1909 World Series

The Pittsburgh Pirates, a regular Series contender, won their seventh National League championship in 1909, behind the brilliant play of veteran superstar Honus Wagner. (He would add his eighth and final title two years later) Wagner had hit .339 for the Buccos and Pittsburgh's pitching staff was just as dangerous. Howie Camnitz and Vic Willis won twenty-five and twenty-two games, respectively, for the Pirates and Lefty Leifield posted nineteen victories. Detroit returned for their third consecutive Fall Classic determined to erase the memories of their previous efforts. The Tigers were also backed up by the heavy bat of Ty Cobb (who had just won his third consecutive American League batting title) and a formidable pitching staff featuring Mullin, Willett and Summers who had a combined seventy victories. None of this mattered though as the Pirates big three were unable to win a single game in the Series and only one Detroit standout, Mullin, performed as predicted by chalking up two victories.

The Tigers managed to outplay the Pirates veteran starters, but they couldn't handle newcomer Babe Adams, who had compiled a 12-3 record for the Pirates in 1909. Adams drew the start for Game 1 and responded with a six-hitter, 4-1 victory that was sparked by playing Manager Fred Clarke's game-tying homer in the fourth inning. Once again, Detroit had lost the lead... and lost the game.

Game 2 was tipped in Detroit's favor with a three run outburst in the third inning that was ignited by the spectacular home plate stealing of Ty Cobb. The Tigers had managed to square the Series at one game apiece and were looking for more. Pittsburgh regained the lead in Game 3 when they jumped on the back of Honus Wagner, who had three hits, three runs batted in and three stolen bases and rallied to an 8-6 victory. The win-swapping continued when Tiger ace George Mullin actually lived up to his reputation and threw a five-hit, shutout while striking out ten Pirates in a Game 4 victory.

Once again, Detroit had tied it up, but were unable to repeat as the Babe Adams threw another six-hitter, resulting in an 8-4, Game 5 triumph. The resilient Tigers found themselves back in business the next afternoon when Mullin, after being roughed up for three first-inning runs, surrendered only one more and wound up with a seven-hit, Game 6 winner. With the Series going down to a climactic seventh game (the first to go the distance) Pittsburgh's Fred Clarke went with two game winner, Babe Adams as his pitcher, while Detroit Manager Hugh Jennings decided on Bill Donovan, a complete-game winner in Game 2.

Donovan was off to a miserable start as he hit the first Pirate batter and went on to walk six of them in the first two innings. He was pulled after three with Adams confidently holding a 2-0 lead. Pittsburgh never looked back as the Bucco's Babe nailed his third six-hitter of the Series and an 8-0 championship victory. It was the Pirates third post-season appearance, second official Series and first World Championship. Honus Wagner continued to prove his Cooperstown worthiness by hitting .333, with seven RBIs and six stolen bases. Playing manager Fred Clarke set a record with four walks in Game 4. On the other side, future Hall of Famer Ty Cobb did not fare as well. Appearing in what would be his last Series (although he would be an active player through 1928), Cobb batted only .231 but led Detroit with six RBIs.

"I'll never forget the look on (Babe) Adams's face when I told him I wanted him to pitch the opener (of the 1909 World Series)." - Pirates' Manager Fred Clarke
1909 World Series
1909 World Series Program
1909 World Series Program

1909 World Series Official Score Card
Pittsburgh Pirates Version

1909 World Series Official Score Card
Detroit Tigers Version

Pittsburgh Pirates (4) vs Detroit Tigers (3)

1909 World Series Fast Facts
Game 1
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
29,624
Game 2
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
30,915
Game 3
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
18,277
Game 4
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
17,036
Game 5
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
21,706
Game 6
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
10,535
Game 7
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
17,562
1909 World Series Fast Facts

1909 World Series
Game 1
Line Score / Box Score
1909 World Series Game 1 Capsule
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 4
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 x 4 5 0
Detroit Pitcher(s) Pittsburgh Pitcher(s)

George Mullin (L)

Babe Adams (W)
Detroit Home Runs Pittsburgh Home Runs
None

Fred Clarke (4 th )

1909 World Series
Game 2
Line Score / Box Score
1909 World Series Game 2 Capsule
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit 0 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 7 9 3
Pittsburgh 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 1
Detroit Pitcher(s) Pittsburgh Pitcher(s)
Bill Donovan (W) Howie Camnitz (L)
Detroit Home Runs Pittsburgh Home Runs
None None

1909 World Series
Game 3

1909 World Series Game 3 Ticket
1909 World Series Game 3 Ticket
L ine Score / Box Score

1909 World Series Game 3 Capsule
Team
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
R
H
E
Pittsburgh
5
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
8
10
3
Detroit
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
2
6
10
5
Pittsburgh Pitcher(s)
Detroit Pitcher(s)
Nick Maddox (W)
-
-
Pittsburgh Home Runs
Detroit Home Runs
None
None

1909 World Series
Game 4
Line Score / Box Score
1909 World Series Game 4 Capsule
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 6
Detroit 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 x 5 8 0
Pittsburgh Pitcher(s) Detroit Pitcher(s)
Lefty Leifield (L)
Deacon Phillippe (5
th )

