1910 World Series

The first decade of World Series baseball came to a close as two regulars, the Chicago Cubs (making their fourth appearance) and Philadelphia Athletics (making their second) went head-to-head for the championship title. Both teams were powerhouses with the A's chalking one-hundred two victories and winning their pennant by fourteen games. The A's boasted three .300 hitters with Eddie Collins, Rube Oldring and Danny Murphy and a thirty-one game winner in Jack Coombs, a twenty-seven year-old righthander who was 12-12 the previous season. Both teams suffered devastating injures and would not be at full strength for the Series. The Cubs had lost second baseman Johnny Evers to a broken ankle and Philadelphia was missing Oldring with a broken leg and pitcher Eddie Plank who was suffering from an arm ailment.

Although A's manager Connie Mack was handicapped with the loss of one of his starting pitchers, he remained confident in his other aces Jack Coombs and Chief Bender. Bender, coming off his first twenty victory season in the Major Leagues (he was 23-5), opposed the Cubs' Orval Overall in Game 1 of the Series. The matchup proved a mismatch, with Bender pitching a one-hitter into the ninth inning and Overall departing after allowing three runs and six hits in the first three innings. The A's, getting three hits and two RBIs from Frank Baker, scored a 4-1 victory as Bender completed a three-hitter with eight strikeouts.

In Game 2, Coombs maintained his team's momentum with a solid, but unspectacular Series leading performance. Although he lasted a complete game, he surrendered eight hits and nine walks while managing a 9-3 victory. Philadelphia had consecutively beaten two of Chicago's top aces and prepared to tee off on a third against Series veteran, Ed Reulbach. The A's came out swinging in Game 3 and drove Reulbach off of the mound in the second inning after tallying three runs. Harry McIntire took over in the third with a 3-3 tie, but was shelled for four runs in the 1/3 inning. The Cubs continued to collapse and before the inning was over, the A's had tacked or a fifth run en route to a 12-5 romp. Coombs remained unbeatable while pitching with only one day of rest. Playing well on both sides of the plate, he only gave up six hits and had three hits and three runs batted in.

Suddenly, the mighty Chicago Cubs, considered sports first official dynasty, found themselves on the brink of elimination. Realizing that Philadelphia's advantage was the direct result of poor pitching, the Cubs put their faith into the right arm of rookie Leonard (King) Cole, who had just completed a 20-4 season. The twenty-four year-old newcomer handled the pressure well, but was pulled in the eighth inning, while trailing 3-2. Hanging on by a thread, Chicago managed to get something started in the ninth when playing Manager Frank Chance tripled home Frank Schulte. Then, in the tenth, Chicago's Jimmy Sheckard came through with a two-out, game-winning single against Bender, who had gone the distance, but paid for it with a 4-3 loss.

Still alive by their "last stand" victory in Game 4, the Cubs decided to go with their winning reliever, Mordecai Brown against the undefeated Coombs for Game 5. Both pitchers rose to the occasion and went neck and neck for seven innings. Philadelphia pulled ahead by one before adding five more in the eighth on the way to a 7-2, Series winning victory. Not only had the A's defeated baseball's biggest dynasty, they did it with only two starting pitchers (Bender and three-time winner Coombs).

"Using only two pitchers, (Chief) Bender and three-time winner (Jack) Coombs, in the entire (1910 World) Series, the A's had emerged as champions. And, considering the youth on this A's team, Philadelphia loomed as a team to be reckoned with for years to come." - The Sporting News
1910 World Series

1910 World Series Program

1910 World Series Program

1910 World Series Program "Cubs Version"

1910 World Series Program "Athletics Version"

Philadelphia Athletics (4) vs Chicago Cubs (1)

1910 World Series Fast Facts
Game 1
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
26,891
Game 2
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
24,597
Game 3
Date / Box Score
Location
West Side Grounds
Attendance
26,210
Game 4
Date / Box Score
Location
West Side Grounds
Attendance
19,150
Game 5
Date / Box Score
Location
West Side Grounds
Attendance
27,374
1910 World Series Fast Facts


1910 World Series
Game 1
Line Score / Box Score
1910 World Series Game 1 Capsule
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 1
Philadelphia 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 x 4 7 2
Chicago Pitcher(s) Philadelphia Pitcher(s)

Orval Overall (L)
Harry McIntire (4 th )

Chief Bender (W)
-

Chicago Home Runs Philadelphia Home Runs
None None


1910 World Series
Game 2
Line Score / Box Score
1910 World Series Game 2 Capsule
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 8 3
Philadelphia 0 0 2 0 1 0 6 0 x 9 14 4
Chicago Pitcher(s) Philadelphia Pitcher(s)
Mordecai Brown (L)
Lew Richie (8 th )

