This was the Series of the famous "Mack Attack" (so called in honor of longtime A's owner-manager Connie Mack), in which the Athletics overcame an eight-run deficit by scoring 10 runs in the home half of the seventh in Game 4 (before two straight strikeouts by Pat Malone ended it) to snatch a 10–8 victory from the jaws of a defeat which would have evened the Series at two games apiece. The Cubs were further humiliated in the middle of that record rally when center fielder Hack Wilson lost Mule Haas's fly ball in the sun for a fluke three-run inside-the-park home run, bringing the A's to within a run at 8–7. It was the last occurrence of an inside-the-park home run in a World Series game until Game 1 of the 2015 World Series.
|1929 World Series|
Stereopticon view of Cubs dugout, Wrigley Field
|Umpires||Bill Klem (NL), Bill Dinneen (AL), Charley Moran (NL), Roy Van Graflan (AL)|
|Hall of Famers||Umpire: Bill Klem|
Athletics: Connie Mack (manager), Mickey Cochrane, Jimmie Foxx, Lefty Grove, Eddie Collins, Al Simmons
Cubs: Joe McCarthy (manager), Kiki Cuyler, Gabby Hartnett, Rogers Hornsby, Hack Wilson
|Radio announcers||NBC: Graham McNamee|
CBS: Ted Husing
Because seven of the eight regulars in the Cubs' lineup hit right-handed (except for first baseman Charlie Grimm), Mack started only right-handed pitchers and kept all his lefties in the bullpen even though two of his best starters, 300-game-winner-to-be Lefty Grove and Rube Walberg, were southpaws.
Accordingly, Game 1 will be remembered mostly for the surprise start of aging A's pitcher Howard Ehmke, whose record thirteen strikeouts in a stellar complete game 3–1 win bested "Big" Ed Walsh's 1906 Series record by one, and stood until Carl Erskine broke it by one in 1953. Ehmke went on to start Game 5 but failed to get out of the fourth inning, the bullpen and a ninth-inning A's come-from-behind walk-off rally bailing him out.
|1||October 8||Philadelphia Athletics – 3, Chicago Cubs – 1||Wrigley Field||2:03||50,740|
|2||October 9||Philadelphia Athletics – 9, Chicago Cubs – 3||Wrigley Field||2:29||49,987|
|3||October 11||Chicago Cubs – 3, Philadelphia Athletics – 1||Shibe Park||2:09||29,921|
|4||October 12||Chicago Cubs – 8, Philadelphia Athletics – 10||Shibe Park||2:12||29,921|
|5||October 14||Chicago Cubs – 2, Philadelphia Athletics – 3||Shibe Park||1:42||29,921|
|WP: Howard Ehmke (1–0) LP: Charlie Root (0–1)|
PHA: Jimmie Foxx (1)
This was the first World Series game ever played at Wrigley Field.
The 35-year-old Ehmke's first-game appearance was no sentimental move by Mack even though he was considered "over the hill", having won only seven games for the slugging A's, pitched only two complete games and worked a scant 55 innings in the regular season. Mack chose Ehmke over Grove or George Earnshaw because he thought Ehmke's stuff would baffle the hard-hitting Cubs, and that his sidearm delivery would make it hard for them to pick up the ball against the white-shirted "bleacher bums" of Wrigley. He proved his shrewd manager right, striking out thirteen Cubs for a Series record that would stand until 1953. Mack had rested Howard's arm by sending him to scout the Cubbies for the last few weeks of the season, with both the A's and Cubs far ahead in their respective standings. Ehmke notched 13 strikeouts in the game, besting the World Series record of 12 set by Ed Walsh in 1906.
Attending Game 1 was 9-year-old John Paul Stevens, who would grow up to become a Supreme Court Justice. A lifelong Cub fan, Stevens later said, "And that was my first game, a tragic game for a young boy to go and see in person!"
|WP: George Earnshaw (1–0) LP: Pat Malone (0–1) Sv: Lefty Grove (1)|
PHA: Jimmie Foxx (2), Al Simmons (1)
Jimmie Foxx became the first player to homer in his first two World Series games. Simmons also homered and had four RBI. The A's now had a 2-0 lead in the series.
|WP: Guy Bush (1–0) LP: George Earnshaw (1–1)|
Game 3 was a strong showing of two defensive teams at their best, a classic pitchers' duel and a "nail-biter." Guy Bush won for the Cubs only victory, holding the A's to one run despite allowing nine hits and two walks.
|WP: Eddie Rommel (1–0) LP: Sheriff Blake (0–1) Sv: Lefty Grove (2)|
CHC: Charlie Grimm (1)
PHA: Al Simmons (2), Mule Haas (1)
Sticking to his righties-only policy, Mack rolled the dice again in Game 4 by starting 46-year-old Jack Quinn. Unlike Ehmke, however, Quinn was no challenge to the Cubs hitters, who torched him for seven runs before Mack pulled him in the sixth inning, setting the stage for the "Mack Attack" in the bottom of the seventh.
