1903 World Series

Boston Americans (5) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (3)

In an effort to end a bitter two year rivalry and promote unity in baseball, the veteran National League and newly established American League decided to bury the hatchet and come together for a new kind of season finale.

Nine years earlier, the two top teams in the National League competed in an experimental post-season championship in which Boston beat Pittsburgh five games to three. In 1903, both teams (now in separate leagues) found themselves competing against one another in the first official "World Series". Echoing the 1894 proposal of owner William C. Temple, Pittsburgh's Barney Dreyfuss and Boston's Henry Killilea agreed that their ballclubs, who were both pennant winners, should meet in a best-of-nine playoff series for the "World Championship."

The spectacle would represent the first step towards a mutual reconciliation for years of open hostilities and blatant player raids. The Pirates, who had just won their third consecutive pennant, were the perfect representatives for the veteran Nationals. Their rivals, the Americans, had won their flag by 14½ games and represented the fledgling Americans who were still trying to establish themselves as a worthy competitor.

Game 1 of the series proved to be a complete success as fans were treated to the best baseball that both leagues had to offer. The Pirates played exceptionally well on both sides of the ball as Deacon Phillippe pitched a six hitter and right fielder Jimmy Sebring hit the first home run in World Series history. He alone drove in four runs for a 7-3 victory. 2 did not disappoint either as Boston mirrored Pittsburgh's previous performance. They evened the series when Bill Dinneen threw a three-hitter and Patsy Dougherty walloped two homers in a 3-0 triumph.

Pittsburgh's pitching staff, ravaged by illness and injuries, forced the Pirates to start Phillippe again in Game 3 after only one day of rest. The veteran workhorse, a twenty-five game winner during the regular season, rose to the challenge allowing only four hits in a 4-2 win. Three days later, Pittsburgh went to their dependable ace for a third time and backed him up with reinforcements who came out swinging. Third basemen, Tommy Leach, knocked in three runs while Honus Wagner and Ginger Beaumont each collected three hits. Boston was unable to answer and Pittsburgh led the series three games to one.

Boston was down, but far from out. Cy Young, a veteran, twenty-eight game winner was called upon to cool off the Pirates in Game 5 and that's exactly what he did. Pittsburgh never knew what hit them. Young yielded only six hits and drove in three runs in an 11-2 runaway. The following day, Game 2 winner Bill Dinneen maintained Boston's momentum with a 6-3 victory in a contest that featured four hits, two RBIs and two stolen bases by the losing Pirates. The series was now tied at three games each.

Deacon Phillippe, who was undefeated in the series, took the mound for the Pirates in Game 7. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, all good things must come to an end. The Americans' playing manager Jimmy Collins and Chick Stahl knocked him for first inning triples and Boston bolted to an early 2-0 lead en route to a 7-3 triumph. For the first time, the Americans had seized the Series lead. Ahead four games to three, Boston would attempt to nail down the championship on its own Huntington Avenue Grounds.

Game 8 looked to be a pitchers duel as Dinneen and Phillippe went head to head to a scoreless tie through the first three innings. Boston managed to get on the board twice in the fourth and again in the sixth. Phillippe battled on and would end up pitching his fifth complete game in the Series, which lasted thirteen days, but Dinneen bested him in the climactic finale, tossing his second shutout of the Series and notching his third victory.

The 3-0 decision was the Americans fourth straight triumph and made the upstart Boston team champions of the First American League vs. National League World Series. With great pitching dominating the play, hitters obviously had a rough time at the plate. Boston batted .252 while Pittsburgh, despite the presence of National League batting champion Honus Wagner, hit .237.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"I thought I had to show all my stuff and I almost tore the boards off the grandstand with my fastball." - Hall of Famer (and winner of two of the three games he started in the 1903 World Series) Cy Young

1903 World Series

1903 World Series Program

1903 World Series Program

← 1902 | Boston Americans (5) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (3) | 1905

Game 1
Date/BoxScore
Location
Attendance
16,242
Game 2
Date/BoxScore
Location
Attendance
9,415
Game 3
Date/BoxScore
Location
Attendance
18,801
Game 4
Date/BoxScore
Location
Exposition Park III
Attendance
7,600
Game 5
Date/BoxScore
Location
Exposition Park III
Attendance
12,322
Game 6
Date/BoxScore
Location
Exposition Park III
Attendance
11,556
Game 7
Date/BoxScore
Location
Exposition Park III
Attendance
17,038
Game 8
Date/BoxScore
Location
Attendance
7,455

