Today in Cubs History: October 14
1906 - The White Sox jump on Three Finger Brown for seven runs in the first two innings and coast behind Doc White to a 7-1 Series-ending victory. The losers share of $439.50 for the Cubs is the lowest ever. The White Sox, known as baseball's 'hitless wonders' complete their unbelievable World Series upset of their powerful crosstown rivals beating the Cubs at South Side Park. The Cubs had won a record 116 regular season games.
1908 - In front of the smallest crowd in World Series history, Chicago, behind the strong pitching of Orval Overall, beat the Tigers in just 85 minutes to capture the Fall Classic. The 6,210 fans, witnessing the fifth and final World Series game at Detroit's Bennett Park, have no idea it will the last time the Cubs will win World Championship in the next 100+ years.
1929 - The Philadelphia A's rallied for three runs in the ninth inning to beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 and take the World Series in five games. Mule Haas' two-run homer tied the game and Bing Miller's RBI double won the game.
2003 - Holding a 3-0 lead and needing only five more outs to go the World Series for the first time since 1945, the Cubs give up eight runs, on five hits, three walks and an error to the Marlins. The team appears to come apart after a Cub fan, sitting along the left-field line at Wrigley Field, tries to catch a foul ball that was about to be caught by Cubs' outfielder Moises Alou for the second out of the inning.
(Since it is the Bartman anniversary, I thought I would re-post the AWESOME article done by ESPN)
And another really good article that one of the security guards who helped get him to safety that night gave recently.
Happy Birthday: Joe Girardi (ex Cub)
Three Fingers Brown
Some players overcome handicaps. Brown turned his to an advantage. As a seven-year-old boy he caught his right hand in a corn grinder on his uncle's farm. It was necessary to amputate almost all the forefinger, and, although saved, the middle finger was mangled and left crooked. His little finger was also stubbed. Later, newspapers called him "Three-Finger," although to his teammates he was "Miner" because he'd worked several years in a coal mine before beginning in baseball at age 24. He started as an infielder, but when he learned to add spin to the ball by releasing it off his stub, he became a pitcher.
Brown was the pitching mainstay of the great "Tinker- to-Evers-to-Chance" Cub teams that won four pennants and two world championships, 1906-10. He won 20 or more games for six consecutive years, starting in 1906, and four of his five WS wins were shutouts.
The peak years of Brown's career coincided with those of Christy Mathewson, and they were often matched when the Giants and Cubs met. One game he lost to Mathewson was Matty's no-hitter in 1905. After that, Brown rolled off nine consecutive victories over Mathewson, the ninth coming in the playoff that decided the famous 1908 pennant race after the "Merkle Boner." In 1916, they faced each other for the final time, each with 12 wins. Mathewson beat Brown, in what turned out to be the last game for each.
Brown was a strong, durable pitcher, admired for his fitness. In 1914, American Monthly, a national magazine, published photos of his exercise program, a rugged series of body-building routines. Always in the starting rotation, he was still able to relieve frequently. He led the NL four times in saves and had 48 lifetime, in addition to his 239 career wins. (JK)
Orval Overall (February 2, 1881 - July 14, 1947) was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball during the early 1900s.
His best years were with the Chicago Cubs, notably 1907 when he won 23 games, second highest total in the National League behind Christy Mathewson's 24. In World Series action he went 3-1 for the Cubs over their Series four appearances during those glory years.
He played seven years in the major leagues compiling a record of 108-71. His 2.24 lifetime ERA is eighth best in major league history.
He is the only man to strike out four batters in one inning in the World Series. He did it in the 1908 Series.
He attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he was captain of the football team. He was named an All American in football.
It’s one of the most interesting feats in sports. And the most confusing? Three strikeouts in one inning is definitely respectable, even a pitcher’s dream, but FOUR in one inning? Yes, it happens, and more often than you’d think.
Just how is this feat achievable? A batter with two strikes on him takes a swing at strike three; however, the catcher does not field the ball cleanly, and instead of tagging the runner out, the runner reaches. The strikeout is recorded, but not the out.