After Wilson's miscue on Haas's hit, an unknown fan wrote new lyrics to "My Old Kentucky Home", beginning with "The sun shone bright into poor Hack Wilson's eyes..." and ending "For we'll sing one song for the game and fighting Cubs, for the record whiffing Cubs far away." After seeing his seemingly safe 8–0 lead implode to a 10–8 loss after the A's record seventh and a scoreless last two innings, Cub skipper Joe McCarthy was anything but jovial. When a boy came by after the game asking for a baseball, "Marse Joe" muttered, "Come back tomorrow and stand behind Wilson, and you'll be able to pick up all the balls you want!" That eight-run deficit overcome by the A's on that Columbus Day in Philadelphia is still the largest in playoff history through the 2016 season, and Mule Haas's 7th inning inside-the-park home run was the last in a World Series game for 86 years.
|WP: Rube Walberg (1–0) LP: Pat Malone (0–2)|
PHA: Mule Haas (2)
Mack gave Ehmke his second start of the Series, but without the advantage of surprise and without the white shirts in Wrigley's bleachers he was ineffective, touched for two runs and taken out in the fourth inning. The A's rallied for their only three runs in the bottom of the ninth to come from behind yet again and win the Series on home turf, 3–2. Haas tied it up with dramatic suddenness on a two-run homer; and after a double by Al Simmons and an intentional walk to Jimmie Foxx, Bing Miller's double scored Simmons to give the A's their first world championship in sixteen years.
|Total attendance: 190,490 Average attendance: 38,098|
Winning player's share: $5,621 Losing player's share: $3,782
The 1929 Chicago Cubs season was the 58th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 54th in the National League and the 14th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished first in the National League with a record of 98–54, 10.5 games ahead of the second place Pittsburgh Pirates. The team was defeated four games to one by the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1929 World Series.1929 Philadelphia Athletics season
The 1929 Philadelphia Athletics season involved the A's finishing 1st in the American League with a record of 104 wins and 46 losses. After finishing in second place to the New York Yankees in 1927 and 1928, the club won the 1929 pennant by a large 18-game margin. The club went on to win the World Series over the NL champion Chicago Cubs, four games to one.Art Nehf
Arthur Neukom Nehf (July 31, 1892 – December 18, 1960) was an American baseball pitcher. He played 15 seasons in Major League Baseball for the Boston Braves (1915–1919), New York Giants (1919–1926), Cincinnati Reds (1926–1927), and the Chicago Cubs (1927–1929). He was left-handed, 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) and 176 pounds when he made his debut in 1915.Bing Miller
Edmund John "Bing" Miller (August 30, 1894 – May 7, 1966) was an American professional baseball player and coach. He played in Major League Baseball as an outfielder, most notably for the Philadelphia Athletics for whom he spent the prime years of his career. Miller was 6' (183 cm) tall and weighed 185 pounds (84 kg) and hit and threw right-handed.Bud Morse
Newell Obediah "Bud" Morse, Sr. (September 4, 1904 – April 6, 1987) was an American baseball second baseman and attorney. He played college baseball for the University of Michigan and played Major League Baseball for the 1929 Philadelphia Athletics team that won the 1929 World Series and is considered one of the greatest baseball teams in history. He later practiced as an attorney in California and Nevada. In 1957, he was recognized by the Governor of Nevada for "exceptional acts of heroism" in disarming a gunman who had run amok in the Reno, Nevada veterans' hospital, killing two persons and injuring a third.Charlie Root
Charlie Henry "Chinski" Root (March 17, 1899 – November 5, 1970) was an American Major League Baseball pitcher with the St. Louis Browns and the Chicago Cubs between 1923 and 1941. Root batted and threw right-handed. He holds the club record for games, innings pitched, and career wins with 201.Double (baseball)
In baseball, a double is the act of a batter striking the pitched ball and safely reaching second base without being called out by the umpire, without the benefit of a fielder's misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielder's choice. A double is a type of hit (the others being the single, triple and home run) and is sometimes called a "two-bagger" or "two-base hit". For statistical and scorekeeping purposes it is denoted by 2B.Eddie Rommel
Edwin Americus Rommel (September 13, 1897 – August 26, 1970) was an American right-handed pitcher and umpire in Major League Baseball. He spent his entire playing career (1920 to 1932) with the Philadelphia Athletics. He is considered to be the "father" of the modern knuckleball.Guy Bush
