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1913 City Series

Posted 02-25-2012 at 10:52 AM by TommyJohn
Updated 02-26-2012 at 11:11 AM by TommyJohn


White Sox 78-74, 5th, GB 17.5

New faces dominated the scene on the South Side this year-Ray Schalk took over as full-time catcher at age 20, Morrie Rath held down 2nd base, and the Sox acquired talented 1st baseman Hal Chase from the New York Yankees. Chase had been in the league since 1905 and was constantly and openly suspected of cavorting with unseemly characters and tanking plays and games. For some reason, Comiskey wanted him anyway, believing Chase's problems stemmed from a desire to get away from New York.

The pitching staff saw a ringing out of the old and a ringing in of the new. New faces Jim Scott and Ewell "Reb" Russell joined up with Eddie Cicotte to form a great staff, albeit one that was plagued once again by a lack of hitting. Scott and Russell sported ERAs of 1.90, but had records of 20-21 and 22-16, respectively, to show for their efforts. Cicotte was even better, going 18-11 with an ERA of 1.58. Shunted aside were two giants of the previous decade, Doc White and Ed Walsh. White went 2-4 in 19 games. Walsh, his arm DOA after his City Series performance against the Cubs the previous year, would appear in 16 games and sport a record of 8-3.

The big event of the season came on May 17, when the Sox had "Frank Chance Day" to honor the former Cub, now manager of the New York Yankees. 36,000 fans turned out to honor the Peerless Leader. The crush of fans was so great that temporary stands set up for the occasion collapsed, injuring several people.

Team Leaders

HR: Ping Bodie 8
RBI: Buck Weaver 52
Avg: Hal Chase .286

Wins: Reb Russell 22
ERA: Eddie Cicotte 1.58
Strikeouts: Jim Scott 158

Cubs 88-65, 3rd, 13.5 GB

The Cubs had a new old face leading them this year-Frank Chance had been fired at the end of 1912 and fellow infielder Johnny Evers replaced him as player/manager. He would guide the Cubs to a 3rd place finish, 13.5 games back. Joe Tinker was sent to the Cincinnati Reds, leaving Evers as the only one of the famed trio still hanging around. Mordecai Brown was also gone, departed to the Reds along with Joe Tinker. Vic Saier swatted 14 home runs, while Heinie Zimmerman continued to be the team's top hitter with a .313 average. Larry Cheney was still top dog of the pitching staff, while Ed Reulbach was still around, but fading.

Team Leaders

HR: Vic Saier 14
RBI: Heinie Zimmerman 95
Avg: Heinie Zimmerman .313

Wins: Larry Cheney 21
ERA: Hippo Vaughn 1.45
Strikeouts: Larry Cheney 136

The Series

The White Sox took Game 1 behind the pitching of Reb Russell and 2 RBI from Shano Collins. Game 2 saw the Cubs blow a 4-0 lead before prevailing 6-5 in 13 innings. They took a 2 games to 1 lead with an 8-0 win. Bert Humphries tossed a shutout and Sox infielders were in a giving mood, committing 5 errors to help the Cubs.

Game 4 saw the Sox bounce back, thanks to a masterful pitching performance by Eddie Cicotte, who helped his cause by going 3 for 4 with two doubles. The Sox overcame a 2-1 Cub lead in the 7th to win 5-2. Joe Benz and Larry Cheney dueled for 10 scoreless innings in Game 5 before Shano Collins broke through in the top of the 11th, driving in the game's first run and stealing home plate. The Sox prevailed by the 2-0 score.

The next day saw the Sox wrap up another City title-Shano Collins erased a 1-0 Cub lead in the 4th with an RBI single, then came around to score on a two-run Jack Fournier double. The Sox had all the runs they would need. The score would get to 5-2 and Jim Scott set down the Cubs in the 9th to take the series.

Game 1, October 8, 1913 at West Side Park

White Sox...200 102 100 6 11 2
Cubs..........000 102 010 4 12 3

HR-Good, Saier

W-Russell L-Cheney SV-Scott

Game 2, October 9, 1913 at Comiskey Park

Cubs..........000 410 000 000 1 6 10 3
White Sox...000 301 010 000 0 5 11 3

W-Vaughn L-Benz

Game 3, October 10, 1913 at West Side Park

White Sox...000 000 000 0 4 5
Cubs..........000 003 50x 8 10 0

W-Humphries L-Scott

Game 4, October 11, 1913 at Comiskey Park

Cubs..........011 000 000 2 7 1
White Sox...000 001 31x 5 13 3

W-Cicotte L-Pierce

Game 5, October 12, 1913 at West Side Park

White Sox...000 000 000 02 2 10 0
Cubs..........000 000 000 00 0 3 1

W-Benz L-Cheney

Game 6, October 13, 1913 at Comiskey Park

Cubs..........000 100 001 2 9 1
White Sox...000 320 00x 5 11 1

W-Scott L-Humphries

Most Valuable Player-Shano Collins (.462 avg., 5 RBI). He delivered the key hits in the last two games and stole home in Game 5.

Booby Prize-Johnny Evers (.240 avg.) The loss to the Sox in the City Series cost the Cub legend his job. He was fired as manager and was traded to the Boston Braves. Evers got the last laugh though, being a key member of the "Miracle Braves" that went from last place on the 4th of July to the NL pennant and a shocking sweep of the Philadelphia A's in the World Series.
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