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In honor of actor Andy Garcia and his (unintentionally) hilarious reaction to Sofia (Mary Corleone) Coppola's death scene in "The Godfather, Part III."
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1903 City Series

Posted 02-19-2012 at 09:46 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 02-19-2012 at 10:12 PM by TommyJohn

The birth of the Chicago City Series coincided with the peace treaty brokered between the established National League and the brand-new, upstart American League. While the first place winners in each league (Boston and Pittsburgh) met in a "World Series" to settle the issue of who was the better team, owner Charles Comiskey of the White Sox challenged owner James Hart of the Cubs (then called the "Colts") to an informal best-of-15 series for "bragging rights."

The teams met and agreed to play the series bewteen October 1-15. Colts ace pitcher Jack Taylor dazzled the Sox in the opener, then was hittable after that. The Cubs won the first three, then the Sox came back. The see-saw series ended in a 7-7 draw. Why? A couple of games had been delayed by rain. Both teams agreed to play until October 15, when players' contracts expired. When they did, the Cubs refused to play a deciding game, despite the pleadings of Comiskey.

The Cubs' refusal to play a Game 15 drew heavy criticism from the press and the team lost fans. That seems inconceivable today, that the media would knock the Cubs for a reason like refusing to play the Sox. If anything, they would chide the Sox and Sox fans for wanting to complete a meaningless series and rip them for their continued "obsession" with the Cubs. All the while obsessing over their Cubs.

Game 1 at West Side Park

White Sox...000 000 000-0
Cubs..........011 602 10x-11

W: Taylor L: Flaherty

Game 2 at South Side Grounds

Cubs..........203 000 000-5
White Sox...000 000 010-1

W: Weimer L: White

Game 3 at South Side Grounds

Cubs..........020 020 110-6
White Sox...000 000 000-0

W: Wicker L: Patterson

Game 4 at West Side Park

White Sox...201 020 104-10
Cubs..........001 100 000-2

W: Owen L: Taylor

Game 5 at West Side Park

White Sox...000 200 100 1-4
Cubs..........100 000 101 0-3

W: Altrock L: Wicker

Game 6 at South Side Grounds

Cubs..........111 001 100-5
White Sox...000 100 001-2

W: Weimer L: Patterson

Game 7 at South Side Grounds

Cubs..........200 100 000-3
White Sox...012 100 05x-9

W: White L: Taylor

Game 8 at West Side Park

White Sox...000 000 000-0
Cubs..........000 000 001-1

W: Lundgren L: Owen

Game 9 at West Side Park

White Sox...000 001 010-2
Cubs..........040 000 00x-4

W: Weimer L: Altrock

Game 10 at South Side Grounds

Cubs..........000 000 000-0
White Sox...002 000 00x-2

W: White L: Lundgren

Game 11 at South Side Grounds

Cubs..........010 000 000-1
White Sox...000 210 01x-4

W: Owen L: Taylor

Game 12 at West Side Park

White Sox...000 010 000-1
Cubs..........200 001 20x-5

W: Wicker L: White

Game 13 at South Side Grounds

Cubs..........000 000 000-0
White Sox...100 000 10x-2

W: Owen L: Weimer

Game 14 at South Side Grounds

Cubs..........000 000 000-0
White Sox...200 000 00x-2

W: Altrock L: Lundgren

Most Valuable Players: Frank Owen (White Sox, 3-1) Jake Weimer (Cubs, 3-1)

Note: the writers of the era never selected an MVP for any City Series. The winners are my personal choice, based on an assessment of statistics and game summaries posted on www.baseballyarn.com. Since neither team won this series, I have named an MVP for both teams.

Booby Prize: Jack Taylor. He shut out the Sox in his first game, then lost three straight. It got back to Hart that Taylor had boasted "why should I get $100 for winning (Hart's CC bonus) when I can get $500 for losing?" An enraged Hart traded the ace Cub pitcher to the Cardinals in exchange for Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown.
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