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Mahley Division

W

L

GB

 

McCorkindale Division

W

L

GB

Boston

Beaneaters

100

55

…

 

Bradenton

Buckeyes

114

40

…

Hyde Park

Vitamen

99

56

1.0

 

Bergen

Barflies

67

87

47.0

Long Island

Islanders

62

92

37.5

 

Mexicali

Mallards

66

88

48.0

So. Starrucca

Ainspans

35

119

64.5

 

Cleveland

Naps

47

107

67.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kirwin Division

W

L

GB

 

Seitz Division

W

L

GB

Mimosa

Mirthmakers

95

59

…

 

Turin

Mountaineers

96

59

…

Grand Rapids

Wolverines

92

62

3.0

 

Wilderness

Wraiths

95

60

1.0

Newton

Buccs

63

91

32.0

 

Hereford

Highlanders

78

76

17.0

Waukesha

Freemen

59

95

36.0

 

Buffalo

Mules

66

88

29.0

 

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Bob Braun -The first season in TCBA’s linear history ended with two division ties. Turin and Boston were victorious in their one-game playoffs.

JR Richardson - Bradenton and Turin played the first-ever Origins World Series last night, and I'm left this morning trying to figure out how to write the recap of exactly what happened. I'm pretty sure that neither Bob nor I can figure out how to capture the experience that was this series. I don't want to overstate things, or be dramatic, but then again, I don't think that it's possible to overstate the ridiculous, miraculous, craziness of our first World Series.

 

First, there is no way that I could fit the recap of this series into a single email. This email will cover Games 1 and 2, played in Bradenton.

 

The Bradenton Buckeyes owned the first Origins season. They were the class of the league, clinching their division several series before the official end, and posting a ludicrous 114-40 record. They were the juggernaut, and the heavy favorites. They scored a whopping 1132 runs and allowed only 676.

 

The Turin Mountaineers had a solid first season, going 96-59. They scored 875 runs against 641 allowed. Without their top offensive player, Emmet Heidrick, they blew a 4-game lead with 10 to play and had to survive a 1-game playoff against Wilderness just to reach the playoffs. They then took advantage of some key injuries to a fantastic Boston team to reach the World Series against Bradenton.

 

Paired with their 4-1 series win over Mimosa in the semi-finals, Bradenton had won 118 out of 159 games. While it's true that Turin and Bradenton split their 8 regular season games, the Buckeyes were worthy of favorite status. Also, the only injury for either team was that of Turin's starting LF and leadoff hitter, Jack McCarthy. He would miss the first four games of the series. No one would get injured in the playing of this series, which is about the only thing that didn't happen.

 

Game 1: The home team began the series with ace Jack Harper (29-8, 2.35) on the hill, while the visitors sent their own ace, Jesse Tannehill (25-12, 2.14). Both of these teams were capable of scoring runs in bunches, but this game featured mostly missed opportunities on offense and good, solid pitching. Both teams stranded a pair of runners in the first inning, and then Turin stranded a 2-out Tannehill double in the 2nd. After a Maloney double for Bradenton in the 2nd, Turin committed the first of their 22 series errors, putting 2 on again. But Tannehill got out of it once more.

 

The two pitchers traded zeroes, seemingly getting better as the game went on, through the 5th inning. Jake Beckley, who would begin this series hitless in his first 13 ABs, flew out with runners on 2nd and 3rd and 2 out in the bottom of the 5th. The game remained scoreless.

 

The game's first run scored in the bottom of the 6th, when Cy Seymour doubled with 1 out, setting up the opposing pitcher, Jack Harper. With 2 out, he banged a single to right to score Seymour. Bradenton took a 1-0 lead. 

 

In the top of the 8th, with 1 out, Jack Harper walked Danny Green for a 2nd time. It was Harper's 5th walk overall. Green stole second to reach scoring position, but Harper got Heidrick and Farrell to end the inning. 

