Baseball And The Saturday Evening Post April 17, 1926

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“Boy’s Baseball Team” by Eugene Iverd April 17, 1926

Eugene Iverd is a pseudonym for George Ericson. He was born in St. Paul Minnesota in January of 1893. He contributed 29 covers for The Saturday Evening Post between 1926 and 1936, many of which dealt with children as the theme. He died of pneumonia in 1936.

This is a great early 20th century piece of baseball Americana. Ten boys heading toward the sandlot to take on a neighborhood rival. The littlest one carrying the water bucket is obviously the younger brother of the lead boy. He knows he’s not going to play, but he looks up at his big brother with admiration, and the knowledge that his brother is about to kick some ass.

The catcher is going over the signs with his battery mate. “OK, 1 finger is a fastball, 2 is the curve, 3 is the change,  4 is the spitball, and 5 is the knuckler.” We always had 5 different pitches when we were 12 years old, or so we thought. The other 7 boys don’t seem to be taking this very seriously. They know nobody is going to hit their pitcher. They don’t have to be serious, it’s just a game to them, a game they know they’re going to win.

In baseball on April 17, 1926 the NY Yankees beat the Washington Senators 8-6, improving their early season record to 3-1. The Yankees will go on to win the AL pennant, but lose the World Series to the St Louis Cardinals in 7 games. Lou Gehrig hit his 1st HR of the season. He will finish with a surprisingly low 16 HRs. Catcher Pat Collins hit his team leading 2nd HR of the early season. He finished with 7 on the season. Collins led the team in long balls all the way to April 30th when Ruth finally passed him with his 4th HR of the season.

The win increased the Yankees record to 12-6-1 on Saturday Evening Post  baseball illustration dates.

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Baseball And The Saturday Evening Post May 9, 1925

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“Daydreams of Baseball” by Robert Robinson May 9, 1925

This is the 5th baseball themed cover for Robert Robinson and his 1st since April 13, 1912. 

Not a fan of this illustration. I like the concept. What boy hasn’t dreamt about winning the big game, and being carried off the field by his teammates? Looking closely at the illustration you can see a glove on the boy’s left hand, so he’s probably dreaming about being the winning pitcher in a no-hitter, or game 7 of the World Series. A worthy boyhood daydream for sure.

My problem is with the boy in the illustration. His hair is too red, his cheeks are too red, his jacket is too red. Red everywhere….make it stop. And a red bowtie…yech…..Have they ever been fashionable? Or is it just some sick joke that the fashion industry has been playing  on the male of the species for the last 200 years? The only bowtie I’ve ever been forced to wear was for a wedding, and then they have to slap a cummerbund on me as well. Don’t tell me a cummerbund isn’t  some kind of sick fashion joke as well. And don’t get me started on the bolo tie. What’s that all about? (This fashion rant is brought to you by a guy wearing mismatched socks).

In baseball on May 9, 1925 the NY Yankees played the St. Louis Browns to a 1-1 tie. The game was called after 3 innings because of rain. 1925 was a down year for the Yankees. They finished in 7th place with a 69-85 record, beating out a terrible 47-105 Red Sox team. So not a total lost season for the Yankees. This tie gives the Yankees an 11-6-1 record on Saturday Evening Post baseball illustration dates.

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1912 World Series Revisited Game #5 Red Sox vs Giants

10/12/1912 @ Fenway Park

Christy Mathewson vs Hugh Bedient

 Extra Inning Glory For Mathewson As Giants Take Game 5

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The Christy Mathewson statue located in Factoryville, Pa.

Christy Mathewson and Hugh Bedient matched up in a classic Deadball Era World Series Revisited game. Both pitchers tossed 9 shutout innings, but it wasn’t easy.The Giants had runners on base in 7 of the 9 innings, while the Red Sox did the same against Mathewson. Mathewson pitched out of trouble numerous times, with Red Sox runners getting thrown out at home in both the 5th and 7th innings.

Finally in the 10th, the Giants led by Mathewson finally broke through against Bedient. With runners on 2nd and 3rd, Mathewson lined an rbi single off a tired Hugh Bedient for the 1st run of the game. A Josh Devore flyout scored another Giant run, giving them a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the 10th. Hick Cady and Art Fletcher opened the Red Sox 10th with singles against a weary Mathewson. Big Six beared down to get Harry Hooper on a short flyball, and with 2 outs and runners on 2nd and 3rd, he coaxed an easy groundball off his actual 1912 World Series nemesis Tris Speaker to end the game. Mathewson has now tossed 20 straight World Series Revisited innings without allowing an earned run.

