Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Baseball a Century Ago

It is October and Major League Baseball is well into its postseason. This week the divisional rounds will be decided and the ALCS and NLCS will begin. One hundred years ago the best teams in baseball similarly battled each other in October. There was only one round back then, the World Series. And the games went a lot faster in 1913, with contests usually lasting between two and two and a half hours. Game 5 of the World Series that year was completed in just one hour and 39 minutes.

The image below is from Game 2 of the 1913 World Series at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. The New York Giants defated the Philadelphia Athletics 3-0 in Christy Mathewson's last victory in the fall classic. The Athletics, however, prevailed in the Series four games to one, bringing manager Connie Mack his third championship.

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