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  • Writer's pictureKirk Jenkins

Christy Mathewson Versus Bill Dinneen in Game 6 of the (Simulated) 1904 World Series

For Game 6 of the (Simulated) 1904 World Series, the scene shifts back to New York’s Polo Grounds. Through the first three games, the Giants looked to run away with the series, winning three straight, but since then, the Americans have pulled to within striking distance with two wins in their home ball park.

So for Game 6, hoping to keep things on a roll, Boston manager Jimmy Collins is sending Game 2 starter Bill Dinneen to the mound. New York manager John McGraw is countering with his Game 2 starter, Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson.

The Americans staged a two-out threat against Mathewson in the top of the second, as Hobe Ferris hit a sharp single to left and Duke Farrell reached on a one-base error by Mathewson. But Mathewson was lucky to face Americans’ pitcher Bill Dinneen next and got him on a four-pitch strikeout.

In the bottom of the second, Roger Bresnahan led off with a double to right center. George Browne advanced Bresnahan to third with a scratch single. With no outs, Sam Mertes then scored the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly. Billy Gilbert followed Mertes with a sharp single up the middle. Both runners advanced a base when the throw back to the infield squirted past Boston first baseman Candy LaChance for a one-base error. But Dinneen then closed the Giants down, getting Jack Warner on a line drive right at LaChance and Christy Mathewson on a ground ball to second.

The Americans briefly threatened int the top of the third when Freddy Parent hit a two-out single and Mathewson balked him to second. But Mathewson then got Buck Freeman on an easy ground ball. The Giants mounted a more serious threat in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs, Sam Mertes lined a base hit. He stole second on the second pitch to Billy Gilbert, and Dinneen then intentionally walked Gilbert. Dinneen managed to keep the Giants off the board, getting Jack Warner on a line out.

Things stayed quiet through the fifth, sixth and seventh, with neither team getting more than one base runner a half-inning. In the top of the eighth, with the Americans’ chances dwindling rapidly (and Mathewson still working on his shutout), pitcher Bill Dinneen reached on a one-out base hit. Kip Selbach lofted an easy popup into the foul ground between first and home, but Giants catcher Jack Warner dropped it, getting a one-base error. But Mathewson got Selbach two pitches later on a fly ball to right, and Candy LaChance ended the minor threat with a ground ball to short.

The Americans came up in the top of the ninth for their last chance, still trailing 1-0 in the game and 3-2 in the Series. Freddy Parent got them off to a fair start with a sharp single up the middle. Buck Freeman lofted a fly ball to right center which looked like it might drop in, but center fielder Roger Bresnahan made an excellent running catch. Americans’ manager Jimmy Collins brought his ball club to the brink of elimination by flying out to right. Mathewson then ended the Series on a dominant note by striking out Boston center fielder Chick Stahl.

So there we have it – a Strat-o-Matic® simulation of a 1904 World Series won by the New York Giants over the Boston Americans, four games to two.

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