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Autumn Glory, Baseball’s First World Series

By Louis P Masur

Reviewed October 2020


My summary – Always changing, always fun

It’s been a very different type of year but at least we had Major League Baseball, albeit for an abbreviated season.  Now it’s time for the World Series.   Play Ball !

Let’s take a brief look back to the very FIRST WORLD SERIES played in 1903 as pictured in the book Autumn Glory

The teams – Boston Americans (now Boston Red Sox) and the favored Pittsburgh Pirates.

Locations – Boston’s Huntington Avenue Base Ball Grounds and  Pittsburgh’s Exposition Park.  Grandstand seats were $1.00 and bleacher seats 50 cents.

Format – best of nine, 3 games at Boston, two days for travel as it was a 23 hour train ride, followed by 3 at Pittsburgh, two days for travel, and then if needed 3 at Boston.  

Famous Players:          

-  Boston’s Cy Young pitched 34 innings in 4 games, 2.15 ERA with2 wins and 1 loss

-  Pittsburgh’s Honus Wagner, short stop;  6 for 24   with 3 stolen bases and 3 RBI’s

-  Pittsburgh’s Deacon Phillippe pitched 44 innings in 5 games, 3.07 ERA with 3 wins and 2 losses

Strange rules – fans stood ten deep on the outfield turf.  Prior to the start of game three, fans filled the infield and had to be pushed back by  over 150 police.  Finally after just getting the crowd about 150 feet beyond the diamond, the umpires and managers decided to play but that any ball hit into the crowd would be counted as a double which many claimed gave Pittsburgh the game due to a couple of outfield flies that undoubtably would have be outs but now were doubles.

Fans were quite  boisterous and betting was common place. Challenges between umpires, fans and players was even more combative in the early days of baseball than depicted in a funny way in the film “Kill The Ump” form the early fifties.

Boston won the series in eight games.

I have to end with the following long quote from the book –

“American baseball stands pre-eminently as the American game because it best embodies in the realm of sport the American ideal of life. It allows individuals to shine, but individual performance alone will not result in success.  Teamwork matters.  By fusing the individual and the group, the solitary and the communal, baseball illustrates what it means to be an American.  Baseball signifies first of all co-operation.. Those nine individuals must be a union of individuals working for the same end.  Each individual must do his own work alone.  In no other way can he effectively serve the union… This live and let live principle constitutes what an American means in liberty… Somewhere between standing alone and joining others lies the balance that makes for an American Life”

 

Autumn’s Glory is a very enjoyable read that I highly recommend to all baseball fans

Sit back and enjoy the 2020 Series.  Don’t complain about the rule changes for 2020, just remember they always evolve to suit the times.

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Books & Articles for Baseball & Life:

The Greatest Miracle in the World

By Og Mandino

Reviewed April 2020

 

My summary – A Book for Today

Og is one of my favorite authors.  Og did most of his writing while living in Scottsdale.  One December day while he and his wife Bette were driving along Lincoln Drive on their way from their Scottsdale home to Phoenix to do some Christmas shopping, seeing the smog over down town Phoenix, his wife said “lets get out of here”.  At that point their transition began to New England, were they grew up.

For Peggy and me, it was similar.  We loved Scottsdale and particularly the people of AZPlayball, but with both of our boys and all of our grandchildren in Pennsylvania, it was time for our transition.

The Greatest Miracle in the world is my second favorite book of all time.  Over the years I have given numerous copies away, sometimes because I thought they’d like it, sometimes because at that particular time I thought they needed some encouragement.  Don’t we all need some encouragement now with our world is turned upside down with the coronavirus.   I remember the challenges that 911 brought to our country and to AZ Playball but they were nothing compared to this.  Please keep Keith and Amy in your prayers as they steer the league through these uncharted waters.

About ten years before we moved back to PA, we built a tool/garden shed in our back yard.  It had a window that was very visible from our deck and pool area.  From nearly day one, I had a red geranium in the window, very visible to the surrounding areas.  It served as a reminder that part of my mission here on earth was to be a “rag picker”  As you read the Greatest Miracle in the World and discover the story behind the red geranium, my hope is that many of you will be touched to hold a comforting hand out to those we encounter.  As Og said, “I will act now”

Enjoy the Greatest Miracle in the World.

One of Jim Teeters favorites! 

PS – I can still be contacted at [email protected]

The Twelfth  Angel  by Og Mandino

Do you have a special needs child in your family?  Do you know a family with a special needs child? Do you enjoy baseball ? I guess this covers all of us!  A must read book for everyone is Og Mandino’s (my favorite author) The Twelve Angel.  Read it and it WILL touch your heart.



 

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