 

Down to their last inning, Turin sent Bill Bradley to the dish to lead off the top of the 9th against Harper. Bradley singled to right, giving the Mountaineers a chance. Then, Harper threw one to the backstop, putting Bradley on 2nd with none out. Deacon McGuire's grounder to the right side advanced Bradley to 3rd with only 1 out. The tying run was 90 feet away. Candy LaChance, Turin's semi-final series MVP, was at the plate. And here's the call:

 

* C. LACHANCE facing J. HARPER, T 9th, 1 Out, Runner on 3rd, Behind 0-1

The Buckeyes are looking for the play at the plate ... checks third ... HARPER steps off the rubber

he fakes the throw ... now the pitcher's back on the rubber ... now the delivery

fly ball left field ... it's playable ... VAN HALTREN playing him just right ... and he's got it

BRADLEY's tagging

they're waving him home ... here comes the throw ... and he's ... OUT!...on a close play

double play! ... oh, those, Buckeyes ... they snuff out the tying run

the coach was waving him on with two outs ... he streaked down the line

and they finished his story at the front door ... and BRADLEY's not happy

but he'll have to wait to express himself ... because this game is over

FINAL SCORE : Mountaineers 0, Buckeyes 1

 

Game 1 of our World Series ended with Bill Bradley being thrown out at the plate as the potential tying run. And Bradenton took game 1 by a count of 1-0.

 

Game 2: Snake Wiltse (24-6, 3.23) began this game on the bump for Bradenton, while Turin countered with franchise cornerstone Eddie Plank (19-14, 2.56). Kid Elberfeld reached in the bottom of the 1st on an error by Deacon McGuire, one of SIX Turin errors in this game. But Plank stranded him. Candy LaChance got his first hit of the series in the 2nd inning, but he was stranded. This started an incredible run of hitting for Candy. After Bradenton stranded a Seymour double in the 2nd, we were scoreless to the 3rd.

 

Turin had put up 11 straight zeroes on offense to this point, but the Mountaineer offense broke out in a big way in the 3rd off Wiltse. With 1 out, Turin got consecutive hits from Hogriever, Green, Heidrick, and Farrell to take a 2-0 lead. Bill Bradley walked to load the bases. After a Deacon McGuire pop out, Candy LaChance stepped in to try to cash in some runners. And he cleared the bases with a double, putting Turin ahead 5-0.

 

Nap Lajoie singled home Van Haltren in the bottom of the 3rd to put Bradenton on the board at 5-1. After Wiltse walked Deacon McGuire with 1 out in the top of the 5th to put 2 runners on, Bradenton made the first pitching change of the series, calling on Dummy Taylor to face Candy LaChance. Candy singled to right to load the bases, allowing a run to score on a Wid Conroy ground out. 

 

Two more Turin errors in the bottom of the 5th put Eddie Plank in a tough spot. The Buckeyes got a run back to make it 6-2 and had the bases loaded with Jake Beckley at the plate. But Beckley's tough string continued, as he grounded out to end the inning. It seemed like Turin had escaped the big jam of the game.

 

Taylor gave up a hit to Hogriever to begin the 6th and then delivered back-to-back walks to Green and Heidrick. It seemed now that Turin was going to blow the game wide open. But with none out and the bases loaded, Turin saw three fly outs lead to zero runs. (After Bradley was thrown out at the plate in Game 1, we were a bit less inclined to get the windmill moving, I guess.)

 

After a Dungan single to lead off the bottom of the 6th, Eddie Plank himself committed an error to put runners on the corners with none out. That led to a sac fly by Maloney, but nothing else. Bradenton edged a bit closer with a single 6th inning run to make it 6-3. Danny Green popped out with 2 on in the 7th against new pitcher Erwin Harvey, as Turin continued to blow chances to widen the lead. However, Plank pitched solid 7th and 8th innings, bringing us to the bottom of the 9th with the score 6-3.

 

So it looked good for the scrappy underdog Turin Mountaineers to tie the series up. They had Plank on the hill, a 3 run lead; what could go wrong? 

 

Cy Seymour singled. After a Maloney fly out, Erwin Harvey hit a perfect hit-and-run single. Runners on the corners, 1 out. Van Haltren singled. 6-4. Elberfeld singled. 6-5. And then it was Nap Lajoie. Turin wasn't going away from its franchise pitcher, even after 8 1/3 innings. It was Plank against Lajoie with the score 6-5, and we were rolling the dice. Well, Lajoie singled to left, scoring Van Haltren. Bradenton had come all the way back to tie it, 6-6.

