville. BB-Murphy, Barry,
Moran, Evers, Whitted, Schmidt 2. SH-Schang. SF-McInnis, Barry. PB-Schang.
Temperature: 51, Sky: clear, Wind: out to right at 17 MPH.

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The 25 Most Important People In Baseball History

Graham Womack over at Baseball Past And Present has put together a poll to try to determine The 25 Most Important People in Baseball History. A ballot with 189 of baseball’s most memorable players, executives and other figures can be found here. Please VOTE HERE

I submitted a ballot, and I urge you to submit one as well.

My choices were more personal than objective, and they may have a slight Yankee bias, but I thought I’d share my votes with you.

Some people I didn’t choose:

Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens.  As far as I’m concerned, these guys can all line up in a circle, shoot steroids in each others right butt cheek and kiss the Hall of Fame goodbye.

Pete Rose- I’ve written about Pete before. He can still suck it.

Hal Chase- A cancer to the game, a terrible teammate, and an all-around scumbag.

Kennesaw Mountain Landis- I’ve touched on baseball’s 1st Commissioner before. I called him an important object of the game. Important like HIV is to AIDS. I personally think he stunted the growth of baseball when he did nothing to integrate the game. He deserves no accolades.

Roger Kahn- Not a fan, “Boys of Summer” is overrated.

MY Ballot:

Albert Spalding- sold baseball to the World

Babe Ruth- if he’s not on every ballot, I’d be very surprised.

Ban Johnson- No American League without him.

Bill James- His Baseball Historical Abstract is a must read.

Branch Rickey- Integrated baseball

Casey Stengel-a true character of the game

Christy Mathewson- helped turn being a baseball player into a worthy profession.

Connie Mack- 50 years as a Manager

Dr Harold Seymour- a Pioneer of Baseball History

George Steinbrenner- an owner that put winning above all else

Hank Aaron- the true Home Run King

Happy Chandler- a Commissioner that didn’t stand in the way of integration.

Harry Wright- professional baseball starts here.

Henry Chadwick- the 1st baseball statistician

J. G. Taylor Spink- not so much for the man, but for The Sporting News

Jackie Robinson- another must have on this list

John Thorn- MLB historian of the early days of baseball

Ken Burns- Baseball is a thing of beauty.

Vin Scully- nobody does it better

L. Robert Davids- SABR is baseball

Lawrence Ritter- The Glory of Their Times is a seminal work, that should be read by all.

Lou Gehrig- Yankee bias for a great player

Mickey Mantle- More Yankee bias, but would there be a baseball memorabilia industry without the Mick?

Sean Forman- Baseball Reference is the greatest baseball site on the web.

Bobby Murcer- all baseball for me starts with Bobby Murcer

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1914 World Series Revisited Philadelphia A’s vs Boston Braves Game #2

10/10/1914 @ Shibe Park

Bill James vs Eddie Plank

Braves Win In Extra Innings To Even Series

Possum Whitted.jpg

George Bostic “Possum” Whitted played on the 1915 NL Pennant winning Philadelphia Phillies.

The Philadelphia A’s and Eddie Plank took a 4-3 lead into the 9th inning thanks to a 5th inning home run off the bat of the now nicknamed worthy Home Run Baker.(This was his 1st World Series Revisited home run) Boss Schmidt led off the 9th with a booming triple to centerfield, and scored 1 out later on a suicide squeeze bunt by Rabbit Maranville. In the 10th, Les Mann singled with 1 out, and moved to 2nd on a Johnny Evers walk. Reliever John Wyckoff threw a wild pitch to advance the runners. Ted Cather struck out for the 2nd out of the inning, but Possum Whitted laced an 0-2 pitch into centerfield driving in Mann and Evers with the game winning runs.

10/10/1914, BoN14-PhA14, Shibe Park
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10     R  H  E   LOB DP
1914 Braves            1  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  1  2     6 11  0     5  1
1914 Athletics         1  1  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0     4  9  0     8  1
Braves               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Athletics            AB  R  H BI   AVG
Mann              rf  5  1  1  0  .167    Murphy            rf  3  1  1  0  .375
Evers             2b  3  2  0  0  .125    Oldring           lf  4  0  1  0  .111
Cather            lf  5  1  1  0  .200    Collins           2b  4  0  2  1  .333
Whitted           cf  5  1  3  4  .444    Baker             3b  5  1  1  1  .444
Schmidt           1b  5  1  2  1  .250    McInnis           1b  5  0  0  0  .200
Gowdy             c   4  0  0  0  .000    Strunk            cf  4  2  2  0  .222
Maranville        ss  3  0  1  1  .333    Barry             ss  4  0  1  0  .333
Deal              3b  2  0  0  0  .250    Schang            c   3  0  1  0  .571
Smith             ph  2  0  0  0  .000    Plank             p   2  0  0  0  .000
James             p   3  0  3  0 1.000     Walsh            ph  1  0  0  0  .000
Tyler             p   0  0  0  0  .000     Wyckoff          p   0  0  0  0  .000
Devore            ph  1  0  0  0  .000                         35  4  9  2
Davis             p   0  0  0  0  .000
                     38  6 11  6
Braves                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
James                            8.1  8  4  3  6  3 145  82  3.24
Tyler            W 1-0           0.2  1  0  0  1  0   9   4  0.00
Davis            S 1             1.0  0  0  0  0  1   7   5  0.00
                                10.0  9  4  3  7  4 161  91
Athletics                        INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Plank                            9.0  9  4  4  1  5 107  70  4.00
Wyckoff          L 0-1           1.0  2  2  2  1  1  25  14  6.75
                                10.0 11  6  6  2  6 132  84
BoN: Smith batted for Deal in the 7th
     Smith moved to 3b in the 7th
     Devore batted for Tyler in the 10th
PhA: Walsh batted for Plank in the 9th
2B-Cather(1), Maranville(1), Strunk(1). 3B-Whitted(2), Schmidt(1),
Collins(1). HR-Baker(1). RBI-Whitted 4(4), Schmidt(2), Maranville(1),
Collins(2), Baker(2). SB-Strunk(1). CS-Schmidt, Murphy, Collins. K-Mann,
Cather 2, Gowdy 2, Smith, Baker, McInnis 2, Plank. BB-Evers 2, Murphy 2,
Oldring, Collins, Strunk, Schang, Plank. SH-Maranville. PB-Gowdy. WP-James,
Wyckoff.
GWRBI: Whitted
Temperature: 66, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 7 MPH.

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