The Philadelphia A’s beat the Chicago Cubs easily in this World Series 4 games to 1, giving Connie Mack his 1st Championship. The mighty A’s will go on to win 2 of the next 3 World Series as well.
The A’s will use just 2 pitchers, Jack Coombs and Chief Bender while the Cubs will use 7. The new “livelier” ball will be used for the entire series, benefitting the A’s tremendously, as they will hit .322 as a team. Coombs and Bender would combine to hit .368. Losing Johnny Evers to a broken ankle on Oct. 1st helped to contribute to a .234 team average for the Cubs.
There were a couple of World Series firsts, albeit in just the 7th World Series so far. Jimmy Archer became the 1st player to play for both leagues when he played game #3 for the Cubs. He had previously played for the 1907 Tigers. After Danny Murphy hit a 3 run home run in game 3(the only home run in the series), Manager Frank Chance argued a little to vociferously that it should have been a ground rule double. He lost the argument, and then became the 1st player ejected from a World Series.
Approximately 124,000 fans would attend this 5 game series.
GAME #1 10/17/1910 @ Philadelphia.
Orvall Overall vs Chief Bender
A’s 4 Cubs 1
Almost 27,000 fans watched Chief Bender and the A’s easily handle the Cubs. Bender allowed just 3 hits while striking out 8. The as of yet, not quite Home Run Baker had 2 doubles and 2 rbi, while Bender contributed an rbi single. After allowing a 1st inning single, Bender pitched to the minimum 21 batters over the next 7 innings. A couple of A’s errors in the 9th lead to the only Cub run.
GAME #2 10/18/1910@ Philadelphia
Mordecai Brown vs Jack Coombs
A’s 9 Cubs 3
Every Philadelphia player had at least 1 hit with Eddie Collins leading the way with 3, which included 2 doubles. A 6 run 7th sealed the deal for the A’s. Jack Coombs struggled allowing 8 hits and 9 walks but still picked up the complete game win.
GAME #3 10/20/1910@ Chicago
Jack Coombs vs Ed Reulbach
A’s 12 Cubs 5
Ed Reulbach lasted just 2 innings as the A’s scored 8 runs in the 1st 3 innings. Coombs had 3 hits and 3 rbi, while Danny Murphy smacked a 3 run home run that lead to Frank Chance’s ejection.
Game #4 10/22/1910@ Chicago
Chief Bender vs King Cole
Cubs 4 A’s 3 (10)
The Cubs trailed 3-2 in the 9th, facing a 4 game sweep, when Wildfire Schulte opened with a double. Frank Chance tripled him in to tie the game. In the 10th Jimmy Archer banged a 1 out double and scored on Jimmy Sheckard’s 2 out single.
Game #5 10/23/1910 @ Chicago
Jack Coombs vs Mordecai Brown
A;s 7 Cubs 2
Jack Coombs won his 3rd game of the series. With the score 2-1 in the 8th the A’s scored 5 times to secure their 1st World Championship. Jack Coombs lead off with a single to start the 5 run rally. Danny Murphy hit a 2 run single giving him 9 rbis for the series.
DMB World Series Prediction: The A’s should win this replay, but I think it will go 6 games. Mordecai Brown should pitch better, but despite winning 3 games in 1910, Jack Coombs should pitch better as well. I don’t think he’ll walk 14 batters in this replay. The A’s will hit for more power which will make the difference.