 

After an intentional walk, Plank faced Jake Beckley, who (as I said earlier) didn't have a hit until Game 4. But, in this game, against the Turin defense, you didn't need hits:

 

* J. BECKLEY facing E. PLANK, B 9th, 1 Out, Bases Loaded, Tied 6-6

They're playing him in ... PLANK brings it to the plate ... ground ball to BRADLEY

and it bounces off the heel of his glove ... it's all over! ... ELBERFELD is dished

Mountaineers 6, Buckeyes 7

FINAL SCORE : Mountaineers 6, Buckeyes 7

 

So there it was. In two games, Turin had lost by a total of 2 runs, with one game ending on Bill Bradley being thrown out at the plate, and the other on a Bill Bradley error, our 6th. And we were staring down the league's best team, by far, down 2 games to none.

 

Right about now, you're probably starting to think, "Why in the world is JR doing this write-up instead of Bob?" You might also be thinking, as I was after Game 2, "Well, it couldn't get any worse for Turin than this. This has to be rock bottom."

Bob Wood -   

 

October 5, 1901

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The bunting was hung and the field prepared for the initial Origins World Series, featuring the guest Turin Mountaineers (96-59), champions of the Seitz Division and conquerors of the Mahley Division champion Boston Beaneaters; and their hosts, the McCorkindale Division champion Bradenton Buckeyes (114-40), who had defeated the Kirwin Division champion Mimosa Mirthmakers in five games.

Jesse Tannehill (25-12, 2.14) and Jack Harper (29-8, 2.35) took the mound and did not allow any position player to drive in a run with their complete game efforts.

Earlier this year, Tannehill had homered twice against the Buckeyes, but it was Harper that knocked in the game's first run with his 2-out 6th inning single, breaking the scoreless tie.

On the mound, Harper would allow only three base hits, but walked five Mountaineers.  That third base hit came in the top of the 9th inning, when Bill Bradley laced a single to right field, leading off the inning.  Deacon McGuire stepped to the plate, then danced out of the way of a wild pitch that sent Bradley into scoring position.  The Deacon squared to bunt, only to foul off two pitches.  With the count 1 & 2, McGuire bounced out the 2nd base, advancing Bradley to 3rd base.  Up stepped Candy LaChance, who would prove to be a critical factor in the outcome of this series.  Here's Ernie's call:

* C. LACHANCE facing J. HARPER, T 9th, 1 Out, Runner on 3rd, Behind 0-1

The Buckeyes are looking for the play at the plate ... checks third ... HARPER steps off the rubber

he fakes the throw ... now the pitcher's back on the rubber ... now the delivery

fly ball left field ... it's playable ... VAN HALTREN playing him just right ... and he's got it

BRADLEY's tagging

TRY TO SCORE? (1-yes, 2-no*)

they're waving him home ... here comes the throw ... and he's ... OUT!...on a close play

double play! ... oh, those, Buckeyes ... they snuff out the tying run

the coach was waving him on with two outs ... he streaked down the line

and they finished his story at the front door ... and BRADLEY's not happy

but he'll have to wait to express himself ... because this game is over

TU  0-3-1  LP-Jesse Tannehill (0-1)

BR  1-8-0  WP-Jack Harper (1-0)

 

October 6

Turin come back with another southpaw to start the 2nd game, calling upon Gettysburg Eddie Plank (19-14, 2.56), who had pitched them to victory in a one-game playoff against Wilderness to qualify for the post season.  Bradenton sent their own southpaw, Snake Wiltse (24-6, 3.23) to the mound.

After two scoreless inning, Emmett Heidrick broke the spell, singling home the first Mountaineer run of the series.  John Farrell doubled home a run, 2-0.  Candy LaChance then cleared the bases with a 3-run double to put Turin ahead, 5-0.

But this would be a series of heartbreaks.

Bradenton got into the scoring column in the home half on a Nap LaJoie single, 5-1.

Dummy Taylor relieved when Wiltse again got into trouble in the top of the 5th, limiting the damage to a Wid Conroy RBI FC, 6-1.

Bradenton answered with a Kid Elberfeld RBI single in the home half, 6-2.

