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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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1910-No Series

Posted 02-21-2012 at 05:13 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 02-25-2012 at 07:22 AM by TommyJohn


Once again, the Cubs and Sox would take a break from the West Side-South Side uncivil war to allow the Cubs to partake in that year's World Series.

[B]White Sox 68-85, 6th, 35.5 GB[/B]

The Sox hit a slump this year, falling to 68-85 and 6th place. It was their first visit to the second division since 1903, when they placed 7th. Former NL batting champ Hugh Duffy took over as manager, making him the first full-time manager (as opposed to player/manager) of the White Sox. Ed Walsh was still his superlative self, sporting a nifty ERA of 1.27 and 258 K's. Unfortunately, the still-sockless Sox weren't giving him anything in the way of run support, and he slipped to 18-20. Doc White sported a winning record at 15-13. A player making his debut this year was 1st baseman Chick Gandil (remember that name, folks). He would put in a half-season before being dispatched to the Washington Senators. That would not be the last time anyone would hear from him, alas.

[B]Team Leaders[/B]

[B]HR: Chick Gandil 2[/B]
[B]RBI: Patsy Dougherty 43[/B]
[B]Avg: Patsy Dougherty .248[/B]

[B]Wins: Ed Walsh 18[/B]
[B]ERA: Ed Walsh 1.27[/B]
[B]Strikeouts: Ed Walsh 258[/B]

[B]Cubs 104-50, 1st, 13 GA[/B]

Let us make no mistake about it-the Cubs of 1906-10 were one of the 20th century's great ballclubs. They won 100 or more games 4 out of those 5 years, including 104 this year. This time it was good enough for the pennant.

The postseason had been even better. After the loss to the Sox in 06, they whopped Detroit twice, then smacked the Sox in the 1909 City Series 4 games to 1, giving them a 3 year record of 12-2-1 in official and unofficial postseason series.

That luck would grind to a halt this year, however as the Cubs bumped into one of the century's great teams-the first Philadelphia A's dynasty built by Connie Mack and featuring such stars as Eddie Collins, Frank Baker, Eddie Plank and Chief Bender.

The World Series wasn't even close-the "Peerless Leader" Frank Chance-led Cubs would close out the first decade of the century by being overwhelmed in their duel with the Mackmen. The Cubs came within two outs of being swept. Only a 9th inning rally and a tally in the 10th of Game 4 prevented it. The A's would come back and wrap up the series in five games. How decisive was the A's victory? They used only two pitchers in the entire series-Chief Bender and Jack Coombs.

It was all over as far as the Cub dynasty was concerned. There would be no more World Series appearances for the legendary trio of bear cubs Tinker, Evers and Chance. But wait. They would be on the team for a couple of more seasons. If they couldn't beat the A's, perhaps they could continue to dominate their South Side rivals in the City Series, as they had done in 1905 and 1909? Stay tuned.

[B]Team Leaders[/B]

[B]HR: Frank Schulte 10[/B]
[B]RBI: Solly Hofman 86[/B]
[B]Avg: Solly Hofman .325[/B]

[B]Wins: Mordecai Brown 25[/B]
[B]ERA: Jack Pfiester 1.79[/B]
[B]Strikeouts: Mordecai Brown 143[/B]
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