1917 World Series

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1917 World Series
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Chicago White Sox (4) Pants Rowland 100–54, .649, GA: 9
New York Giants (2) John McGraw 98–56, .636, GA: 10
Dates: October 6–15
Umpires: Silk O'Loughlin (AL), Bill Klem (NL), Billy Evans (AL), Cy Rigler (NL)
Hall of Famers: Umpires: Bill Klem, Billy Evans Chicago White Sox: Eddie Collins, Red Faber, Ray Schalk. Giants: John McGraw (mgr.).
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In the 1917 World Series, the Chicago White Sox beat the New York Giants four games to two. The Series was played against the backdrop of World War I, which dominated the American newspapers that year and next.

The strong Chicago White Sox club had finished the 1917 season with a 100–54 record: their first and only one-hundred-win season in franchise history as of 2014. The Sox's next World Series winner in 2005 would finish the regular season with a 99–63 record.

The Sox won Game 1 of the Series in Chicago 2–1 behind a complete game by Eddie Cicotte. Happy Felsch hit a home run in the fourth inning that provided the winning margin. The Sox beat the Giants in Game 2 by a score of 7–2 behind another complete game effort by Red Faber to take a 2–0 lead in the Series.

Back in New York for Game 3, Cicotte again threw a complete game, but the Sox could not muster a single run against Giants starter Rube Benton and lost 2–0. In Game 4 the Sox were shut out again 5–0 by Ferdie Schupp. Faber threw another complete game, but the Series was even at 2–2 going back to Chicago.

Reb Russell started Game 5 in Chicago, but only faced three batters before giving way to Cicotte. Going into the bottom of the seventh inning, Chicago was down 5–2, but they rallied to score three in the seventh and three in the eighth to win 8–5. Faber pitched the final two innings for the win. In Game 6 the Sox took an early 3–0 lead and on the strength of another complete game victory from Faber (his third of the Series) won 4–2 and clinched the World Championship. Eddie Collins was the hitting hero, batting .409 over the six game series while Cicotte and Faber combined to pitch 50 out of a total 52 World Series innings to lead the staff.

Heinie Zimmerman

The decisive game underscored the Giants' post-season frustrations, featuring a famous rundown in which Giants' third baseman Heinie Zimmerman futilely chased the speedy Eddie Collins toward home plate with what would be the Series-winning run. Catcher Bill Rariden had run up the third base line to start a rundown, expecting pitcher Rube Benton or first baseman Walter Holke to cover the plate. However, neither of them budged, forcing Zimmerman to chase Collins while pawing helplessly in the air with the ball in an attempt to tag him. Two years before the issue of baseball betting reached its peak, Zimmerman found himself having to publicly deny purposely allowing the run to score, i.e. to deny that he had "thrown" the game. In truth, McGraw blamed Benton and Holke for failing to cover the plate. A quote often attributed to Zim, but actually invented by writer Ring Lardner some years later, was that when asked about the incident Zim replied, "Who the hell was I supposed to throw to, Klem (umpire Bill Klem, who was working the plate)?" Conventional wisdom has it that Collins was much faster than Zimmerman, but existing photos of the play show that Zimmerman was only a step or two behind Collins, who actually slid across the plate while Zim jumped over him to avoid trampling him. Zimmerman would eventually be banned for life due to various accusations of corruption.

The great athlete Jim Thorpe, better known for football in general, made his only World Series "appearance" during Game 5, where he was listed in the lineup card as starting in right field; but for his turn at bat in the top of the first inning he was replaced by a left-handed hitting Dave Robertson.

The White Sox, who were essentially dismantled following the 1920 season by baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis due to the Black Sox Scandal in the 1919 World Series, did not win another World Series until 2005.

Summary[edit]

AL Chicago White Sox (4) vs. NL New York Giants (2)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 6 New York Giants – 1, Chicago White Sox – 2 Comiskey Park (I) 1:48 32,000[1]
2 October 7 New York Giants – 2, Chicago White Sox – 7 Comiskey Park (I) 2:13 32,000[2] 
3 October 10 Chicago White Sox – 0, New York Giants – 2 Polo Grounds (IV) 1:55 33,616[3] 
4 October 11 Chicago White Sox – 0, New York Giants – 5 Polo Grounds (IV) 2:09 27,746[4] 
5 October 13 New York Giants – 5, Chicago White Sox – 8 Comiskey Park (I) 2:37 27,323[5] 
6 October 15 Chicago White Sox – 4, New York Giants – 2 Polo Grounds (IV) 2:18 33,969[6]

Matchups[edit]

Game 1[edit]

Saturday, October 6, 1917 at Comiskey Park (I) in Chicago, Illinois

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 7 1
Chicago 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 X 2 7 1
WP: Eddie Cicotte (1–0)   LP: Slim Sallee (0–1)
Home runs:
NYG: None
CWS: Happy Felsch (1)

Game 2[edit]

Sunday, October 7, 1917 at Comiskey Park (I) in Chicago, Illinois

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 1
Chicago 0 2 0 5 0 0 0 0 X 7 14 1
WP: Red Faber (1–0)   LP: Fred Anderson (0–1)
Game 3 at the Polo Grounds, taken from left end of upper deck. Note rope to guide umpire on home run calls.

Game 3[edit]

Wednesday, October 10, 1917 at the Polo Grounds (IV) in upper Manhattan, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 3
New York 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 X 2 8 2
WP: Rube Benton (1–0)   LP: Eddie Cicotte (1–1)

Game 4[edit]

Thursday, October 11, 1917 at the Polo Grounds (IV) in upper Manhattan, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
New York 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 X 5 10 1
WP: Ferdie Schupp (1–0)   LP: Red Faber (1–1)
Home runs:
CWS: None
NYG: Benny Kauff 2 (2)

Game 5[edit]

Saturday, October 13, 1917 at Comiskey Park (I) in Chicago, Illinois

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 5 12 3
Chicago 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 3 X 8 14 6
WP: Red Faber (2–1)   LP: Slim Sallee (0–2)

Game 6[edit]

Monday, October 15, 1917 at the Polo Grounds (IV) in upper Manhattan, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 4 7 1
New York 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 6 3
WP: Red Faber (3–1)   LP: Rube Benton (1–1)

Composite box[edit]

1917 World Series (4–2): Chicago White Sox (A.L.) over New York Giants (N.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago White Sox 0 2 2 9 0 1 3 3 1 21 54 12
New York Giants 2 2 0 5 4 0 2 2 0 17 51 11
Total attendance: 186,654   Average attendance: 31,109
Winning player's share: $3,669   Losing player's share: $2,442[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "1917 World Series Game 1 – New York Giants vs. Chicago White Sox". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  2. ^ "1917 World Series Game 2 – New York Giants vs. Chicago White Sox". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  3. ^ "1917 World Series Game 3 – Chicago White Sox vs. New York Giants". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  4. ^ "1917 World Series Game 4 – Chicago White Sox vs. New York Giants". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  5. ^ "1917 World Series Game 5 – New York Giants vs. Chicago White Sox". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  6. ^ "1917 World Series Game 6 – Chicago White Sox vs. New York Giants". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  7. ^ "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. 66–70. ISBN 0-312-03960-3. 
  • Reichler, Joseph (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.). Macmillan Publishing. p. 2125. ISBN 0-02-579010-2. 

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