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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Teams Of The 1912 World Series Revisited

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Left to Right: Tillie Shafer, Jeff Tesreau, Doc Crandall, Fred Merkle, ?, Red Murray, Hooks Wiltse, Larry Doyle, Chief Meyers, ?, Al Demaree, Christy Mathewson, Buck Herzog, ?, Fred Snodgrass, John McGraw

Middle Row:  Wilbert Robinson, Beals Becker, ?, Red Ames

Bottom Row: Moose McCormick, Josh Devore, ?, Dick Hennessy-Mascot, ?, Art Fletcher, George Burns, Ted Goulait,

The NY Giants led by Manager John McGraw won their 2nd straight NL Pennant by 10 games over the Pittsburg Pirates. Unfortunately for the Giants they would lose to the Boston Red Sox in 7 games in the 1912 World Series. The 2nd of 3 straight World Series losses for the Giants.

As a team they hit .286, 1st in the league, as were their 47 home runs, and 823 runs scored. They outdistanced the 2nd place Cubs by 67 runs.

Their pitching staff led the league as well with a 2.58 ERA.

The 1912 Giants were essentially the same team as the pennant winning 1911 Giants. The only significant addition was rookie pitcher Jeff Tesreau. His 17-7 record, and league leading 1.96 ERA  definitely helped the Giants secure the pennant.

Catcher Chief Meyers had his career year, hitting .358 with a .441 OBP. He was 3rd in the MVP voting.

23 year old 1st baseman Fred Merkle was playing in his 6th season with the Giants. He hit a solid .309 with a team leading 11 home runs.

Laughing Larry Doyle played 2nd, hitting a career high .330, with a team leading 98 runs scored. He was selected as the league MVP as well.

Filling out the infield were Art Fletcher(.282) at short, and Buck Herzog(.263) at 3rd.

The Giants’  speedy outfield of Fred Snodgrass, Red Murray, and Beals Becker combined to steal 111 bases. The soon to be infamous Snodgrass hit .263, Murray hit .277 with a team leading 92 rbi, and Becker hit .264.

Art Wilson backed up Meyers at catcher and hit .289. Josh Devore was the 4th outfielder, contributing a .275 average. Tillie Shafer played short, 2nd and 3rd while hitting .288.

22 year old George Burns hit .294 in a part time roll in the outfield. Starting in 1913 Burns would be a full time outfielder for the Giants for the next 9 seasons.

On the mound the Giants were still led by Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson. He had his 10th straight season of 20+ wins, going 23-12 with a 2.12 ERA. The much maligned Rube Marquard had an outstanding season, winning 26 games with a 2.57 ERA. Rookie Jeff Tesreau won 17, Red Ames won 11, and the 1st true reliever in baseball, Doc Crandall won 13 games. He relieved and finished 25 games on the season, and hit a nifty .313 as well.

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Top Row: Joseph Quirk(trainer), Tris Speaker, unknown girl, Joe Wood, Hick Cady, Pinch Thomas, Buck O’Brien, Hugh Bradley, Duffy Lewis,

Middle Row: Harry Hooper, Bill Carrigan, Steve Yerkes, Olaf Henriksen, Clyde Engel, Les Nunamaker, Sea Lion Hall, Larry Gardner, Ray Collins, Jake Stahl,

Front Row: Heinie Wagner, Hugh Bedient, Mascot, Larry Pape, Marty Krug,

Led by player/manager Jake Stahl the Boston Red Sox christened their spiffy new ballpark by winning 105 games and their 3rd American League pennant. They beat out a surprising Washington Senators by 14 games.

Their .277 team batting average was 2nd to the A’s .282. They led the league with a paltry 29 home runs, a beefy 269 doubles and a representative 799 runs. Their 2.76 team ERA was 2nd to the Senators 2.69. These were the only teams with a sub 3.00 ERA.

Bill “Rough” Carrigan was the primary catcher. He hit .263 with just 8 extra base hits. He was backed up by rookie Hick Cady(.259) and 2nd year player Les Nunamaker(.252).

Jake Stahl hit .301 at 1st base. This is his last full season with the Red Sox as he would resign in 1913 at mid season.

