Before we simulate Ty Cobb’s last World Series, let’s take a look at what really happened in the 1909 World Series.
This World Series featured 2 of the marquee players in the history of the game. A 22 year old Ty Cobb enjoyed a triple crown season while Honus Wagner won his 4th straight NL batting title. Wagner would outshine Cobb, but they would both pale to Babe Adams, the rookie pitcher from Indiana.
Neither team hit particularly well with the Pirates hitting just .224 and the Tigers not faring much better at .236. Both pitching staffs struggled with consistency and both posted identical 3.10 ERAs. The big difference was the aggressive base running of the Pirates, and the pitching of Babe Adams. The Pirates stole 18 bases, a record that still stands, while Babe Adams went 3-0, all complete games with a 1.33 ERA. Adams is the only rookie to win 3 World Series games. Cobb hit just .231 but he lead the Tigers with 5 rbi. Sam Crawford struggled as well hitting just .250. Mid Season acquisition Jim Delahanty(.356) and rookie Donie Bush(.313) were the only Tigers to hit over .300. Tommy Leach lead all batters with a .360 average.
Cobb and Wagner talking hitting
GAME #1 10/8/09@Forbes Field
George Mullin vs Babe Adams
Player manager Fred Clarke started rookie Babe Adams and may have had 2nd doubts when he walked 2 of the 1st 3 batters he faced. A Jim Delahanty 2 out single scored Ty Cobb and the Tigers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 1st. It could have been worse, George Moriarty smacked a hard groundball that was ticketed for right field, but it hit Delahanty for the 3rd out of the inning. Unfortunately for the Tigers they would not score again as Adams settled down allowing just 4 more hits over the final 8 innings.
Mullin was cruising along with a no hitter, until Fred Clarke parked one into the right field stands with 2 outs in the 4th to tie the game 1-1. George Gibson’s rbi double in the 5th knocked in the eventual game winner.
GAME #2 10/9/09 @ Forbes Field
Bill Donovan vs Howie Camnitz
This time the Pirates jumped out to the early lead, scoring 2 in the 1st, with Tommy Leach and Dots Miller providing rbi doubles. That was all the Pirate scoring in the game as Donovan allowed just 3 more hits while striking out 7.
The Tigers reached Camnitz for 2 runs in the 2nd and 3 in the 3rd to put this game away. The big blow was a 2 run double from Delahanty and a steal of home from Ty Cobb. Boss Schmidt drove in 4 runs for the Tigers.
GAME #3 10/11/09 @ Bennett Park
Nick Maddox vs Ed Summers
Ed Summers lasted just 1/3 of an inning as the Pirates jumped on him for 5 runs. 5 of the 1st 6 batters reached base and all 5 scored off Summers. He was replaced by Ed Willett after recording just 1 out.
Nick Maddox pitched 6 innings of shutout ball and then was touched up for 6 runs over the final 3 innings. Despite the 6 runs and 11 hits allowed Maddox pitched a complete game.
Donie Bush had 4 hits for the Tigers, and Honus Wagner had 3 hits and 3 stolen bases for the Pirates.
GAME #4 10/12/09 @ Bennett Park
Lefty Leifield vs George Mullin
George Mullin tossed a 5 hit shutout, and Ty Cobb and Oscar Stanage both drove in 2 runs as the Tigers evened the series at 2 games apiece.
GAME #5 10/13/09 @ Forbes Field
Ed Summers vs Babe Adams
Davy Jones lead off the game against Adams with a long home run to centerfield, but the Pirates scored single runs in the 1st 3 innings and Fred Clarke hit his 2nd home run of the series, a 3 run shot in the 7th to give the Pirates an easy win.
GAME #6 10/14/09 @ Bennett Park
Vic Willis vs George Mullin
The Pirates started the game with 3 singles and a 2 run double off the bat of Honus Wagner and staked Vic Willis to a 3-0 lead. The Tigers tied the score in the 4th on rbi singles from George Moriarty and Tom Jones. Jim Delahanty’s rbi double in the 5th and Ty Cobb’s rbi ground rule double in the 6th provided the margin of victory for the Tigers. This was the only 1 run game in the series.
GAME #7 10/16/09 @ Bennett Park
Babe Adams vs Bill Donovan
In the 1st game 7 in the fall classic, Babe Adams tossed a 6 hit shutout for his 3rd win of the series, and Bill Donovan pitched just 3 innings taking the series deciding loss in his 2nd straight World Series. The Pirates had just 7 hits, but received 10 walks off Tiger pitching. Fred Clarke walked 4 times, a World Series record.
The Tigers will be defending their DMB World Series crown, and I think they might be successful again. Sam Crawford is an all time favorite of mine so I’ll be rooting for him and the Tigers to pull off another upset.