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The 1909 World Series featured the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers. The Pirates won the Series in seven games to capture their first championship of the modern Major League Baseball era, but their second championship in the club's history.

The Tigers might have finally won the Fall Classic in their third try had it not been for Babe Adams. A rookie pitcher for Pittsburgh that year, manager Fred Clarke started him, on a hunch, in Game 1. Adams won that game and two more.

The Detroit Tigers thus became the first American League team to win three consecutive pennants, and the first team to lose three straight World Series (the New York Giants would lose three straight Series during 1911-1913).

Ty Cobb had a fairly quiet Series, going 6 for 26 with 2 stolen bases and 1 caught stealing. There is a long-standing legend that Cobb, standing on first base, called the German-ancestored Honus Wagner "Krauthead", told him he was going to steal second, and was not only thrown out but that Wagner tagged him in the mouth, ball in hand, drawing blood from the Georgia Peach's lip. However, an examination of the play-by-play does not indicate that such a play occurred. In the one "caught stealing" charged to Cobb, during the first inning of Game 4, he was actually safe at second due to a throwing error by first baseman Bill Abstein.

The Pirates, meanwhile, ran at will against the weak catching corps of the Tigers, stealing 18 bases overall.

Records: Pittsburgh Pirates (W: 110, L: 42, Pct: .724, GA: 6 ½) - Detroit Tigers (W: 98, L: 54, Pct: .645, GA: 3 ½)

Managers: Fred Clarke (Pittsburgh), Hughie Jennings (Detroit)

Umpires: Jim Johnstone (NL), Billy Evans (AL), Bill Klem (NL), Silk O'Loughlin (AL)
For the first time, four umpires were used at the same time, with the standard plate umpire and base umpire along with two outfield umpires.

SummaryEdit

NL Pittsburgh Pirates (4) vs. AL Detroit Tigers (3)

GameScoreDateLocationAttendance
1Tigers - 1, Pirates - 4October 8Forbes Field29,624
2Tigers - 7, Pirates - 2October 9Forbes Field30,915
3Pirates - 8, Tigers - 6October 11Bennett Park18,277
4Pirates - 0, Tigers - 5October 12Bennett Park17,036
5Tigers - 4, Pirates - 8October 13Forbes Field21,706
6Pirates - 4, Tigers - 5October 14Bennett Park10,535
7Pirates - 8, Tigers - 0October 16Bennett Park17,562

MatchupsEdit

Game 1Edit

October 8, 1909 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit (AL) 100 000 000 164
Pittsburgh (NL) 000 121 00X 450
W: Babe Adams (1-0)  L: George Mullin (0-1)
HR: PIT – Fred Clarke (1)

Game 2Edit

October 9, 1909 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit (AL) 023 020 000 793
Pittsburgh (NL) 200 000 000 251
W: Bill Donovan (1-0)  L: Howie Camnitz (0-1)

Game 3Edit

October 11, 1909 at Bennett Park in Detroit, Michigan

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh (NL) 510 000 002 8102
Detroit (AL) 000 000 402 6115
W: Nick Maddox (1-0)  L: Ed Summers (0-1)

Game 4Edit

October 12, 1909 at Bennett Park in Detroit, Michigan

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh (NL) 000 000 000 056
Detroit (AL) 020 300 00X 580
W: George Mullin (1-1)  L: Lefty Leifield (0-1)

Game 5Edit

October 13, 1909 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit (AL) 100 002 010 461
Pittsburgh (NL) 111 000 41X 8102
W: Babe Adams (2-0)  L: Ed Summers (0-2)
HR: DETDavy Jones (1), Sam Crawford (1)  PITFred Clarke (2)

Game 6Edit

October 14, 1909 at Bennett Park in Detroit, Michigan

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh (NL) 300 000 001 473
Detroit (AL) 100 211 00X 5103
W: George Mullin (2-1)  L: Vic Willis (0-1)

Game 7Edit

October 16, 1909 at Bennett Park in Detroit, Michigan

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh (NL) 020 203 010 870
Detroit (AL) 000 000 000 063
W: Babe Adams (3-0)  L: Bill Donovan (1-1)

Composite BoxEdit

1909 World Series (4-3): Pittsburgh Pirates (N.L.) over Detroit Tigers (A.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh Pirates 1141 324 423 345013
Detroit Tigers 343 533 412 285518
Total Attendance: 145,807   Average Attendance: 20,830
Winning Player’s Share: – $1,825   Losing Player’s Share – $1,275

Reference(s)Edit

Neft, David S., and Richard M. Cohen. The World Series. 1st ed. New York: St Martins, 1990. (Neft and Cohen 27-31)

External linksEdit

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