October 18, 2003

Baseball History 1

In honor of the World Series, I'm going to do a post a day about Baseball History. First up is the story of one of the greatest pitching displays in Series history.

1905 - New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Athletics.

Game 1: Giants: 3, A's: 0, Christie Mathewson (W)
Game 2: A's: 3, Giants: 0, 'Chief' Bender (W)
Game 3: Giants: 9, A's: 0, Christie Mathewson (W)
Game 4: Giants: 1, A's: 0, 'Iron Joe' McGinnity (W)
Game 5: Giants: 2, A's: 0, Christie Mathewson (W)

Each game was a shutout, with Christie Mathewson winning three times. In the last game he outdueled 'Chief' Bender (nicknamed because he was a member of the Chippewa tribe) who had pitched the shutout victory in Game 2 for the A's.

Christie Mathewson was one of the original five players to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, along with Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, and Honus Wagner.

Didjaknow: Chief Bender is also in the Hall of Fame, and is credited with inventing the slider.

Posted by Ted at October 18, 2003 05:29 PM
Category: History

"Chief" Bender was a HOSS, but he was no Mathewson. Nobody was.

Posted by: Velociman at October 18, 2003 06:03 PM

I prefer 1989 WS, Oakland Athletics def. San Francisco Giants in 4 games. :-)

Posted by: glenn at October 19, 2003 10:45 AM

Glenn, bite me. ;)

Posted by: Ted at October 19, 2003 04:32 PM
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