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1906 World Series

Posted 02-20-2012 at 02:26 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 02-25-2012 at 07:13 AM by TommyJohn

Regular Season

White Sox 93-58, 1st, 3 GA

There really was no season quite like 1906 in the annals of Chicago baseball. For the first time since the Sox started in 1901, they and the Cubs finished in first place and faced each other in the World Series, an event which would not happen ever again. In fact, the Sox and Cubs would not finish in first place in the same season for another 102 years.

The two teams were a study in contrasts. The White Sox batted .228 as a team and hit only 7 home runs. As late as early August, they were languishing in the second division of the AL. Suddenly, Fielder's boys hit a big winning streak, going 19-0-1 from August 2-23. The streak carried the White Sox to first place and they clinched the AL pennant in the last week of the season. Fielder Jones' crack pitching staff was the reason the weak-hitting Sox won the pennant. Led by Doc White and young Ed Walsh, the staff posted a 2.13 ERA and 32 shutouts. The team's ability to win despite lacking hitting skills earned them the immortal nickname "The Hitless Wonders."

Team Leaders

HR: Fielder Jones, Billy Sullivan 2
RBI: George Davis 80
Avg.: Frank Isbell .279

Wins: Frank Owen 22
ERA: Doc White 1.52
Strikeouts: Ed Walsh 171

Cubs 116-36, 1st, 20 GA

The Cubs, meanwhile, laid waste to the NL. They scored 704 runs and batted .262, while their home run leader hit as many home runs as the entire White Sox team. At one point they went on a 50-8 tear en route to a 116-36 record, still the best one season record in the history of baseball. "The Peerless Leader" Frank Chance continued to lead on the field as player/manager, hitting .319 and guiding the Cubs through the season. The Cubs' pitching staff was the equal of the Sox, with a team ERA of 1.75 and 28 shutouts. Mordecai Brown went 26-6 with a 1.04 ERA. "Black" Jack Taylor, the man shipped to St. Louis for Brown, was also back, going 12-3 with a 1.83 ERA. Despite these numbers, Black Jack did not play in the 1906 Series. His reputation had perhaps preceded him.

Team Leaders

HR: Frank "Wildfire" Schulte 7
RBI: Harry Steinfeldt 83
Avg.: Harry Steinfeldt .327

Wins: Mordecai Brown 26
ERA: Mordecai Brown 1.04
Strikeouts: Jack Pfiester 153

The Series

The Cubs went into the series solid 3-1 favorites, given their superior hitting and record. Chicago was baseball crazy for the week of October 9-14 as the city split along team loyalties and the Series dominating front page headlines. Fans made wagers and defended their favorite team with curses and fisticuffs.

Game 1 featured a classic pitching duel between Nick Altrock and Mordecai Brown, with the Sox coming out on top, 2-1. The next day Ed Reulbach blew the Sox away 7-1, tossing the first 1-hitter in World Series history in the process. Ed Walsh countered with a Game 3 shutout that featured a bases-loaded triple by George Rohe. Brown and the Cubs bit back, getting even with a 1-0 win. And then...

After four exciting, see-saw pitchers' duels, the Hitless Wonders suddenly exploded, thrashing the Cubs 8-6 in Game 5 and pounding them in Game 6 at South Side Grounds.

The Cubs were not going to go quietly. Down 8-2 going into the top of the 9th of Game 6, they rallied for a run and had the bases loaded with 2 outs. With the crowd roaring on every pitch, Wildfire Schulte hit a sharp grounder to Jiggs Donahue, who scooped up the ball and touched first for the final out. Pandemonium broke loose as the Sox and their fans celebrated one of the most shocking upsets in World Series history. The Cubs walked off the field, wondering how the heck a .228 hitting team had managed to beat them.

Game 1 at West Side Park

White Sox...000 011 000-2 4 1
Cubs..........000 001 000-1 4 2

W-Altrock L-Brown

Game 2 at South Side Grounds

Cubs..........031 001 020-7 10 2
White Sox...000 010 000-1 1 3

W-Reulbach L-White

Game 3 at West Side Park

White Sox...000 003 000-3 4 1
Cubs..........000 000 000-0 2 2

W-Walsh L-Pfiester

Game 4 at South Side Grounds

Cubs..........000 000 100-1 7 1
White Sox...000 000 000-0 2 1

W-Brown L-Altrock

Game 5 at West Side Park

White Sox....102 401 000-8 12 6
Cubs...........300 102 000-6 6 0

W-Walsh L-Pfiester

Game 6 at South Side Grounds

Cubs..........100 010 001-3 7 0
White Sox...340 000 01x-8 14 3

W-White L-Brown

MVP-George Rohe (.333 avg. 4 RBI, pivotal hit in Game 3)
Booby Prize-White Sox defense. The White Sox committed a jaw-dropping 15 errors, including 6(!) in Game 5.
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