In the bottom of the 6th inning, Billy Maloney's SF cut the lead to 6-3.

Turin loved their chances, heading into the bottom of the 9th inning with Plank on the mound and a 3-run lead.

But this would be a series of heartbreaks.

Cy Seymour stirred the crowd with a lead off single.

Billy Maloney's fly ball into the LF gap was chased down by Emmett Heidrick for the first out.

The Buckeyes have ran all season, and this was no exception.  With Seymour in motion, Erwin "Zaza" Harvey fouled one off.  Seymour again broke for second on Plank's delivery.  Wid Conroy moved to cover the bag, and Harvey spanked a single into the vacated spot, placing runners on the corners.

Conroy now moved into double play position, as George Van Haltren stepped to the plate.  George's little flare was just beyond the reach of the frustrated Conroy, chasing home Seymour, 6-4.

With runners on 1st and 2nd, Kid Elberfeld ripped a single into LF.  George Hogriever, playing in place of the injured Jack McCarthy, got the ball back into the infield, but not before Harvey had raced home, 6-5.

The fans were on their feet when Casey, er, Nap LaJoie stepped to the plate.

And when he tipped his cap, no stranger in the crowd could doubt, t'was Nap looking for a rap.

Here it was, two number one draft picks, facing one another, with the game on the line:

* N. LAJOIE facing E. PLANK, B 9th, 1 Out, 1st and 2nd, Behind 5-6

The runners take their lead ... the pitch ... on the ground to deep short ... CONROY can't get there

it's through for a base hit ... HOGRIEVER running in ... still coming

VAN HALTREN is around third ... ELBERFELD is around second

TRY TO SCORE? (1-yes, 2-no*)

they're waving VAN HALTREN in

TRY FOR THIRD ALSO? (1-yes, 2-no*)

THROW HOME? (1-yes, 2-no*)

here comes the throw home

TRY FOR THIRD ON THROW? (1-yes, 2-no*)

ELBERFELD's going for third on the throw

TRY FOR SECOND ALSO? (1-yes, 2-no*)

and LAJOIE's headed for second

CUT IT TO THIRD OR SECOND?

(1-third, 2-second, 3-no cutoff*)

VAN HALTREN scores ... tie game ... LACHANCE cuts it to third ... and he's

just safe under the tag ... and ELBERFELD just outran the ball

and LAJOIE takes second on the throw ... so here we go, sports fans

the winning run is now on third base

Mountaineers 6, Buckeyes 6

An intentional pass to Fred Hartman loaded the bases, setting up a force at the plate, or a double play, as Jake Beckley stepped to the plate, hitless in the series.

Yesterday, Bill Bradley had ended the game when he was tagged out at the plate.  Today, the Turin defense had committed five errors.  Beckley hit the ball to Bradley - make that six errors

* J. BECKLEY facing E. PLANK, B 9th, 1 Out, Bases Loaded, Tied 6-6

They're playing him in ... PLANK brings it to the plate ... ground ball to BRADLEY

and it bounces off the heel of his glove ... it's all over! ... ELBERFELD is dished

Mountaineers 6, Buckeyes 6

 

This would be a series of heartbreaks.  Candy LaChance had 4 of the Mountaineer hits, driving in 3 runs.

TU  6-  9-6  LP-Eddie Plank (0-1)

BR  7-11-3  WP-Erwin Harvey (1-0)       1 out run scored

 

October 7

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A travel day as the series shifted to Turin

 

October 8

Jack Harper returned to the mound for Bradenton while John Skopec (8-6, 4.20) would try to turn things around for Turin.

Pitching continued to dominate the series, while fielding continued to plague the Mountaineers. 

After six scoreless innings, Cy Seymour led off with a line drive into left field.  George Hogriever was completely fooled, and Seymour circled the bases, breaking the scoreless tie.

But Danny Green answered a game-tying single in the home half, knotting the score, 1-1.

In the bottom of the 9th, Deacon McGuire drew a 1-out walk.  Dummy Taylor relieved Harper.  Mike Heydon sacrificed the Deacon into scoring position, bringing up run-producer Danny Green.

