Wednesday, October 10, 2012

1912 World Series: Game 3

Game 3 is the tale of a half-inning.

We're still at Fenway Park and before the game starts, Tris Speaker receives the Chalmers Award as the American League's most valuable player for the regular season.

There's another big crowd to see Rube Marquand (Giants) and Buck O'Brien (Red Sox) face off.  We need to bring the name Rube back into baseball.  In the early 1900s we had plenty of Rubes to go along with Marquand, like Bressler and Waddell.

The Giants score runs in the 2nd and 5th and going into the bottom of the 9th hold a 2-0 lead.  Rube  has been masterful, giving up only four hits.(Rube Marquand)

Tris Speaker pops out to start the 9th and things are looking good for the New York club.  Then Duffy Lewis hits a grounder to Merkle, who's behind first base.  Instead of running to the bag, Merkle waits and then flips the ball to Marquand who is running to cover but he's too slow and Lewis beats him to the base.

Next up is Gardner who doubles down the 1st base line scoring Lewis from first.  Many observers feel the 3rd base coach made a mistake stopping Gardner at second, believing he could have easily made it to third.  It's now a 2-1 ballgame.

Chick Stahl grounds to Marquand who catches Gardner who has incautiously tried to advance and is caught between second and third.  It's now two out with a runner on 1st. Stahl takes himself out of the game and inserts Olaf Henriksen as a pinch runner.

The next batter, Heinie Wagner, hits a grounder to shortstop for what looks like the third out but Merkle drops the throw at first base with Henriksen moving to third on the miscue.  Then Wagner steals second putting runners on 2nd and 3rd.

Hick Cady steps to the plate.  Cady is the second string Boston catcher who's batting because Stahl has earlier removed Bill Carrigan for a pinch hitter.  Hick laces a hard liner to right field where Josh Devore is playing.  It's over Devore's head and he turns to run after it, miscalculating its trajectory but then recovering to catch the ball with his bare hand.(Josh Devore)

Game over.  Giants win.  No sweat.

Series now tied 1-1 with one tie.

Game summary from

(NOTE:  In addition to, other major sources for these posts are Boston Globe,, Wikipedia along with other sources used for some specific details)

Thursday, October 10, 1912 at Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox)

                                 1  2  3    4  5  6    7  8  9     R  H  E
                                 -  -  -    -  -  -    -  -  -     -  -  -
    New York Giants              0  1  0    0  1  0    0  0  0     2  7  1
    Boston Red Sox               0  0  0    0  0  0    0  0  1     1  7  0

    PITCHERS: NYG - Marquard
              BOS - O'Brien, Bedient (9)

               WP - Rube Marquard
        LP - Buck O'Brien
             SAVE - none

   HOME RUNS: NYG - none
              BOS - none

  ATTENDANCE: 34,624

1 comment:

  1. Your next endeavor has got to be play-by-play announcing! dm