1st Just before the start of the WS, the highly favored White Sox became the betting underdogs. A year later the White Sox will become the Black Sox, and 8 of them—pitchers Eddie Cicotte and Lefty Williams, outfielders Joe Jackson and Happy Felsch, 1B Chick Gandil, SS Swede Risberg, 3B Buck Weaver, and utility infielder Fred McMullin—will be barred from baseball for taking part in throwing the Series. It will take that long for the story to unfold, as most observers at the time see nothing amiss when the Series opens in Cincinnati.
Eddie Cicotte, a 29-game winner, is driven to cover in a 5-run 4th. Cincinnati’s Dutch Ruether
pitches a 6-hitter, and has 3 RBI on 2 triples and a single for a 9–1 win. Reds OF Greasy Neale, the only man to play in a WS, coach a football team in the Rose Bowl, and become a pro football Hall of Fame coach, also has 3 hits. He will top the Reds with .357 for the Series.
2nd In game 2 after an easy 3 innings, Lefty Williams walks 3 Reds, gives up a single to Edd Roush and a triple to Larry Kopf, and the Reds lead 3–0. Slim Sallee scatters 10 hits as Risberg and Gandil fail in the clutch. The final score is 4–2. Joe Jackson has 3 hits; his .375 BA will make it appear later that he was trying.
Charles Comiskey tells NL president Heydler that Sox manager Kid Gleason is suspicious of his players. Heydler confers with Ban Johnson, who takes no action, fearing it will look like revenge against Comiskey, with whom he has been feuding. As the games unfold, reporters Ring Lardner and Christy Mathewson do not like what they see. Chicago reporter Hugh Fullerton will raise questions during the winter. Comiskey will offer a reward for information, but the 1920 season will open with the same lineup for Chicago, minus Chick Gandil, who will be in the PCL.
3rd Back in Chicago, 5 foot 7 inch rookie lefty Dickie Kerr pitches a 3-hitter, as Chicago wins 3–0. Joe Jackson is 2-for-3 and Gandil drives in 2 runs. Ray Fisher takes the loss. Cuban Adolfo Luque becomes the first Latin American ML player to appear in a WS game, pitching one inning of relief for the Reds in game 3 at Comiskey Park.
4th Ed Cicotte makes 2 errors in one inning of game 4 to give the Reds the only runs of the game. He walks none and gives up 5 hits, but Jimmy Ring gives up only 3 hits and wins, 2–0.
5th On the last day of the PCL season, perhaps the largest PCL crowd of that era gathers in Washington Park in Los Angeles to see a doubleheader between the first-place Vernon Tigers and LA, a half game back. (as noted by Dick Beverage). Ticket lines form early, and by game time around 2 o’clock an estimated 22,000 fans had squeezed into the park with another two or three thousand milling around outside (according to the Los Angeles Times). According to Beverage, this account may be high. The seating capacity of Washington Park was always listed in the 12,000-14,000 range. But the field itself had huge dimensions, 460 feet to dead center and deep power alleys as well. In examining a diagram of the park it appears that there was a lot of standing room available in the outfield, and maybe there were 8-10 thousand standees out there. Wahoo Sam Crawford of LA starts the day at .361, but goes 2-for-7 in the twinbill to finish at .360. Bill Rumler of Salt Lake City, hitting .359, goes 4-for-9 in a doubleheader with Oakland to take the batting title with a .362 average. Vernon clinches the pennant with a first-game victory. The second game is called in the 6thwhen fans start tossing cushions on to the field.
6th After a Sunday rainout, Hod Eller blanks the Sox on 3 hits, fanning 6 in a row—Gandil, Risberg, Ray Schalk, Williams, Leibold, and Eddie Collins—in the 2nd and 3rd. Once again a big inning gives the Reds a victory. A couple of hits, some slow fielding, and poor throws by Jackson and Happy Felsch result in 4 Reds scoring in the 6th for a 5–0 win, their 4th in 5 games. Lefty Williams is the loser. Sox C Schalk is the 2nd man to be thrown out of a WS game when he disagrees with the call on Heinie Groh’s slide at home. Also thrown out, in the 5th inning, is feisty reserve Jimmy Smith, who is coaching at third base. His main job during the WS is to try and get under Eddie Collins skin, which he does successfully.
7th In Game 6, Happy Felsch’s error and 2 boots by Swede Risberg help put Dickie Kerr in the hole 4–0, but Felsch, Weaver, and Jackson combine for 7 hits as the Sox win 5–4. Dutch Ruether doesn’t survive the 6th; Jimmy Ring is the loser, as Kerr wins his 2nd.
8th Ed Cicotte pitches game 7, and the Sox play like they mean it. Joe Jackson and Felsch drive in 2 each for a 4–1 win. The Reds make 4 errors behind Slim Sallee’s pitching, before 32,006 Cincinnati fans who pay a record WS game receipt total of $101,768.
9th Lefty Williams gets one man out in the first before departing. The Reds lead 4–0, and go on to give Hod Eller a 10–5 victory and the Reds the world title in 8 games. Joe Jackson hits the only HR of the Series. Eddie Collins’ 3 hits give him a total of 42 in WS play, a record broken in 1930 by Frank Frisch, and bettered by Lou Gehrig in 1938. A SB by Collins is his 14th in WS competition, a record tied by Lou Brock in 1968.
26th New York Supreme Court Justice Robert Wagner rules in favor of the Yankees and makes permanent the team’s temporary restraining order against the AL. Wagner was persuaded that Ban Johnson acted incorrectly in banning Carl Mays two days after the pitcher was traded to New York. Johnson sent telegrams to all the owners except Boston’s Frazee telling them not to negotiate for Mays.
29th Urged by Johnson, the National Commission, headed by the Pirates’ Garry Herrmann refuses to recognize the Yankees’ 3rd-place finish and withholds the players’ share of the pool. New York’s owners will pay out of their own pockets.