10/12/1912, NYN12-BoA12, Fenway Park
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10     R  H  E   LOB DP
1912 Giants            0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  2     2  9  2     7  2
1912 Red Sox           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0 10  2     9  1
Giants               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Red Sox              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Devore            lf  3  0  0  1  .063    Hooper            rf  5  0  0  0  .091
Doyle             2b  5  0  0  0  .200    Yerkes            2b  5  0  3  0  .318
Snodgrass         cf  5  0  2  0  .208    Speaker           cf  5  0  1  0  .286
Murray            rf  3  0  0  0  .250    Lewis             lf  4  0  1  0  .211
Merkle            1b  4  0  1  0  .250    Gardner           3b  4  0  0  0  .316
Herzog            3b  3  0  0  0  .200    Stahl             1b  4  0  2  0  .250
Meyers            c   4  1  2  0  .313    Wagner            ss  4  0  1  0  .111
Fletcher          ss  4  1  2  0  .188     Hall             p   0  0  0  0  .000
Mathewson         p   4  0  2  1  .375    Cady              c   4  0  1  0  .167
                     35  2  9  2          Bedient           p   3  0  0  0  .000
                                           Engle            ss  1  0  1  0  .500
                                                               39  0 10  0
Giants                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Mathewson        W 2-0          10.0 10  0  0  0  3 134  90  0.00
                                10.0 10  0  0  0  3 134  90
Red Sox                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Bedient          L 0-1           9.0  9  2  2  1  3 122  80  1.64
Hall                             1.0  0  0  0  0  1  17   9  2.25
                                10.0  9  2  2  1  4 139  89
BoA: Engle inserted at ss in the 10th
E-Doyle, Meyers, Gardner, Wagner. 2B-Snodgrass 2(2), Fletcher(1), Yerkes(1),
Lewis(1), Stahl(2), Wagner(1). 3B-Yerkes(1). RBI-Devore(1), Mathewson(1).
SB-Wagner(2). CS-Devore, Meyers. K-Doyle, Snodgrass, Fletcher 2, Hooper,
Yerkes, Speaker. BB-Devore. SH-Murray, Herzog. SF-Devore.
GWRBI: Mathewson
Temperature: 74, Sky: clear, Wind: out to left at 20 MPH.

The Red Sox lead this series 3-2

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1912 World Series Revisited Game #4 Red Sox vs Giants

10/11/1912 @ Polo Grounds

Smoky Joe Wood vs Jeff Tesreau

Wood Dominates Giants Again With CG Shutout

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Smoky Joe Wood- A pitcher that could hit.

Joe Wood struck out 10 Giants for the 2nd straight time, all while completing an impressive 3 hit shutout. Wood allowed just 3 singles, and 1 walk, allowing just one NY Giant to reach 2nd base. He doubled and scored in the 5th, just because he could.

10/11/1912, BoA12-NYN12, Polo Grounds
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
1912 Red Sox           1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0     2  4  0     6  0
1912 Giants            0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  3  1     5  1
Red Sox              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Giants               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Hooper            rf  3  0  0  0  .118    Devore            lf  4  0  0  0  .077
Yerkes            2b  3  1  0  1  .235    Doyle             2b  3  0  0  0  .267
Speaker           cf  3  0  0  0  .313    Snodgrass         cf  4  0  0  0  .158
Lewis             lf  3  0  1  0  .200    Murray            rf  4  0  0  0  .294
Gardner           3b  4  0  2  1  .400    Merkle            1b  4  0  1  0  .250
Stahl             1b  3  0  0  0  .188    Herzog            3b  3  0  0  0  .250
Wagner            ss  3  0  0  0  .071    Meyers            c   3  0  1  0  .250
Cady              c   4  0  0  0  .125    Fletcher          ss  2  0  1  0  .083
Wood              p   3  1  1  0  .375    Tesreau           p   3  0  0  0  .000
                     29  2  4  2           Wiltse           p   0  0  0  0  .000
                                                               30  0  3  0
Red Sox                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Wood             W 2-0           9.0  3  0  0  1 10 125  83  0.90
                                 9.0  3  0  0  1 10 125  83
Giants                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Tesreau          L 0-1           8.2  4  2  1  5  4 132  75  0.96
Wiltse                           0.1  0  0  0  0  0   4   2  0.00
                                 9.0  4  2  1  5  4 136  77
E-Snodgrass. 2B-Wood(1). RBI-Yerkes(2), Gardner(2). K-Yerkes, Stahl,
Wagner 2, Devore, Doyle, Snodgrass 2, Merkle 3, Fletcher, Tesreau 2.
BB-Yerkes, Speaker, Lewis, Stahl, Wagner, Doyle. SH-Hooper. HBP-Fletcher.
HB-Wood.
GWRBI: Gardner
Temperature: 56, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 13 MPH.