A "can o' corn" ended regulation, sending the squads into overtime.  Bradenton was a solid 9-6 in extra innings during the regular season, but Turin was an impressive 14-5 in extended contests.

But this would be a series of heartbreaks.

After a scoreless 10th inning, Nap LaJoie led off the Bradenton 11th with a base hit.  Jud Smith's sacrifice was thrown away by Candy LaChance, placing runners on the corners.  Jake Beckley got his first hit of the series, singling home Napoleon with the go-ahead run, 2-1.  A FC, surrounded by a pair of pop ups, limited the damage to the one run.

But this would be a series of heartbreaks.

Candy LaChance, with a chance to redeem himself, flew out.

Wid Conroy drew a walk, and, on the hit & run, moved to 2nd base on Deacon McGuire's ground out to short.

That brought up Mike Heydon, and set up what was truly, the most entertaining moment of the entire series.

 

First, Woody Wood took the mound.

Then, Padre Pio was sent to the plate to hit for Heydon!  With the game on the line:

* P. Pio facing W. Wood, B 11th, 2 Outs, Runner on 2nd, Behind 1-2

Wood working on CONROY to hold him close ... Wood spins and fires to second ... the tag

he's back ... Wood's back on the rubber ... he brings it home ... lined hard over second

SEYMOUR's racing over ... he cuts it off deep in the gap ... CONROY's well around third

TRY TO SCORE? (1-yes, 2-no*)

they're waving CONROY in

THROW HOME? (1-yes, 2-no*)

here comes the throw home

TRY FOR SECOND ON THROW? (1-yes, 2-no*)

Pio's going for second

CUT IT TO SECOND? (1-yes, 2-no*)

CONROY scores ... tie game ... BECKLEY cuts it to second ... and he's

out!...just missed getting in ... go to town, Buckeyes! ... they take the winning run off base!

the firstbase coach was waving him on ... that's ... what was he thinking about?

takes a big runner off the bases ... this game is not over yet

 

But the 11th inning was over, and on we marched, into the 12th inning.

But this would be a series of heartbreaks.

With one out, John Farrell threw away a ground ball, the 3rd Mountaineer error of the afternoon - and 10th miscue of the series!

Kid Elberfeld doubled home Van Haltren, putting Bradenton ahead, 3-2.  Nap LaJoie was intentionally walked, but Jake Beckley singled home Elberfeld with an insurance run, 4-2.

Ted Lewis took the mound, allowing only a 1-out single, to wrap up the 3rd Buckeye victory.

BR  4-  7-0  WP-Woody Wood (1-0)  SV-Ted Lewis #1

TU  2-11-3  LP-John Skopec (0-1)                                    12 innings

 

October 9

Bradenton has outscored Turin by a margin of 12-8, but owns a 3-0 advantage in the series.  With their backs to the mountains, er, wall, Turin called up Jesse Tannehill to keep their hopes alive, against Ted Lewis, who had saved the day yesterday.

Bradenton, smelling the championship, came out swinging.  Turin continued their miserable fielding.  A pair of OF errors and a string of singles quickly gave Bradenton a 4-0 lead. With two outs, and the bases loaded, George Van Haltren stepped to the plate for his SECOND at bat of the FIRST inning.

* G. VAN HALTREN facing J. TANNEHILL, T 1st, 2 Outs, Bases Loaded, Ahead 4-0

The runners take their lead ... TANNEHILL with the offering ... hammered to right ... base hit

SEYMOUR scores ... MALONEY's around third ... they're waving him home ... two runs score

Six to nothing!

But this would be a series of heartbreaks.

wait a minute ... what's this ... TANNEHILL steps off the rubber ... throws to BRADLEY

there's an appeal at third ... and he's out! ... MALONEY missed third base

that's the third out ... neither run counts

Poof!  Just like that, it was 4-0 again.

Deacon McGuire doubled home a pair of runs in the Turin half of the 1st inning, 4-2.

John Farrell singled home a pair of runs in the Turin half of the 2nd inning, 4-4.

Candy LaChance chased Lewis with his 3rd inning double, giving Turin a 5-4 lead.  Snake Wiltse relieved, only to serve up a triple to Wid Conroy and a double to Tannehill, who was still on the mound, 7-4.

But this would be a series of heartbreaks.