The remainder of the infield was manned  by Steve Yerkes at 2nd(.252), Heinie Wagner at short(.274), and Larry Gardner at 3rd. Gardner hit .315 with a team leading 18 triples.

The Red Sox outfield of Tris Speaker, Duffy Lewis, and Harry Hooper ignited this offense. Speaker hit .383, 3rd in the league, his 10 home runs, 53 doubles and a .464 OBP were all 1st in the league. Tack on 90 rbis, 136 runs scored and 52 stolen bases and you have the league MVP. Duffy Lewis hit .284 with a career high 109 rbis. Harry Hooper had a down year hitting just .242.

Smoky Joe Wood had his career year going 34-5 with a 1.91 ERA. He led the league in wins and shutouts with 10. This was Wood’s 2nd and last 20+ win season.

Buck O’Brien and Hugh Bedient also won 20 games. Bedient would have been a consensus Rookie of The Year choice. Ray Collins and Charles “Sea Lion” Hall won 13 and 15 games respectively.

The Red Sox beat the NY Giants in a memorable 7 game series.

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Frank “Home Run” Baker

While setting up the 1911 World Series Revisited I was thinking about Frank Baker’s role in the actual 1911 World Series, and was wondering if he would become “Home Run” Baker in my little replay adventure. Would he hit a couple of key home runs in this series, just like he did in 1911? Unfortunately, Baker failed to hit a home run, but even though he didn’t earn his baseball sobriquet this time, he will still remain Home Run Baker.

Coincidentally during that time, I was checking out my Amazon recommendations when I came across this book:

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Frank “Home Run” Baker: Hall of Fame and World Series Hero By Barry Sparks, published in 2006 by McFarland& Co. It’s a very well written biography on Frank Baker, as well as a fine story of the Deadball Era of the early 20th Century. I recommend this book(As does Amazon) to anyone interested in baseball history.

Some of the things I learned about Home Run Baker:

* While playing for the 1907 Cambridge, Maryland, Baseball Club he met and married a Swiss immigrant’s daughter by the name of Ottilie Tschantre. They had 2 daughters, Ottilie and Janise.

* Ottilie died of scarlet fever in 1921, she was just 31 years old.

* Baker’s 1st home run was a Grand Slam off Frank Arellanes. It was the only Grand Slam of his career.

* One month later he hit his 2nd home run off the same pitcher.

* Baker used a 52 ounce bat.

* Baker hit 5 career home runs off Walter Johnson.

* On 9/26/1911 he became the 1st player to hit 2 homeruns in a game at Shibe Park.

* His 130 rbis in 1912 were a Major League record. Babe Ruth topped that in 1920, but it wasn’t until 1953 when another 3rd baseman, Eddie Mathews, had more rbis in a season.(135)

* Baker not only earned his “Home Run” moniker with a home run off Rube Marquard in game 2 of the 1911 World Series, but he hit his 3rd and final World Series home run off Marquard in the 1913 World Series.

* The Yankees purchased Baker from the A’s in 1916 for $37,500.

* His 1st home run as a Yankee came off the infamous Lefty Williams.

* Baker played in 2 World Series with the Yankees(1921,1922) both losses to the NY Giants.

* Baker won 4 consecutive home run titles(1911-1914)

* Baker had just 96 career home runs.

* When he retired in 1922 he was 14th on the all-time list in home runs

* He is currently tied for 837th on the all-time list, along with Bernie Carbo and Rick Dempsey

* Frank Baker died on June 28, 1963 after suffering a stroke. He was 77 years old.

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1911 World Series Revisited A’s Vs Giants Game #6

10/26/1911 @ Shibe Park

Red Ames vs Chief Bender

Bender Shuts Out Giants As A’s Win 2nd Straight Championship.

Red Murray led the NL in Homeruns in 1909 with just 7 long balls.

With 2 outs in the 1st inning Red Ames walked Eddie Collins on 4 pitches. Frank Baker followed that up with a groundball single. On the 1st pitch to Danny Murphy, Collins and Baker tried a double steal. Chief Meyers threw the ball into centerfield trying to gun down Baker at 2nd, allowing Collins to score from 3rd. 

