1913 World Series

In a classic rematch, the New York Giants (who had just won their third consecutive pennant and were making their third consecutive World Series appearance) squared off against their post-season rival Philadelphia Athletics. Giants manager John McGraw was still trying to escape the recurring questions surrounding his selected pitching rotations in the previous Fall Classic that had resulted in a Red Sox victory. Once again, he had taken his team through another magnificent season while winning the National League pennant by 12½ games, but many fans had lost faith in his post-season coaching capabilities. Pitching aces Rube Marquard, Christy Mathewson and Jeff Tesreau had been given a second chance and were determined not to make the same mistakes that had cost them game-winning leads in the 1912 championship. Connie Mack's A's were a worthy opponent and many felt that this series would go down to the wire like the last one.

Marquard was given the Giants' start in the opener and was shelled for five runs and eight hits in five innings. The last Series' hero "Home Run Baker" validated his handle by driving in one run in the fourth and knocking a two run home run in the fifth. The Athletics' Chief Bender, faired the same and gave up an unlikely eleven hits while managing a slim 6-4 victory. The Giants' veteran journeyman, Christy Mathewson was given the ball for Game 2. "Matty" as he was called by teammates, was coming off of his next-to-last 20+ victory season in the majors as he posted a 25-11 record. The Bucknell star was matched up against his former collegiate rival, Eddie Plank from Gettysburg University. Both aces were at the top of their game, matching each other pitch-for-pitch through nine scoreless innings. Surprisingly, it was Mathewson himself, who managed to turn his adversary with a tenth inning single setting up a 3-0 triumph.

For Game 3, Mack decided to take a page from the last Series and start a bright twenty year-old rookie named "Bullet" Joe Bush who had won fourteen games for him during the regular season. McGraw answered the challenge with his own young gun, Jeff Tesreau, who had successfully debuted as a rookie in the previous Fall Classic. Philadelphia proved to be the better team that day and whopped the Giants' 8-2. The A's maintained their Series leading momentum well into Game 4 and were leading 6-0 after five innings. That was until Fred Merkle stepped up to the plate and fueled a Giants' comeback bid with a three run homer in the seventh. Bender was able to recover and the A's managed to hold on for a 6-5 victory. The win was Bender's fourth straight in Series competition.

Trailing three games to one, New York's Christy Mathewson once again, found himself sharing the mound with Game 1 rival Eddie Plank. However, this time Plank was in control, allowing only two hits in a shocking 3-1 decision and Series deciding victory. For the third consecutive year, the New York Giants had played magnificent during the regular season, only to fall short of a championship. It was a heartbreaking defeat to the players and their fans. McGraw and his Giants vowed to shake their "curse" and restore the club to it's former post-season glory. Little did they know that it would be four years before they would get another chance.

Home Run Baker had led the A's with a .450 batting average and seven runs batted in. Eddie Collins hit .421, while Wally Schang contributed six RBIs and a .357 average. Chief Bender's performances in Games 1 and 4 boosted his Series victories to six. Mathewson, pitching in what would be his final Series, wound up with a 5-5 lifetime mark in the Fall Classic. At one point, he was 4-0 after splitting two decisions in 1913.

"A powerful slugger of the dead ball era, Frank Baker manned the hot corner in Connie Mack's famous '$100,000 Infield.'" - description of Frank Baker by the National Baseball Hall of Fame
1913 World Series

1913 World Series Program, New York Giants Version

1913 World Series Program, Philadelphia Athletics Version

1913 World Series Official Program
New York Giants Version

1913 World Series Official Program
Philadelphia Athletics Version

Philadelphia Athletics (4) vs New York Giants (1)

1913 World Series Fast Facts
Game 1
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
36,291
1 st Pitch
John Brush Hempstead
Game 2
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
20,563
Game 3
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
36,896
Game 4
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
20,568
Game 5
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
36,682
1913 World Series Fast Facts

1913 World Series
Game 1
Line Score / Box Score
1913 World Series Game 1 Capsule
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 1 0 6 11 1
New York 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 4 11 0
Philadelphia Pitcher(s) New York Pitcher(s)

Chief Bender (W)
-
-

Rube Marquard (L)
Doc Crandall (6
th )
Jeff Tesreau (8
th )
Philadelphia Home Runs New York Home Runs
Frank Baker (5 th ) None

1913 World Series
Game 2
Line Score / Box Score
1913 World Series Game 2 Capsule
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 7 2
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 2
New York Pitcher(s) Philadelphia Pitcher(s)
Christy Mathewson (W) Eddie Plank (L)
New York Home Runs Philadelphia Home Runs
None None

