1903 October

1st  The first modern World Series game, also called “Championship of the United States,” is played at Boston’s Huntington Street park before an overflow crowd of 16,242. Deacon Phillippe pitches Pittsburgh to a 7–3 win over Cy Young. Pittsburgh RF Jimmy Sebring hits the first HR and adds three other hits. 3B Tommy Leach has 4 hits, including 2 triples for the Pirates and winds up with four three-baggers, a Series record. The first of his triples goes into the RF crowd and he is allowed 3B by the ump.

In the first City Series between the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Nationals, Jack Taylor shuts out the Sox, 11–0, on 3 hits at the West Side Grounds. The Colts win the next 2 games, but Taylor will lose his next three starts and the series will end tied at 7 apiece on October 15. Sox owner Charles Comiskey is willing to play it out but the Colts Jim Hart is not (according to historian Benton Stark). Hart is convinced that Taylor lost his games deliberately for money and will trade the star in 2 months.

2nd  The Boston Americans Bill Dinneen blanks Pittsburgh 3–0 on 3 hits and 11 strikeouts to even the Series. His 4 starts will give him 3 victories, making this the only WS to produce two 3-game winners. Boston LF Patsy Dougherty hits 2 HRs; in 14 WS games they are the only HRs he will hit. With Boston electing to bat first, Patsy’s first homer is a leadoff blast against Sam Leever.

3rd  Deacon Phillippe comes back on one day’s rest to beat Boston 4–2 before 18,801, the biggest crowd of the Series. Jimmy Collins has half the Boston hits with a single and double. There are 7 ground-rule doubles in the game, 4 of which go into the crowd.

6th  A travel day and rainout enable Phillippe to pitch and win again 5–4, before 7,600 at Pittsburgh. Boston rallies for three runs in the 9th but it is not enough. Ginger Beaumont and Honus Wagner have 3 hits, but Honus will manage just .222 for the WS.

The Highlanders trade vet C Jack O’Connor to his hometown St. Louis Browns for another veteran, Norwegian born John Anderson.

7th Cy Young, who will also pitch in 4 games, stops the Pirates 11–2 on 6 hits. The 36-year-old righthander drives in 3 runs. Pittsburgh’s Brickyard Kennedy, pitching on his 35th birthday, is ahead 4–2 in the 6th when Wagner makes 2 errors, and Boston scores 6 runs. After giving up another 4 runs in the 7th, Kennedy is gone, and will not pitch in the majors again. Patsy Dougherty has a single a two triples, while Chick Stahl and Jimmy Collins add three baggers. There are 6 triples in the game.

8th  Bill Dinneen evens the Series with a 6–3 win over Pittsburgh’s Sam Leever, who was 25–7 during the season. Ginger Beaumont leads the offense with 4 hits and two steals. The attendance in Pittsburgh is 11556.

9th The World Series is postponed because of cold weather.

10th  Three days rest are apparently too much for Phillippe, who gives up first-inning triples to Boston’s Jimmy Collins and Chick Stahl for a 2–0 lead. Five of the first 11 hits are triples, as the ground rules call for any balls hit into the crowds to be three baggers. Cy Young wins, 7–3.

13th  An overworked Deacon Phillippe pitches his 5th complete game of the Series, losing to Bill Dinneen 3–0 in game 8. Only 7,455, the smallest crowd of the Series, see Boston win the championship. Deacon’s 5 decisions and 44 IP are still WS records, as are his starting 2 straight WS games, twice. Hobe Ferriss’ 4th inning single drives in the first of two runs in the inning.

14th  Pittsburgh P Ed Doheny is committed to an insane asylum in Massachusetts after assaulting his nurse with a poker. Doheny had compiled a 16–8 mark.

15th  With Pirates owner Dreyfuss putting his club’s $6,699.56 gate receipts into the players’ pool, the 16 Pirates receive $1,316 each, more than the victorious Boston players’ $1,182. Deacon Phillippe receives a bonus and 10 shares of stock in the Pirates for his heroic efforts.

Behind Nick Altrock’s 4-hitter, the White Sox top the Cubs, 2-0, to conclude an ambitious 14-game Chicago City Series with each team winning 7 games. A deciding 15th game had been agreed to when the series was scheduled, but the Cubs’ contracts with the players expires today and they refused additional offers to play the deciding game, which would have been held at a neutral site.

Just got to scatter ‘em, Skip. Jim St. Vrain of Seattle (PCL) walks 14 batters but still notches the win, 13-10, over San Francisco.

26th  In the PCL, Dolly Gray of Los Angeles beats Seattle, 7-5, handing the Siwashes their first loss in October. Seattle won 19 games in a row with one tie. Jim St. Vrain is the losing pitcher. Los Angeles will match in 1939 with a 19 game win streak, no ties.