1903 World Series
Game 1

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 7 12 2
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 3 6 4
Deacon Phillippe (W) Cy Young (L)
Jimmy Sebring (7 th ) None

1903 World Series
Game 2

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2
Boston 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 x 3 9 0
Sam Leever (L)
Bucky Veil (2 nd )
Bill Dinneen (W)
-
None
-
Patsy Dougherty (1 st )
Patsy Dougherty (6 th )

1903 World Series
Game 3

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 7 0
Boston 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 4 2
Deacon Phillippe (W)
-
Tom Hughes (L)
Cy Young (3 rd )
None None

1903 World Series
Game 4

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 4 9 1
Pittsburgh 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 x 5 12 1
Bill Dinneen (L) Deacon Phillippe (W)
None None

1903 World Series
Game 5

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 6 4 1 0 11 14 2
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 6 4
Cy Young (W)
-
Brickyard Kennedy (L)
Gus Thompson (8 th )
None None

1903 World Series
Game 6

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 6 10 1
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 10 3
Bill Dinneen (W) Sam Leever (L)
None None

1903 World Series
Game 7

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 2 0 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 7 11 4
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 3 10 3
Cy Young (W) Deacon Phillippe (L)
None None

1903 World Series
Game 8

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3
Boston 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 x 3 8 0
Deacon Phillippe (L) Bill Dinneen (W)
None None

1903 World Series

Hitting Statistics

3b
8
36
9
1
2
0
5
1
.250
1
1
3
c
8
26
6
0
0
0
1
4
.231
2
3
0
p
4
12
3
0
0
0
1
0
.250
2
2
0
p
8
34
8
0
2
2
3
5
.235
2
6
0
ph
2
2
0
0
0
0
0
1
.000
0
0
0
2b
8
31
9
0
1
0
3
5
.290
0
6
0
of
8
32
9
0
3
0
6
4
.281
2
2
0
p
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
.000
0
0
0
1b
8
27
6
2
1
0
5
4
.222
3
2
0
ph
2
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
.000
0
1
0
ss
8
32
9
0
3
0
8
4
.281
1
1
0
of
8
33
10
1
3
0
6
3
.303
1
2
2
p
4
15
2
0
1
0
1
3
.133
0
3
0
Totals
282
71
4
16
2
39
34
.252
14
29
5

1903 World Series

Pittsburgh Pirates

Hitting Statistics

of
8
34
9
0
1
0
6
1
.265
2
4
2
1b
8
29
6
0
2
0
3
1
.207
1
6
1
of
8
34
9
2
1
0
3
2
.265
1
5
1
p
1
2
1
1
0
0
0
0
.500
0
0
0
3b
8
33
9
0
4
0
3
7
.273
1
4
1
p
2
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
.000
0
0
0
c
8
26
6
2
0
0
1
1
.231
1
6
0
p
5
18
4
0
0
0
1
1
.222
0
3
0
2b
8
27
3
1
0
0
2
2
.111
4
7
1
of
8
30
11
0
1
1
3
3
.367
1
4
0
c
1
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
.000
0
0
0
p
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
.000
0
0
0
p
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
.000
0
2
0
ss
8
27
6
1
0
0
2
3
.222
3
4
3
Totals
270
64
7
9
1
24
21
.237
14
45
9
1903 World Series Hitting Statistics

1903 World Series

Pitching Statistics

3
1
4
4
4
0
2
35.0
2.06
29
28
8
8
0
1
1
1
0
0
0
2.0
9.00
4
0
2
2
2
1
4
3
3
0
0
34.0
1.85
31
17
7
4
Totals
5
3
9
8
7
0
2
71.0
2.15
64
45
17
14

1903 World Series

Pittsburgh Pirates

Pitching Statistics

0
1
1
1
0
0
0
7.0
5.14
11
3
4
3
0
2
2
2
1
0
0
10.0
5.40
13
2
6
3
3
2
5
5
5
0
0
44.0
2.86
38
22
14
3
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
2.0
4.50
3
1
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
7.0
1.29
6
1
1
5
Totals
3
5
10
8
6
0
0
70.0
3.34
71
29
26
14
1903 World Series Pitching Statistics
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Did you know that during Game 5 of the 1903 World Series, the Boston Americans hit five ground-rule triples due to an oversized crowd?

Players from Boston received $1,182.00 each for the series. Players from Pittsburgh lost the series yet received $1,316.25 each — thanks to the team owner giving his share of the gate receipts to the players.

Bill Dinneen started four of the eight games, completed all four of his starts, won three, had two shutouts and later became an American League umpire.

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