Bradenton came right back with a 4-run outburst in the top of the 4th to regain the lead, 8-7.  With two outs and a runner on 2nd, Billy Maloney bounced back to Tannehill, who threw it right past Candy LaChance for the 3rd Mountaineer error of the game.  But, for whatever reason, Sam Dungan stopped at 3rd base.

Tannehill then beaned Wiltse, loading the bases, setting up a familiar scene

* G. VAN HALTREN facing J. TANNEHILL, T 4th, 2 Outs, Bases Loaded, Ahead 8-7

Unlike the 1st inning, Tannehill retired Van Haltren on a 3-1 put out to end the half inning.

Candy LaChance, who had so quickly chased down Tannehill's errant throw in the top of the inning, tied the game in the bottom of the inning with a double, 8-8.

But this would be a series of heartbreaks.

With one out in the top of the 5th, this happened:

 N. LAJOIE facing J. TANNEHILL, T 5th, 1 Out, Bases Empty, Tied 8-8

TANNEHILL deals ... LAJOIE checks his swing ... and it hit him! ... he's shaking his hand

hold on ... that's it! ... Jesse TANNEHILL is gone!

the plate umpire has turned his back on him ... there will be no discussion

that's his 1st time clobbered in the series ... LAJOIE's in pain ... but he seems to be OK

and he trots down to first ... the go ahead run has reached

Has made his decision ... with TANNEHILL thumbed ... Jack CRONIN will take the mound for Turin

Cronin pitched out of the inning, with no further damage.

Turin discovered they weren't the only defense that could make mistakes.  Wiltse threw away George Hogriever's sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the 5th, allowing the go-ahead run to score, 9-8.  Bill Bradley's ground out plated an insurance run, 10-8.

In the top of the 6th, Maloney singled to make it a 10-9 game, but Bradley answered with a 7th inning single to restore the 2-run Mountaineer advantage.

But this would be a series of heartbreaks.

In the top of the 8th, Dungan and Maloney singled home Buckeyes, tying the game, 11-11!

But this would be a series of heartbreaks.

In the bottom of the 8th, Danny Green singled into LF with 2 outs.  George Van Haltren misplayed the ball for an E-7 as Wid Conroy crossed the plate, 12-11.  Emmett Heidrick singled home an insurance run, and it was 13-11, heading into the 9th inning.

With one out, Watty Lee walked Kid Elberfeld.  With LaJoie at the plate, Elberfeld broke for 2nd.  Nap swung and missed, and Elberfeld was OUT at 2nd base.  LaJoie walked.  Fred Hartman lined one off Lee's shin for a base hit.  Jake Beckley stepped to the plate.

The runners take their lead ... the offering to BECKLEY ... BECKLEY turns this ball around

it's soaring to center ... HEIDRICK turns and gives chase ... the boarding house reach

and he snags it in the webbing! ... he held onto that ball by the seams

plenty of baseball showing ... BECKLEY shakes his head in disbelief

 

This would be a series of heartbreaks, but hope was alive in Turin.

BR  11-14-2  LP-Snake Wiltse (0-1)

TU  13-18-5  WP-Watty Lee (1-0)

 

October 10

Eddie Plank and Dummy Taylor were the moundsmen for the final game of the season in Turin.

Taylor's 2nd inning wild pitch broke the scoreless tie, but Taylor's 3rd inning SF evened the score.

Danny Green put Turin ahead with his 3rd inning single, 2-1. 

Plank helped himself with a 4th inning RBI single, 3-1.

Turin rallied in the 8th inning, placing runners on 1st and 2nd, with one out.  The league's Save leader took the mound:

* D. MCGUIRE facing W. Wood, B 8th, 1 Out, 1st and 2nd, Ahead 3-1

Wood fires it in ... rapped back to the mound ... Wood has it ... turns and fires to second

back to first ... double play ... and they get out of the inning

But this would be a series of heartbreaks.

In the top of the 9th, George Van Haltren drew a walk to start the inning.  Sam Dungan popped out, but that brought Napoleon LaJoie to the plate!

Nap drove one to left field, but the Mountaineers had Jack McCarthy back from the injured reserve, and he made the catch for the second out.

