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Baby Fisk
10-09-2006, 10:11 AM
Totally Biased Game Recap: October 9, 1906

Solid as Altrock

**1906 WORLD SERIES GAME ONE**
Chicago White Stockings at Chicago Cubs, West Side Park

Short take: On a chilly afternoon, the White Stockings outwrestle the Cubs 2-1 in the inaugural game of this All-Chicago World Series.

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Chicago has never looked better, in the eyes of its robust populace and in the eyes of the baseball world. To the dismay of hometown boosters in nine other major league cities, baseball's third-ever World Series is being contested solely within the precincts of the metropolis on Lake Michigan's shores. Surely a portent of many years of dominance to come!

And surely a portent of good things to come for rooters of Charles Comiskey's team, as the south side nine emerged with a 2-1 victory in Game One over a Cubs team that was expected to dominate this series.

Bundled in furs and heavy coats, 12,693 baseball enthusiasts were on hand on this very chilly Tuesday afternoon at West Side Park, home of the Cubs. Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown took to the mound for the home side against Nick Altrock of the underdog White Stockings.

And they duelled through the first four innings of this contest. A procession of zeroes marched across the scoreboard as each pitcher shut down the opposite team's batters early.

The White Stockings struck in the fifth inning, as backup third baseman George Rohe smacked a Brown offering into left field. Cubs' leftfielder Jimmy Sheckard misplayed the ball and it bounced into foul territory while Rohe dashed all the way to third base. The next man up, Jiggs Donahue, struck out. Left fielder Pat Dougherty then hit a weak dribbler back to Brown and Rohe raced for home. Brown pounced on the ball and threw it to catcher Johnny Kling, but Kling dropped the ball. Rohe was safe with the first run of the game.

Altrock tried to help his own cause and drew a walk to lead off the sixth inning. He was sacrificed to second base, then ran for home when centerfielder/manager Fielder Jones made a two base hit to shallow center. Unfortunately, Kling caught the throw this time and Altrock was out at the plate. You can't drop them all!

Still alive, Jones moved to third base on a wild pitch, and scored on a base hit by second baseman Frank Isbell, giving the White Stockings a 2-0 advantage. The "Sox" were controlling this match! What audacity! Shivering Cub fans were flummoxed by the display.

Altrock had his one moment of weakness in the bottom of the sixth. He walked Kling, who moved to third base after a base hit and a sacrifice. Altrock uncorked a wild pitch that scored Kling and left another Cub on third. But the Sox defense contained the threat, and the score held at 2-1.

The Cubs threatened one last time in the ninth. With two outs and a man on first, Harry Steinfeldt hit a high fly to center. Jones got under it with enough time to dance an impromptu jig, made the catch and recorded the final out.

Sox fans took to the field cheering lustily, for their so-called "hitless wonders" had just drawn first blood in a Series they are not expected to win. Altrock was quickly hoisted onto a pair of shoulders and carried off the field.

The final results made a cold day all the more bitter for disappointed Cub supporters, while south side hearts were greatly warmed. Both the White Stockings and their supporters now look eagerly to Game Two, which will be played tomorrow at South Side Park. Doc White will make the start against Ed Reulbach of the Cubs.

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How was the trophy earned today? Solid pitching and defense kept these Cubs caged.

Pick to Click Winner: Nick Altrock.
The White Stockings pitcher shackled the potent Cubs lineup, giving up just one run on four hits over nine innings.


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NICK ALTROCK

chisoxmike
10-09-2006, 10:36 AM
Holy **** Fisk!!

Nicely done.

FielderJones
10-09-2006, 10:42 AM
Well done, Baby Fisk! A tip of the spectral hat from the ghost of Fielder Jones!

batmanZoSo
10-09-2006, 10:45 AM
Outstanding.

viagracat
10-09-2006, 10:57 AM
Wow, nice work!