Guy Terrell Bush (August 23, 1901 – July 2, 1985) was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball, nicknamed the Mississippi Mudcat.Bush played in the major leagues from 1923 to 1938 and again in 1945. The 6-foot-tall (1.8 m) pitcher played for the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Bees, St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds in his seventeen-year professional baseball career.Hack Wilson
Lewis Robert "Hack" Wilson (April 26, 1900 – November 23, 1948) was an American Major League Baseball player who played 12 seasons for the New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies. Despite his diminutive stature, he was one of the most accomplished power hitters in the game during the late 1920s and early 1930s. His 1930 season with the Cubs is widely considered one of the most memorable individual single-season hitting performances in baseball history. Highlights included 56 home runs, the National League record for 68 years; and 191 runs batted in, a mark yet to be surpassed. "For a brief span of a few years", wrote a sportswriter of the day, "this hammered down little strongman actually rivaled the mighty Ruth."While Wilson's combativeness and excessive alcohol consumption made him one of the most colorful sports personalities of his era, his drinking and fighting undoubtedly contributed to a premature end to his athletic career and, ultimately, his premature death. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979.Howard Ehmke
Howard John Ehmke (April 24, 1894 – March 17, 1959) was a right-handed American baseball pitcher. He played professional baseball for 16 years from 1914 to 1930, including 15 seasons in Major League Baseball as a pitcher for the Buffalo Blues (1915), Detroit Tigers (1916–1917, 1919–1922), Boston Red Sox (1923–1926), and Philadelphia Athletics (1926–1930).
Ehmke compiled a career win–loss record of 166-166 with a 3.75 earned run average (ERA). His greatest success was with the Red Sox, including a no-hitter and his only 20-win season in 1923. Ehmke still holds the American League record for fewest hits allowed (one) in two consecutive starts. Ehmke also ranks sixteenth all-time in hitting batters. Ehmke hit 137 batters in his career and led the American League in the category seven times, including a career-high 23 in 1922. He is best known for being the surprise starter who won Game 1 of the 1929 World Series for the Athletics at the age of 35.
After retiring from baseball, he started his own company that began making tarpaulins to cover baseball diamonds during rain.Mule Haas
George William (Mule) Haas (October 15, 1903 – June 30, 1974) was a center fielder in Major League Baseball. From 1925 through 1938, Haas played for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1925), Philadelphia Athletics (1928–32, 1938) and Chicago White Sox (1933–37). He batted left-handed and threw right-handed.
In a 12-season career, Haas posted a .292 batting average with 43 home runs and 496 RBI in 1168 games.
A native of Montclair, New Jersey, Haas attended Montclair High School and played for a local semi-pro team. after playing in the minor leagues, he broke into the majors in 1925, appearing in four games with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1928 he joined the Philadelphia Athletics and was part of two World Championship teams in 1929 and 1930, and one American League champion team in 1931.
Haas enjoyed his finest moment in the 1929 World Series against the Chicago Cubs. In Game Four at Philadelphia, as the Athletics trailed 8–0 in the seventh inning, Haas hit a three-run inside-the-park home run as the Athletics rallied by scoring 10 runs in the inning to win, 10–8. This was the last inside-the-park home run in World Series history until Alcides Escobar did so in Game 1 of the 2015 World Series. Two days later, in what was to be the final game of the Series, Haas hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the score, 2–2, as the Athletics later won the game on Bing Miller's RBI-double.
Philadelphia owner-manager Connie Mack began to dismantle the team in 1932 because of financial problems, and Haas was sent to the Chicago White Sox along with Al Simmons and Jimmy Dykes for an estimated $100,000. After five seasons in Chicago, Haas ended his career back in Philaldelphia in 1938.
Haas died in New Orleans, Louisiana on June 30, 1974, at the age of 70. He was buried in the Roman Catholic Immaculate Conception Cemetery in his native Montclair, New Jersey.Ossie Orwoll
Oswald Christian Orwoll (November 17, 1900 – May 8, 1967) was an American baseball and football player. He played in Major League Baseball as a pitcher and first baseman for the Philadelphia Athletics. He had a career 6–7 record in 39 games pitched (8 starts) and a .294 batting average in 94 games. He was member of Connie Mack's 1929 World Series team, but did not appear in any games during the Series. On November 29, 1930 he was traded by the Athletics with Homer Summa to the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League for Herb Lahti.
