Reds Take 4-3 Series Lead, Topping White Sox 5-4
On the afternoon of (simulated) Wednesday, October 8 at Cincinnati’s Redland Field, the Chicago White Sox took on the Cincinnati Reds in Game 7 of the simulated 1919 World Series. Eddie Cicotte started for the White Sox and Slim Sallee went for the Reds.
The White Sox broke through with their first run in the top of the second on a long home run by Shoeless Joe Jackson. Two outs later, Swede Risberg was injured running out a strike out dropped by catcher Ivey Wingo. The Reds took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Heinie Groh walked to lead off the inning. Edd Roush followed with a single, sending Groh around to third, and Greasy Neale sacrificed in the tying run. Larry Kopf reached first base on an error by center fielder Nate Leibold, Roush advancing to third. Sherry Magee then sacrificed in a second run. The Reds added a third run in the bottom of the fifth on Sherry Magee’s double, Jake Daubert’s sacrifice bunt and Heinie Groh’s run-scoring single.
The White Sox recaptured the lead in the top of the sixth with three runs. Joe Jackson hit a one-out triple, Nate Leibold followed with a walk and Chick Gandil, Harvey McClellan and Ray Schalk then hit three straight singles to send the White Sox to a 4-3 lead.
It didn’t last. In the bottom of the sixth, Sherry Magee hit a one-out single, and Ivey Wingo singled him over to third. Wingo stole second – his second stolen base of the game – and Magee then scored on a passed ball by Ray Schalk. Slim Sallee sacrificed in the Reds’ fourth run and Morrie Rath singled in a fifth.
The rest of the game passed quietly. Shano Collins led off the seventh for the White Sox with a single, but future Hall of Famer Eddie Collins grounded into a double play. Slim Sallee retired the Sox in order in the eighth. Harvey McClellan led off the top of the ninth, but Sallee then retired the next three hitters to secure the Reds’ 4-3 Series lead.