1903 World Series: Game Four

After the Pirates won game three by a 4-2 score the best of nine 1903 World Series shifted to Pittsburgh for as many as four games. This was the first postseason appearance for a Pittsburgh team so this was the first postseason game in the city’s history. As mentioned in an earlier article, there were previous postseasons in MLB history but the 1903 series is considered the first one in modern history. Game three was played on a...

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The 1903 World Series: Game Three

After splitting the first two games of the 1903 World Series with the Pirates winning the opener 7-3 and the Americans taking game two by a 3-0 score the two teams met for game three on Saturday October 3rd in Boston. On that day 18,801 fans showed up at Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds to watch Deacon Phillippe of the Pirates take on Tom Hughes in a matchup of 20 game winners. In fact, all three games in the series so far were two...

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1903 World Series: Game Two

Following the Pirates 7-3 victory in game one of the 1903 World Series, they looked to 25 game winner, Sam Leever, to put them up by two games in the series on the road. The Boston Americans countered with Bill Dinneen, who went 21-13 2.26 in the regular season. His win total was good enough for 3rd place in the AL and his ERA ranked him 7th. The only change in either lineup besides the pitchers, was backup catcher Harry Smith of the...

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1903 World Series: Game One

The 1903 Pittsburgh Pirates finished up their season schedule on September 26th winning the National League pennant by 6.5 games with a 91-49 record. The Boston Americans were busy winning the American League title by 14.5 games, going 91-47 and wrapping up their schedule on September 28th. The two teams agreed to meet in a post-season series which is now known as the first modern World Series. The clubs matched up well based on...

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1903 World Series: The Comparisons

The 1903 Pittsburgh Pirates won the National League crown by 6.5 games over the New York Giants. In the American League the Boston Americans won the AL crown by 14.5 games over the Philadelphia Athletics. The Pirates owner, Barney Dreyfuss publicly challenged the Americans owner Henry Killilea to a post-season series and the two teams agreed to meet in what is now known as the first modern day World Series. There were prior...

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Ed Doheny: Tale of Tragedy

Before getting into the start of the 1903 World Series for the regular Sunday history article, I thought it was important to cover one aspect of it that really hindered the Pirates going into the series, and that was the absence of star pitcher Ed Doheny. Without him the Pirates were down to two pitchers they trusted to start the series, Deacon Phillippe and Sam Leever. Both of them were 31 years old at the time, in that day most...

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