Orwoll also played halfback for the Milwaukee Badgers of the National Football League (NFL) in 1926.Pat Malone
Perce Leigh "Pat" Malone (September 25, 1902 – May 13, 1943) was an American pitcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1928 through 1937 for the Chicago Cubs (1928–34) and New York Yankees (1935–37). Listed at 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) and 200 pounds, Malone batted left-handed and threw right-handed. He was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania.Riggs Stephenson
Jackson Riggs "Warhorse" Stephenson (January 5, 1898 – November 15, 1985) was an American left fielder in Major League Baseball. Nicknamed Old Hoss, Stephenson played for the Cleveland Indians from 1921 to 1925 and the rest of his career from 1926 to 1934 with the Chicago Cubs. Benefiting from the offensive surge of the late 1920s and early 1930s, he retired with a career batting average of .336, although he was only a full-time player from 1927 to 1929 and in 1932, with injuries and platooning limiting his role for the rest of his career.Sammy Hale
Samuel Douglas Hale (September 10, 1896 – September 6, 1974) was an American baseball player and manager. He played professional baseball from 1917 to 1941, including 10 years in Major League Baseball as a third baseman for the Detroit Tigers (1920–1921), Philadelphia Athletics (1923–1929), and St. Louis Browns (1930). Hale compiled a lifetime batting average of .302 with 30 home runs and 393 runs batted in and was a member of the Philadelphia Athletics team that won the 1929 World Series. He also served as a player-manager in the West Texas–New Mexico League with the Midland Cowboys (1939–1940), Pampa Oilers (1941), and Wichita Falls Spudders (1941).Sheriff Blake
John Frederick "Sheriff" Blake (September 17, 1899 – October 31, 1982), was a pitcher in Major League Baseball from 1920 to 1931 and 1937. He played for the St. Louis Browns, St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, and Chicago Cubs.
Blake appeared in more than 300 games during his career. His debut in 1920 was not an auspicious one, allowing two runs in an inning of relief for Pittsburgh in a 14-3 defeat to the Cubs.
It took Blake four years to get back to the majors after that season, his last as a Pirate. In 1924, he became a Cub, and in 1925 and 1926 he pitched often but had control issues, finishing second in the National League in walks in '25 and first the following year. Blake was the Cubs' starting pitcher on Opening Day in '26. His best season for Chicago came in 1928, when he went 17-11 with an NL-best four shutouts.
Blake had a 14-13 record the next season as the Cubs won the pennant by ten-and-a-half games over the nearest rival. He ended up being the losing pitcher in Game 4 of the 1929 World Series even though he pitched to just two batters. Both reached base in a historically bad 10-run seventh inning as the Cubs blew an 8-0 lead to the Philadelphia Athletics, losing the game at Shibe Park 10-8 and then losing the Series two days later.
An inside-the-park three-run homer by Mule Haas, which Cub outfielder Hack Wilson lost in the sun, was a big part of the comeback. Blake then replaced Art Nehf on the mound, gave up consecutive singles to future Hall of Famers Al Simmons and Jimmie Foxx and was lifted. The timing of his two-batter stint stuck Blake with the loss, because he was charged with the run that put the Athletics ahead to stay.
His career lasted until 1937, when he split the season between the two St. Louis clubs, the Browns and Cardinals, but was released by both.
Blake was born in Ansted, West Virginia and he attended West Virginia Wesleyan College.Shibe Park
Shibe Park, known later as Connie Mack Stadium, was a baseball park located in Philadelphia. It was the home of the Philadelphia Athletics of the American League (AL) and the Philadelphia Phillies of the National League (NL). When it opened April 12, 1909, it became baseball's first steel-and-concrete stadium. In different eras it was home to "The $100,000 Infield", "The Whiz Kids", and "The 1964 Phold". The venue's two home teams won both the first and last games at the stadium: the Athletics beat the Boston Red Sox 8–1 on opening day 1909, while the Phillies beat the Montreal Expos 2–1 on October 1, 1970, in the park's final contest.
Shibe Park stood on the block bounded by Lehigh Avenue, 20th Street, Somerset Street and 21st Street. It was five blocks west, corner-to-corner, from the Baker Bowl, the Phillies' home from 1887 to 1938. The stadium hosted eight World Series and two MLB All-Star Games, in 1943 and 1952, with the latter game holding the distinction of being the only All-Star contest shortened by rain (to five innings). In May 1939, it was the site of the first night game played in the American League.
Phillies Hall-of-Fame centerfielder and longtime broadcaster Richie Ashburn remembered Shibe Park: "It looked like a ballpark. It smelled like a ballpark. It had a feeling and a heartbeat, a personality that was all baseball."Walter French (baseball)
Walter Edward French (July 12, 1899 – May 13, 1984) was a professional baseball player who played outfielder in the Major Leagues, for the Philadelphia Athletics, from 1923 to 1929. He won the 1929 World Series with the Athletics.Aside from baseball, he also played football for the Rochester Jeffersons and the Pottsville Maroons of the National Football League. French was instrumental in helping the Maroons win the 1925 NFL Championship, before it was stripped from the team due to a rules violation.
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Philadelphia Athletics 1929 World Series champions
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