The Philadelphia A’s won their 2nd AL pennant, but because the 1st one was in 1902 it will be their 1st trip to the World Series. This will be the 1st of 3 times that Connie Mack and John McGraw will meet in the fall classic.
The 1905 A’s won 92 games beating the White Sox by 2 games. The A’s had built a 7 game lead on 9/5 but were caught by the Sox on 9/27. This is partly due to the loss of ace pitcher Rube Waddell. While returning from Boston via train on Sept 1, Rube Waddell flipped the straw hat off the head of pitcher Andy Coakely. Coakley took umbrage and started a fight with Waddell. During the scuffle Waddell injured his left shoulder and was out for the rest of the season. Waddell will also be unavailable for the World Series.
When the A’s and White Sox met in their final series of the season they were in a virtual tie with mere percentage points separating them. The A’s took 2 out of 3 and then won their final 5 games to take the pennant by 2 games.
This A’s team was pretty much the same team that won 81 games in 1904 and finished in 5th place. Back was 1st baseman Harry Davis. He hit .285 while leading the league with 8 hrs, 83 rbis, 93 runs and 47 doubles. Lave and Monte Cross manned 3b and ss, and even though they shared the same last name they were not related. They did however share the same .266 average. In the outfield the A’s had Topsey Hartsell, Danny Hoffman and Socks Seybold. Hartsel hit .275 and led the league with 121 walks, almost 50 more than the runner-up. Danny Hoffman led the league with 46 steals, while Seybold’s 6 home runs was good for 3rd.
The A’s hit just .255 as a team while scoring just 623 runs. Both totals led the league because of the overall paucity of offense in the American League this season. Their 24 home runs was good for 2nd.
For the sake of trivia-Lave Cross’s real name was Lafayette Napoleon Cross and rookie outfielder Bris Lord was born Bristol Robotham Lord. His nickname was the Human Eyeball because of his abnormally large forehead.
The A’s made their money with their pitching. Rube Waddell won the pitcher’s triple crown winning 27 games, striking out 287 with an ERA of 1.48. This would be Waddell’s last 20 win season.
Eddie Plank won 24 games and Andy Coakley had his best season winning 18 with a 1.84 ERA. 21 year old Chief Bender added 18 wins.
The A’s compiled a 2.19 team ERA, good for 2nd as the White Sox dominated with a miniscule 1.99.
John McGraw’s 1905 Giants easily won the NL Pennant winning 105 games and besting the Pirates by 9 games. This was the Giants 2nd straight NL Pennant. John McGraw was often quoted as saying that this was the best team he ever managed.
This was essentially the same team that won 106 games in 1904. All the usual suspects were back with the only significant player not returning was catcher Jack Warner, he was sold to the Cardinals in the off season. Roger Bresnahan moved from the outfield to play his 1st full season behind the plate. Sammy Strang was purchased from the Superbas to fill out the Giant outfield.
There was a mid season call-up by the name of Archibald “Moonlight” Graham, but he played 2 innings in the outfield without coming to bat. He played no significance to the outcome of the game, and faded into obscurity…..Maybe not.
“Well, you know I… I never got to bat in the major leagues. I would have liked to have had that chance. Just once. To stare down a big league pitcher. To stare him down, and just as he goes into his windup, wink. Make him think you know something he doesn’t. That’s what I wish for. Chance to squint at a sky so blue that it hurts your eyes just to look at it. To feel the tingling in your arm as you connect with the ball. To run the bases – stretch a double into a triple, and flop face-first into third, wrap your arms around the bag.”
Offensively they were lead by shortstop Bill Dahlen. He hit just .242 but tied for the team led with 7 home runs. Turkey Mike Donlin also hit 7 home runs, but hit .356, scored 124 runs and stole 59 bases. Sam Mertes led the team with 108 rbis while hitting .279. Roger Bresnahan hit .302 playing his 1st full year as Matty’s personal catcher.
Their .273 team average led the league, as did their 39 home runs, 778 runs, and 291 stolen bases.
The pitching staff was exemplary, led by Christy Mathewson and his triple crown numbers of 31 wins, 1.28 ERA and 206 K’s. Iron man Joe McGinnity won 21 games, Red Ames won 22. Dummy Taylor added 16, and Hooks Wiltse won 12. These 5 pitchers would pitch in all but 38 innings for the season. Their 2.39 team ERA was 2nd to the Cubs amazing 2.04 team ERA.
The Giants will easily beat the Philadelphia A’s in 5 games in the 1905 World Series. All 5 games were shutouts and Christy Mathewson will pitch 3 of them. I would love to see the exact same performance from Mathewson in this replay, but for some reason his Diamond Mind performance is always sub-par.
Also, because I can, Moonlight Graham will be on the Giants active roster for the 1905 World Series Revisited. I’ll insert him as a pinch hitter/defensive replacement sometime during this series.
The 1905 World Series Revisited between the Philadelphia A’s and the NY Giants is coming up next.