1913 World Series

1913 World Series
Team (Wins) Manager(s) Season
Philadelphia Athletics (4) Connie Mack 96–57, .627, GA: 6 12
New York Giants (1) John McGraw 101–51, .664, GA: 12 12
Dates October 7–11
Umpires Bill Klem (NL), Tommy Connolly (AL), Cy Rigler (NL), Rip Egan (AL)
Hall of Famers Umpires: Bill Klem, Tommy Connolly
Athletics: Connie Mack (manager), Frank Baker, Chief Bender, Eddie Collins, Herb Pennock (dnp), Eddie Plank
Giants: John McGraw (manager), Rube Marquard, Christy Mathewson
World Series

In the 1913 World Series, the Philadelphia Athletics beat the New York Giants four games to one.

The A's pitching gave the edge to a closer-than-it-looked Series in 1913. Christy Mathewson lost his Series swan song in the final game to an old college rival and eventual fellow Baseball Hall of Fame member, Eddie Plank.

The Giants thus became the first National League team since the Chicago Cubs (19061908) to win three consecutive pennants. They were also the second club (following the Detroit Tigers 19071909) to lose three consecutive World Series; and, as of 2017, the last to do so.

The Series itself was a face-off between two teams that later became crosstown rivals in Oakland and San Francisco. The Oakland A's won again in a four-game sweep in the 1989 World Series, famous for the earthquake that struck before Game 3, which would be the last World Series victory for the A's.


AL Philadelphia Athletics (4) vs. NL New York Giants (1)

1October 7Philadelphia Athletics – 6, New York Giants – 4Polo Grounds2:0636,292[1] 
2October 8New York Giants – 3, Philadelphia Athletics – 0 (10 innings)Shibe Park2:2220,563[2] 
3October 9Philadelphia Athletics – 8, New York Giants – 2Polo Grounds2:1136,896[3] 
4October 10New York Giants – 5, Philadelphia Athletics – 6Shibe Park2:0920,568[4] 
5October 11Philadelphia Athletics – 3, New York Giants – 1Polo Grounds1:3936,632[5]


VIPs attend Game 2 at Shibe Park
PA Governor and Mrs. John Kinley Tener
Baseball execs Ed McKeever (Brooklyn NL), Ben Shibe (Phila. AL), Garry Herrmann and Joseph Flanner (Cincinnati NL) (Front, L–R)

Game 1

Tuesday, October 7, 1913 2:00 pm (ET) at Polo Grounds in Manhattan, New York
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WP: Chief Bender (1–0)   LP: Rube Marquard (0–1)
Home runs:
PHA: Home Run Baker (1)
NYG: None

In the opener, J. Franklin "Home Run" Baker drove in three runs with three hits for the A's, including a home run. Eddie Collins went 3-3 and scored three runs. Despite giving up four runs and eleven hits, Chief Bender held on for a 6-4 win.

Game 2

Wednesday, October 8, 1913 2:00 pm (ET) at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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WP: Christy Mathewson (1–0)   LP: Eddie Plank (0–1)

Mathewson and Plank matched craft and guile. In the bottom of the ninth inning of a scoreless game, the Giants had put on a stirring baseball version of the "goal-line stand". With none out, the A's had Amos Strunk on third and Jack Barry on second. The next batter, Jack Lapp, grounded to first, where Hooks Wiltse, a pitcher, was filling in. Wiltse made a good stop and threw home to nab Strunk. With Barry on third now and Lapp on first, Plank grounded to Wiltse and Hooks fired home again, getting a sliding Barry. Mathewson retired the next hitter, and the game went into extra innings. In the top of the tenth the Giants broke the ice with three runs, with Mathewson singling in the winning run and then completing the extra-inning shutout by retiring the A's in their half of the tenth.

Game 3

Thursday, October 9, 1913 2:00 pm (ET) at Polo Grounds in Manhattan, New York
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WP: Bullet Joe Bush (1–0)   LP: Jeff Tesreau (0–1)
Home runs:
PHA: Wally Schang (1)
NYG: None

Eddie Collins had three hits and three RBI, and Bullet Joe Bush threw a five-hitter to put the A's ahead in the series.

Game 4

Friday, October 10, 1913 2:00 pm (ET) at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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WP: Chief Bender (2–0)   LP: Al Demaree (0–1)
Home runs:
NYG: Fred Merkle (1)
PHA: None

The home team won for the first time in the series, although the visiting Giants made it close in the late innings. Wally Schang had four RBI for the A's, they now had a 3-1 lead in the series. Just like in Game 1, Bender struggled but went the distance for his second win of the series.

Game 5

Saturday, October 11, 1913 2:00 pm (ET) at Polo Grounds in Manhattan, New York
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WP: Eddie Plank (1–1)   LP: Christy Mathewson (1–1)

Plank led the Athletics to victory, allowing the Giants only two hits, but his own error in the fifth inning cost him a shutout.

This was the A's third series title in four years, winning in 1910 and 1911.

Composite box

1913 World Series (4–1): Philadelphia Athletics (A.L.) over New York Giants (N.L.)

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New York Giants001050420315337
Total attendance: 150,950   Average attendance: 30,190
Winning player's share: $3,246   Losing player's share: $2,164[6]



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