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  • Writer's pictureKirk Jenkins

Reds Wrap Up the Simulated 1919 World Series With 9-3 Win in Game 8

It’s the afternoon of (simulated) Thursday, October 9 at Chicago’s Old Comiskey Park. Hod Eller went to the mound for the Cincinnati Reds, looking to wrap up the series, and Kid Gleason countered with Lefty Williams for the White Sox. One bit of good news for the White Sox – Happy Felsch, the regular center fielder injured at the outset of the Series, was back.

The Reds put up three runs in the top of the fourth on Jake Daubert’s base hit, Greasy Neale’s single and Larry Kopf’s long double. The White Sox mounted a mild threat in the bottom of the fifth on Harvey McClellan’s single, Ray Schalk’s walk and Lefty Williams’ sacrifice bunt, but it came to nothing when Nate Leibold grounded out. The Reds added a fourth run in the sixth on Jake Daubert’s single and Greasy Neale’s double.

The Reds put up another three runs in the top of the eighth to take a commanding 7-0 lead. Edd Roush and Greasy Neale hit two out singles and Neale stole second to put both runners in scoring position. Larry Kopf was intentionally walked to load the bases, but Lefty Williams then walked a fourth run in with a pass to Rube Bressler. That was enough for Kid Gleason, who brought in Red Faber from the bullpen. Faber walked Bill Rariden, but Hod Eller then singled to bring in the sixth run.

The White Sox narrowed things just a bit in the bottom of the eighth, scoring twice. Pinch hitter Eddie Murphy started things off with a walk and Nate Leibold reached second on a two-base error by Larry Kopf. Eddie Collins scored both runs with a single. After Buck Weaver was retired, Joe Jackson singled Collins over to third, but pitcher Dolf Luque was brought in to face Happy Felsch, retiring him to end the threat.

In the top of the ninth, White Sox manager kept Murphy in ninth, moving him to center field, and brought in Grover Lowdermilk to pitch. The Reds added to more runs in the ninth, mostly on aggressive base running and luck. Jake Daubert singled, Edd Roush reached on a force, Greasy Neale singled and Roush and Neale then executed a double steal. Larry Kopf singled in both runs. Rube Bressler walked and Bill Rariden reached on an error by second baseman Eddie Collins, but Pat Moran opted to send Dolf Luque up to hit given the Reds’ big lead, and he ended the inning with a strikeout.

With the White Sox down to their last three outs, Chick Gandil opened the bottom of the ninth by reaching on a two-base error by center fielder Edd Roush. Ray Schalk singled in the White Sox’ third run with a one out base hit. Eddie Murphy walked and Eddie Collins loaded the bases with a single, but Buck Weaver ended the game and the Series by lining out for the third out.

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