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.
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.
|1||Tigers - 1, Pirates - 4||October 8||Forbes Field||29,624|
|2||Tigers - 7, Pirates - 2||October 9||Forbes Field||30,915|
|3||Pirates - 8, Tigers - 6||October 11||Bennett Park||18,277|
|4||Pirates - 0, Tigers - 5||October 12||Bennett Park||17,036|
|5||Tigers - 4, Pirates - 8||October 13||Forbes Field||21,706|
|6||Pirates - 4, Tigers - 5||October 14||Bennett Park||10,535|
|7||Pirates - 8, Tigers - 0||October 16||Bennett Park||17,562|
|W: Babe Adams (1-0) L: George Mullin (0-1)|
|HR: PIT – Fred Clarke (1)|
|W: Bill Donovan (1-0) L: Howie Camnitz (0-1)|
|W: Nick Maddox (1-0) L: Ed Summers (0-1)|
|W: George Mullin (1-1) L: Lefty Leifield (0-1)|
|W: Babe Adams (2-0) L: Ed Summers (0-2)|
|HR: DET – Davy Jones (1), Sam Crawford (1) PIT – Fred Clarke (2)|
|W: George Mullin (2-1) L: Vic Willis (0-1)|
|W: Babe Adams (3-0) L: Bill Donovan (1-1)|
|Total Attendance: 145,807 Average Attendance: 20,830|
|Winning Player’s Share: – $1,825 Losing Player’s Share – $1,275|
Neft, David S., and Richard M. Cohen. The World Series. 1st ed. New York: St Martins, 1990. (Neft and Cohen 27-31)
- 1909 World Series at Baseball-Reference.com
- 1909 World Series at WorldSeries.com (MLB.com)
- 1909 World Series at Baseball-Almanac.com
- 1909 World Series box scores and play-by-play at Retrosheet.org
|Modern Major League Baseball World Series|