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Cubs Calendar - 6/25 - Giants Don't Win The Pennant


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#1 hansman1982

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 07:29 AM

The Cubs and NY Giants finished this season tied, so an extra game determined the NL Pennant. Ultimately, Jack "The Giant Killer" Pfiester outdueled HoFer Christy Matthewson, 4-2 (which I'm thinking was a shoot out for that time) as the Cubs won the pennant.

In case it's buried too well, what year did this occur?

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 07:36 AM

I'm thinking 1908 because they played a makeup game as a result of Merkle's boner



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Posted 25 June 2013 - 07:40 AM

I'm thinking 1908 because they played a makeup game as a result of Merkle's boner

I think that's right.  I think Merkle was a rookie that year.  I wonder what kind of record Pfiester actually had against the Giants to get that nickname.   



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Posted 25 June 2013 - 07:48 AM

Crazy '08 is a fantastic book.  I might just read it again...



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Posted 25 June 2013 - 07:58 AM

1908 is correct. I haven't found much about how he got his nickname, yet; however, according to the baseball card on his Wikipedia page, he signed his name John (which appears to be his real name) and this:

 

 

On September 23, 1908 against the New York Giants he pitched a complete game, allowing five hits, all with a dislocated tendon in his pitching forearm.

 

Also, according to a Cubs.com article in 2008, Pfiester only pitched the first inning of the game, Brown, apparently, received death threats from the Mafia and begged to pitch, Chance relented so after Pfiester gave up a run in the first, Brown pitched the rest of the game.



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Posted 25 June 2013 - 08:08 AM

1908 is correct. I haven't found much about how he got his nickname, yet; however, according to the baseball card on his Wikipedia page, he signed his name John (which appears to be his real name) and this:

 

 

On September 23, 1908 against the New York Giants he pitched a complete game, allowing five hits, all with a dislocated tendon in his pitching forearm.

 

Also, according to a Cubs.com article in 2008, Pfiester only pitched the first inning of the game, Brown, apparently, received death threats from the Mafia and begged to pitch, Chance relented so after Pfiester gave up a run in the first, Brown pitched the rest of the game.

Interesting! 



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Posted 25 June 2013 - 08:29 AM

 

1908 is correct. I haven't found much about how he got his nickname, yet; however, according to the baseball card on his Wikipedia page, he signed his name John (which appears to be his real name) and this:

 

 

On September 23, 1908 against the New York Giants he pitched a complete game, allowing five hits, all with a dislocated tendon in his pitching forearm.

 

Also, according to a Cubs.com article in 2008, Pfiester only pitched the first inning of the game, Brown, apparently, received death threats from the Mafia and begged to pitch, Chance relented so after Pfiester gave up a run in the first, Brown pitched the rest of the game.

Interesting! 

 

 

Ya, when I was reading the article (here is the link (fail for not posting before)) I was fully expecting him to want to go in to through the game.  Money quote from Brown:

 

 

 

"'Get the hell out of the way,' I bawled at them as I plowed through. Here's where you black-hand guys get your chance. If I'm going to get killed, I sure know that I'll die before a capacity crowd."

 



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Posted 25 June 2013 - 08:54 AM

Crazy '08 is a fantastic book.  I might just read it again...

I agree it is a fantastic book. If any Cub fan has not yet read it, you owe it to yourself to do so soon.



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Posted 25 June 2013 - 10:31 AM

I've read "More Than Merkle" - which is all about the 1908 season, but not Crazy 08.  Is that just about the Cubs and the pennant race or the whole league?



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Posted 25 June 2013 - 10:58 AM

Speaking of baseball books, if anyone is ever interested in reading about baseball history, you would be hard pressed to find anything better than the trilogy of "American Baseball" (Voigt). All three volumes are really well done. 



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Posted 25 June 2013 - 05:09 PM

 

I'm thinking 1908 because they played a makeup game as a result of Merkle's boner

I think that's right.  I think Merkle was a rookie that year.  I wonder what kind of record Pfiester actually had against the Giants to get that nickname.   

 

 

Yeah, he was 19... wound up playing for the Cubs later in his career.






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