The Giants Red Murray was out trying to steal 3rd ending the 3rd inning. The Giants Red Murray tripled with 2 outs in the 4th but was left stranded. The Giants Red Murray singled to open the 7th inning. He was thrown out stealing 2nd, just 1 pitch before Buck Herzog doubled into the gap. The Giants Red Murray flew out in the 9th to end the game, giving the A’s and Chief Bender a 1-0 win and a World Series Revisited Championship.

10/26/1911, NYN11-PhA11, Shibe Park
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
1911 Giants            0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  5  1     5  0
1911 Athletics         1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  x     1  4  1     5  0
Giants               AB  R  H BI   AVG    Athletics            AB  R  H BI   AVG
Devore            lf  3  0  0  0  .458    Lord              lf  4  0  1  0  .333
Doyle,L           2b  4  0  0  0  .087    Oldring           cf  4  0  1  0  .286
Snodgrass         cf  4  0  0  0  .174    Collins           2b  3  1  0  0  .269
Murray,R          rf  4  0  2  0  .308    Baker             3b  3  0  1  0  .375
Merkle            1b  4  0  0  0  .208    Murphy            rf  2  0  0  0  .500
Herzog            3b  3  0  2  0  .273    Davis             1b  3  0  0  0  .217
Fletcher          ss  3  0  1  0  .182    Barry             ss  3  0  0  0  .167
Meyers            c   3  0  0  0  .211    Thomas            c   3  0  0  0  .308
Ames              p   3  0  0  0  .000    Bender            p   2  0  1  0  .222
                     31  0  5  0                               27  1  4  0
Giants                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Ames             L 0-1           8.0  4  1  0  3  5 106  58  0.00
                                 8.0  4  1  0  3  5 106  58
Athletics                        INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Bender           W 3-0           9.0  5  0  0  1  2 119  73  1.00
                                 9.0  5  0  0  1  2 119  73
E-Meyers, Davis. 2B-Herzog(2). 3B-Murray,R(1). SB-Collins(5), Baker(2).
CS-Murray,R 2. K-Snodgrass, Ames, Lord, Murphy, Davis, Thomas, Bender.
BB-Devore, Collins, Murphy, Bender. PB-Thomas 2.
Temperature: 73, Field: wet, Sky: threatening, Wind: left to right at 12 MPH.

No home runs for Home Run Baker, in fact no home runs for the A’s in the series. It didn’t matter as the A’s were aggressive on the base paths, stealing 10 bases, and they had Chief Bender on the mound. 3 games, 3 wins, 2 shutouts and a 1.00 ERA gives Bender the MVP.

 DMB team batting — 1911 Philadelphia Athletics                          
                              League championship — as of 10/26/1911                              

S Name               P    AVG   OBP   SPC    G   AB    H  2B  3B  HR    R  RBI   BB    K HBP  IW  SB  CS
  McInnis            1b 1.000 1.000 1.000    1    1    1   0   0   0    0    1    0    0   0   0   0   0
  Lapp*              c   .571  .667  .571    2    7    4   0   0   0    2    1    2    2   0   0   0   0
  Murphy             rf  .500  .583  .667    6   18    9   3   0   0    3    3    5    3   0   5   1   0
  Baker*             3b  .375  .385  .583    6   24    9   1   2   0    5    4    1    0   0   0   2   0
  Lord               of  .333  .333  .400    6   30   10   2   0   0    3    1    0    4   0   0   0   0
  Thomas             c   .308  .400  .385    4   13    4   1   0   0    2    1    2    5   0   1   0   0
  Oldring            of  .286  .286  .429    6   28    8   2   1   0    2    4    0    4   0   0   0   0
  Collins*           2b  .269  .321  .423    6   26    7   4   0   0    7    2    2    3   0   0   5   1
  Davis              1b  .217  .208  .261    6   23    5   1   0   0    2    2    0    4   0   0   0   0
  Barry              ss  .167  .200  .167    6   24    4   0   0   0    2    1    1    3   0   0   2   0
  Coombs#            sp  .000  .000  .000    2    4    0   0   0   0    0    1    0    1   0   0   0   0
  Strunk*            of  .000  .000  .000    1    1    0   0   0   0    0    1    0    0   0   0   0   0
  Pitchers               .143  .250  .143    6   14    2   0   0   0    0    0    2    8   0   0   0   0
  Total                  .296  .336  .390    6  213   63  14   3   0   28   22   15   37   0   6  10   1