It takes a special pitcher to shake off the embarrassment of allowing a runner you just struck out to get on base and strikeout the next batter. Ed Crane did it first. Walter Johnson did it first in the American League. Bob Gibson, Phil Niekro, Don Drysdale, and Kerry Wood did too.
The 1906 World Series
1906 World Series
The 1906 World Series was the first to feature two teams from the same city, "the windy city" that is. Chicago was split in two as the American League's (South Side) White Sox prepared to battle the National League (West Side) Cubs. The Sox, despite having a meager offense, managed to win the Series opener 2-1. In fact they would play true to form in the first four games of the Series collecting only six runs and eleven hits. The Cubs rebounded with a 7-1 victory in Game 2 that featured the one hit pitching of Ed Reulbach and the timely hitting of Harry Steinfeldt and Joe Tinker. Third baseman Steinfeldt, a .327 hitter after his off-season acquisition from Cincinnati, went three-for-three and Tinker had two hits and scored three runs.
In Game 3, White Sox pitcher Ed Walsh allowed one single off of Solly Hofman and a double to Frank Schulte in the first inning He then went on to hold the Cubs hitless for the rest of the way. The South Side's franchise emerged as 3-0 winners, with Walsh striking out twelve batters and George Rohe tagging Jack Pfiester for a bases-loaded triple in the sixth inning. Mordecai Brown drew the Cubs even the next day, denying the White Sox a hit for the first 5 2/3 innings on the way to a two-hit, 1-0 victory. The trend would not last as the White Sox bats came alive in Games 5 and 6. Nicknamed the "Hitless Wonders" by the local press, they came out swinging and drove Reulbach from the mound in the third inning. Continuing their momentum, they added four runs in the fourth and held on for an 8-6 victory. Frank Isbell paced the Sox's twelve hit attack with a Series-record four doubles and George Davis knocked in three runs as well.
The Cubs were stunned by their cross-town rival's renewed zeal and were unable to stop them in Game 6 despite their best efforts. The "born-again" bats from the South Side defeated Mordecai Brown (the Cubs' Game 4 winner) and cruised to a stunning Series-deciding 8-3 victory that was fueled by fourteen hits. The Sox had pulled off an upset of gigantic proportions despite hitting only .198 in the Series. Their top threesome, Patsy Dougherty, Billy Sullivan and Fielder Jones, the team's playing manager, combined for only four hits in sixty-two at-bats. Nevertheless they had out-hit the Cubs, who batted only .196. Their top hitter, center fielder Solly Hofman, had appeared in only sixty-four games during the regular season, yet he played every inning of the Series and batted .304.
The 1907 World Series
1907 World Series
The 1907 World Series once again, featured the National's Chicago Cubs going up against the American's Detroit Tigers, who had just edged out the previous year's champion Philadelphia Athletics in a fierce pennant race. The opening contest rewarded fans on both sides of the field with neither team backing down. After twelve innings, the game was called because of darkness. Tigers 3, Cubs 3. Although Detroit had clearly started Game 1 with more momentum, Chicago showed it's resolve and snatched the victory from the Tiger's grasp. The Cubs seemed inspired by their stunning loss to the underdog White Sox in the last years Series and had obviously learned from their mistakes. It was only the beginning as Manager Hugh Jennings' Tigers would fail to recapture the initial fire and fail to score more than one run in any of the remaining Series games. Chicago's Jack Pfiester dominated Detroit, 3-1, in Game 2 and Ed Reulbach continued the streak beating American League champs, 5-1, the next day.
The Tigers showed some signs of life in Game 4 when they seized a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning as an up-and-coming twenty year-old named Ty Cobb, having just won his first batting championship, slammed a triple and scored on a Claude Rossman single. Unfortunately that was all they could muster and went down to a 6-1 defeat against Orval Overall. Game 5 was Detroit's last chance at turning the series, but Mordecai Brown threw a seven-hitter clinching the 2-0 triumph and a Cubs sweep of the Series. Chicago's boys from the West Side had dominated the entire contest and made amends for the Series loss to their cross town rivals the previous year.
