We left off final week with the 1920 Dodgers tied within the World Sequence 2-2 with the Indians, with three extra video games scheduled in Cleveland, and the potential of coming again residence to Ebbets Subject.
Besides just one workforce made the journey residence to Brooklyn, after per week that will likely be remembered for one of the vital well-known performs in baseball historical past.
This was a battle between every workforce’s two greatest pitchers. Burleigh Grimes pitched a shutout in Recreation 2 in Brooklyn, beating Indians 31-game winner Jim Bagby, however the end result went the opposite manner on Sunday in Cleveland.
Recreation 5 was one among firsts. After three singles off Grimes to open the sport to load the bases with no one out, proper fielder Elmer Smith launched a house run to proper subject for an early Four-Zero lead, the primary grand slam in World Sequence historical past.
Within the fourth inning, Grimes deliberately walked catcher Steve O’Neill with two outs and a runner on third, hoping to get out of the inning by dealing with the pitcher. Solely Bagby didn’t comply, launching a house run of his personal, giving the Indians an insurmountable 7-Zero lead.
These have been the primary two (and solely) residence runs of the sequence, however have been overshadowed by what occurred subsequent.
Second baseman Pete Kilduff opened the fifth with a single, and catcher Otto Miller adopted with the identical. Clarence Mitchell, who relieved a beleaguered Grimes on the mound, was thought effectively sufficient as a hitter that he began 13 video games at first base and proper subject and pinch-hit 21 occasions in the course of the season.
What got here subsequent was baseball historical past. From Wambsganss’ SABR bio, by Invoice Nowlin:
Wambsganss intentionally performed again on the outfield grass, as Mitch typically hit to proper and Wamby needed to maintain the ball from getting by way of and maybe scoring a run. When the rely reached 1-1, the hit-and-run play was placed on, and it had the whole lot to do with the execution of the play that adopted. Mitchell hit the ball exhausting, and it was heading towards middle subject a number of ft to the fitting of second base. Wambsganss had damaged towards the bag, or he wouldn’t have been capable of make the play. Make it he barely did, catching the ball in mid-flight together with his outstretched glove. Kilduff was virtually to 3rd base and Miller quickly approaching second. Momentum carried Wamby within the course he was going and two or three strides took him to second base. The minute his foot hit the bag, Kilduff was out. And Miller’s personal momentum introduced him proper to Wamby. He pulled up brief and didn’t have time to show again and attempt to retreat. He was simply 5 ft away. “He stopped operating and stood there, so I simply tagged him. That was all there was to it,” Wambsganss defined. “Simply earlier than I tagged him, he stated, ‘The place’d you get that ball?’ I stated, ‘Effectively, I’ve received it and also you’re out quantity three.’” It was throughout in a flash. Three outs. There was useless silence within the park as everybody took in what they’d witnessed, after which an explosion of celebration. [The Wambsganss quotation comes from The Sporting News of January 22, 1966.]
So far, Wambsganss’ feat stays the one triple play in World Sequence historical past, and one among solely 15 unassisted triple performs in MLB historical past.
Remaining rating: Cleveland Eight, Brooklyn 1
Left-hander Duster Mails pitched 6⅔ innings of wonderful aid for Cleveland in Recreation Three to maintain the sport shut, although that recreation was in the end received by Brooklyn. The previous Dodgers pitcher, who pitched 22⅓ innings in aid for Brooklyn at ages 20-21 in 1915 and 1916, had a superb rookie marketing campaign all inside his September name up.
Mails was 7-Zero in his first seven begins, together with a season debut of solely one-plus inning regardless of permitting 4 runs, earlier than the five-inning requirement for starters was codified. However he was glorious for the Indians, posting a 2.13 ERA in 9 common season outings. He continued that together with his scoreless aid effort in Recreation Three, and a shutout in Recreation 6.
Brooklyn solely had three hits within the recreation, however down solely a run, had a fantastic probability at tying the sport with a one-out double by Ivy Olson within the eighth inning. However an infield pop up and a floor out ended the menace.
Sherry Smith was glorious in defeat, permitting just one run within the sixth on a double by George Burns. Oh God, Brooklyn is one win away from getting eradicated.
Smith has a Zero.53 ERA in 17 innings within the sequence, however is 1-1.
Remaining rating: Cleveland 1, Brooklyn Zero
With ticket scalper Rube Marquard banished and Brooklyn supervisor Wilbert Robinson unwilling to make use of Leon Cadore in opposition to Cleveland’s lefties, the Dodgers turned to Grimes on in the future of relaxation on Tuesday.
Grimes stored up for some time, permitting solely a stroll and an infield single by way of three innings of a scoreless recreation, however the Indians received to him within the fourth with two hits and a foul throw on a stolen base try. Tris Speaker tripled within the fifth, and doubles by Steve O’Neill and Charlie Jamieson within the seventh gave Cleveland a Three-Zero benefit.
Within the common season and World Sequence mixed, Grimes received 24 video games and pitched 323 innings, each workforce highs, posting a 2.34 ERA.
Brooklyn’s bats have been dealt with completely by Stan Coveleski, who pitched a shutout to shut out the Dodgers. The fitting-hander pitched three full video games within the sequence, permitting solely two runs. Coveleski was the eighth pitcher to win three video games in a single World Sequence, and his Zero.67 ERA was higher than all of that group besides Christy Mathewson, who pitched three shutouts in 1905.
The Indians received the sequence, 5 video games to 2.
Remaining rating: Cleveland Three, Brooklyn Zero
Brooklyn solely scored eight runs within the seven-game sequence. Outfielder Zack Wheat was 9-for-27 (.333) and second baseman Ivy Olson was Eight-for-25 (.320). The remainder of the workforce was 27-for-163 (.166).
Thanks for studying this look again on the Dodgers’ second pennant, 100 years in the past. I hope it was as enjoyable to learn because it was to analysis and write.