The 101-50 A’s take on the 99-54 Giants. Connie Mack vs John McGraw in their 2nd World Series matchup. The A’s and Giants met in the 2nd World Series in 1905. The World Series that crowned Christy Mathewson as the best pitcher in baseball. 3 complete game shutouts for Big Six, a feat that will never be matched.
Unfortunately for Mathewson the result will not be the same. The A’s will win this World Series in 6 games, with Mathewson taking the loss in 2 of the games, and Frank Baker will forever be called Home Run Baker because of his 2 noteworthy home runs.
10/14/1911, Polo Grounds, Christy Mathewson vs Chief Bender
A pitcher’s duel that saw Chief Bender strike out 11 for the A’s, and saw Christy Mathewson retire the last 11 batters he faced.
Harry Davis singled in the soon to be Home Run Baker in the 2nd, and the Giants tied the score at 1 in the 4th without the benefit of a hit, as Eddie Collins booted a 2 out groundball allowing Fred Snodgrass to score. In the 7th Josh Devore’s 2 out double scored Chief Meyers with the game winner.
10/16/1911, Shibe Park, Eddie Plank vs Rube Marquard
Home Run Baker hit a game winning 2 run home run off Rube Marquard in the 6th inning. Josh Devore the hero of game 1, struck out 4 times against Eddie Plank, as the A’s evened the series at 1. Christy Mathewson would criticize Marquard for allowing Baker to hit the decisive home run. Something he would soon regret.
10/17/1911, Polo Grounds, Christy Mathewson vs Jack Coombs
Giants 2 (11)
Leading 1-0 in the 9th, Christy Mathewson created a legend when he allowed a game tying home run to Home Run Baker. The A’s would score 2 runs in the 11th on 3 singles and 2 errors. In the last of the 11th the Giants scored a run to pull to within 3-2. Beals Becker was thrown out stealing to end the game. Some guy named Ruth did the same thing. Josh Devore struck out in his 1st at bat giving him 5 straight whiffs over 2 games.
10/24/1911, Shibe Park, Chief Bender vs Christy Mathewson
After 6 days of rain, Game 4 featured a rematch of game 1, but this time with different results. The A’s pounded Mathewson for 10 hits, 7 of them doubles, in just 7 innings.
10/25/1911, Polo Grounds, Jack Coombs vs. Rube Marquard
A’s 3 (10)
Rube Oldring hit a 3 run home run with 2 outs in the 3rd to stake the A’s to the early lead. The Giants scored a run in the 7th on a sac fly, and tied it in the 9th on a 2 out double from Doc Crandall, and a single from Josh Devore. In the 10th Larry Doyle led off with a double and scored the game winner on a sac fly off the bat of Fred Merkle. Doyle scored on a beautiful fade away slide. Umpire Bill Klem would say later that Doyle never touched home plate, but the A’s never noticed.
10/26/1911, Shibe Park, Chief Bender vs Red Ames
The A’s scored 4 runs in the 4th, and 7 runs in the 7th to win this game easily. The A’s banged out 13 hits, with Danny Murphy accounting for 4 of them.
Chief Bender won his 2nd game of the Series, while striking out 5 batters. The 20 strikeouts by Bender is still a record for a 6 game series.
Bill Dineen, the winner of 3 games in the 1903 World Series worked this series as an umpire.
In the series the Giants hit just .175 with no home runs, while the A’s hit .244 with 3 long balls.
The total attendance was an impressive 179,851, with the winning player’s share amounting to a whopping $3655.