The box score below is an accurate record of events for the baseball contest played on October 13, 1903 at Huntington Ave Baseball Grounds. The Boston Americans defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates and the box score is "ready to surrender its truth to the knowing eye."
"Slowly the big pitcher gathered himself up for the effort, slowly he swung his arms about his head. Then the ball shot away like a flash toward the plate where the great Wagner stood, muscles drawn tense, waiting for it. The big batsman's mighty shoulders heaved, the stands will swear that his very frame creaked, as he swung his bat with every ounce of power in his body, but the dull thud of the ball, as it nestled in Criger's waiting mitt, told the story." - The Sporting News (no writer, October 24, 1903)
Pittsburgh Pirates 0, Boston Americans 3
|Phillippe L (3-2)||8.0||8||3||2||0||2|
|Dinneen W (3-1)||9.0||4||0||0||2||7|
E –Wagner (6), Bransfield (3), Phelps (2). DP –Boston 1. 3B –Pittsburgh Sebring (1,off Dineen), Boston Freeman (3,off Phillippe); LaChance (1,off Phillippe). SH –LaChance (3,off Phillippe). SB –Wagner (3,2nd base off Dineen/Criger). U –Hank O'Day (NL), Tom Connolly (AL). T –1:35. A –7,455.
Frank M'Quiston of the Pittsburg [sic] Dispatch wrote this about the victory celebration, "Around a little island on which stood, almost clutching each other, six ball players clad in white, there rolled and threshed great waves of dark clad humanity. But only for the fraction of a second. Then with a roar like the breaking of the surf there rolled from all sides these waves, blotting out the little mariners in white. The island had been swallowed up by the human sea. Not a glimpse of white could be seen for perhaps ten seconds. Then as if from the center of the storm there shot upward a great white uniform, sent up by willing hands and brawny arms. 'Dineen! Dineen!' screamed the crowd, and the big pitcher as he came down landed on friendly shoulders and was borne off the field fighting like a demon."
After Game 8 was over, both teams were invited to a play called
at a theatre in Boston. The actors had changed the lines to pay tribute to the champions and the Pirates left during the intermission. Here are the lines they changed:
There are incidents that happen in the lives of famous men,
There is always something doing that will creep out now and then,
When the score is three to nothing, with the Boston no use bluffing,
There are incidents that happen in the lives of famous men.
Player-manager Jimmy Collins was once described by a reporter like, "putting questions to an Egyptian mummy," but we believe he summed up the moment quite nicely, "This is one of the happiest moments of my life, and I want to thank you fellows from the bottom of my heart. I hope that you will all pass a pleasant winter and that we will be together again in 1904."