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  • Writer's pictureKirk Jenkins

Athletics at Pittsburgh in Game 1 of (Simulated) 1902 World Series

It’s a sunny October afternoon in Pittsburgh as we get ready for Game 1 of the (Simulated) 1902 World Series. On the mound we’ll have Rube Waddell going for the Athletics and Jack Chesbro on the mound for Pittsburgh.

The Pirates broke through against the Athletics in the bottom of the first, scoring one run on base hits by Ginger Beaumont, Honus Wagner and Jack O’Connor. After that single run, both Waddell and Chesbro took control. Between the second and the fifth innings, the Athletics managed only two hits and the Pirates only one. In the top of the sixth, Rube Waddell was injured following his at bat, coming up lame running out a third strike. Preliminary reports are that Waddell will be ready to go for his next start, probably in Game 4. In the bottom of the sixth, with Bert Husting replacing Waddell on the mound, Pittsburgh third baseman Tommy Leach was injured as well. Jack O’Connor then ended the inning by grounding into a double play.

In the top of the seventh, Socks Seybold got the Athletics started with a one-out double. After Harry Davis was out on a fly ball, Danny Murphy tied the game on a base hit, with Murphy advancing to second on a one-base error by Ginger Beaumont. However, the Pirates managed to close things out by getting Topsy Hartsel on a ground ball.

And that’s the way it stayed until the bottom of the ninth. Jack O’Connor led off for the Pirates, lining out to right field. Kitty Bransfield then doubled off the left field wall. Claude Ritchey then ended the game with a base hit to right on a 1-2 pitch, scoring Bransfield.

So in Game 1, the Pirates win 2-1.

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