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Game 3 of the (Simulated) 1902 World Series – It’s Tannehill Versus Wilson With the Series Tied


For Game 3, with the (Simulated) 1902 World Series all tied up, our scene has shifted to Philadelphia’s Columbia Park. Today, injured Pirates’ manager is sending Jesse Tannehill to the mound while Connie Mack will start things off with the gloriously named Highball Wilson.


“Highball” Wilson, you ask? Surprise, kids - he was a submarine pitcher. [Ed: No he wasn’t. Everybody knows irony wasn’t invented until 1946.]


Anyway, as it turns out, neither Jesse nor ol’ Highball was particularly sharp in Game 3. The Pirates scored once in the top of the first on Ginger Beaumont’s single and Honus Wagner’s one-out double. They added a second run in the top of the second when Wid Conroy reached on a one-base error by left fielder Topsy Hartsel and Chief Zimmer and pitcher Jesse Tannehill followed with back-to-back base hits.


The Athletics mounted a slight threat in the bottom of the second when Ossie Schreckengost and Monte Cross hit two-out base hits, but Highball then got Kitty Bransfield and Wid Conroy on consecutive ground balls. They did it again in the bottom of the third on Socks Seybold’s and Harry Davis’ consecutive two-out singles, but Danny Murphy then forced Davis at second for the third out.


The Pirates threatened in the top of the sixth. With two outs, Ginger Beaumont hit a line-drive base hit to right. Claude Ritchey sent Beaumont to second with a four-pitch walk and Hall of Famer Honus Wagner then loaded the bases with a scratch hit to shortstop. But Highball closed out the Pirates, getting Jimmy Sebring on a fly ball.


In the top of the eighth, the Pirates mounted a mild threat when ol’ Highball got a wee bit wild, walking Ginger Beaumont and Claude Ritchey on eight straight pitchers. Wilson then got his act back together, striking out Honus Wagner and getting Jimmy Sebring on a line out.


So Jesse Tannehill took a shutout into the bottom of the ninth, having scattered seven hits while walking only one. Highball Wilson, on the other hand, had given up 12 hits and walked four, but still had only surrendered two runs.


Tannehill got two quick outs against the Athletics on a fly out by Danny Murphy and a ground ball by Lave Cross. After catcher Ossie Schreckengost singled to left, Connie Mack sent up Louis Castro to pinch hit, but Tannehill got Castro on a weak ground ball to first baseman Kitty Bransfield.


We’re three games into the (Simulated) 1902 World Series. The Pirates lead two games to one for the Athletics.


Image courtesy of Pixabay by BruceEmmerling (no changes).

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