World Series Newsbeat
Friday, October 09, 2015
Grand Forks Daily Herald, October 9, 1915:
The Boston Americans evened things up today by winning the second game of the world’s series from the Philadelphia Nationals by the score of 2 to 1.
Foster, in addition to pitching a masterly game for the visitors, allowing but three hits, won his own game in the ninth inning by driving out a single that sent Gardner home with the winning run. It was Foster’s third hit of the day, having previously gotten a double.
Mayer pitched well for Philadelphia, but was a bit unsteady at critical moments.
President Wilson and the first lady of the land-to-be, watched the game and cheered unusual plays.
I like that a lot: Cheering unusual plays. Anyway, that’s an impressive performance from Foster. “World Series MVP” wasn’t a thing in 1915, but it almost certainly would have been Rube Foster: 2-0 record, two complete games, 5 runs (4 earned) allowed in 18 innings, .500 batting average (4 for 8), a double, and a game-winning hit.
Thursday, October 08, 2015
Rational Pastime’s playoff simulator now projects the Cubs as 34% favorites to represent the Senior Circuit in the Fall Classic, and 5:1 to win it all… Among today’s American League contenders, the Toronto Blue Jays remain big favorites at 2:1…
Summary of projections:
Posted: October 08, 2015 at 01:41 PM | 8 comment(s)
United Press via the Pittsburgh Press, October 8, 1915:
Phillies and Redsox began the first game of the world’s premier baseball struggle this afternoon on as rotten a playing field as the annual classic was ever contested.
The infield was covered with a slimy, treacherous blanket of muck, which a small army of ground keepers labored feverishly but vainly to make firm under foot.
Shortly before 1 o’clock the diamond was flooded with gasoline and a match applied. The conflagration dried off the surface, but scarcely touched the real seat of the trouble. Sawdust, crushed brick—everything—was thrown onto the playing plat, but still it threatened to make the infielders crazy with grief and consternation.
“Hey Charlie, the field’s too wet to play. What should we do?”
“Heck, I don’t know, Bill. Maybe flood it with gasoline and throw a match on it.”
“Great idea. You get the matches, I’ll get the gasoline. Meet me back here in five minutes.”
Thursday, October 01, 2015
United Press via Toledo News-Bee, October 1, 1915:
Next Friday, in all probability, the Red Sox and Phillies will meet in the first game of the series that will decide the world’s championship.
Final decision as to the date and place of starting the annual derby will not be definitely settled until Saturday, when the national commission meets in New York.
By starting the series on the eighth, which is Friday, the magnates not only would be favoring fandom, but would be financially helping themselves.
Two games could thus be played in one city without a layoff and Sunday could be utilized for travelling to the other.
A World Series doubleheader? That would be bananas. (It didn’t happen, by the way.) Also, this seems like the sort of thing they maybe should have had figured out before October.
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Much has been written about the romance of a baseball game: The perfectly green grass like spring in bloom, the highly charged one-on-one battles between pitcher and batter, the foul lines like ley lines laid down by Eros himself.
For Royals fans, this has led to at least one hospital setting a record this July for most babies born in a month with 473—this coming exactly nine months after Royals’ magical World Series run. These newborns even carry reminders of Kansas City’s first postseason berth in 29 years with names like Finnegan (for recently traded Royals reliever Brandon Finnegan), Holland (for the closer Greg Holland) and Everly Royal.
Posted: August 16, 2015 at 03:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
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