The Red Sox lead this series 3-1

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1912 World Series Revisited Game #3 Red Sox vs Giants

10/10/1912 @ Fenway Park

Rube Marquard vs Buck O’Brien

Big Inning Gives Red Sox A Hard Fought Victory

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Duffy Lewis, Larry Gardner, Tris Speaker, and Heinie Wagner warm up before the big game.

Rube Marquard and the Giants took a 3-0 lead into the last of the 5th. With 1 out and Jake Stahl on 1st after a single, things started to unravel for Marquard. He walked Heinie Wagner, and on the 1st pitch to catcher Bill Carrigan, Stahl and Wagner executed a perfect double steal. Marquard proceeded to walk Carrigan, loading the bases. Pitcher Buck O’Brien fouled off 3, 3-2 pitches before coaxing ball 4 off Marquard to drive in the 1st Red Sox run. Harry Hooper smacked a hard groundball to 3rd, Buck Herzog threw home for the force out, and it looked like Marquard might pitch out of trouble. But Steve Yerkes singled to center to drive in 2, and Tris Speaker singled in 2 more, and that was it for Marquard. Doc Crandall came on in relief, and gave up an rbi single to Duffy Lewis before finally retiring the Red Sox, but not before 6 runners had crossed the plate.

The Giants made it interesting in the 9th. Trailing 7-4 they loaded the bases with no outs against reliever Charley Hall. 2 infield pop outs and a walk led to just 1 run, but with the bases loaded Fred Snodgrass scorched a line drive to right that Harry Hooper made a diving catch on, preserving the Red Sox 7-5 win.

10/10/1912, NYN12-BoA12, Fenway Park
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
1912 Giants            0  2  0  0  1  0  1  0  1     5 11  3     7  1
1912 Red Sox           0  0  0  0  6  0  0  1  x     7  8  1     4  2
Giants               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Red Sox              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Devore            lf  4  0  0  0  .111    Hooper            rf  4  1  0  0  .143
Doyle             2b  3  1  1  1  .333    Yerkes            2b  4  1  1  1  .286
Snodgrass         cf  5  0  2  1  .200    Speaker           cf  4  1  2  2  .385
Murray            rf  4  1  2  0  .385    Lewis             lf  4  0  1  1  .167
Merkle            1b  4  1  2  1  .250    Gardner           3b  3  1  1  0  .364
Herzog            3b  3  1  1  0  .333    Stahl             1b  4  1  2  1  .231
Meyers            c   2  1  1  1  .222    Wagner            ss  3  0  1  0  .091
Fletcher          ss  2  0  0  0  .000    Carrigan          c   2  1  0  0  .000
McCormick         ph  1  0  1  0 1.000    O’Brien           p   2  1  0  1  .000
Shafer            ss  1  0  0  0  .000     Henriksen        ph  0  0  0  0  .000
Marquard          p   2  0  1  0  .500     Hall             p   0  0  0  0  .000
Crandall          p   1  0  0  1  .000                         30  7  8  6
Wiltse            p   1  0  0  0  .000
                     33  5 11  5
Giants                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Marquard         L 0-1           4.2  3  5  5  3  4  84  52  9.64
Crandall                         3.0  5  2  1  1  0  56  35  2.45
Wiltse                           0.1  0  0  0  1  0   6   1  0.00
                                 8.0  8  7  6  5  4 146  88
Red Sox                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
O’Brien          W 1-0           8.0  9  4  4  4  1 122  71  4.50
Hall             S 1             1.0  2  1  0  1  0  25  12  3.00
                                 9.0 11  5  4  5  1 147  83
NYN: McCormick batted for Fletcher in the 7th
     Shafer inserted at ss in the 7th
BoA: Henriksen batted for O’Brien in the 8th
E-Snodgrass, Herzog, Fletcher, Stahl. 2B-Merkle(2), McCormick(1), Gardner(1).
3B-Speaker(1). RBI-Doyle(1), Snodgrass(1), Merkle(1), Meyers(3), Crandall(1),
Yerkes(1), Speaker 2(3), Lewis(2), Stahl(2), O’Brien(1). SB-Doyle(1),
Murray(1), Stahl(1), Wagner(1). CS-Devore, Snodgrass 2, Wagner. K-Fletcher,
Hooper, Yerkes, Speaker, Stahl. BB-Devore, Doyle 2, Meyers 2, Gardner,
Wagner, Carrigan 2, O’Brien. SH-Herzog.
GWRBI: Speaker
Temperature: 45, Sky: clear, Wind: out to left at 9 MPH.