:)

Madvora
10-09-2006, 11:08 AM
Do the WSI gametheads go back to 1906?
I'd love to take a look at that one.

FielderJones
10-09-2006, 11:15 AM
Do the WSI gametheads go back to 1906?
I'd love to take a look at that one.

They're archived. PaleHoseGeorge has to restore them off of a wire recorder (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wire_recorder). :tongue:

jongarlandlover
10-09-2006, 11:21 AM
Wow. That's awesome! :D:

MarySwiss
10-09-2006, 11:38 AM
Very nice, Baby Fisk. I just hope you don't expect the rest of the TBGR writers to take turns on the other games! :D:

batmanZoSo
10-09-2006, 12:18 PM
Very nice, Baby Fisk. I just hope you don't expect the rest of the TBGR writers to take turns on the other games! :D:

It is my contention that all recounts of this 19-dickety-6 World's Series shall be composed exclusively by the Duke of Whimsy (Baby Fisk).

I hear he actually grew a handlebar mustache for this project, to really get into the mode of a turn-of-the-century beat writer. That is so method.

MarySwiss
10-09-2006, 01:15 PM
It is my contention that all recounts of this 19-dickety-6 World's Series shall be composed exclusively by the Duke of Whimsy (Baby Fisk).

I hear he actually grew a handlebar mustache for this project, to really get into the mode of a turn-of-the-century beat writer. That is so method.
Second that! :smile:

October26
10-09-2006, 01:27 PM
Great work, Baby Fisk. Thank you!

Do the WSI gametheads go back to 1906?
I'd love to take a look at that one.

Wouldn't it be cool if we could see how people spoke and posted back in 1906? (probably not too different than today)

Can you see how great WSI will be as an archive resource for future generations 100 years from now? (let's hope we're talking about multiple World Series appearances and victories by then)

Too cool. :cool:

TornLabrum
10-09-2006, 02:11 PM
They're archived. PaleHoseGeorge has to restore them off of a wire recorder (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wire_recorder). :tongue:

I've already summarized those: http://whitesoxinteractive.com/History&Glory/1906.htm

FielderJones
10-09-2006, 02:12 PM
Wouldn't it be cool if we could see how people spoke and posted back in 1906? (probably not too different than today)


:mg:

Um, you do realize that online electronic communication is a relatively recent phenomenon, don't you. In 1906 the word wireless had a completely different meaning than today. Nobody posted in 1906. They wrote. For newspapers. Or in diaries.

Some libraries have these antique machines called microfilm readers. They have screens but no keyboards. Reference librarians can get you reels of microfilm, on which are stored the analog images of old newspapers. You may even find some Chicago newspapers from 1906, which would then give you your cool scenario to see how people posted back then.

:rolleyes:

TornLabrum
10-09-2006, 04:17 PM
:mg:

Um, you do realize that online electronic communication is a relatively recent phenomenon, don't you. In 1906 the word wireless had a completely different meaning than today. Nobody posted in 1906. They wrote. For newspapers. Or in diaries.

Some libraries have these antique machines called microfilm readers. They have screens but no keyboards. Reference librarians can get you reels of microfilm, on which are stored the analog images of old newspapers. You may even find some Chicago newspapers from 1906, which would then give you your cool scenario to see how people posted back then.

:rolleyes:

They posted using the post office.

FielderJones
10-09-2006, 04:22 PM
They posted using the post office.

Good one.
:kneeslap:

slobes
10-09-2006, 09:14 PM
I woulda hated to see how much everyone on WSI woulda been bitchin' and moanin' after the Black Sox Scandal.

Corlose 15
10-11-2006, 02:24 PM
It is my contention that all recounts of this 19-dickety-6 World's Series shall be composed exclusively by the Duke of Whimsy (Baby Fisk).

I hear he actually grew a handlebar mustache for this project, to really get into the mode of a turn-of-the-century beat writer. That is so method.

Wouldn't that make this the 1926 World Series?:cool: