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1914 City Series

Posted 02-27-2012 at 09:41 AM by TommyJohn


White Sox 70-84, 6th, 30 GB

The White Sox played baseball year-round in 1914, for this was the year that the team embarked on a world tour, part of Charles Comiskey's attempt to internationalize the sport of baseball. The team left after the 1913 season ended and spent the entire offseason playing in such ports of call as Japan, Australia, Egypt, Ceylon and Italy. Their opponents for these games was John McGraw's New York Giants. One highlight of the tour was a perfomance before King George of England in London's Wembley Stadium. His Majesty didn't quite understand the sport, and he was surprised that the match took only one day, as opposed to cricket matches, which are sometimes played out over several days.

The world tour wiped out the White Sox, and they dropped to 6th place at 70-84.

They also faced a challenge from the newly-formed Federal League, a third major league that formed to butt heads with the NL/AL monopoly. The new league immediately wnet after established stars in the two leagues. Hal Chase was immediately lured away, and he convinced Harry Lord to jump with him.

One of the new FL franchises was the Chicago Whales, started by local entrepeneur Charles Weeghman, who bulit a brand-new ballpark on the North Side of Chicago to house his team.

Few highlights came this season. One of them was a May 31 no-hitter by Joe Benz, who beat Cleveland 6-1. This came after a May 14 game in which Jim Scott held the Senators hitless through 9, only to lose 1-0 on two hits in the 10th. The winning run was driven in by Chick Gandil.

One notable debut came in 1914: pitcher Urban Clarence Faber of Cascade, Iowa. Faber, nicknamed "Red", was purchased from Des Moines for $3,500 the previous August. He went 10-9 in his rookie year.

Team Leaders

HR: Jacques Fournier 6
RBI: Shano Collins 65
Avg: Jacques Fournier .311

Wins: Joe Benz, Jim Scott 14
ERA: Mellie Wolfgang 1.89
Strikeouts: Joe Benz 142

Cubs 78-76, 4th, 16.5 GB

The Cubs went into rebuilding mode in 1914. Tinker, Evers, Chance and Co. were now all departed from the scene, replaced by Red Corriden, Bill Sweeney and Vic Saier-names that don't sound nearly as poetic. I mean, what do you rhyme them with?

"Three words make managers reach for the Bayer,
Corriden to Sweeney to Saier"?


The Cubs were hit hard by competition from the North Side Whales. Attendance dropped to 200,000, which was 4th in the league.

The Cubs manager this year was a familiar face-Hank O'Day, best remembered as the umpire who made one of the most controversial calls in baseball history-accepting the Cubs appeal in the "Merkle Game" of 9/23/08 and declaring the game a tie-which would lead to the Cubs winning the NL pennant. O'Day would only last this year and depart.

Team Leaders:

HR: Vic Saier 18
RBI: Heinie Zimmerman 87
Avg: Heinie Zimmerman .296

Wins: Hippo Vaughn 21
ERA: Hippo Vaughn 2.05
Strikeouts: Hippo Vaughn 165
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