                              DMB team batting — 1911 New York Giants                             
                              League championship — as of 10/26/1911                              

S Name               P    AVG   OBP   SPC    G   AB    H  2B  3B  HR    R  RBI   BB    K HBP  IW  SB  CS
  Wilson,A           c  1.000 1.000 1.333    3    3    3   1   0   0    0    0    0    0   0   0   0   0
  Devore*            lf  .458  .552  .667    6   24   11   1   2   0    2    4    5    3   0   0   1   3
  Murray,R           rf  .308  .333  .500    6   26    8   3   1   0    3    3    1    5   0   0   2   2
  Herzog             3b  .273  .292  .364    6   22    6   2   0   0    1    1    0    2   1   0   0   1
  Meyers             c   .211  .348  .263    6   19    4   1   0   0    3    1    3    2   1   1   0   0
  Merkle             1b  .208  .240  .375    6   24    5   1   0   1    3    3    0    4   1   0   1   0
  Fletcher           ss  .182  .217  .409    6   22    4   1   2   0    4    2    1    4   0   1   0   0
  Snodgrass          cf  .174  .296  .174    6   23    4   0   0   0    2    0    2    2   2   0   0   0
  Doyle,L*           2b  .087  .214  .217    6   23    2   0   0   1    3    4    3    1   1   1   0   0
  Becker,B*          rf  .000  .000  .000    2    2    0   0   0   0    0    1    0    0   0   0   0   0
  Crandall           mr  .000  .000  .000    1    1    0   0   0   0    0    0    0    0   0   0   0   0
  Pitchers               .231  .286  .308    6   13    3   1   0   0    0    1    1    2   0   0   0   0
  Total                  .248  .319  .381    6  202   50  11   5   2   21   20   16   25   6   3   4   6

DMB team pitching — 1911 Philadelphia Athletics                         
                              League championship — as of 10/26/1911                              

S Name               P     ERA   W   L   S   G  GS  CG SHO     INN    H    R   ER   BB    K  HR GDP    BF
  Morgan             sp   0.00   0   0   0   1   0   0   0     0.2    0    0    0    2    1   0   0     4
  Bender             sp   1.00   3   0   0   3   3   3   2    27.0   18    3    3    4   11   0   1   101
  Krause*            sp   3.60   0   0   0   1   0   0   0     5.0    5    2    2    1    3   1   0    20
  Plank*             sp   3.72   1   1   0   2   1   1   0     9.2   10    5    4    5    7   0   1    48
  Coombs             sp   8.18   0   1   0   2   2   0   0    11.0   17   11   10    4    3   1   0    56
  Total                   3.21   4   2   0   6   6   4   2    53.1   50   21   19   16   25   2   2   229

                             DMB team pitching — 1911 New York Giants                             
                              League championship — as of 10/26/1911                              

S Name               P     ERA   W   L   S   G  GS  CG SHO     INN    H    R   ER   BB    K  HR GDP    BF
  Ames               sp   0.00   0   1   0   2   1   1   0     8.1    4    1    0    3    5   0   0    31
  Crandall           mr   0.00   1   0   0   1   0   0   0     3.0    3    1    0    2    3   0   0    14
  Wiltse*            sp   3.60   0   0   1   2   0   0   0     5.0    5    2    2    0    4   0   1    19
  Marquard*          sp   3.68   0   1   0   2   2   0   0    14.2   21   10    6    4   12   0   1    71
  Mathewson          sp   4.71   1   2   0   3   3   1   0    21.0   30   14   11    6   13   0   0   102
  Total                   3.29   2   4   1   6   6   2   0    52.0   63   28   19   15   37   0   2   237

Next up in the 1912 World Series Revisited the Boston Red Sox take on the NY Giants.

