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1905 City Series

Posted 02-20-2012 at 12:57 AM by TommyJohn
Updated 02-25-2012 at 07:10 AM by TommyJohn

Regular Season

White Sox 92-60, 2nd place, 2 GB

The 1905 White Sox improved a bit from 1904, winning 92 games. They actually had the most wins in the AL that year, tied with the Philadelphia A's. So why didn't they win the pennant? Because the A's played four fewer games and finished 92-56. The AL did not make up cancelled games in those days, so the Sox had to settle for second place. Guiding them this year was second year manager/centerfielder Fielder Jones. An up-and-comer this year was second year pitcher Ed Walsh, who had produced an 8-3 record and an ERA of 2.17.

Club Leaders:

Batting Average: Frank Isbell .296
Home Runs: Frank Isbell, Fielder Jones, Billy Sullivan 2
RBIs: Jiggs Donahue 76

Wins: Nick Altrock 23
ERA: Doc White 1.76
Strikeouts: Frank Smith 171

Cubs 92-61, 3rd place, 13 GB

Meanwhile, the Cubs produced a like number of wins, 92 and one more loss in 61. They finished a distant third, once again 13 games in back of the pennant-winning Giants. Frank Selee guided the team to a 33-27 mark before being replaced by 1st baseman Frank Chance, who guided them the rest of the year.

Club Leaders

Batting Average: Frank Chance .316
Home Runs: Frank Chance, Billy Maloney, Joe Tinker 2
RBIs: Frank Chance 70

Wins: Ed Reulbach, Jake Weimer, Mordecai Brown 18
ERA: Ed Reulbach 1.42
Strikeouts: Ed Reulbach 152

The Series

The irasicble James Hart sold his majority stake in the Cubs to Charles Murphy. When Comiskey challenged Murphy to a postseason series, the Murph happily complied.

This series was played with the sanction and under the supervision of the National Commission, perhaps in response to the "Black Jack" Scandal of 1903. The series format was also changed to a best-of-seven format, same as the new World Series played this year between Philadelphia and New York-John T. Brush having overcome his sniffing disdain for the new league and agreeing to have an annual postseason series under a set of rules that today still bear his name.

The pitching-rich teams hauled out the wood for this series, as the teams hurt the horsehide to the tune of 53 runs. The Sox came close in Games 1 and 2, but the series belonged to the Cubs, who slammed them 4 games to 1. The White Sox had a chance to jump back into the series in Game 4 when they socked Cub ace Reulbach for 5 runs in the top of the 1st, but the Cubs rallied back to take the lead and eventually win. Jiggs Donahue would strike the first City Series home run in the Sox' Game 2 win. Ed Walsh made only one series appearance as a pinch-hitter.

Game 1 October 11, 1905 at South Side Grounds

Cubs.......... 002 102 000-5 7 0
White Sox... 000 000 400-4 8 2

W: Lundgren L: Owen

Game 2 October 12, 1905 at West Side Park

White Sox...411 001 001-7 8 1
Cubs..........100 000 300-4 13 3

HR: Donohue
W: Altrock L: Reulbach

Game 3 October 13, 1905 at South Side Grounds

Cubs..........030 000 000-3 4 2
White Sox...001 000 001-2 6 2

W: Weimer L: White

Game 4 October 14, 1905 at West Side Park

White Sox...500 000 000-5 10 4
Cubs..........200 003 30x-8 9 2

W: Reulbach L: Owen

Game 5, October 15, 1905 at South Side Grounds

Cubs...........510 000 301-10 12 0
White Sox...300 110 000- 5 11 1

W: Brown L: Smith

Most Valuable Player: Joe Tinker .389 avg., 6 runs, 7 hits, 4 stolen bases, including 1 of home plate
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