George Mullin (W)
-

Pittsburgh Home Runs Detroit Home Runs
None None

1909 World Series
Game 5
Line Score / Box Score
1909 World Series Game 5 Capsule
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 4 6 1
Pittsburgh 1 1 1 0 0 0 4 1 x 8 10 2
Detroit Pitcher(s) Pittsburgh Pitcher(s)
Ed Summers (L)
Ed Willett (8
th )
Babe Adams (W)
-
Detroit Home Runs Pittsburgh Home Runs
Davy Jones (1 st )
Sam Crawford (8
th )

Fred Clarke (4 th )
-

1909 World Series
Game 6
Line Score / Box Score
1909 World Series Game 6 Capsule
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 7 3
Detroit 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 x 5 10 3
Pittsburgh Pitcher(s) Detroit Pitcher(s)
Vic Willis (L)
Howie Camnitz (6
th )
Deacon Phillippe (7
th )

George Mullin (W)
-
-

Pittsburgh Home Runs Detroit Home Runs
None None

1909 World Series
Game 7
Line Score / Box Score
1909 World Series Game 7 Capsule
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 0 2 0 2 0 3 0 1 0 8 7 0
Detroit 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 3
Pittsburgh Pitcher(s) Detroit Pitcher(s)
Babe Adams (W)
-
Bill Donovan (L)
George Mullin (4 th )
Pittsburgh Home Runs Detroit Home Runs
None None

1909 World Series

Composite Hitting Statistics
Name
Pos
G
AB
H
2B
3B
HR
R
RBI
Avg
BB
SO
SB
ph
1b
p
3b
p
of
c
of-1
of-7,3b-1
p
p
2b
ph
p
ss
p
of
1
7
3
7
2
7
7
2
7
1
1
7
1
2
7
2
7
1
26
9
24
1
19
25
4
25
1
4
28
1
1
24
4
26
0
6
0
6
0
4
6
0
8
0
0
7
0
0
8
0
4
0
2
0
1
0
0
2
0
4
0
0
1
0
0
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
5
0
7
2
1
8
0
0
2
0
0
4
0
2
0
2
0
0
0
7
2
1
2
0
0
4
0
0
6
0
1
.000
.231
.000
.250
.000
.211
.240
.000
.320
.000
.000
.250
.000
.000
.333
.000
.154
0
3
1
1
0
5
1
1
2
0
0
2
0
0
4
0
0
0
10
1
4
0
3
1
0
1
1
1
5
1
1
2
1
2
0
1
0
1
0
3
2
0
1
0
0
3
0
0
6
0
1
Totals
223
49
13
1
2
34
25
.220
20
34
18
1909 World Series
Detroit Tigers
Composite Hitting Statistics
Name
Pos
G
AB
H
2B
3B
HR
R
RBI
Avg
BB
SO
SB
ss
of
of-7,1b-1
2b
p
of
1b
of-1
3b
p
3b
c
c
p
p
p
7
7
7
7
2
7
7
4
7
6
1
6
2
2
2
1
23
26
28
26
4
30
24
3
22
16
3
18
5
3
2
0
6
6
7
9
0
7
6
0
6
3
0
4
1
0
0
0
1
3
3
4
0
0
1
0
1
1
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5
3
4
2
0
6
3
0
4
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
5
4
4
0
1
2
0
1
0
0
4
2
0
0
0
.261
.231
.250
.346
.000
.233
.250
.000
.273
.188
.000
.222
.200
.000
.000
.000
5
2
1
2
0
2
2
0
3
1
0
2
0
0
0
0
3
2
1
5
1
1
0
1
1
3
0
0
2
2
0
0
1
2
1
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
233
55
16
0
2
28
26
.236
20
22
6

1909 World Series

Composite Pitching Statistics
Name
W
L
G
GS
CG
S
Sh
IP
ERA
H
SO
ER
BB
3
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
1
3
2
1
1
2
2
3
1
1
1
0
1
3
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
27.0
3.2
4.0
9.0
6.0
11.1
1.33
9.82
11.25
1.00
0.00
3.97
18
8
7
10
2
10
11
2
0
4
2
3
4
4
5
1
0
5
6
2
1
2
1
8
Totals
4
3
11
7
4
0
1
61.0
2.80
55
22
19
20
1909 World Series
Detroit Tigers
Composite Pitching Statistics
Name
W
L
G
GS
CG
S
Sh
IP
ERA
H
SO
ER
BB
1
2
0
0
0
1
1
2
0
0
2
4
2
2
1
2
3
2
0
0
1
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
12.0
32.0
7.1
7.2
2.0
3.00
1.97
8.59
0.00
9.00
7
22
13
3
4
7
20
4
1
2
4
7
7
0
2
8
8
4
0
0
Totals
3
4
11
7
4
0
1
61.0
2.95
49
34
20
20


Did you know that the Pittsburgh Pirates , who appeared in the 1903 World Series , were playing their first World Series in Forbes Field ?
Two (2) World Series pitching records were set in 1909 including most games won during a seven game series, Babe Adams with three (3), and most innings pitching during a seven game series, George Mullin with thirty-two (32).

No World Series MVP Award was given until 1955. Who do you believe would have won? How about Babe Adams who pitched and won three complete games? Perhaps Fred Clarke who managed Pittsburgh to their first World Championship, hit the Pirates' only home runs, and played all seven games in the outfield? Please share your opinion on our message board .

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