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1911 World Series Revisited A’s vs Giants Game #5

10/24/1911@ Polo Grounds

Jack Coombs vs Rube Marquard

A World Series Revisited Game For The Ages

Larry Doyle

Larry Doyle was the 1912 NL MVP

The Philadelphia A’s looked like they were going to close out this World Series  Championship in 5 games when they scored single runs in each of the 1st 4 innings, en route to a 5-1 lead heading into the bottom of the 9th at the Polo Grounds. A’s pitcher Jack Coombs retired Art Fletcher to start the inning, but he came in a little to close to Chief Meyers, hitting him in the leg. Doc Crandall flew out to center for the 2nd out, and Josh Devore fought off an 0-2 pitch, producing a slow roller to shortstop Jack Barry. Barry charged the ball and fired to 1st, but Devore just beat the throw, putting runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 outs. Laughing Larry Doyle, fouled off a couple of 3-2 pitches before launching a 3 run home run into the right field stands, pulling the Giants within 1 run.

Eddie Plank was brought in to relieve Coombs, but he promptly gave up a line drive single to Fred Snodgrass. Red Murray smacked a line drive, into right center, splitting the outfielders for a game tying double.

The A’s failed to score in the 10th. Buck Herzog led off the 10th for the Giants with a ringing double to right. A walk to Art Fletcher and an infield single by pinch hitter Art Wilson loaded the bases with 1 out. Josh Devore won it for the Giants with a single to center, his 4th hit of the game.

Despite being down to their last strike with 4 different batters, the Giants prevailed 6-5 forcing a game 6.

10/25/1911, PhA11-NYN11, Polo Grounds
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10     R  H  E   LOB DP
1911 Athletics         1  1  1  1  0  0  0  1  0  0     5 13  1    12  0
1911 Giants            0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  4  1     6 14  2    12  1
Athletics            AB  R  H BI   AVG    Giants               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Lord              lf  6  0  2  1  .346    Devore            lf  5  1  4  1  .524
Oldring           cf  6  0  2  1  .292    Doyle,L           2b  4  1  1  3  .105
Collins           2b  5  2  2  0  .304    Snodgrass         cf  5  1  1  0  .211
Baker             3b  5  0  3  1  .381    Murray,R          rf  5  1  3  1  .273
Murphy            rf  4  0  2  1  .563    Merkle            1b  5  0  1  0  .250
Davis             1b  5  0  0  0  .250    Herzog            3b  4  0  1  1  .211
Barry             ss  4  1  0  0  .190    Fletcher          ss  4  1  0  0  .158
Lapp              c   3  2  2  0  .571    Meyers            c   4  1  2  0  .250
Coombs            p   3  0  0  1  .000    Marquard          p   1  0  0  0  .000
Plank             p   0  0  0  0  .000     Becker,B         ph  1  0  0  0  .000
                     41  5 13  5           Crandall         p   1  0  0  0  .000
                                           Wilson,A         ph  1  0  1  0 1.000
                                                               40  6 14  6
Athletics                        INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Coombs                           8.2  9  4  4  2  2 134  80  8.18
Plank            BS 1, L 1-1     0.2  5  2  2  1  0  23  13  3.72
                                 9.1 14  6  6  3  2 157  93
Giants                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Marquard                         7.0 10  4  4  2  5 131  83  3.68
Crandall         W 1-0           3.0  3  1  0  2  3  43  26  0.00
                                10.0 13  5  4  4  8 174 109
NYN: Becker,B batted for Marquard in the 7th
     Wilson,A batted for Crandall in the 10th
E-Davis, Fletcher, Meyers. 2B-Collins(4), Murray,R 2(3), Herzog(1).
3B-Devore(2). HR-Doyle,L(1). RBI-Lord(1), Oldring(4), Baker(4), Murphy(3),
Coombs(1), Devore(4), Doyle,L 3(4), Murray,R(3), Herzog(1). SB-Collins(4),
Baker(1), Barry 2(2), Murray,R(2). CS-Devore. K-Lord 2, Oldring, Murphy,
Davis, Barry, Lapp, Coombs, Merkle, Marquard. BB-Murphy, Barry, Lapp 2,
Devore, Doyle,L, Fletcher. SH-Plank, Marquard. SF-Coombs, Herzog. HBP-Meyers.
PB-Meyers 2. HB-Coombs.
GWRBI: Devore
Temperature: 62, Sky: clear, Wind: in from left at 12 MPH.

 

The A’s lead this series 3-2.

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