Jack Coombs (W)
-

Chicago Home Runs Philadelphia Home Runs
None None


1910 World Series
Game 3
Line Score / Box Score
1910 World Series Game 3 Capsule
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 1 2 5 0 0 0 4 0 0 12 15 1
Chicago 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 5 6 5
Philadelphia Pitcher(s) Chicago Pitcher(s)

Jack Coombs (W)
-
-

Ed Reulbach
Harry McIntire (L, 3 rd )
Jack Pfiester (3
rd )

Philadelphia Home Runs Chicago Home Runs

Danny Murphy (3 rd )

None


1910 World Series
Game 4
Line Score / Box Score
1910 World Series Game 4 Capsule
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Philadelphia 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 11 3
Chicago 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 9 1
Philadelphia Pitcher(s) Chicago Pitcher(s)

Chief Bender (L)
-

King Cole
Mordecai Brown (W, 9
th )

Philadelphia Home Runs Chicago Home Runs
None None


1910 World Series
Game 5
Line Score / Box Score
1910 World Series Game 5 Capsule
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 0 7 9 1
Chicago 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 9 2
Philadelphia Pitcher(s) Chicago Pitcher(s)

Jack Coombs (W)

Mordecai Brown (L)
Philadelphia Home Runs Chicago Home Runs
None None


1910 World Series
Philadelphia Athletics
Composite Hitting Statistics
Name
Pos
G
AB
H
2B
3B
HR
R
RBI
Avg
BB
SO
SB
3b
ss
p
2b
p
1b
of
c
of
of
of
c
5
5
2
5
3
5
1
1
5
5
4
4
22
17
6
21
13
17
5
4
22
20
18
12
9
4
2
9
5
6
1
1
4
7
5
3
3
2
0
4
1
3
0
0
2
3
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
6
3
1
5
0
5
2
0
3
6
2
2
4
3
1
3
3
2
0
1
1
9
2
1
.409
.235
.333
.429
.385
.353
.200
.250
.182
.350
.278
.250
2
1
1
2
0
3
0
0
1
1
2
4
1
3
1
0
3
4
1
2
3
0
5
1
0
0
0
4
0
0
2
0
0
1
0
0
Totals
177
56
19
1
1
35
30
.316
17
24
7
1910 World Series
Chicago Cubs
Composite Hitting Statistics
Name
Pos
G
AB
H
2B
3B
HR
R
RBI
Avg
BB
SO
SB
c-2,1b-1
ph
p
1b
p
of
pr
c-3
p
ph
p
p
p
p
of
of
3b
ss
2b
3
3
3
5
1
5
1
5
2
1
1
1
1
1
5
5
5
5
5
11
2
7
17
2
15
0
13
1
1
1
2
0
0
17
14
20
18
17
2
0
0
6
0
4
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
6
4
2
6
4
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
2
1
2
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
1
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
2
1
2
1
0
0
0
4
0
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
1
1
0
2
.182
.000
.000
.353
.000
.267
.000
.077
.000
.000
.000
.000
.000
.000
.353
.286
.100
.333
.235
0
1
0
0
0
4
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
7
0
2
1
3
1
1
3
2
3
0
2
1
0
0
1
0
0
3
2
4
2
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
1
Totals
158
35
11
1
0
15
13
.222
18
31
3


1910 World Series
Philadelphia Athletics
Composite Pitching Statistics
Name
W
L
G
GS
CG
S
Sh
IP
ERA
H
SO
ER
BB
1
3
1
0
2
3
2
3
2
3
0
0
0
0
18.2
27.0
1.93
3.33
12
23
14
17
4
10
4
14
Totals
4
1
5
5
5
0
0
45.2
2.76
35
31
14
18
1910 World Series
Chicago Cubs
Composite Pitching Statistics
Name
W
L
G
GS
CG
S
Sh
IP
ERA
H
SO
ER
BB
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
1
1
0
0
0
3
1
2
1
1
1
1
2
1
0
1
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
18.0
8.0
5.1
3.0
6.2
2.0
1.0
5.50
3.38
6.75
9.00
0.00
9.00
0.00
23
10
4
6
9
3
1
14
5
3
1
1
0
0
11
3
4
3
0
2
0
7
3
3
1
1
2
0
Totals
1
4
10
5
1
0
0
44.0
4.70
56
24
23
17


The Chicago Cubs could have won their third world championship, which would have been a Major League first, but the Philadelphia Athletics took home the title and their first in franchise history.
Did you know that the 1910 Philadelphia Athletics (102-48) were the first American League squad to win more than one-hundred games during a single season?
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