Saturday, August 7, 2010

The 1885 World Series: Game Three

The Browns and the Chicago team met again yesterday afternoon and the result was a victory for the home team by a score of 7 to 4. Harry McCaffrey umpired the game and everything passed off smoothly. The home team won by superior fielding, the batting of the two teams being exactly equal, each making eight hits with a total of twelve bases. League rules governed the contest and bases on balls, wild pitches and passed ball figure in the error columns. A muff by O'Neill, a fumble by Gleason, a base on balls and muff of a foul fly by Bushong were all the errors charged against the Browns, while a total of twelve appear in the score of the visitors. A muff by Dalrymple in the first inning when two men were out was the costly error of the game. It was followed by a base on balls, a wild pitch, a single, a double and a triple, the whole yielding five runs, one more than the visitors secured in their nine innings. The batteries were Caruthers and Bushong for the Browns and Clarkson and Flint for the Chicagos. Caruthers struck out seven men and Clarkson five. The visitors were first at the bat. Dalrymple opened the game by striking out. Sunday followed and secured a tally on a base on balls, Kelley's hit to Comiskey and out at first, and O'Neill's muff of Anson's high fly to left. A single to right by Pfeffer advanced Anson to second, and both were left by Williamson hitting dead in front of the plate and being thrown out at first by Caruthers. Gleason led for the home team with a safe hit by second, but was forced at second when Kelley muffed Welch's fly to right and saved an error by assisting to Pfeffer. Welch got second on Pfeffer's muff of Flint's throw, and after being given two lives by Burns' muffs of throws from Flint, reached third on a passed ball, and, after Barkley had struck out, scored on Dalrymple's muff of Comiskey's fly. Six balls gave Robinson first base and advanced Comiskey to second, and a wild pitch gave each another base. Then O'Neill hit safe to center, bringing in Comiskey and Robinson, and ran to second when Sunday fielded to the plate. A double to left by Latham sent O'Neill home, and a three-bagger in the same direction by Caruthers tallied Latham. Bushong closed the inning by foul-tipping to Flint. The second inning yielded 1 run to the Chicagos, Clarkson scoring on a single to center, Flint's out at first on Caruthers' assist, and Dalrymple's safe hit to right. Anson made the circuit of the bases in the third. After Kelley had been retired, he got first on a grounder to Latham that was too hot to handle, and was advanced to second by Pfeffer, who, having been given a life by Bushong muffing a foul, hit safely to center. On Williamson's hit to Gleason, who threw to Barkley, forcing Pfeffer, the latter ran into Barkley, preventing a double-play, and also enabling Anson to score. No more runs were made until the sixth inning, when the Browns secured 2. O' Neill led with a single to center, and was quickly brought home by Latham, who drove the ball to left for two bases and took third on Pfeffer's throw over Flint, after receiving the ball from Dalrymple. Latham scored on Caruthers' grounder, which rose over Anson, but was intercepted by Pfeffer, who ran to first and scored a put-out. In the ninth, after Pfeffer and Williamson were out, Burns hit over Welch for three bases, and scored on Clarkson's double to right. Flint settled the game by striking out.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, October 17, 1885

It took three games but we finally have an unambiguous outcome to a game. Not much to say about this other than I don't think I've ever seen a single, double and triple hit consecutively in a game before. That would be kind of neat to see. If I'm not mistaken, Matt Holiday hit a single, a double and a triple in consecutive at bats a few weeks ago. And then, instead of letting him go for the natural cycle, Tony double switched him to bring in his worst pitcher. Oh, the joys of baseball.

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