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  • Writer's pictureKirk Jenkins

Game 7 of the (Simulated) 1902 World Series – Philadelphia at Pittsburgh

We’re back in Pittsburgh with the (Simulated) 1902 World Series all tied up at 3 games apiece for the deciding Game 7. Athletics’ manager Connie Mack has named Bert Husting as his starting pitcher, and Pirates’ skipper Fred Clarke will counter with 20-game winner Jesse Tannehill.

Dave Fultz led off the top of the first with a sharply hit base hit to right. He then stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball by Pittsburgh catcher Chief Zimmer. Topsy Hartsel walked to put men on first and third with nobody out. Socks Seybold hit a short fly ball, but with only one out, Fultz opted not to challenge the Pirates’ outfield arms. Harry Davis then made the point moot by doubling in both Fultz and Hartsel for the first two runs of the game.

Tommy Leach brought the Pirates within one in the bottom of the second with a solo home run. The Athletics lengthened their lead to 3-1 in the top of the third, stringing together a one base throwing error by Jesse Tannehill and singles by Topsy Hartsel and Harry Davis. The Pirates cut it back to a one run deficit in the bottom half of that same inning when Husting lost Tannehill on a full-count walk, followed by singles for Ginger Beaumont and Hall of Famer Honus Wagner.

The Pirates took the lead in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Ginger Beaumont got a sharp single up the middle. He stole second on the first pitch to Claude Ritchey. Ritchey then singled Beaumont home for the Pirates’ third run. Ritchey was caught stealing second for the second out of the inning, but Husting couldn’t close things out, giving up a single to Honus Wagner, a long triple off the right-center field fence by Pittsburgh manager Fred Clarke and a single by Tommy Leach. So heading into the sixth, the Pirates led 5-3.

The Athletics pulled to within one in the top of the seventh when Dave Fultz got a one out line drive single and Topsy Hartsel followed him with a triple into the left center field gap. But the Pirates got that run back in the bottom of the seventh, stringing together Honus Wagner’s lead-off single, manager Fred Clarke’s walk and a clutch two-out base hit by Wid Conroy to score the run. The Pirates made it 7-4 in the bottom of the eighth on Ginger Beaumont’s triple and Honus Wagner’s two-out single.

With the game on the line in the top of the ninth, manager Fred Clarke sent Jesse Tannehill back out there one more time to try for the complete-game win. Dave Fultz got things started with a one-out single. Topsy Hartsel took first when he was drilled by a Tannehill breaking pitch, and both runners then moved up on a passed ball by Pirates’ catcher Chief Zimmer. Socks Seybold scored the Athletics’ fifth run with a sacrifice fly to middle center field, but Tannehill then ended the game and the Series by getting Harry Davis on a fly ball.

So for Game 7, it’s Pirates 7, Athletics 5. And for our (simulated) 1902 World Series, it’s

Pittsburgh, 4 games to 3.

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