Most fans were not surprised by Chicago's supremacy. The Cubs were quickly becoming baseball's first "dynasty" making their second (soon to be third) post-season championship appearance, getting there by winning one-hundred seven games and finishing seventeen games ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Detroit never had a chance as the Cubs aggressive play on both sides of the plate stole the show. They had outstanding offense from Steinfeldt and Evers, who batted .471 and .350, respectively (with Steinfeldt getting seven hits in the last three games of the Series and Evers getting seven in the first three games). They ran with reckless abandon against the Tigers, stealing seven bases in Game 1 and finishing the Series with eighteen. Most importantly, Chicago's pitching staff held a potentially threatening Tigers line-up to forty-three scoreless innings out of forty-eight and shut down the American League's top hitters of 1907, Cobb and Sam Crawford. Cobb managed only a .200 average in the Series after batting .350 in the regular season; Crawford hit .238 after a .323 season.
The 1908 World Series
1908 World Series
The fourth official World Series marked the third consecutive postseason championship appearance of the Chicago Cubs. After losing to their cross town rivals, the White Sox in 1906, the reigning National League champs made amends by sweeping Detroit in the 1907 Series. The Tigers had learned a hard lesson and were also determined to make a repeat appearance. They met their goal by winning the American League pennant on the last day of the regular season. The press played up the rematch on both sides as Chicago papers were filled with words like "repeat" while the Detroit papers used "revenge".
Game 1 recalled memories of the previous year's opener as the Tigers held a surprise lead going into the ninth inning. Once again, the Tigers watched their advantage fade away, although this year the game would not be called at a tie. Detroit pitcher, Ed Simmons continued to look strong going into the ninth as he retired Johnny Evers to open the inning. The twenty-four game winner was two outs away from Series leading victory, when suddenly everything folded. In what must have seemed like a recurring bad dream, Simmons yielded six consecutive hits resulting in five runs. Chicago snatched the lead and never looked back en route to a 10-6 triumph, using Orval Overall and Mordecai Brown in relief roles behind Ed Reulbach.
Chicago's Orval Overall was given the start for Game 2, having only served in a relief role in the Series opener and was paired up against the Tiger's ace Bill Donovan. Both pitchers went head-to-head for four innings straight with neither allowing a single hit in a 0-0 standoff. Three innings later, the Tigers had managed three hits and the Cubs had one. The game remained scoreless going into the eighth inning with both teams waiting for the other to blink. Donovan blinked first and ran into trouble in the bottom of the inning. Joe Tinker started the rally with a two run homer to right field and before the inning was over, the Cubs had four more hits and four more runs. Ty Cobb tried to generate some momentum with a run-scoring single in the ninth, but once again, Chicago prevailed, winning 6-1. The Cubs were on a roll and won their sixth consecutive Series game against the Tigers.
Detroit was finally able to break Chicago's post-season winning streak in Game 3 with a stellar performance on the mound by George Mullin. The Tigers' ace dominated the Cubs line-up allowing only seven hits in an 8-3 victory. The win appeared to breathe some life back into the perennial losers, but their renewed fervor didn't last long. In Game 4, they recorded a miserable four-hit effort in a 3-0 loss against Brown and they would never recover. Overall, who had performed so magnificently Game 2, was even better in Game 5. The twenty-seven year-old right hander allowed only three hits and struck out ten batters in the 2-0 triumph and back-to-back Series winner. The Tigers' embarrassment was dulled by the lack of witnesses in the stands as only 6,210 fans witnessed the finale in Detroit, the smallest crowd in Series history.
The Cubs became the first team to record three consecutive World Series appearances and two consecutive World Series victories with both championship wins coming off the heels of a record one-hundred sixteen victory season of 1906. In 1908, Chicago's West Side franchise was more than just a winning baseball team, they had just become sports first official "dynasty".
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