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  • Writer's pictureKirk Jenkins

Browns’ Defense Falls Apart, Athletics Complete Three-Game Sweep

It’s Game Three at St. Louis’ Sportsmen’s Park for the Simulated 1902 ALCS. With the Browns on the brink of elimination, they’ll send Jack Harper to the mound, and the Athletics will counter with Bert Husting.

The Athletics scored the first run on the game in the top of the first. Dave Fultz led off with a walk and then stole second. After Lave Cross lined out, Socks Seybold scored the run on a two-base error on Browns’ left fielder Jesse Burkett. The Athletics added two more in the top of the fifth. Ossie Schreckengost led off for the Athletics with a homer to left. Dave Fultz reached with a two-out base hit. Fultz stole second and came around to third on a throwing error against Browns’ catcher Joe Sugden. Lave Cross then scored Fultz with a base hit.

The Browns got on the board in the bottom of the fifth. They loaded the bases on singles by Joe Sugden and John Anderson and a walk to Bobby Wallace. Charlie Hemphill then scored the run with a sacrifice fly.

The Athletics added a fourth run in the top of the seventh on Monte Cross’ triple and Bert Husting’s sacrifice fly. The Browns made it 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh. Jack Harper hit a one-out double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. John Anderson then brought the run in with a sacrifice fly. The Browns loaded the bases on walks to Bobby Wallace, Charlie Hemphill and Jesse Burkett, but Emmet Heidrick was unable to convert the run.

The Athletics took a commanding lead in the eighth. Socks Seybold had a one-out walk. After Harry Davis popped out, Danny Murphy reached on a one-base error by Browns’ shortstop Bobby Wallace. Topsy Hartsel scored two runs on a base hit and a one-base error by center fielder Emmet Heidrick.

With their backs to the wall, the Browns nearly made it all the way back in the bottom of the eighth. Dave Padden reached on a one-base error by Danny Murphy. Barry McCormick then walked. The runners advanced with pitcher Jack Harper at the plate on a balk. John Anderson scored two runs with a single and Bobby Wallace brought the Browns within one with a double, but Charlie Hemphill ended the inning by striking out.

In the bottom of the ninth, with the Series on the line, Ed Kenna replaced Bert Husting as the Athletics’ pitcher. Kenna gave up a base hit to Jesse Burkett. The Athletics then brought in pitcher Fred Mitchell, and Burkett promptly stole second. Mitchell brought the Browns to the brink of elimination by getting line outs from Emmet Heidrick and Dave Padden. Manager Jimmy McAleer hit for Barry McCormick and reached on a one-base error by Danny Murphy, leaving men at first and third. But Mike Kahoe then ended the game and the series by flying out as a pinch hitter for Joe Sugden.

So it’s the Athletics in three straight in the (Simulated) 1902 ALCS. And the World Series will match . . . the New York Giants against the Philadelphia Athletics. That begins next week.

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