1913 World Series
|1913 World Series|
|Umpires||Bill Klem (NL), Tommy Connolly (AL), Cy Rigler (NL), Rip Egan (AL)|
|Hall of Famers||Umpires: Bill Klem, Tommy Connolly|
Athletics: Connie Mack (manager), Frank Baker, Chief Bender, Eddie Collins, Herb Pennock (dnp), Eddie Plank
Giants: John McGraw (manager), Rube Marquard, Christy Mathewson
The A's pitching gave the edge to a closer-than-it-looked Series in 1913. 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 (1906–1908) to win three consecutive pennants. They were also the second club (following the Detroit Tigers 1907–1909) to lose three consecutive World Series; and, as of 2018, the last to do so.
The Series itself was a face-off between two teams that later became crosstown rivals in Oakland and San Francisco. The Oakland A's won 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.
|1||October 7||Philadelphia Athletics – 6, New York Giants – 4||Polo Grounds||2:06||36,292|
|2||October 8||New York Giants – 3, Philadelphia Athletics – 0 (10 innings)||Shibe Park||2:22||20,563|
|3||October 9||Philadelphia Athletics – 8, New York Giants – 2||Polo Grounds||2:11||36,896|
|4||October 10||New York Giants – 5, Philadelphia Athletics – 6||Shibe Park||2:09||20,568|
|5||October 11||Philadelphia Athletics – 3, New York Giants – 1||Polo Grounds||1:39||36,632|
|WP: Chief Bender (1–0) LP: Rube Marquard (0–1)|
PHA: Home Run Baker (1)
In the opener, J. Franklin "Home Run" Baker drove in three runs with three hits for the A's, including a home run. Eddie Collins went 3-3 and scored three runs. Despite giving up four runs and eleven hits, Chief Bender held on for a 6-4 win.
|WP: Christy Mathewson (1–0) LP: Eddie Plank (0–1)|
Mathewson and Plank matched craft and guile. In the bottom of the ninth inning of a scoreless game, 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 Mathewson singling in the winning run and then completing the extra-inning shutout by retiring the A's in their half of the tenth.
|WP: Bullet Joe Bush (1–0) LP: Jeff Tesreau (0–1)|
PHA: Wally Schang (1)
Eddie Collins had three hits and three RBI, and Bullet Joe Bush threw a five-hitter to put the A's ahead in the series.
|WP: Chief Bender (2–0) LP: Al Demaree (0–1)|
NYG: Fred Merkle (1)
The home team won for the first time in the series, although the visiting Giants made it close in the late innings. Wally Schang had four RBI for the A's, they now had a 3-1 lead in the series. Just like in Game 1, Bender struggled but went the distance for his second win of the series.
|WP: Eddie Plank (1–1) LP: Christy Mathewson (1–1)|
Plank led the Athletics to victory, allowing the Giants only two hits, but his own error in the fifth inning cost him a shutout.
|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
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- "1913 World Series Game 2 – New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Athletics". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
- "1913 World Series Game 3 – Philadelphia Athletics vs. New York Giants". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
- "1913 World Series Game 4 – New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Athletics". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
- "1913 World Series Game 5 – Philadelphia Athletics vs. New York Giants". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
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