Friday, August 13, 2010

The 1885 World Series: Game Seven

The game to-day between the St. Louis Browns, champions of the American Association, and the Chicagos, champions of the League, was the decisive one in the series between these two clubs for the championship of the world, and resulted in an easy victory for the St. Louis team. It was Clarkson's day to pitch, but he appeared on the grounds five minutes late, and Capt. Anson ordered McCormick, who pitched yesterday, into the box. But two hits were made off McCormick yesterday. To-day he was hit for a total of sixteen bases, and this, with the miserable fielding of the Chicagos, decided the game. The Chicagos took a lead of 2 runs in the first inning on hits by Sunday and Kelly, and an error to Barkley. In the third inning Welch made a three-bagger and crossed the plate through Dalrymple's poor fielding. Barkley and Comiskey made hits and Barkley scored. Comiskey was forced out by Robinson. Robinson stole second and came home on a passed ball. The St. Louis Club won in the fourth inning, by batting McCormick safely five times. The fielding of the League champions in this inning was the worst seen here for some time. Anson made two bad muffs, Williamson a wild throw and Dalrymple a wild throw, and Flint had two passed balls. The result was 6 runs for the St. Louis team, only 2 of which were earned. In the fifth inning the Chicagos made 2 unearned runs, but they had no chance to overcome the lead of their opponents, and the game thereafter was devoid of interest. The last half of the eighth inning was not played on account of darkness, but it is counted in the score, as the St. Louis club had the game without playing their half. The game was played under League rules, and the score is made according to League rules. Attendance 1,200.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, October 25, 1885

And the 1885 series mercifully comes to an end.

However, even though the series ended tied at 3-3-1, St. Louis claimed the championship. What? How in the world did that happen? I'll explain tomorrow.

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