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Reds Win Opener in 1919 World Series

From the Maysville Public Ledger, October 1, 1919

First Game in World Series Taken by Reds

Cincinnati Wins Over Chicago White Sox in Opening Game – Cicotte Knocked Out of the Box in the Fourth Inning.

Cincinnati, Ohio, October 1 – The Reds have been the heroes of the Ohio Valley since they captured the pennant in the National League but today there are more than heroes and everyone is boosting loudly and long for Pat Moran’s aggregation which has made a most wonderful showing.

With the dope and the bets against them the Reds went into the game with quite a handicap to overcome. While Kid Gleason selected the famous Cicotte to do the twirling for the Sox, Pat called on Reuther to take the mound for the Reds and he remained in fine form throughout the game. Cicotte, although heralded as the greatest from the Windy City, was soon located by the Reds sluggers and was compelled to surrender the ball in the fourth when the sluggers touched him up recklessly and landed five runs across the plate. Wilkerson took his glove and tossed until the eighth.

The Reds started things in the very first inning by getting one man across but the Sox tied the score in the second. In the fourth, however, the Reds again took the lead when they slaughtered Cicotte and made 5 counts and they maintained the lead from then until the end of the game. In the seventh the Reds scored two more and in the eighth they put another over. In the eighth “Kid” Gleason pulled Wilkerson and Laudermilk went to the mound.

The Sox were unable to do anything in their half of the ninth and the Reds won the first game by a score of 9 to 1.

The score:

Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

Chicago 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 1

Cincin’ati 1 0 0 5 0 0 2 1 x 9 14 1

Batteries – Chicago: Cicotte, Wilkerson, Loudermilk and Schalk. Cincinnati: Reuther and Wingo.

Umpires – Rigler, Evans, Quigley and Nallian.

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