1913 World Series

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1913 World Series
1913-world-series-polo-grounds.jpg
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Philadelphia Athletics (4) Connie Mack 96–57, .627, GA: 6 12
New York Giants (1) John McGraw 101–51, .664, GA: 12 12
Dates: October 7–11
Umpires: Bill Klem (NL), Tommy Connolly (AL), Cy Rigler (NL), Rip Egan (AL)
Hall of Famers: Umpires: Bill Klem, Tommy Connolly.
Athletics: Connie Mack (mgr.), Frank Baker, Chief Bender, Eddie Collins, Herb Pennock (dnp), Eddie Plank.
Giants: John McGraw (mgr.), Rube Marquard, Christy Mathewson.
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In the 1913 World Series, the Philadelphia Athletics beat the New York Giants four games to one.

The A's pitching gave the edge to a closer-than-it-looked Series in 1913. The great Christy Mathewson lost his Series swan song in the final game to an old college rival and eventual fellow Baseball Hall of Fame member, Eddie Plank.

The Giants thus became the first National League team since the Chicago Cubs (19061908) to win three consecutive pennants. They were also the second club (following the Detroit Tigers (19071909) to lose three consecutive World Series; and, as of 2014, the last to do so.

The Series itself was an ironic face-off, as the Giants and A's would eventually become crosstown rivals. The A's would win again in a four-game sweep in the 1989 World Series, famous for the earthquake that struck before Game 3, which would be the last World Series victory for the A's.

Summary[edit]

AL Philadelphia Athletics (4) vs. NL New York Giants (1)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 7 Philadelphia Athletics – 6, New York Giants – 4 Polo Grounds (IV) 2:06 36,291[1]
2 October 8 New York Giants – 3, Philadelphia Athletics – 0 (10 innings) Shibe Park 2:22 20,563[2] 
3 October 9 Philadelphia Athletics – 8, New York Giants – 2 Polo Grounds (IV) 2:11 36,896[3] 
4 October 10 New York Giants – 5, Philadelphia Athletics – 6 Shibe Park 2:09 20,568[4] 
5 October 11 Philadelphia Athletics – 3, New York Giants – 1 Polo Grounds (IV) 1:39 36,632[5]

Matchups[edit]

VIPs attend Game 2 at Shibe Park
PA Governor and Mrs. John Kinley Tener
Baseball execs Ed McKeever (Brooklyn NL), Ben Shibe (Phila. AL), Garry Herrmann and Joseph Flanner (Cincinnati NL) (Front, L–R)

Game 1[edit]

Tuesday, October 7, 1913 at the Polo Grounds (IV) in upper Manhattan, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 1 0 6 11 1
New York 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 4 11 0
WP: Chief Bender (1–0)   LP: Rube Marquard (0–1)
Home runs:
PHA: Home Run Baker (1)
NYG: None

In the opener, J. Franklin ("Home Run") Baker drove in three runs with three hits for the A's, including a home run. Frank apparently liked his nickname and wanted to hang on to it.

Game 2[edit]

Wednesday, October 8, 1913 at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 7 2
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 2
WP: Christy Mathewson (1–0)   LP: Eddie Plank (0–1)

Mathewson and Plank matched craft and guile, and after nine innings it was as it had been at the beginning: 0–0. In the bottom of the ninth, the Giants had put on a stirring baseball version of the "goal-line stand". With none out, the A's had Amos Strunk on third and Jack Barry on second. The next batter, Jack Lapp, grounded to first, where Hooks Wiltse, a pitcher, was filling in. Wiltse made a good stop and threw home to nab Strunk. With Barry on third now and Lapp on first, Plank grounded to Wiltse and Hooks fired home again, getting a sliding Barry. Mathewson retired the next hitter, and the game went into extra innings. In the top of the tenth the Giants broke the ice with three runs, with Matty sprinkling a bit more stardust over his legend by singling in the winning run and then completing the extra-inning shutout by retiring the A's in their half of the tenth.

Game 3[edit]

Thursday, October 9, 1913 at the Polo Grounds (IV) in upper Manhattan, New York

Crowds in Polo Grounds before Game 3 of the World Series
Game 4 at Shibe: Doc Crandall at the plate, Chief Bender on the hill
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 3 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 8 12 1
New York 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 5 1
WP: Bullet Joe Bush (1–0)   LP: Jeff Tesreau (0–1)
Home runs:
PHA: Wally Schang (1)
NYG: None

Game 4[edit]

Friday, October 10, 1913 at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 5 8 2
Philadelphia 0 1 0 3 2 0 0 0 X 6 9 0
WP: Chief Bender (2–0)   LP: Al Demaree (0–1)
Home runs:
NYG: Fred Merkle (1)
PHA: None

The home team finally won a game, although the visiting Giants made it close in the late innings.

Game 5[edit]

Saturday, October 11, 1913 at the Polo Grounds (IV) in upper Manhattan, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 1
New York 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 2
WP: Eddie Plank (1–1)   LP: Christy Mathewson (1–1)

So all but one of the five games of the 1913 World Series were won by the visiting team.

Composite box[edit]

The Athletics World Series team

1913 World Series (4–1): Philadelphia Athletics (A.L.) over New York Giants (N.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Philadelphia Athletics 4 3 2 6 4 0 2 2 0 0 23 46 5
New York Giants 0 0 1 0 5 0 4 2 0 3 15 33 7
Total attendance: 150,950   Average attendance: 30,190
Winning player's share: $3,246   Losing player's share: $2,164[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "1913 World Series Game 1 - Philadelphia Athletics vs. New York Giants". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  2. ^ "1913 World Series Game 2 - New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Athletics". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  3. ^ "1913 World Series Game 3 - Philadelphia Athletics vs. New York Giants". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  4. ^ "1913 World Series Game 4 - New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Athletics". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  5. ^ "1913 World Series Game 5 - Philadelphia Athletics vs. New York Giants". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  6. ^ "World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved June 14, 2009. 

References[edit]

  • Cohen, Richard M.; Neft, David S. (1990). The World Series: Complete Play-By-Play of Every Game, 1903–1989. New York: St. Martin's Press. pp. 48–51. ISBN 0-312-03960-3. 
  • Reichler, Joseph (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.). MacMillian Publishing. p. 2121. ISBN 0-02-579010-2. 

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