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1911 City Series

Posted 02-22-2012 at 12:08 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 02-27-2012 at 02:16 PM by TommyJohn


White Sox 77-74, 4th, 24 GB

The White Sox surged a bit in 1911, toeing the .500 line throughout the season before finishing three games over that mark and returning to the first division after a one-year absence.

The hitting improved this year, indicated by the team BA of .269 and 19 home runs. "Ping" Bodie and Shano Collins led the way with a team record 4.

Ed Walsh continued to be, well, Ed Walsh. He rebounded with 27 wins and a 2.22 ERA. Amongst his accomplishments that year were stopping Ty Cobb's then record 40-game hitting streak on July 4 and twirling his first and only no-hitter against Boston on August 27. Amongst the witnesses in Comiskey Park that day was a young Sox fan and future writer James T. Farrell, who would later recount the game in one of his stories.

Team Leaders

HR: Ping Bodie, Shano Collins 4
RBI: Ping Bodie 97
Avg: Matty McIntyre .323

Wins: Ed Walsh 27
ERA: Ed Walsh 2.22
Strikeouts: Ed Walsh 255


92-62, 2nd, 7.5 GB

The Cubbies weren't quite as good as the previous year, but they weren't slouches, either-they still won 92 games and finished right behind the Giants. Frank Chance was playing fewer games but he was still leading peerlessly. Mordecai Brown won 20 games once again and Wildfire Schulte continued to swing a hot bat, burning opposing pitchers for 21 home runs, an unheard of total in the deadball era.

So, with the 92 win Cubs going up against the new-and-somewhat improved White Sox, the City Series didn't look to be too much of a contest.

Team Leaders

HR: Frank Schulte 21
RBI: Frank Schulte 107
Avg: Heinie Zimmerman .307

Wins: Mordecai Brown 21
ERA: Lew Richie 2.31
Strikeouts: Mordecai Brown

The Series

Baseball history records that the first sweep in postseason history came in 1914, when the Boston Braves, who capped off a miracle season that saw them go from last place on July 4 to an NL pennant, shocked Connie Mack's A's dynasty in that year's World Series. I say unto you Nay! For they are wrong! The first series sweep in baseball had actually happened three years before, in 1911.

As I stated, the Sox-Cubs match seemed a bit one-sided. Another strong hitting Cub team was going up against a Sox team that still emphasized pitching. The series, it turned out, was a sweep. But not the one fans expected.

The tone was set in Game 1, the first ever postseason game to be played in Charles Comiskey's spanking brand-new South Side baseball emporium. Chicago pitching legends Walsh and Brown dueled, with Brown getting the better of it, leading 3-1 after 8. The bottom of the 9th was a different story, as the White Sox staged a rally, scoring three runs after two were out to stun Brown and the Cubs.

Game 2 was a see-saw battle that saw the Sox lead 3-1, the Cubs roar back to make it 6-3, the Sox rally to tie it at 6 and the Cubs take a 7-6 lead before the Sox rallied with 2 in the 8th to takle and hold on to an 8-7 lead. The next game drew a crowd of 36,308, the largest to witness a game in Chicago up to that time, to the South Side ballyard. They were treated to a 4-2 Sox win.

Four days later the Sox wrapped up a stunning sweep with a 7-2 win at West Side Park. Walsh and Brown once again clashed. This time it wasn't close, the Sox chasing Brown after 5 innings. The Cubs went down 1-2-3 in the 9th, with Walsh striking out Heinie Zimmerman to end it.

Game 1 October 13, 1911 at Comiskey Park

Cubs..........000 102 000-3 5 1
White Sox...000 000 013-4 12 1

W-Walsh L-Brown

Game 2 October 14, 1911 at West Side Park

White Sox...030 012 020-8 14 0
Cubs..........105 001 000-7 14 2

W-Benz L-Smith SV-Walsh

Game 3 October 15, 1911 at Comiskey Park

Cubs..........000 100 010-2 6 0
White Sox...002 001 10x-4 10 2

W-White L-Cole

Game 4 October 18, 1911 at West Side Park

White Sox...202 021 000-7 12 1
Cubs..........100 010 000-2 5 1

W-Walsh L-Brown

Most Valuable Player-Ed Walsh (2-0, 1 Save)

Booby Prize-Jimmy Doyle, Cubs (.167 avg. two crucial errors in Game 2)
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