The 1904 Pirates: Part One

Last week we saw how the Pirates prepared themselves for the 1904 season and they definitely started the season with some questions among their starting rotation. The team had a rough spring training, the weather was bad and when they reported to St Louis for opening day on April 15th it quickly became evident that they were behind schedule in their preparations for the season. They had early injury problems including Sam Leever...

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Finding Pitching in 1904

The one thing the Pittsburgh Pirates learned from the 1903 World Series was that you can never have enough pitching. They had three healthy reliable starters going into October but by the time the World Series actually started they were down to one, Deacon Phillippe. The amount of work Sam Leever had during the season took a toll on him and by the time they reached October he wasn’t able to pitch effectively in the series...

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1903 World Series: Game Eight

Game eight of the 1903 World Series saw the return of the teams to Boston with the Americans up 4 games to 3 in the best of nine series. A win today for the Pirates and the series continues, a loss and they return to Pittsburgh for the long off-season. The game was originally scheduled for Monday October 12th but rain forced the third postponement of the series so the two teams played the following day. The Pirates went with Deacon...

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1903 World Series: Game Seven

Game seven of the 1903 World Series was originally scheduled for Friday October 9th. That day in Pittsburgh was brutally cold so the game was postponed until Saturday. The off-day gave Pirates ace, Deacon Phillippe, an added day of much needed rest for his arm. He had pitched games one, three and four already winning all three games. The Pirates had lost games five and six without him on the mound and the best of nine series was now...

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1903 World Series: Game Six

After an 11-2 blowout loss in game five, the Pirates went to 25 game winner Sam Leever for game six. He was suffering from a sore arm but on five days of rest since his loss in game two, he was ready to give it a shot. Deacon Phillippe wasn’t able to go after already pitching three games so far in the series so the Pirates had to go to Leever or otherwise risk using an unproven and much lesser talented rookie. As mentioned...

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1903 World Series: Game Five

After the Pirates barely held on to a 5-4 victory in game four to take a 3-1 lead in the best of nine series, they turned to Brickyard Kennedy to start game five against the great Cy Young. Kennedy had started just one game since August 9th and that was the last game of the regular season. He was a veteran of 12 seasons and 187 career wins. Game five of the 1903 World Series took place on Wednesday October 7th, which just happened to...

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