The Red Sox lead this series 2-1

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1912 World Series Revisited Game #2 Red Sox vs Giants

10/9/1912 @ Fenway Park

Christy Mathewson vs Ray Collins

Mathewson Tames Red Sox To Even Series

Christy Mathewson won the pitcher’s Triple Crown in 1905 and 1908.

Christy Mathewson pitched a complete game 5-hitter, allowing no earned runs while not walking a batter. Beals Becker’s 2 out 2 run double in the 5th was the big blow for the Giants as they tied this series at 1 game apiece.

10/9/1912, NYN12-BoA12, Fenway Park
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
1912 Giants            0  1  0  1  3  0  1  0  0     6 10  4     7  0
1912 Red Sox           0  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0     2  5  3     7  0
Giants               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Red Sox              AB  R  H BI   AVG
Snodgrass         lf  5  1  1  0  .100    Hooper            rf  4  1  0  0  .200
Doyle             2b  5  1  2  0  .333    Yerkes            2b  4  0  1  0  .300
Becker            cf  5  1  2  2  .333    Speaker           cf  4  0  1  0  .333
Murray            rf  5  1  2  1  .333    Lewis             lf  4  0  1  1  .125
Merkle            1b  4  1  1  0  .125    Gardner           3b  4  1  1  0  .375
Herzog            3b  2  0  1  1  .333    Stahl             1b  4  0  1  1  .111
Meyers            c   4  0  0  1  .143    Wagner            ss  4  0  0  0  .000
Fletcher          ss  4  1  0  0  .000    Carrigan          c   4  0  0  0  .000
Mathewson         p   4  0  1  0  .250    Collins           p   1  0  0  0  .000
                     38  6 10  5           Henriksen        ph  1  0  0  0  .000
                                           Hall             p   0  0  0  0  .000
                                           Engle            ph  1  0  0  0  .000
                                           Bedient          p   1  0  0  0  .000
                                                               36  2  5  2
Giants                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Mathewson        W 1-0           9.0  5  2  0  0  5 110  81  0.00
                                 9.0  5  2  0  0  5 110  81
Red Sox                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Collins          L 0-1           5.0  6  5  2  0  2  81  55  3.60
Hall                             2.0  2  1  1  1  2  33  21  4.50
Bedient                          2.0  2  0  0  0  1  31  21  0.00
                                 9.0 10  6  3  1  5 145  97
BoA: Henriksen batted for Collins in the 5th
     Engle batted for Hall in the 7th
E-Doyle, Merkle, Fletcher 2, Gardner, Stahl, Wagner. 2B-Becker(1), Murray(1),
Merkle(1), Speaker(1), Stahl(1). 3B-Murray(1). RBI-Becker 2(2), Murray(2),
Herzog(1), Meyers(2), Lewis(1), Stahl(1). CS-Herzog. K-Murray, Merkle 2,
Fletcher, Mathewson, Hooper, Yerkes, Lewis, Wagner 2. BB-Herzog. HBP-Herzog.
HB-Bedient.
GWRBI: Herzog
Temperature: 51, Sky: clear, Wind: out to left at 16 MPH.