1913 World Series
Game 3
Line Score / Box Score
1913 World Series Game 3 Capsule
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 3 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 8 12 1
New York 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 5 1
Philadelphia Pitcher(s) New York Pitcher(s)
Joe Bush (W)
-
Jeff Tesreau (L)
Doc Crandall (7
th )
Philadelphia Home Runs New York Home Runs
Wally Schang (8 th ) None

1913 World Series
Game 4
Line Score / Box Score
1913 World Series Game 4 Capsule
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 5 8 2
Philadelphia 0 1 0 3 2 0 0 0 x 6 9 0
New York Pitcher(s) Philadelphia Pitcher(s)
Al Demaree (L)
Rube Marquard (5
th )

Chief Bender (W)
-

New York Home Runs Philadelphia Home Runs
Fred Merkle (7 th ) None

1913 World Series
Game 5
Line Score / Box Score
1913 World Series Game 5 Capsule
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 1
New York 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 2
Philadelphia Pitcher(s) New York Pitcher(s)
Eddie Plank (W) Christy Mathewson (L)
Philadelphia Home Runs New York Home Runs
None None

1913 World Series

Composite Hitting Statistics
Name
Pos
G
AB
H
2B
3B
HR
R
RBI
Avg
BB
SO
SB
3b
ss
p
p
2b
c
1b
of
of
p
c
of
5
5
2
1
5
1
5
5
5
2
4
5
20
20
8
4
19
4
17
22
22
7
14
17
9
6
0
1
8
1
2
5
6
1
5
2
0
3
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
2
3
0
0
5
0
1
2
5
0
2
3
7
1
1
0
3
0
2
0
0
0
7
0
.450
.300
.000
.250
.421
.250
.118
.227
.273
.143
.357
.118
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
2
0
0
2
2
2
0
1
1
2
1
2
0
1
0
4
2
1
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
Totals
174
46
4
4
2
23
21
.264
7
16
5
1913 World Series

Composite Hitting Statistics
Name
Pos
G
AB
H
2B
3B
HR
R
RBI
Avg
BB
SO
SB
of
pr
p
p
2b
ss
ph
3b
p
p
ph
c
1b
c
of
of-5,3b-1
1b-1,of-1
p
c
1b
5
2
4
1
5
5
2
5
2
2
2
5
4
1
5
5
2
2
3
2
19
0
4
1
20
18
1
19
1
5
2
12
13
4
16
19
3
2
3
2
3
0
0
0
3
5
0
1
0
3
1
6
3
0
4
3
1
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
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
1
1
1
1
0
1
1
0
3
0
2
2
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
2
3
0
0
0
1
0
2
3
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
.158
.000
.000
.000
.150
.278
.000
.053
.000
.600
.500
.500
.231
.000
.250
.158
.333
.000
.000
.000
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
2
2
0
0
0
0
5
0
0
0
1
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
2
0
2
3
0
1
2
1
1
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
164
33
3
1
1
15
15
.201
8
19
5

1913 World Series

Composite Pitching Statistics
Name
W
L
G
GS
CG
S
Sh
IP
ERA
H
SO
ER
BB
2
1
1
0
0
1
2
1
2
2
1
2
2
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
18.0
9.0
19.0
4.00
1.00
0.95
19
5
9
9
3
7
8
1
2
1
4
3
Totals
4
1
5
5
5
0
0
46.0
2.15
33
19
11
8
1913 World Series

Composite Pitching Statistics
Name
W
L
G
GS
CG
S
Sh
IP
ERA
H
SO
ER
BB
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
1
1
1
2
1
2
2
2
0
1
1
2
1
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
4.2
4.0
9.0
19.0
8.1
3.86
4.50
7.00
0.95
6.48
4
7
10
14
11
2
0
3
7
4
2
2
7
2
6
0
1
3
2
1
Totals
1
4
9
5
2
0
1
45.0
3.80
46
16
19
7


Did you know that during the 1913 World Series, a rumor spread that the Athletics were going to order their players to lose Game 5 ? The franchise had already sold tickets for a Game 6 and they would have to refund the money if they clinched. Connie Mack told his players that if they won Game 5 , they would get the club's receipts from Game 5 as well—players only split gate receipts for the first four (4) games of the World Series and the subsequent games proceeds were split between the clubs and the National Commission. The Athletics' won in Game 5 and their victory was widely touted by the press as evidence that the game of baseball was still honest.
The Chicago Cubs were the first franchise to appear in four (4) World Series games, but they split their decisions 2-2 making the Philadelphia Athletics the first team to win three (3) World Championships.

No World Series MVP Award was given until 1955. Who do you believe would have won? How about Frank Baker who batted .450, tied his own record for hits during a five (5) game series , and set a new record for singles during a five (5) game series ? Please take a moment and share your opinion on Baseball Fever .

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