23 October 2006

Christy Mathewson & the 1905 World Series

| 27 IP | 0 Runs | 14 hits | 18 SO's | 1BB | 3-0 | 0.00 ERA |

In the 1905 Series opening game, N.Y. Giants ace Christy Mathewson was matched up against lefthander Eddie Plank, a twenty-five game winner for the Philadelphia Athletics. It remained a pitcher's duel until the fifth inning when the Giants finally broke through for two runs. Mathewson himself contributed a single that inning as well as a key sacrifice in the ninth. In the bottom of the ninth, he completed his four-hit, 3-0 victory without walking a batter.
Pitching on two days rest, Mathewson was given the start for Game 3 and once again dominated the game holding the A's scoreless with only four hits and one walk.
Finally, Mathewson pitches Game 5 on only ONE day of rest; closing out the Series, again allowing Philadelphia no runs on six hits with no walks.
Mathewson was obviously the most valuable player of the 1905 World Series although the award had not yet been established then. In the space of six days, he pitched three shutouts and permitted only fourteen hits. The Giants' ace struck out eighteen and walked one in twenty-seven innings. This is quite possibly the greatest pitching performance ever in a world series.

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