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1912 World Series Revisited Game #1 Red Sox vs Giants

10/8/1912 @ Polo Grounds

Smoking Joe Wood vs Jeff Tesreau

Wood Dominates In Red Sox Victory

Smoky Joe Wood’s real name is Howard Ellsworth Wood

Smoky Joe Wood pitched all 11 innings striking out 10 and retiring the last 14 batters he faced as the Red Sox took game 1 of this World Series Revisited. Jeff Tesreau pitched 10 strong innings for the Giants but was relieved by Red Ames to start the 11th. With runners on 1st and 2nd and 1 out, Hick Cady smacked an rbi double into right centerfield , and Joe Wood followed with an rbi single of his own to ice the victory for the Red Sox.

 

10/8/1912, BoA12-NYN12, Polo Grounds
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11     R  H  E   LOB DP
1912 Red Sox           0  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  3     5 11  0    10  0
1912 Giants            0  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0     2  5  2     4  0
Red Sox              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Giants               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Hooper            rf  6  1  2  1  .333    Devore            lf  5  0  1  0  .200
Yerkes            2b  6  0  2  0  .333    Doyle             2b  4  1  1  0  .250
Speaker           cf  5  1  2  1  .400    Snodgrass         cf  5  0  0  0  .000
Lewis             lf  4  0  0  0  .000    Murray            rf  4  0  1  1  .250
Gardner           3b  4  0  2  1  .500    Merkle            1b  4  0  0  0  .000
Stahl             1b  5  1  0  0  .000    Herzog            3b  4  1  1  0  .250
Wagner            ss  4  1  0  0  .000    Meyers            c   3  0  1  1  .333
Cady              c   4  1  1  1  .250    Fletcher          ss  4  0  0  0  .000
Wood              p   5  0  2  1  .400    Tesreau           p   3  0  0  0  .000
                     43  5 11  5           Becker           ph  1  0  0  0  .000
                                           Ames             p   0  0  0  0  .000
                                           Crandall         p   0  0  0  0  .000
                                                               37  2  5  2
Red Sox                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Wood             W 1-0          11.0  5  2  2  2 10 139  90  1.64
                                11.0  5  2  2  2 10 139  90
Giants                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Tesreau                         10.0  7  2  1  2  4 136  82  0.90
Ames             L 0-1           0.1  4  3  3  1  0  16  10 81.00
Crandall                         0.2  0  0  0  0  0   7   4  0.00
                                11.0 11  5  4  3  4 159  96
NYN: Becker batted for Tesreau in the 10th
E-Herzog, Meyers. 2B-Cady(1). 3B-Herzog(1). RBI-Hooper(1), Speaker(1),
Gardner(1), Cady(1), Wood(1), Murray(1), Meyers(1). SB-Hooper(1), Speaker(1).
CS-Gardner, Devore. K-Hooper, Lewis, Gardner, Cady, Devore 2, Snodgrass,
Merkle 4, Fletcher, Tesreau 2. BB-Gardner, Wagner, Cady, Doyle, Meyers.
SH-Lewis. HBP-Speaker. HB-Tesreau.
GWRBI: Cady
Temperature: 46, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 7 MPH.

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Home Run Champions Who Don’t Hit Home Runs

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           Fred Odwell                                              Dave Brain

Fred Odwell and Dave Brain, were Major League ball players of little renown. Odwell played just 4 seasons in the NL all with the Cincinnati Reds. Brain played 7 seasons, managing to squeeze in time with 6 different clubs.

In 1905 while playing with the Reds, Fred Odwell hit 9 home runs to lead the NL. He edged out his teammate Cy Seymour, with a home run in the last game of the season.

In 1907 Dave Brain hit 10 home runs for the Boston Doves to lead the NL. He edged out former NL home run champion Harry Lumley of the Brooklyn Superbas.

Home run champions come and go. Some have faded into the misty past of baseball obscurity, but none like Messrs. Odwell and Brain. Since 1901 these two guys are the only home run champions to never hit another home run in the Majors.

In his next 2 seasons, covering over 470 abs Odwell failed to go yard. Fred Odwell had hit just 1 home run before his league leading 1905 season, giving him a total of just 10 career home runs.

Dave Brain not only never hit another home run following his 1907 season, but in his final 1908 season, covering 27 games, he failed to get even a single extra base hit. Brain finished his career with 27 round trippers.

