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1910 World Series - Philadelphia Athletics vs Chicago Cubs

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Philadelphia Athletics 4
Chicago Cubs 1

October 17 - October 23, 1910

The 1910 World Series pitted the Cubs (making their fourth appearance) and Athletics (making their second). Both teams were powerhouses with the A's chalking one-hundred two victories and Chicago one-hundred four wins. Both teams experienced devastating injures and were not at full strength, though.

A's ace Chief Bender pitched a one-hitter into the ninth inning of Game 1. He completed a three-hitter with eight strikeouts for a 4-1 win. The A's got three hits and two RBIs from Frank Baker.

In Game 2, Jack Coombs yielded eight hits and nine walks, but managed to get a 9-3 win.

Pitching on one day's rest, Coombs pitched Game 3. He gave up six hits and had three hits and three RBIs for a 12-5 romp.

Facing elimination, the Cubs started rookie Leonard Cole (20-4). Cole pitched into the eighth, trailing 3-2. Player Manager Frank Chance tripled home Frank Schulte in the ninth. In the tenth, Chicago's Jimmy Sheckard hit a two-out, game-winning single for a 4-3 win.

The unbeaten Coombs started Game 5. The game was 1-1 until the eighth inning when Philadelphia scored five en route to a 7-2 Series winning victory.

The A's won their first World Series and defeated baseball's first dynasty with just two starting pitchers: Bender and three-game winner Coombs. Eddie Collins supplied timely hitting.

The greatest Cubs team in history closed out its glory years with the 1910 World Series, only ten years into the 20th century.

Around the World:

  • October 17 - Julia Ward Howe, American abolitionist and poet died at 91
  • October 19 - Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Indian-born American physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1995) was born.
  • October 20 - The hull of the RMS Olympic, sister-ship to the ill-fated RMS Titanic, was launched from the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • October 22 - American Dr. Crippen was convicted at the Old Bailey Court of poisoning his wife and was hanged at London's Pentonville Prison.
  • October 23:
    1. Vajiravudh (Rama VI) was crowned King of Siam, after the death of his father, King Chulalongkorn (Rama V).
    2. Richard Mortensen, Danish painter (d. 1993) was born.

1910 in Baseball:

  • April 20 - Cleveland Naps' Addie Joss pitched his second career no-hitter, beating the White Sox 1-0.
  • May 12 - A's Chief Bender threw a 4-0 no-hitter against the Cleveland Naps.
  • August 18 - Rickwood Field opened in Birmingham, Alabama, with 10,000 fans watching the minor league Birmingham Barons beat the Montgomery Climbers in a 3-2 pitchers' duel won by Harry Coveleski.
  • September 17-Tigers pitcher Ed Summers, a notoriously bad hitter, hit two home runs in a 10-3 victory over the Athletics. Both homers comprised his career total.
  • November 10 - Ex-pitcher, Senators manager Clark Griffith and Philadelphia grain broker William Richardson bought controlling interest in the Washington Senators for $175,000. Griffith mortgaged his Montana ranch to raise funds.

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