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Baby Fisk
10-13-2006, 12:46 PM
Totally Biased Game Recap: October 13, 1906

Fire on the West Side!

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

Short take: A scoring eruption by the "hitless wonders" engulfs the Cubs, and what was once unthinkable is suddenly within reach for the White Stockings.

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The fair city of Chicago has not been aflame like this since it literally burnt to the ground. Charles Comiskey's White Stockings, expected to play the role of doormat in this World Series, stand poised to win the world championship for themselves after a fantastic Game Five broil at the Cubs' home park that produced an 8-6 win for the White Stockings.

Even before this pivotal game began, peculiar scenes abounded. The Cubs, looking to shake their home-field jinx in this Series, eschewed their white uniforms and wore their road greys instead. The White Stockings wore their dark road navies, of course, so confusion was prevented.

The start of the game was preceded by the appearance of four actual baby bears from nearby zoos and circuses. The bewildered beasts were dragged around the basepaths on chains by a group of Cub supporters in hopes of bringing luck to the home side. That, along with the growing number of toy bears toted around by supporters, leads one to believe that the Cubs and their fans might be more fond of gimmickry than the task at hand: winning baseball games.

The "Sox" showed no such misdirection. In the top of the first inning they grabbed an early lead. Right fielder Ed Hahn, soldiering on despite his busted proboscis, made a hit off Cubs starter Ed Reulbach. After being sacrificed over to second, Hahn came home on a two-base hit by Frank Isbell. The uprising was on.

Big Ed Walsh, pitching on just one day of rest, took the mound for Comiskey's side. Unlike his masterful performance in Game Three, however, Walsh would be rocked early.

Solly Hofman led off the bottom of the first with a base hit, then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Frank Schulte followed by hitting a grounder to third baseman George Rohe. Rohe handled the ball clumsily and Schulte made it to first with an infield hit, but Hofman remained at second on the play. Frank Chance was then plunked on the hand by Walsh and the bases were loaded with one out. Harry Steinfelt followed with another grounder. Second baseman Isbell got the force at second, but then threw the ball past first baseman Jiggs Donahue into the crowd, allowing Hofman and Schulte to score. The White Stockings' abysmal fielding continued: Joe Tinker laid down a bunt. Walsh fielded it and threw to first, but Donahue dropped it! The speedy Steinfelt made it all the way from second to make it 3-1 Cubs after one inning. What a debacle.

The south siders rebounded in the third. Isbell made his second two-base hit, and shortstop George Davis followed with one of his own, driving in Isbell. The anxious Cubs yanked Reulbach and brought Jack Pfiester in to pitch. He promptly plunked Donahue in the back. With men on first and second, Pat Dougherty hit into a fielder's choice. Donahue was out at second, but Dougherty made it to first. Davis moved to third. Some stylish action on the basepaths followed. As Pfiester delivered to catcher Billy Sullivan, Dougherty broke for second base. Cubs catcher Johnny Kling threw to second, but Dougherty was safe with a stolen base. Meanwhile, Davis had dashed for home and tied the game at three apiece. Attaboy fellas!

The White Stockings scored again in the fourth inning, delivering a severe blow from which the Cubs might not recover. Walsh walked, but was out at second on a sac bunt by Hahn, who made it to first base. Fielder Jones delivered a base hit that moved Hahn to second. Isbell then made his third two-base hit of the day, scoring Hahn and moving Jones to third. Davis continued his mimickry of Isbell by making another two-base hit. Jones and Isbell both scored and it was 6-3 for the south side. With growing panic, Pfiester was taken out and Orval Overall was brought in to pitch for the Cubs. Overall walked Rohe, then gave up yet another two-base hit, this one by Donahue that scored Davis. When the smoke cleared the White Stockings had a commanding 7-3 lead. Cub fans looked on in horror.

The Cubs got one back in the bottom of the fourth. With Tinker on third base, Walsh uncorked a wild pitch that made it a 7-4 game. But the White Stockings extended their lead in the sixth. Isbell made his eye-popping fourth two-base hit of the game, and scampered to third on a fielder's choice. Isbell was driven in by Rohe and once again the south siders were doubling the west siders, 8-4.

In the bottom of the sixth, Schulte drove in two more runs for the Cubs. In the bottom of the seventh, Steinfelt hit a two-bagger and Fielder Jones brought Doc White in to finish the game for Walsh. White was up to the task and the Cubs were silenced for the rest of the game.

Who'd a thunk that Comiskey's "hitless wonders" would ever have erupted for twelve-hits and eight runs? With their 8-6 victory, the White Stockings are suddenly knocking on the gates of the promised land. They are just one win away from the World Championship.

Doc White will make the start tomorrow at South Side Park against Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown. To clinch the championship, the "Sox" will have to be the only team to win a home game this Series. Will they be up to the task? Will there be rowdy, raucous celebrations on the south side tomorrow? Stock up your liquor cabinets and hang on to your hats, friends! We are in for a wild finish!

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How was the trophy earned today? Relentless ambition at the plate. The White Stockings beat up on three different Cubs pitchers for eight runs.

Pick to Click Winner: Frank Isbell.
He led the scoring assault with four two-base hits and two runs driven in.

http://www.mjnewton.demon.co.uk/drwho/dalek.jpg
FRANK ISBELL (may not be exactly as shown)

FielderJones
10-13-2006, 01:00 PM
I'm not sure that a guy with that much hair would be "Bald Eagle". One of the sites that Google images turns up with that pic identifies the player on that card as Billy Sullivan.

I've found this:
http://www.sportsecyclopedia.com/al/chisox/IsbellCWS.jpg

and this:
http://www.t206.com/cards/IsbellFrank_anndorw/T206_8F_1911_NG.jpg

as "Bald Eagle" Isbell pics.

I believe his record of 4 doubles in a postseason game still stands 100 years later. :bandance::bandance::bandance::bandance:

Baby Fisk
10-13-2006, 01:04 PM
He's got lots of hair in all three pics. Actually it looks like three different people.

FielderJones
10-13-2006, 01:06 PM
He's got lots of hair in all three pics. Actually it looks like three different people.

Uh-oh (http://www.t206.com/Sullivan_Billy.cfm).

Baby Fisk
10-13-2006, 01:45 PM
Uh-oh (http://www.t206.com/Sullivan_Billy.cfm).
Hokay, I made the edit.

Scottzilla
10-13-2006, 01:57 PM
Pick to Click Winner: Frank Isbell.
He led the scoring assault with four two-base hits and two runs driven in.

http://www.mjnewton.demon.co.uk/drwho/dalek.jpg
FRANK ISBELL (may not be exactly as shown)

that is almost of horsemaster quality!

NDSox12
10-13-2006, 07:05 PM
Good work Baby Fisk... I'm definitely enjoying these. Can't wait for tomorrow's!

thomas35forever
10-14-2006, 12:18 AM
This could be the greatest upset in the short history of baseball's World's Series!