Most disappointing for me, is the fact that you would think a guy named Brain, born in Herefordshire, UK would have had an awesome nickname. Unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be. Dave “Noodle” Brain, Dave “BB” Brain, Dave “Mr. Smarty Pants” Brain On second thought maybe not having a nickname was for the best.

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The 1912 World Series Boston Red Sox vs NY Giants

The Boston Red Sox(105-47) take on the Ny Giants(103-48) in the 1912 World Series played at the Polo Grounds and the inaugural season of Fenway Park.

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GAME #1 10/8/1912 @ Polo Grounds

Jeff Tesreau vs Smokey Joe Wood

The Giants took the lead in the 3rd inning on a 2 out 2rbi single off the bat of Red Murray. 22 year old rookie Jeff Tesreau held the Red Sox hitless until the 6th when Tris Speaker hit a 1 out triple. He scored on a groundout out by Duffy Lewis to tie the game 1-1.

In the Red Sox 7th, Heinie Wagner and Hick Cady banged 1 out singles. Joe Wood hit a potential inning ending ground ball at Larry Doyle at 2nd, but after a slight bobble he was only able to get the force at 2nd. Harry Hoper doubled and Steve Yerkes singled to put the Red Sox up 4-2. The Giants rallied in the 9th, but with 2 runners on and a run in, Joe Wood struck out Art Fletcher and Doc Crandall to end the game.

RED SOX –4 GIANTS-3

GAME #2 10/9/1912 @ Fenway Park.

Christy Mathewson vs Ray Collins

The Giants had a 6-5 lead in the last of the 10th when Tris Speaker smacked a long drive to left. When he approached 3rd base, Speaker had an inside the park home run in his sights when Giant 3rd baseman hip checked him just enough to slow him down on his way home. The throw beat Speaker to the plate but Chief Meyers dropped the ball, allowing Speaker to score. Speaker charged Herzog, and commenced fighting. The resulting delay forced the game to be called due to darkness 1 inning later.

RED SOX-6, GIANTS-6 (11)

GAME #3 10/10/1912 @ Fenway Park

Rube Marquard vs Buck O’Brien

The Giants won 2-1????? Or did the Red Sox win 3-2???

The Giants took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the 9th on an overcast day, a light mist helped to obscure the play on the field. With a run already in and runners on 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs, Hick Cady smacked a line drive into left field, Josh Devore sprinted after the ball, making a running shoe string catch to end the game. After catching the ball Devore immediately sprinted to the clubhouse. Because of the poor visibility many of those in attendance thought the ball fell in, giving the Red Sox the 3-2 victory. It wasn’t until the next days papers that they got the news of the Red Sox loss.

GIANT-2, RED SOX-1

GAME #4 10/11/1912 @ Polo Grounds

Smokey Joe Wood vs Jeff Tesreau

Joe Wood struck out 8, banged out 2 hits and drove in a run to lead the Red Sox to victory.

RED SOX- 3, Giants-1

GAME #5 10/12/1912 @ Fenway Park

Hugh Bedient vs Christy Mathewson

Hugh Bedient tossed a 3 hitter to out pitch Mathewson.

RED SOX- 2, GIANTS-1

GAME #6 10/14/1912 @ Polo Grounds

Buck O’Brien vs Rube Marquard

O’Brien lasted just 1 inning as the Giants jumped on him for 5 1st inning runs. Marquard tossed the complete game allowing just 2 unearned runs.

GIANTS- 5, RED SOX- 2

GAME #7 10/15/1912

Jeff Tesreau vs Smokey Joe Wood

Because of a ticket sales snafu the Boston Royal Rooters were not allowed to take the normal seats down the left field line. Because of the turmoil both on and off the field Joe Wood was not able to warm up properly before the game. It showed, as the Giants scored 6 runs on 7 hits off Wood in the 1st inning.

GIANTS-11, RED SOX-4

GAME #8 10/16/1912 @ Fenway Park

Hugh Bedient vs Christy Mathewson

The Giants held a 1-0 lead in the 7th when Jake Stahl popped a short fly ball into left field. Josh Devore, Fred Snodgrass, and Art Fletcher all converged on the ball, only to watch the ball drop in between them for a single. With 2 outs pinch hitter Olaf Henrikson doubled in Stahl to tie the game. In the 11th inning Red Murray doubled and scored on a Fred Merkle single to put the Giants up 2-1. In the bottom of the 11th Clyde Engle lifted a pop fly to Fred Snodgrass in left. He dropped the easy out allowing Engle to reach 2nd. Snodgrass atoned for his muff somewhat, when he made a diving catch of a line drive off the bat of Harry Hooper. Steve Yerkes walked to put runners on the corners. Mathewson coaxed a foul pop up the 1st base line off the bat of Tris Speaker. An easy play for Merkle, but Mathewson called for Chief Meyers to make the catch, but the slow-footed Meyers never got there allowing the ball to drop near the 1st base coach’s box. Speaker lined the next pitch for a game tying single. Larry Gardner’s long fly ball scored Yerkes with the Championship winning run.

RED SOX-3, GIANTS-2 (10)

The Red Sox sent the Giants to there 2nd straight World Series loss 4-3-1 despite getting out hit(.270-.220) and out pitched(1.71-2.55) Joe Wood would have probably garnered the MVP, winning 3 games and striking out 21 Giants.

For me, the question remains, how did the Giants lose Game 8? The Red Sox scored a run in the 7th when a pop fly dropped between 3 fielders. Tris Speaker got a 2nd life when an easy foul pop was allowed to drop in the 10th. I know Snodgrass dropped an easy fly ball as well, errors happen, but what about the other pop ups? Did they choke, or did they just not play intelligently? John McGraw ran this team with an iron fist. They threw the pitches he wanted, they played their positions where McGraw wanted them to, they bunted, hit and run and stole when he said so. Did the Giant players get any chances to think for themselves? Both fly balls fell because of poor communication and poor decision making by the players on the field. McGraw couldn’t make those decisions for his players, and maybe they couldn’t either.

Coming up the 1912 World Series Revisited. Can Christy Mathewson and the Giants step up their game and beat the Red Sox this time around?

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A Baseball Revisited Book Review-The Last Best League by Jim Collins

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The Last Best League-10th Anniversary Edition by Jim Collins  Published by Da Capo Press

When I was approached to do a review of this book I was a little hesitant. My baseball reading interests tend to go farther back in time, so a book about the 2002 baseball season in the Cape Cod League didn’t give me a warm fuzzy feeling. But I thought I’d give it a try just to broaden my literary horizons. I’m glad I did.

The author, Jim Collins is a former college ballplayer at Dartmouth, and a former editor for Yankee magazine. This book chronicles the 2002 season of the Cape Cod League, a summer league that features some of the best college players in the country. He specifically deals with the Chatham A’s and their ups and downs during a 44 game season. The Cape Cod League consistently fields the cream of the college crop, as evidenced  by the number of former players that have made it to the Major Leagues. 1 out of every 6 Major League players have spent some time in the Cape Cod League, including Thurman Munson, a personal favorite.

Collins touches on every aspect of the league, its history, the geography, the economics, wooden bats, and the games themselves. The games, by the way are free of charge, which makes me want to take a road trip to see a game even more.

This is definitely a coming of age story, with 20 year old college kids, it can’t help but be one. Collins doesn’t pull any punches either. We get the lows with the highs, and the assholes with the admirable. We get talk of steroids, scouts, and agents. We meet over-confident and cocky players, as well as those dealing with insecurities and self doubt.

Collins paints a picture of small town baseball and what it takes to make it successful. The volunteers, coaches, and host families all get recognized, as well they should.

Some people might want to make this novel into a Cape Cod League version of Roger Kahn’s The Boys of Summer. For me there is no comparison. Jim Collins is no Roger Kahn. I found The Boys of Summer to be a self serving slog of a baseball book that was more about Kahn than the players.  Collins made this book about the players, the game, and the people that make the Cape Cod League something special. His prose is more visual, with more feeling.  At one point in the book he is writing about the legacy of the league and he wrote, “ The league stitched generations together across the timeless white lines of a green field.” No self serving sloggishness here. Since this book is a 1oth anniversary re-release, maybe Jim Collins could do a 40th anniversary update of  The Boys of Summer. I’d definitely read that one. And by the way, you should read this book, and you should probably   go see a Cape Cod League game as well. Maybe I’ll see you there.

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