1929 World Series

1929 World Series
Stereopticon view of Cubs dugout, Wrigley Field
Team (Wins) Manager(s) Season
Philadelphia Athletics (4) Connie Mack 104–46, .693, GA: 18
Chicago Cubs (1) Joe McCarthy 98–54, .645, GA: 10 12
Dates October 8–14
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 NBC, CBS
Radio announcers NBC: Graham McNamee
CBS: Ted Husing
World Series

The 1929 World Series featured the Philadelphia Athletics and the Chicago Cubs. The Athletics beat the Cubs decisively in five games.

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.

Righties only

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.


AL Philadelphia Athletics (4) vs. NL Chicago Cubs (1)

1October 8Philadelphia Athletics – 3, Chicago Cubs – 1Wrigley Field2:0350,740[1] 
2October 9Philadelphia Athletics – 9, Chicago Cubs – 3Wrigley Field2:2949,987[2] 
3October 11Chicago Cubs – 3, Philadelphia Athletics – 1Shibe Park2:0929,921[3] 
4October 12Chicago Cubs – 8, Philadelphia Athletics – 10Shibe Park2:1229,921[4] 
5October 14Chicago Cubs – 2, Philadelphia Athletics – 3Shibe Park1:4229,921[5]


Game 1

Tuesday, October 8, 1929 1:30 pm (CT) at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois
WP: Howard Ehmke (1–0)   LP: Charlie Root (0–1)
Home runs:
PHA: Jimmie Foxx (1)
CHC: None

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.[6][7] 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!"[8]

Game 2

Wednesday, October 9, 1929 1:30 pm (CT) at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois
WP: George Earnshaw (1–0)   LP: Pat Malone (0–1)   Sv: Lefty Grove (1)
Home runs:
PHA: Jimmie Foxx (2), Al Simmons (1)
CHC: None

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.

Game 3

Friday, October 11, 1929 1:30 pm (ET) at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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.

Game 4

Saturday, October 12, 1929 1:30 pm (ET) at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
WP: Eddie Rommel (1–0)   LP: Sheriff Blake (0–1)   Sv: Lefty Grove (2)
Home runs:
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."[9] 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!"[10] 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.[11][12]

Game 5

Monday, October 14, 1929 1:30 pm (ET) at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
WP: Rube Walberg (1–0)   LP: Pat Malone (0–2)
Home runs:
CHC: None
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.[7]

Composite line score

1929 World Series (4–1): Philadelphia Athletics (A.L.) over Chicago Cubs (N.L.)

Philadelphia Athletics003310122526484
Chicago Cubs00043810117437
Total attendance: 190,490   Average attendance: 38,098
Winning player's share: $5,621   Losing player's share: $3,782[13]


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  10. Baseball's Greatest Managers, 1961
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  13. "World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved June 14, 2009.


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