Struggling Jake Beckley stepped to the plate, only to hit a comebacker to Plank.

But this would be a series of heartbreaks.

Plank bobbled the ball, and could make no throw - the EIGHTEENTH error of the series by Turin.  Now Bradenton had the tying runs on base for Fred Hartman.  Turin made a tough call, and pulled Plank (who was now a Grade 20), in favor of Jack Cronin.  By doing so, mathematician owner J.R. Richardson noted that Eddie would be at 30 MBF for a possible game 7.  While the right hander took his warm up tosses, Bradenton called upon lefty hitting Erwin "Zaza" Harvey (.351/.370/.441) to pinch hit.

Harvey delivered, singling into left field.  Down 2 runs, the Buckeyes held LaJoie at 3rd base, bringing up Kid Elberfeld with the bases loaded.

The Tabasco Kid hit the ball to 2B-6 John Farrell.......

who flipped to 2nd for the game-ending force out.

BR  1-  3-1  LP-Dummy Taylor (0-1)

TU  3-10-3  WP-Eddie Plank (1-1)  SV-Jack Cronin #1

 

October 11

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A travel day as the teams returned to Bradenton

 

October 12

Jesse Tannehill and Jack Harper took the mound, in a rematch of the opener.

Bill Bradley's grounder was mishandled by Kid Elberfeld in the 2nd inning for a run-scoring E-6.

Bradley padded the lead with his 4th inning double.

In the 7th, Deacon McGuire and Danny Green singled home insurance runs.

Tannehill was brilliant, limiting the Bradenton offense to just three hits, and extending their scoreless streak to 15 innings, setting up a decisive Game Seven

That was consecutive 3-hit efforts by the Mountaineer pitching staff.

TU  4-10-1  WP-Jesse Tannehill (1-1)

BR  0-  3-2  LP-Jack Harper (1-1)

 

October 13

For the all the marbles, Eddie Plank, with just 30 workable batters, would face Dummy Taylor in a rematch of Game 5.

Bradenton broke their scoreless streak at 17 innings when Nap LaJoie singled home the game's first run in the bottom of the 3rd inning.  Fred Hartman's single extended the lead to 2-0.

But this would be a series of heartbreaks.

In the 5th inning, Emmett Heidrick doubled home the tying runs, 2-2.  Candy LaChance singled home the go-ahead run before Wid Conroy added an insurance marker with a single.

In the 6th inning, Danny Green doubled to extend the lead to 5-2.  A passed ball ended the season for Taylor, as another run scored, 6-2.  Snake Wiltse took the mound.

In the home half, Bradenton roared back, scoring on Maloney's SF, 6-3.  Wiltse tripled to make it 6-4.  Sam Dungan singled, 6-5, bringing up Nap LaJoie with 2 outs.  Nap was the 30th batter to face Plank, on a limited pitch count (30 workable batters).

But this would be a series of heartbreaks.

Nap bounced out to short, ending the inning.

In the 7th, Plank pitched a perfect 1-2-3 inning.

In the 8th, Plank pitched a perfect 1-2-3 inning.

So, it all came down to the 9th, and final inning.

This would be a series of heartbreaks.

Bradenton had the top of their order due up. 

George Van Haltren lifted a foul pop up ..... and Deacon McGuire made the catch.

Sam Dungan pulled a liner down the line ..... but Candy LaChance snared it!

That brought up Napoleon LaJoie.

* N. LAJOIE facing E. PLANK, B 9th, 2 Outs, Bases Empty, Behind 5-6

PLANK fires it in ... grounded hard wide of third ... BRADLEY just reaches it ... over to first

in time for the out ... and that's the final out of the game

FINAL SCORE : Mountaineers 6, Buckeyes 5

Heart break indeed.

Plank pitched his heart out, retiring the final ten Buckeyes to preserve his grade, with nothing left in the tank.

TU  6-13-3  WP-Eddie Plank (2-1)

BR  5-  9-1  LP-Dummy Taylor (0-2)

Inline image  Series MVP Eddie Plank

 

Congratulations to the World Champion Mountaineers, and thanks to Marty and Larry for tuning in for a truly exciting World Series.

 

Thanks to everyone for a very successful first season with our latest experiment