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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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1904-No Series

Posted 02-19-2012 at 10:37 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 02-25-2012 at 07:11 AM by TommyJohn

Regular Season

White Sox W: 89 L: 65 Pos: 3 GB: 6

Cubs W: 93 L: 60 Pos: 2 GB 13

The Sox and Cubs both finished with winning records this year, with the Cubs coming in 13 games behind pennant winning New York.

The big news occured in the postseason. Most fans and press expected NL pennant winner New York Giants to challenge the reigning World Champion Boston Red Sox, who had again won the AL, for baseball supremacy. Giant owner John T. Brush had other ideas, refusing to meet a team from the "inferior" league in a "World's Series." Perhaps he feared if his team lost, it would damage the credibilty of the older, established league. Whatever his reasons, Brush's decision met with the wrath of many fans and media.

A similar soap opera took place in Chicago. Sox owner Comiskey issued a challenge to the Cubs' James Hart to settle bragging rights once and for all. Hart adamantly refused, then revealed his belief that his former ace pitcher Jack Taylor had not played on the level. In fact, Hart had asked the National Commission (baseball's governing body of that era) to step in and investigate. The Commission, however, punted right back at Hart, telling him that the series was an informal one played without their supervision, and was thus not under their jurisdiction-basically washing their hands of it. Hart had then traded Taylor.

Taylor, for his part, was angered by Hart's accusations and threatened to sue Hart for slander. The two later reached a settlement.

As for Taylor, he would be accused twice more of throwing games-including a charge leveled at him that he threw games to the St. Louis Browns in a 1905 St. Louis City Series. So maybe it wasn't just Hart's imagination.
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