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1930 World Series - Philadelphia Athletics vs St. Louis Cardinals

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Philadelphia Athletics 4
St. Louis Cardinals 2

October 1 - October 8, 1930

Connie Mack's Athletics took longer than expected to rebuild themselves into the dynasty of the early 1900's, but they arrived, dominating the American League in 1929 and 1930. The Cardinals were worthy foes in the 1930 World Series, batting .314 and averaging 6 runs.

The A's Burleigh Grimes won the opener 5-2 in Shibe Park. Philadelphia got five hits to the Cardinals' nine, but two were homers and all led to runs in the second, fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings.

Cochrane, Simmons and Foxx came out swinging in Game 2. Philadelphia won 6-1 for a two games to none Series lead.

In St. Louis, "Wild Bill" Hallahan shut out Philadelphia 5-0 and Jesse Haines bested Lefty Grove 3-1 to tie the Series.

Game 5 was 0-0 between Burleigh Grimes and George Earnshaw. In the top of the ninth, Grimes walked Cochrane. Two outs later, Jimmie Foxx homered for a 2-0 Athletics' triumph.

Pitching with one day's rest, Earnshaw completed a five-hit 7-1 triumph, making the Athletics the first team to win back-to-back championships twice.

Philadelphia hit .197 and St. Louis batted .200. The A's had eighteen of thirty-five hits go for extra-bases. Earnshaw was 2-0 with a 0.72 ERA in twenty-five innings.

The 1930 World Series was the Athletics' fifth and last in Philadelphia.

Around the World:

  • October 1:
    1. Dutch amateur soccer team WHC formed
    2. Passfield White Paper issued, a British policy limiting Jewish immigration to Palestine following the 1929 riots.
  • October 2 - Gordon Stewart Northcott, serial killer, hung.
  • October 5:
    1. British Airship R101 crashed in storm at Beauvais, France en-route to India on its maiden voyage, 48 died.
    2. Pavel Popovich, Soviet cosmonaut born (d. 2009).
  • October 6 - William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying" Novel Published
  • October 8 - Tōru Takemitsu, Japanese composer born (d. 1996).

1930 in Baseball:

  • March 8 - Babe Ruth signed a two year $160,000 contract, becoming the highest paid player of all time and earning more than the President of the United States. Yankees General Manager Ed Barrow: "No one in baseball will ever be paid more than Ruth."
  • May 11 - Indians Bibb Falk had 5 hits, 5 RBIs, and scored 5 runs in the first five innings of a 25-7 massacre of Philadelphia.
  • September 14 - Tigers Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg debuted in 10-3 loss to Yankees.
  • September 28:
    1. Giants Bill Terry finished with a .401 average, the last National Leaguer to hit over .400.
    2. Ruth pitched complete 9-3 victory against Red Sox.
  • November 23 - St. Louis Browns outfielder / New York Giants receiver Red Badgro caught third touchdown of season, landing in the Football Hall of Fame in 1981.
  • November 25 - Filling the MVP void, the Sporting News selected Senators shortstop Joe Cronin in the AL and Giants first baseman Bill Terry in the NL.

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